Twp. awards $1.5M bid for water main extension

Plans to extend a water main by almost a mile-and-a half, from the Willow Lake subdivision to the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community, are moving forward. Last week, the Oxford Township Board voted 6-0 to award the project to the Auburn Hills-based Superior Excavating for the bid amount of $1.518 million. Superior Excavating submitted the […]

Bond projects to start in parks this summer

Ron Davis doesn’t want to waste any time getting Oxford Township’s park system all fixed up to better serve the public. Last week, the longtime director of the parks and recreation department updated the township board on plans to spend $2 million in bond money. “We’re going to be aggressive with this,” Davis said. “Our […]

Fire erupts in Lake Villa

Fire erupted inside the Lake Villa Manufactured Home Community early Saturday afternoon, causing an estimated $11,000 to $12,000 in damage, but no injuries. According to Oxford Fire Chief Pete Scholz, a woman sitting inside a single-wide manufactured home on Dunlap Circle saw something fall outside her window. Shortly after, a neighbor came knocking to alert […]

Twp. loans $130K to parks/rec. for land purchase

Who needs a bank or credit union, when you’ve got Oxford Township making loans? Last week, the township board voted to 5-1 authorize the parks and recreation commission to purchase two vacant parcels, totalling 5.024 acres, located on the west side of Coats Rd., south of Seymour Lake Rd. To pay for the land, which […]

OHS auto students compete

Sixteen Oxford High School auto students put their knowledge to the test last week as they went head-to-head during the annual Mini-MITES competition. They demonstrated their skills and competence in five categories – brakes (identification and assembly); suspension, steering and alignment; automotive measurement; scan tool diagnostics; and electrical diagnosis. They also took a written test […]

Spring was in the fair!

Oxford and Daniel Axford elementary schools held their annual spring fair Friday night. Games, prizes and treats abounded as students and parents enjoyed some good old-fashioned family fun.  

DDA makes its pick for director

Hands down, Cheri LaFlamme Szcodronski is the Oxford Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) pick to fill the vacant executive director position. On Monday night, the DDA board voted 9-0 to authorize Chairperson Sue Bossardet to negotiate an employment contract with the resident of Hillsborough, North Carolina. “I like Cheri’s passion. I like her passion a lot,” […]

Oxford substation is tops at clearing cases

When it comes to solving cases and catching bad guys, the Oakland County Sheriff’s substation in Oxford Twp. is Number One. That’s not bragging. That’s what the numbers show. Oxford’s substation had the highest clearance rate of the sheriff’s 12 substations for 2016. A total of 62.1 percent of the criminal cases were cleared, or […]

‘He was a coach’s coach’: Remembering Elmer Ball

‘He was a coach’s coach’: Remembering Elmer Ball

A good coach makes a difference in a young athlete’s life. A great coach makes his mark on an entire team. A legendary coach leaves a lasting impression on a community. But Elmer Ball wouldn’t want to be called good or great, and he definitely would have taken issue with legendary. That’s because Ball, who […]