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Miguel Cabrera works with future baseball pros at LOHS

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Detroit Tigers first baseman and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera brought his skills and knowledge to the Lake Orion High School football field last Friday to teach young athletes a thing or two about baseball....more >>


Community center, library taxes rejected

NOTA tax passes in Oxford and Orion, but fails in Addison

Read our lips no new taxes. For the most part, that was the message from Oxford and Addison voters in the Aug. 5 primary election. Voters in both townships rejected a number of requests for new or increased property taxes....more >>


Addison supervisor wants to place NOTA tax on Nov. ballot

Does Addison Township wish to continue being part of the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA)? That's what Addison Supervisor Bruce Pearson wants to find out in light of his community's rejection of the NOTA millage in Aug....more >>

Orion Twp. purchases Camp Agawam for $1.025 million

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Camp Agawam has a new owner: Orion Township, and a potential future owner: the Michigan DNR. For $1,025,000 the township approved the resolution to purchase the Boy Scout camp on Clarkston Rd....more >>
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Masked man rides again!

The Lone Ranger and his faithful Indian sidekick, Tonto, rode along M-24 Saturday morning as Oxford hosted its Second Annual Lone Ranger Day parade and festival. The iconic masked lawman was played by Bruce Meyers, of the Lapeer County Sheriff's Mounted Division, while Bobby Johnson brought the stoic Tonto to life....more >>

Resident discovers Oakland Co. official's drunk driving arrest

By Dan Shriner Review Editor Orion Township resident Dave Duenow recently received an anonymous letter with no postmark that has led to some startling information about an Oakland County official, who is a former Orion Township supervisor....more >>
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Some Pearl St. folks want wall between them, new alleyway

It appears a number of Pearl St. residents want some type of wall constructed to separate and protect their properties from the potential noise and traffic generated by the new East/Edison Alley that Oxford Village is planning to build to the west of their neighborhood....more >>

Man assaults girlfriend, kills himself

By Dan Shriner Review Editor A domestic altercation led to an apparent suicide by a man on Friday night in the 200 block of Bellevue Avenue in Lake Orion. According to Lake Orion Police Chief Jerry Narsh, officers were called to a home by a woman who called 911 and told them that a man who lives there with her assaulted her and then turned a gun on himself....more >>
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Hubbard named All-American VFW commander

Jim Hubbard is much more interested in helping his fellow veterans than receiving personal accolades, but he's certainly honored by all the attention he's received from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)....more >>

NASCAR driver blown away at Orion Assembly

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer Chevrolet NASCAR driver Austin Dillon rode through a different setting at General Motor's Orion Assembly last week, and learned a thing or two about the line....more >>
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Oxford man going for gold in Scrabble nationals

C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N. That's what Evan Berofsky is hoping to be declared when he competes in the 2014 National Scrabble Championship Aug. 9-13 in Buffalo, New York. "I'd like to finish one spot higher," said the 38-year-old who moved to Oxford last year from Toronto, Canada, where he was born and raised....more >>

Carpenter Elementary opens with new offerings

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer After six weeks of summer vacation, students primped for their first day of school walked through Carpenter Elementary's doors on August 1....more >>
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Leader loses linchpin as Schantz says so long

Kathy Schantz's name and photo didn't appear every week in the pages of the Oxford Leader, but she was an absolutely integral part of this newspaper's operations for 23 years. Last week, Schantz retired from the production department where she spent countless hours designing and laying out thousands upon thousands of advertisements....more >>

Emergency alerts available for Oakland County residents

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer In times of major crisis, Oakland County residents will now be aware of surrounding disasters, allowing them time to better plan for their safety....more >>
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Leonard man found dead in parking lot, suspected heroin inside truck

A 29-year-old Leonard man was found dead July 30 in the parking lot of the Oxford McDonald's (655 N. Lapeer Rd.) with some suspected heroin inside his vehicle. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office identified the man as Zonnie Olk-Szost....more >>

Laura Locke's Unique art on display at OAC

By Meg Peters Review Staff Writer From far away her pieces reflect the mastery of a photographer and hand of a painter. Up close, the viewer finds more meaning in discovering the intricate layers and textures of Artist of the Year Laura Locke's compelling pieces....more >>
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Here come da judge!

Justice was the theme of this year's Lone Ranger parade in downtown Oxford. How appropriate that it included a man who not only dispenses justice on the west side of the state, but is working to become a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court....more >>

Oakview appears on the big screen in "Into the Storm"

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Lake Orion residents and particularly those who are familiar with Oakview Middle School might enjoy a film called "Into the Storm" that is coming to the big screen on August 8....more >>
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Ah, the good ol' days!

Justice used to be pretty darn efficient back in the Old West. That was demonstrated Saturday during the Lone Ranger parade by a group of Detroit Shriners known as "The Americans." They staged a robbery at the old Oxford Savings Bank....more >>

Dragon Broadcasting wins Spartan after reevaluation

By Katie Winkler Review Staff Writer Lake Orion High School's broadcasting newscast, LO-AM, has been honored as one of the best broadcasting programs in the state of Michigan with a Spartan Award....more >>


Chamber Challenge! The First Annual Chamber Challenge will take place on Sunday, Aug. 10 along the Polly Ann Trail, beginning at the Oxford Public Library (530 Pontiac Rd.) and hosted by the Oxford Chamber of Commerce....more >>

Activists were 'lawfully and peacefully protesting,' attorney says

Two men arrested July 24 in Oxford Township while protesting against the Canada-based Enbridge company are contesting the charges against them. "Their position is that they were lawfully and peacefully protesting," said Ann Arbor attorney Denise Heberle, who's representing the men through the Michigan Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild....more >>
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ET Rover protests heat up

Residents, township officials gear up for fight to block proposed natural gas pipeline project

Brandon Twp.- Jeff Axt believes ET Rover is looking for the path of least resistance with the natural gas pipeline project they have proposed and which would cut a swath through his property and that of dozens of other township residents, many of whom already have the Enbridge Line 6B pipelines through their properties....more >>


Goodrich drain issues overflowing into circuit court

Nineteen plaintiffs seek compensation after they were allegedly damaged by village drains, sewer, millpond in village

The battle over Goodrich drains could soon end up in court. On July 25 Flint Attorney Dean T. Yeotis filed a class action in the Seventh Circuit Court for a group of Village of Goodrich residents, along with three Genesee County businesses, charging four counts surrounding the village sewage system, drains and mill pond....more >>


Back to the Bricks

Local cruise founder reflects on 10 years of success

Atlas Twp.- It started with just a conversation with a friend. "Fellow car nut John Capin and I were out for a drive one day and decided to host a cruise the same August weekend as the Woodwood Cruise," said township resident Allen Hatch, 69....more >>


Raising funds for Devoted Friends

Brandon Twp.- More than 600 animals have found homes in the past four years with the help of Devoted Friends. The 501c3 animal rescue is closing in on 700 intakes for animals, with close to 100 animals in foster care right now....more >>


Voters OK police millage

Brandon Twp.- Voters approved a 4.25 millage at the polls on Tuesday that will keep police services provided by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. The police millage passed with 1,480 'yes' votes, or about 65 percent, to 781 'no' votes, 35 percent....more >>


Local becomes Pawn Star

Doug Floyd now has official Pawn Star status. The Brandon Township resident premiered on the popular History Channel cable show "Pawn Stars" last month, and will be featured on another show sometime within the next month or two....more >>


Enrollment 'better than expected'

Brandon student count projection up for 2014-15

Brandon Twp.-Next month, classrooms here might have more students than anticipated. "We are projecting enrollment is better than expected," said new Superintendent Matt Outlaw. "We are cautiously optimistic....more >>


Township park plans will phase out some gravel pits

Groveland Township, DNR, Oakland County propose 350 acre recreation area

Groveland Twp.- The sound of gravel trucks rumbling down township roads may be a noise of the past if local, county, and state officials have their way. Last week, Township Supervisor Bob DePalma announced an extensive plan to reclaim some gravel mining property and create a multi-purpose outdoor recreational facility encompassing about 350 acres along the western fringes of the township....more >>


Election orderly, turnout low, many unmarked ballots

Atlas Twp.- As expected, voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election was low. "So far, we estimate voter turnout to be about 15 percent," said Tere Onica, township clerk, on Wednesday morning....more >>


Concussion Testing, physicals at Goodrich High School

Getting your 'bell rung' is far too often a reoccurring part of sports. The violent hit to the head is just one of several concussion-causing occurrences that's commonplace in sports....more >>


Ortonville:DEQ seeks regional sewer solution

Ortonville- For years, village officials have waffled over what to do regarding sewers as the lack of them impedes business growth and septic systems increasingly fail, but the decision may soon be out of their hands....more >>


Goodrich native one step closer to bench

Attorney Jennifer Manley was the top vote-getter against two competitors in the Aug. 5 primary for an opening for the 67th-2nd Division Genesee District Court seat. Manley, a 1992 Goodrich High School graduate, snagged 4,176 votes, topping Davison Township Trustee Matthew Karr with 3,228 and 2,058 votes for Flint attorney Lori Tallman who received 2,058....more >>


Police millage request on ballot

'Most important millage voters have had in more than 20 years'

Brandon Twp.- Voters on Tuesday will decide whether the township retains police services from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. A yes vote on the request for 4.25 mills will keep 10....more >>


Gas pipeline next to oil pipeline would be 'more catastrophic' in event of failure

Brandon Fire Chief David Kwapis understands that pipelines are one of the safest ways to transport petroleum and gas products. What he doesn't understand is the logic used to put a natural gas pipeline next to an oil pipeline....more >>


Library director dies suddenly

Brandon Township- Interim Library Director Colleen Stringer died suddenly of an apparent heart attack July 30 at her home in Hadley Township. She was 67. The library was closed July 31 in observance of her death....more >>


'The library was everything to her'

Community grieves loss of Colleen Stringer, 1947-2014

Brandon Twp.- Colleen Susan Stringer was remembered this week as a wise, kind, and wonderful woman, devoted to her family and to the township library, its patrons and her fellow employees there....more >>


Ortonville Skate Park will not open this summer

Ortonville- The village council made it official July 28— the Village Skate Park will not open this year. However, while the 2014 season is shut-out, the council is giving a glimmer of hope for the park opening again in 2015....more >>

My Way

The Honeycrisp Cafe opens

Atlas Twp.-Just before the noon lunch rush, Charlie Burt ran out of lettuce used to construct one of his classic sandwiches. "I went out to the garden and cut some lettuce from our garden," said Burt, a 2008 Goodrich High School graduate....more >>


It's CodeRED for Genesee County residents

County residents are encouraged to sign up at geneseecounty911.org.

Atlas Twp.- Currently one tornado siren along Hegel Road west of Goodrich and east of the high school serves the township. And while the board of trustees recently moved forward with plans for an additional siren—a supplemental system is now available for Genesee County residents....more >>
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Election day

Mike Cook feeds his ballot into the machine after voting at Precinct 6 at Clarkston Community Church, Tuesday morning. The weather was stormy, but about 50 voters fulfilled their civic duty at the precinct by 9:15 a....more >>

Clarkston test scores up

Clarkston High School students continue to show improvement on state test scores, based on results of Michigan Merit Exam (MME) and ACT tests taken last spring. "I think this is one indicator of the fact that our Cultures of Thinking, literacy, mathematics, and overall focus on each student's educational experience is working very well," said Superintendent Dr....more >>

Water concerns in road work's wake

As workers continue the Main Street renovation project, Tammie Heazlit of Independence Township is concerned about impact on local water. Heazlit said fabric currently used to filter sediment through the drains is inadequate in protecting against stormwater pollution because it does not extend around the entire perimeter of the storm drain....more >>
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Needle found in alley

While on the way back from checking local waterways for any signs of pollution from area construction, The Clarkston News discovered a hypodermic needle in the alley behind the office....more >>
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New trucks

A 2015 Ford F-150 and a 2014 dump truck arrived in the city of the village of Clarkston at the end of July. DPW Foreman Jason Miller said the city will be selling two old trucks. On Facebook City Manager Carol Eberhardt announced, "After 20 years, the city is now the proud owner of two new trucks....more >>

Gridiron heroes rushing for food

Are you stocked up with extra food staples? The Clarkston High School Football Program is looking for you as they collect food for the 17th Annual Rush for Food on Friday, Aug. 22....more >>
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Special brew

Special types of coffee will soon be served up now that a new coffee and deli shop has been approved for the corner of Clarkston Road and Main Street. John Steen will have a hand in the coffee served when the location opens....more >>

Art in the Village in Depot Park

BY LAURA DUCHARME Special to the Clarkston News Art in the Village returns to Depot Park, Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p....more >>
From left are Class of 1954 graduates George Mann, Russell Reger, Cliff McDermott, Mary Miller, Mike Thayer, Shirley McMath, Harold Cameron, Maxine Glynn, Roger Allen, Cheryl Dubats, Ed Dubats, Adolene Eddington, Charlene Phelan, and Jim Shedlowsky. Photo by Phil Custodio (click for larger version)


Reliving their happy days

The Clarkston High School Class of 1954 were in good spirits at Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club, July 25, celebrating their 60th reunion with lunch and memories. The reminisced about their time at the high school, which is still in use as Renaissance High and community education....more >>
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Shooting Stars

Groundbreaking for new Habitat home

Work is underway on Shannon Chatman's new family home in Springfield Township, with the help of My Habitat Clarkston. She joined in with family, friends, and volunteers with the Habitat group, Aug....more >>
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Forging ahead

Several Girl Scout troops from Clarkston participated in a special "Bridging" ceramony in June to celebrate an important transition in their life. The ceremony is symbolic of defining moments in life when a girl is said to be aware of her acheivements, and also ready to embrace new responsibilities and challenges....more >>
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Papal blessing for Clarkston couple

Clarkston graduate Alyssa Vermeulen and her new husband David Pohl's marriage was charmed from the start. From a viral video to a blessing by Pope Francis himself, their journey has already been graced with fortune....more >>
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Crim training for Clarkston kids

Kids rounded the northwest corner of Clarkston Elementary last Thursday and kept their pace as they finished their 1-mile run. "They are fast," said Sandi Larkins, as some of the kids finished within seven minutes....more >>

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News in Brief

Rush for Food collection at Cnews The Clarkston News office at 5 S. Main Street downtown is a collection spot for the Wolves' 17th Annual Rush for Food for Lighthouse Emergency Services in Independence Township....more >>

Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

15 years ago - 1999 "3 shopping centers in by year's end" "Growth" was the buzzword around Independence Township as three major developments were in varied phases of construction. They were Clarkston Oaks at Dixie Highway and Maybee Road; Independence Pointe at M-15 and I-75; and White Lake Commons at White Lake Road and Dixie Highway....more >>
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1692: In the Glen Coe highlands of Scotland, thirty-eight members of the MacDonald clan are murdered by soldiers of the neighboring Campbell clan for not pledging allegiance to William of Orange. Ironically the pledge had been made but not communicated to the clans. The event is remembered as the Massacre of Glencoe.
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