Leonard man wins $50K Orange County Chopper

When Mike McDonald received a raffle ticket as a Father’s Day present two months ago, he filed it away and pretty much forgot about it until the phone rang shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday. It was at that moment the Leonard resident found out he was the proud new owner of a one-of-a-kind, custom-built Orange […]

Chief presents case for fire, ALS millages

Members of the Oxford Fire Department last week presented their case for increased staffing and emergency medical services, now it’s up to township officials to decide what, if any, millage proposals will be placed on the Nov. 2 ballot. At their Aug. 25 meeting, township officials will decide whether or not to ask voters to […]

They make Oxford beautiful!

Countless hours of planting, mowing, weeding, painting and repairing paid off for six residences and three businesses in the Village of Oxford. From a pool of 61 nominations, the Oxford Beautification Commission last week announced the winners of its 12th Annual Beautification Awards program. The nine winners were selected by the commission for the properties? […]

Red Knapp’s coming to Clarkston area

Soon Clarkston area residents will know the delicious taste of a homemade ‘Nap Burger.? Red Knapp’s American Grill, a popular downtown Oxford eatery since January 1996, is coming to Independence Township. Brett Knapp, owner of Red Knapp’s, closed yesterday on the purchase of Duggan’s Irish Pub West located at 6722 Dixie Highway. Within the next […]

Oxford ranked among best places to do biz

Officials are always saying that the Village of Oxford is a great place in which to do business. Well, now they have a university study to back up their boast. On Tuesday, the village was recognized as one of the top 55 communities in the entire state, according to the 2010 eCities project. Oxford was […]

Ex-football player’s daughter tackles cancer

Back when Norman Ferguson was playing football for the Oxford Wildcats, he faced some pretty tough opponents on the gridiron every Friday night. But none of them could prepare the 1987 Oxford High School graduate for the battle he’s waging right now ? the fight to save his young daughter’s life from cancer. ‘You don’t […]

Clerk responds to firing, addresses manager’s performance

‘I was completely shocked.? That’s how former Oxford Village Clerk Dan Luick described his reaction to council’s 3-2 vote on Oct. 12 to terminate him effective immediately (see story ‘Council fires clerk who needs kidney transplant? at www.oxfordleader.com). ‘I never saw it coming,? he said. When council and Luick evaluated his performance during the closed […]

Faces changing, but not the commitment

A changing of the guard occurred at last week’s Oxford Village Council meeting as the police department honored a longtime reserve officer and celebrated the next generation of law enforcement volunteers. For his 30 years of dedicated service, Reserve Commander Mike Bejma was presented a plaque as a retirement tribute. ‘It was one of my […]

New safety path master plan focuses on M-24, Seymour Lake Rd.

Completing the safety path system along W. Drahner Rd. was a significant accomplishment for Oxford Township, one that was much appreciated by residents who walk and bike. But officials aren’t resting on their laurels. They’ve come up with a whole new master plan for the township’s safety path system, one that includes new paths to […]

Spuds o? plenty for area churches, pantries

Someone must have ordered extra starch because Oxford was loaded with it Saturday morning. Between 40,000 and 42,000 pounds of spuds were delivered, unpacked and picked up by 21 churches and food pantries as part of the annual ‘Potato Drop.? Organized by the Oxford United Methodist Men and held in the yard of Burdick Street […]