James Michael DARBY

DARBY, James Michael “Mike”; of Clarkston and Ft. Myers Beach; February 15, 2017; age 71; loving husband, soulmate and best friend of Darlene for 53 years; preceded in death by his daughter Colleen R. McIntosh; beloved father of Elizabeth (Eric) Morfe and Michelle (Scott) Ross; grandfather of Eric (Megan) and Darby McIntosh, Michael and Nicholas […]


LAFFERTY, Frank N. of Clarkston; February 15, 2017; age 67.  Loving husband of Gloria for 45 years; beloved father of Frank N. Lafferty II, Jeremy (Cori) Lafferty and Joshua (Nicole) Lafferty; proud papa of Brayden, Jayce and Nadaline; brother of Linda (Bo) Mathis, Alice and Karen.  Preceded in death by his siblings Frederick, Wilma, Jean […]

Margaret B. WARD

WARD, Margaret B. “Bev” of West Bloomfield; preceded in death by William “Bill”, her loving husband of 70 years; beloved mother of Margaret (Jeff) Davis and Bill (Penny) Ward; grandmother of 6; great grandmother of 9 and great great grandmother of 4.  Funeral ServiceSaturday 10:00 am at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, […]

Ready to dance

Ready to dance

John and Alexiana Alaniz were all dressed up for the Clarkston Daddy Daughter Dance, Feb. 11, at Clarkston High School. They joined crowds of girls and their dads at the Valentine’s weekend celebration, with punch, cookies, DJ, and lots of photos and memories. Photo by Phil Custodio

New city manager to build trust, respect

New city manager to build trust, respect

City Manager Jonathan Smith. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor In his fourth week as city manager, Jonathan Smith is busy learning the job. “I’m the new employee,” said Smith, who joined the City of the Village of Clarkston on Jan. 23. “I like the work. It’s very interesting. There’s always […]

News in Brief

Final Sashabaw work Designs for the North Sashabaw Road Project are around 40 percent complete, said Nancy Faught of Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. to Independence Township Board, Feb. 7. Supervisor Pat Kittle said the project will widen and repave Sashabaw Road from Flemings Lake Road to Clarkston Road. This is the final phase of […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Info search

It was a blast from the past in Monday’s mail. A hand-addressed letter from Iowa. Sent Rylie, a fifth grader at Harlan Intermediate School, “My class is studying the geography and history of the United States. I am excited to learn more about your state of Michigan. I would really appreciate if you would send […]

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for Hoops for Troops support Dear Editor, The Clarkston High School Girls Basketball program would like to thank everyone involved with the Fourth Annual Hoops for the Troops Basketball game that took place Feb 7. With your help and the help of our wonderful sponsors, we raised $3,300 for North Oakland County Veterans Treatment […]

Ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting

Capital Title Insurance Agency of Michigan celebrated the grand opening of their new office at 7030 Gateway Park with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house, Feb. 13. “Instead of having the Clarkston staff in multiple locations, due to previous space constraints, this move will centralize our operations in the area and allow us to […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Find love from God’s perspective

I believe most of us are familiar with Aesop’s Fable of The Boy Who Cried Wolf; a bored shepherd boy cries, “Wolf, wolf, a wolf is chasing the sheep” and the villagers run up the hill to help drive away the wolf only to find the boy laughing at his cleverness. Still bored the boy […]