Clerk tries for twp. mgr. job in Kalamazoo

Curtis Wright took a shot at getting another government job in a different community, but it didn’t pan out. Wright, who’s served as Oxford Township clerk since 2008, interviewed for the position of Kalamazoo Township manager during an Aug. 12 public meeting held on the west side of the state. Township clerk is an elected […]

Decision on Legacy Center signs postponed

On Monday night, the Oxford Township Zoning Board of Appeals voted to postpone making a decision on the Legacy Center’s request for a variance to the zoning ordinance section covering wall signs. Owned by Lake Orion resident Christian Mills, the 208,000-square-foot Legacy Center, located at 925 N. Lapeer Rd., has 25 signs consisting of graphics, […]

East, Guthrie, Meyers seek school board seats

Nine people are vying for three open seats on the board. All board members have four-year terms. Many of the school board candidates are active members of the community and school district. They include: Stacey Beane, Dan D’Alessandro, Tom Donnelly, Katherine East, Jennifer W. Guthrie, Bruce Meyers, Kallie Roesner, Heather Shafer, and Rick Vandecar. The […]

Committees tasked with generating revenue to stave off water rate hike

Rather than raise water rates for the second time in two years, the Oxford Village Council last week voted 5-0 to form three ad-hoc committees tasked with finding new revenue streams for the municipality’s water fund, which is losing money. One committee will explore the possibility of bottling and selling village water. A second committee […]

DDA gets new banners to spruce up downtown

New banners that identify and promote downtown Oxford were placed on light poles along Washington and Burdick streets last week. Employees from the Department of Public Works hung 24 dark blue banners with white lettering that proclaims, “Downtown Oxford. Small. Done Right.” “I think they look great,” said Joe Frost, executive director of the Downtown […]

Cats and Dragons united against breast cancer

When the Oxford Wildcats head down the road to Dragon Stadium on September 16, it’s not going to be about the blue and gold. Or even the green and white. It’s going to be all about the pink. The rivalry game will feature the teams coming together to benefit A Mother’s Wish with a “PINK […]

Fired OCTV manager returns to criticize, urge officials to privatize

An ex-employee from Oxford Community Television’s past returned last week to criticize the station and urge the privatization of the media services it provides. Ken LaPlace, who worked as station manager from July 2012 until he was fired in July 2013, spoke during the public comment portion of last week’s Oxford Township Board meeting. “I’m […]

Dolan takes aim at Bailey during council comments

The first shots in the battle for Oxford Village Council were fired last week by Erik Dolan against his opponent, Dave Bailey. During the council comments portion of the Aug. 9 village meeting, Dolan, who was appointed to council back in April, directed some pointed remarks at Bailey as he sat in the audience. Both […]

Landscaping biz awards free services to residents in need

A Lake Orion landscape business, Joe’s Lawn Care, is changing the landscape of community service one lawn at a time. Owner Joe Highlen and his brother Charlie Highlen, both of Lake Orion, recently provided free lawn makeovers to three people who needed the help, including two Oxford residents. Joe’s Lawn Care LLC is a private […]

Resident believes dispatch decision lacked accountability

The issue of police dispatch once again reared its head during last week’s Oxford Village Council meeting as part of the public comment portion. Dave Gerber, who serves as chaplain for the village police department, voiced his concerns over council’s 3-2 vote on June 20 to begin the process of transferring police dispatch services to […]