BBQ specialists help troops

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Billy and Kati Morrison moved up north to Clarkston from Novi two years ago and started an outdoorsy company, Reel and Smoke. “Our company was founded on a lifelong passion for the outdoors, a commitment to growing the local economy and a dedication to the military,” said Billy Morrison, […]

Sharon L. HOPSON

HOPSON, Sharon L.; of St. Helen formerly of Clarkston; November 26, 2016; age 77; preceded in death by her husband Donald and daughter Connie Coppersmith; mother of Brenda Hopson and Annette (Michael) Metrick; grandma of Rob (Erin), Crystal, Jeremy (Allison) and Michael III; great grandma of Natalie; sister of Kathy (late David) Dunlop and Diana […]

George DePILLO

DePILLO, George; of Clarkston formerly of Flint; November 26, 2016; age 86; husband of Florence for 57 years; father of Marisa (Marc) Reinhardt, Damien DiPillo, Bernadette DePillo, John (Jackie) DiPillo, Teresa (Antonio) Rodriquez and Paul (Lisa) DePillo; also survived by 22 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; brother of the late Norman (Hai) DePillo; George served […]

Turkey day

Turkey day

Young Five’s students in costume at Independence Elementary celebrate the upcoming  Thanksgiving holiday with turkey, cheese, popcorn, and corn bread, Monday morning. Photo by Jessica Steeley

New Admin Hires for Schools

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools Board of Education created two new administrative positions at their Nov. 14 meeting –administrator of technology integration, $84,244-$103,609; and marketing coordinator, $72,899-$89,656. The new technology position will help determine which technology will be implemented using bond money, said Board of Education President Steve Hyer. The […]

New Cameras at Township Parks

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer New security cameras are soon going to be seen throughout Independence Township after the Board of Trustees voted unanimously for them, Nov. 16. “We installed security cameras here at town hall and those have really worked out well,” said Treasurer Paul Brown at the meeting. “We have, from […]

Phragmites fight continues

The City of the Village of Clarkston and the North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy are collaborating to restore the wetlands at Depot Park. Three years ago, Clarkston began controlling phragmites around Middle Lake. The city hired a contractor to treat the remaining phragmites this past fall. Krista Hughes, an independent contractor paid by NOHLC and […]

Play Incorporated into School Days Aids Productivity

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer This year Clarkston elementary schools are choosing to shift their focus and take a different approach by infusing play into the children’s school day, Principal Glenn Gualtieri said. Gualtieri, principal of Bailey Lake Elementary, describes it as a “conscious effort” to have students take time out of their […]

Students Find Leadership in Themselves

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer A new leadership program is working to empower students throughout Clarkston elementary schools. Andersonville Elementary Principal Kim Fletcher describes the program, entitled The Leader in Me, as a way to allow children to find the leader and the greatness in themselves. The Leader in Me program is based […]

Township Block Grant

The 2017 Community Development Block Grant Funding was unanimously approved by the Independence Township Board of Trustees at their Nov. 15 meeting. The township received $77,103 from the block grant, the same amount received last year. Thirty percent of the funds will be allocated to public services –$6,131 will go to Independence Township Senior Center […]