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Have you seen me?

"Bruce," the man on the bike, is missing, still

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Rumors sprung up all over town that Bruce Gertz was found dead behind Kmart after a local woman called the police thinking he was frozen under his stiff blankets....more >>
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Wildcats in the house, y'all!

Over 50 students, parents and teachers from Oxford were special guests at the Detroit Pistons game Feb. 21. The Oxford folks attended the game as part of the Detroit Pistons Come Together Game Changers, a program designed to honor people making a difference within their communities through service, leadership and volunteerism....more >>

More details of De Avila case released

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Additional details have been released about Nancy De Avila, the cheerleading coach at Lake Orion High School, who resigned last week just before she was charged with embezzlement....more >>

Jacobsen requests state funds for road fix

Oxford Village's hopes for getting federal funds to fix a badly-deteriorated 0.34-mile section of W. Burdick St. were recently dashed, but the hope for state funds is still alive thanks to state Rep....more >>

Found: Lake Orion's first baby of the year

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Parker Joseph Hoekstra doesn't know it yet but there are ice skates waiting for him and a dad that can't wait for the times he can teach him to skate and play hockey....more >>

Values up

After watching the value of their biggest investment drop for a few years, Oxford and Addison homeowners have much reason to rejoice. The State Equalized Value (SEV) of residential properties in both townships increased significantly based on the 2014 assessments from the Oakland County Equalization Division (OCED)....more >>

Township treasurer rebuffs continued remarks

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Since the beginning of 2013 certain community members and Orion Township trustees have questioned the efforts of the Orion Township Treasurer Mark Thurber saying he is rarely in his office and is not adequately supplying township financial reports....more >>
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Huntoon Funeral Home goes up for sale

A longtime business in downtown Oxford is up for sale. Huntoon Funeral Home, located at 47 N. Washington St., is looking for a buyer. "We're just testing the water seeing if anybody out there is interested," said owner Bill Huntoon, who lives in Waterford....more >>

New method for appealing property tax assessment

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer This year Orion Township homeowners will have a new tool to unleash when it comes to appealing their property tax assessment. About two weeks ago the Oakland County Equalization Department mailed homeowners their property assessments for 2014 after deducting or adding value to their previous assessment in order to "bring each entity to a common level of evaluation," as their website says and is required by state law....more >>

Tobacco, pawn shops to stay off 'adult uses' list

Village planner looking into how other communities handle drug paraphernalia businesses

Oxford Village planning commissioners last week made it clear they don't want to classify tobacco stores and pawn shops as "adult uses" in order to prevent them from being able to open in downtown Oxford....more >>

Master Park Plan ready, set, go

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer For the past year Orion Township Parks and Recreation administration has been hard at work prioritizing community goals for Orion's green space....more >>
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Village PC not interested in regulating human signs

When it comes to the idea of regulating "human signs," the Oxford Village Planning Commission last week decided not to get involved. "This one you can deep-six," said Commission Chair Sue Bossardet to village planner Chris Khorey, who had written a memo advising commissioners of their regulatory options....more >>
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Leaks prompt call for new twp. hall

A leaky roof at the Addison Township hall in Lakeville caused the senior center to be closed for the past two weeks and prompted Supervisor Bruce Pearson to begin discussing the need for a new building....more >>

Varsity skiers race for states

The Lake Orion varsity boys ski team, along with three individual qualifying varsity girls, raced at Schuss and Shanty Creek resorts Monday, during the Division One State Ski Finals....more >>
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Local Cuda heading to Autorama

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but classic car owners like Jim Unis are gearing up for something delightful. The 75-year-old Oxford resident will be showing off his 1971 Plymouth Cuda, a black convertible, at the 62nd Annual Meguiar's Detroit Autorama March 7-9 at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit....more >>

Boys basketball scoop up a few wins to end the season

The Lake Orion boys basketball team picked up a couple of wins last week heading into the state playoffs. The Dragons routed Oak Park in an OAA matchup, 71-58, and also disposed of Birmingham Seaholm, 63-56....more >>
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Dresses, accessories needed for HS girls

The Oxford Public Library (530 Pontiac Rd.) once again partnering with Hope Closet, a non-profit organization, to provide young women the opportunity to attend special high school events with a dress of their choice regardless of financial constraints or limitations....more >>

Lady Dragons played tough in pink

The Lady Dragons ended their season in a tough way. The girls dropped both contests last week to finish the regular season 12-8. In the opening round of the state playoffs on Monday, the girls were routed by Stoney Creek, 60-38, to end the season at 12-9....more >>

Planning Commission passes Fire Station 2, next stop ZBA

The Orion Township Planning Commission approved the new Fire Station 2 site plan for 3925 Giddings Rd. with conditions. Now it is up to the Zoning Board of Appeals to review the plan and approve or deny two variances, and if they do, the fire station is a go....more >>


Republicans to host speakers March 4 The Greater Oakland GOP will host speakers Oakland County Deputy Executive Matt Gibb and Jim Hohman, of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, at its 7 p....more >>


Relay for Life 2014 kick-off

Brandon Twp.- Time to get pumped up. The kick-off meeting for the seventh annual Relay for Life of Brandon/Ortonville will be at 6 p.m., Feb. 27, at the library, 304 South St. "This is where we get everyone enthused, talk about what relay is, how they can participate, what the American Cancer Society does, and get everyone geared up for the event, which is June 14," said Mary Woods, chairperson....more >>
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The Beatles: 'In My Life'

Sheila Newton glances over the aging album covers. The vinyl records inside the cardboard sheaths are etched with music that defined her generation, youth, and a closeness known to only a few....more >>


Brandon superintendent candidates down to two

Brandon Twp.- And then there were two. On Feb. 21, following the end of a week that featured four interviews with candidates for district superintendent, the school board unanimously selected two final candidates, Dr....more >>


Harvey Swanson scores big with iPads for all students

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Before this past week, Andy Phillips had only ever won one thing in his life— a Teddy bear when he was a little boy. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, he learned he was getting something infinitely more valuable— iPads for every single student at Harvey Swanson Elementary, where he is principal....more >>


Benefactor gone, but 'Sharin' O' the Green' lives on for OCEF

Brandon Twp.- Five years ago, a local man stepped forward to help those in need in the community by offering to match donations to OCEF. The matching donation drive was dubbed "Sharin' O' the Green," as it was timed to coincide with St....more >>


More victims in B Hive case reported

The alleged number of victims of the Goodrich woman arrested on Jan. 24 for allegedly writing bad checks to pay sellers at her former consignment business is growing. "As of Feb. 26 we now have 35 victims with more than $71,000 in losses," said Chris Swanson, Genesee County Undersheriff....more >>


Martians ready

It's 6:30 p.m. and Patrick Major looks rather relaxed. And he should. The two Goodrich FIRST Robotics Team 494 and Team 70 robots were completed and ready to go. "We have had the best build season ever in 2014, finishing early with a great group of students and mentors," said Major, team head coach....more >>

Ortonville DDA Main Street reaccreditation

Ortonville- The village has been reaccredited as a Main Street community. On Feb. 19, an evaluation team including Ray Scriber from the National Main Street Center and Bob Donohue and Alex Hritcu from Main Street Oakland County interviewed boardmembers of the Downtown Development Authority, as well as village business owners, residents, and volunteers....more >>


Safe parenting series

Brandon Twp.- Every Monday in March, parents, parents-to-be and caregivers can learn how to keep children safe during a safe parenting series at the Brandon Township Library, 304 South St....more >>


Run for BHS, run for life

Brandon Twp.- The polar vortex returned for a repeat performance this week, but spring is right around the corner, and with it, runners will soon return to the roads. Track season begins March 10 for runners, and the boys varsity track team will have a new head coach....more >>


Group meets on Goodrich drain issues, project future

On Tuesday a meeting regarding the progress on repairs to the Wheelock & Watkins Drain was held at the Genesee County Drain Commission Office in Flint. Representing the Village of Goodrich, were council members Richard Saroli and Mark Baldwin, along with village resident Norm Bass....more >>


Ball Street Bridge project moves forward

Ortonville- Construction is a sign of spring and village residents traveling in the Ball Street Bridge area may get a glimpse of work being done this week. Trojan Development Company of Oxford will begin cutting trees as they prepare to build a new bridge....more >>


'Read to win'

Ortonville- The Masons have upped the ante for readers. On Feb. 25, the Ortonville Masonic Lodge kicked off their "Read to Win" program, which replaces "Books for Bikes," in place the last six years....more >>


Blackhawks Flint Metro League Champions

Brandon Twp.- The Brandon Blackhawks wrestlers finished their first season with Coach Erik Donders with a 3-26 record. Seven years later, the team and Donders have turned it around, recently completing their season with a 32-4 record, finishing as Flint Metro League Team Champions for the first time in school history, and as Michigan High School Athletic Association team district champions for the first time in 20 years....more >>


Brandon District goes back in-house for tech

By Susan Bromley Staff Writer Brandon Twp.- Two years after outsourcing technology services, the school board is looking inward again. The board voted 6-0 at their Feb. 17 meeting to terminate their contract with VARtek Services....more >>


Video of Oaktree boy stuck in desk draws concerns at meeting

Goodrich-A minute long video recorded on a cell phone by an Oaktree Elementary teacher of her10-year old student with Asperger's Syndrome lodged in a desk chair sparked the ire and concerns of parents and others during Monday's school board meeting....more >>
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Welcome to the Jungle

The Dancing Jungle finishes their performance....more >>

Response heats up

Responses are mounting to articles posted in The Clarkston News regarding Freedom of Information in Clarkston. Outspoken Clarkston resident Cory Johnston said he is seeking legal advice from his attorney over accusations of mental illness and stalking by City Manager Carol Eberhardt, as reported by the News, "City manager breaks contact with News," Feb....more >>
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Coach credits kids for 600+ wins

As long-time head coach Dan Fife took his spot underneath the basket to watch the Wolves warm up one by one his players revealed a surprise for him. Underneath their long sleeved warm-up shirts they wore a navy T-shirt with stark white lettering saying "600....more >>
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Township OKs 3 ambulances

Three new ambulances have been ordered for Independence Township. The township board approved their purchase at the Feb. 4 meeting for $550,000. The new ambulances will arrive in about six months....more >>
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Colombiere comes through for Davisburg churchgoers

When Our Church Divine Mercy in Davisburg closed last June, parishioners faced the end of their faith community. "The community was saddened to disband," said church member Carol Compagnoni....more >>

School incentive funding from state

A resolution approved by the school board means $52 more for each Clarkston student. Clarkston Board of Education voted unanimously, Feb. 24, to approve a Best Practices Incentive Resolution....more >>
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New home for church in former Saturn dealership

Someone new is moving into the former Saturn/Nissan building at 8400 Dixie Highway, but not to sell or service cars. Clarkston Free Methodist Church bought the buildings and property....more >>

Keep storm drains cleared

Cleaning ice off storm drains is important to help prevent flooding when the snow melts. Independence Township Department of Public Works Director Linda Richardson said while the township does have maps on storm drain locations in some neighborhoods—it is not guaranteed....more >>
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Ready for Reading Month

Local author Martha Swanson visited Andersonville Elementary, Feb. 19, helping students get ready for March Reading Month. The author of the picture book "Milly and Roxy," about two dogs and their adventures in Clarkston, led an assembly about the writing process....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Help for community at Open Your Heart

More than 120 family, friends, and neighbors gathered at the home of John & Shaine Schindler in Independence Township, Feb. 7, for Open Your Heart fund raiser for Lighthouse. "It was a great time," said Priscilla Perkins, chief development officer for Lighthouse of Oakland County....more >>
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Some hip, some hop

The Clarkston Varsity Pom Pom team added hip-hop to their routine for the half-time performance last Friday. The girls had their last dance on Tuesday as the boys hosted their final home game of the season....more >>
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Moving and grooving in the jungle

The Clarkston Varsity Pom Pom team had special dance partners join them, Feb. 14. During their half-time performance they held their annual Boy/Girl dance and this year's theme was the jungle as they decked out in camo....more >>

News Briefs

News in Brief

New trucks for Parks and Rec Independence Township officials approved Township, Parks Recreation and Seniors Director Ken Elwert's request to replace two trucks at Clintonwood Park....more >>

Chorale in concert

Taylor University Chorale from Upland, Ind., performs in concert, Saturday, March 8, 7 p.m., at Clarkston Free Methodist Church, 5482 Winell Street. Admission is free. The chorale includes Jocelyn Moore, 2011 grgaduate of Clarkston High School who was a member of the CHS Madrigal Choir....more >>

Benefit for Ryan

Friends of Ryan Kennedy hosts the third annual Dinner Benefit at Overtyme Grill & Tap Room, 3 p.m., March 1. Live entertainment will include Raft, a local high school group in Clarkston, as well as Cosmic Groove....more >>

Acappella semifinals at Clarkston High

Clarkston High School hosts the International Championship of High School Acappella - Michigan Semifinals, Saturday, March 1 at 7 p.m., in the high school performing arts center, 6093 Flemings Lake Road....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "Joint board meeting sparks ideas for future" Members of Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education, Independence and Springfield townships and City of Clarkston met to share thoughts and discuss common goals and problems....more >>
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