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From Lansing:a column by State Rep. Brad Jacobsen

A view on education in Michigan

As we move closer to working out the details of formulating a state budget, tough decisions must be made on spending finite resources to ensure that taxpayer dollars go toward bettering the state and making improvements for Michigan residents....more >>

Don't Rush Me

What do Bill Shakespeare, Bill Gates, Bill Watterson, Plato and Ed Adler have in common?

They're all in my rockin' column (and it ain't fair)!

Not too long ago -- on one of those subzero, Polar Blast Days we experienced -- area business man Ed Adler called me. Before answering said call, I first doubled checked my schedule to make sure I had the time to converse with Ed....more >>

Letters to Editor

Upset about chamber firing Bills as director Holly Bills was amazing at her job as exeuctive director of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce! She not only was great with our business, but not one person I have spoken with while mentioning her name, has had one bad thing to say....more >>

Lake Orion Schools demonstrate lack of integrity

There was a question posted recently on a local Facebook page concerning Lake Orion Schools and its coaches. The question asked if it is better to have a coach with integrity or one that has a winning program....more >>


Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins drain

I have been reading for a long time about Goodrich's Wheelock-Watkins Drain and its flooding. This was an agricultural drain built 115 years ago and was not intended to handle what it is right now....more >>

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio

Everything is awesome?

When I go to the movies, it's to escape the world in which I live and work. Catching a 3D screening of "The Lego Movie," however, left me with a sense of deja vu. That feeling was strongest the third or fourth time the plastic minifigs broke out into their hit song "Everything is Awesome!" "Everything is awesome!" they'd sing....more >>

Letters to the Editor

Reader calls for city manager to step down Dear Editor, Regarding your stories "City spat unresolved despite many letters" and "City Manager breaks contact with the News," (Feb....more >>

Spiritual Matters

Finding peace in every season

As I look out my office window, I see a snowdrift that is over three feet tall. In a 24-hour period recently, our region experienced snow, rain, ice and even "thundersnow." It seems this winter has dished-out every conceivable scenario for bad weather....more >>
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Born October 6th
1846: George Westinghouse, prolific inventor, held over 100 patents on creations including air brakes for trains.
1887: Le Corbusier, Swiss-born French architect and city planner.
1895: Caroline Gordon, writer (The Strange Children).
1906: Janet Gaynor, film actress.
1908: Carol Lombard, American comediennne and actress.
October 6th
in history
1927: The first talkie, The Jazz Singer, opens with popular entertainer Al Jolson singing and dancing in black-face. By 1930, silent movies were a thing of the past.
1941: German troops renew their offensive against Moscow. As their escorts turned away, the ships of the doomed Allied convoy PQ-17 followed orders and began to disperse in the Arctic waters.
1965: Patricia Harris takes post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first African American U.S. ambassador.
1966: Hanoi insists the United States must end its bombings before peace talks can begin. Republic Aircraft's F-105 Thunderchief, better known as the 'Thud,' was the Air Force's warhorse in Vietnam.
1969: Special Forces Captain John McCarthy is released from Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, pending consideration of his appeal to murder charges.