Birdies’ liquor license suspended

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) issued an emergency suspension of Birdies Indoor Golf & Bar’s liquor license and permits last week for violating the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Emergency Order on Gatherings and Face Masks. An emergency suspension hearing was scheduled for Monday (Feb. […]

Residents weigh in on marijuana

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Over 70 participants joined Oxford Village’s nearly three-hour virtual town hall on its marijuana draft ordinance the evening of Jan. 26. About 18 members of the public made comments or asked questions during the meeting. Opinions were mixed for and against, with a portion expressing neutral or tentative support, […]

Chamber to hold virtual ‘State of the Community’

Chamber to hold virtual ‘State of the Community’

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Oxford Chamber of Commerce will continue its annual State of the Community Breakfast and Leadership Awards next month, albeit virtually. The event will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Everyone is welcome to “hear from local officials as they speak on the state of the […]

OHS senior’s artwork on display in Pontiac

OHS senior’s artwork on display in Pontiac

‘Beauty of Empowerment’ By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Take a drive through downtown Pontiac, and you might witness an example of Oxford’s finest student artwork. Last summer, Oxford High School senior Kate MacInnis submitted her stunning painting, “The Beauty of Empowerment,” to the Canvas Pontiac 2020 Outdoor Gallery Art Contest. Her piece was chosen […]

Independence Village residents take first dose of vaccine

Independence Village residents take first dose of vaccine

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Gertrude Curtis, a resident of Independence Village of Oxford (Waterstone), was first in line to receive the first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine last Thursday, Jan. 28. “This is what we have to do in order to kick this thing,” Curtis said after rolling up her sleeve. “We have […]

What do Eskimos and Oxford have in common?

What do Eskimos and Oxford have in common?

IGLOOS! By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer Igloos and patio heaters are popping up all over downtown. Many were paid for by federal CARES Act funds to help qualifying small businesses expand their capacity by adding weatherized, temporary outdoor facilities. On behalf of the restaurants in Oxford, the Downtown Development Authority applied for the weatherization […]

OXFD paramedic deployed to Inauguration

OXFD paramedic deployed to Inauguration

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer A first responder from Oxford helped keep dignitaries safe at the Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden in Washington D.C. last week. Nancy Hunger, a firefighter/paramedic with the Oxford Fire Dept. since 2006, was deployed to the event with the Michigan-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), a group of medical […]

DDA hires interim director, searches for permanent replacement

DDA hires interim director, searches for permanent replacement

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Oxford Downtown Development Authority is looking for a new executive director after the board terminated Glenn Pape’s contract last month. Since the hiring process is expected to take several months, the board hired Kelly Westbrook as an interim director to fill the gap. “This last month has been […]

Village DPW buys new ATV

Village DPW buys new ATV

Last month, Oxford Village Council approved the purchase of this 4×4 ATV for $8,084 from Lapeer Honda, at the request of DPW Supervisor Don Brantley. It was budgeted for in the Motor Equipment Fund. The 2021 Honda TRX420FE1 comes with a 2,500 lb Koplin winch and 48″ quick disconnect snow blade. The DPW uses the […]

Praises and raises for Village manager, clerk

Praises and raises for Village manager, clerk

By James Hanlon Leader Staff Writer The Oxford Village Council approved 6.1 percent annual salary increases for Village Manager Joe Madore and Clerk/Treasurer Tere Onica, following their annual performance reviews. The raises include national average Cost of Living increases of 2.8% for 2019 and 1.3% for 2020, with an additional 2% performance increase. The council […]