News in Brief

Assessing director Assistant Director of Accessing Christine Ritchie will serve as acting assessor with limited authority until a new assessor is hired, the Independence Township Board decided, Jan. 17. Interviews for a new director of accessing for Independence Township will start soon, said Supervisor Pat Kittle. Unemployment rate Matthew Gibb, deputy county executive of Oakland […]

Swearing in

Swearing in

New City Manager Jonathan Smith takes his oath of office with Clerk Sandy Miller after he was appointed unanimously by City Council, Jan. 23. Photo by Phil Custodio

More funds budgeted for well relief

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Residents living close to contaminated wells can more easily tap into township water this year. Independence Township installed a water main down Maple Drive last year so nine residences with contaminated well water could connect to the township system. These residences qualified for a state funded connection, while […]

Retro party

Retro party

In middle, Wendy Pinter, certified professional midwife at Nine Short Months in Clarkston, shows Amy and Tom Beattie her offices on Main Street. Shoppers enjoyed savings and specials while sampling hors d’oeuvres and beverages and making donations to the Oakland County Veterans Court, at the Strolling Retro Party, Jan. 21 in downtown Clarkston.

New city manager selected

New city manager selected

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston’s newest city manager is set to be sworn in on Monday, Jan. 23. Jonathan Smith accepted the position last Friday, after interviewing with the City Council at a Jan. 12 special meeting. “I just love the small town feel of Clarkston, close to the big city with small […]

New sheriff’s LT in town

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Lt. Larry Perry takes over as the top local cop starting this weekend. The 25-year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office officially takes the reins of the Independence Township substation from retiring Lt. Dirk Feneley on Jan. 21. “I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Perry said. “This is […]

City to appeal lawsuit loss

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor In a split vote, City Council decided to appeal a ruling against the city in the 59 S. Main Street lawsuit. The council made the vote in open session after a closed session to discuss the case, Jan. 9. Voting “yes” were council members David Marsh, Sharron Catallo, Jason […]

ZBA appointments challenged

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor A motion to reappoint members to the city Zoning Board of Appeals met with resistance at the Jan. 9 City Council meeting. ZBA member Steve Arkwright noted Mayor Steve Percival’s list of reappointments to the zoning board did not include Council member Sharron Catallo, which he considered a removal […]

News in Brief

Snow, ice days Icy roads meant school closings for Clarkston kids, last Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 10-11, as well as Tuesday this week, Jan. 17. “We closely watch the weather forecasts, often speaking directly with the National Weather Service. When these are negative, we talk with neighboring superintendents, transportation directors and operations supervisors about their […]

Suspect caught

The search for jewelry store robbery suspect Jimmie Walker Jr. has come to an end. U.S. Marshals and Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Walker in Hamtramck and he was booked into Oakland County Jail on Jan. 13. Walker, 50, of Detroit was sought in the armed robbery of Clarkston Jewelry Outlet, Dec. 17. Walker is […]

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