Township budgets approved

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Independence Township Board reviewed and approved 2018 budgets for the Park, Recreation & Seniors Department, General Corridor Improvement Plan, the Cemetery Corridor Improvement Plan and the General Fund. Director Derek Smith presented the 2018 Parks, Recreation & Seniors (PRS) budget to the board at the July 25 meeting. […]

Walker safety also township issue

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Of late pedestrian safety is an issue of discussion at Maybee Road and Dixie Highway in Independence Township. Resident Tammie Heazlit sent an open letter to the Township Board, requesting a traffic study of the area. “Have you heard that three accidents have occurred at the intersection of […]

Recognition for vets at LaLonde Open

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer It was an emotional moment for Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle and others at the 7th Annual LaLonde Charity Open when state Sen. Mike Kowall called Vietnam veterans up to the stage and awarded them 50th anniversary commemorative pins. “There were over 200 golfers, probably 250 people at […]

Community celebrates green during Garden Walk

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Flowers, music and art were enjoyed by participants of the Clarkston Garden Walk put on by the Clarkston Farm and Garden Club, July 19. “This is our 12th year,” Event Chairperson Debi Moore said. “We have six gardens and we try to keep them together. They are within […]

Summer camp in television studio

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Campers learned studio production, editing, and effects at Independence Television’s (ITV) first ever summer camp last week. “They all learned how to use all of our cameras, they learned how to use our tricaster switcher, which allows them to do live productions,” ITV’s Media Producer Kevin Smith said. […]

Old cinema for sale

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer The supernatural horror film “Stigmata” was on the Clarkston Cinema marquee months after it closed in 1999, according to The Clarkston News. Owners of the commercial property at 6808 Dixie hope any stigma has lifted since then, putting it up for sale last week. The building, which housed […]

Cultural learning at Bible school

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Children were immersed in Peruvian culture last week during Vacation Bible School at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church. “The last couple of years we have been doing cross-cultural events and we’ve had a lot of fun visiting different countries by them coming to us,” Children’s Ministry Director Terri Miller […]

More to student success than test scores, officials say

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Students in Clarkston range from 46%-73% for meeting state benchmarks on standardized tests, such as the M-STEP, but that’s just part of the story, said Elizabeth Egan, Board of Education president. Student success after high school can be found in a number of fields, Egan said, from construction […]

JESSICA’S JOURNAL: Importance of travel

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in Clarkston. My articles continued to show up in the paper, so everything’s probably seemed normal for you subscribers out there, but I’ve actually been on vacation. I traveled down south of the border to the beautiful country of Peru and hiked the 26-mile-long Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. […]

Workers busy with summer school construction

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Almost a year since voters approved a $75.98 million bond for technology and building improvements, workers are tearing up and replacing parking lots and fields at Andersonville Elementary, Springfield Plains, Bailey Lake and Clarkston High School. Andersonville’s updates will use $1,753,000 in bond funds for a new parking […]