News in Brief

SMART contract Independence Townshp Board approved a contract for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART), at its Jan. 3 regular meeting. The contract provides $30,168 to SMART for transportation of persons who are handicapped or are 65+ years and live in Independence Township, the City of the Village of Clarkston, and Springfield Township. […]

Keeping classmate’s memory alive

Keeping classmate’s memory alive

Will LaFoy and Kasey Jones led a student project to create a Life Quote Wall for their friend, Michael Biven. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Kasey Jones and Will LaFoy will never forget their friend Michael Biven, and they hope the Life Quote Wall they worked on will help others […]

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Hoops for Troops Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Clarkston Girls Basketball fourth annual Hoops for Troops, set for Feb. 7. Sponsorships are available include Free Throw, Jump Shot, Three Pointer and Buzzer Beater. The Buzzer Beater includes name on the back of the event T-shirt; name on event program; name event flyer; mentioned at […]

Local leaders set 2017 goals

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer The new year ushers in new opportunities for residents and students, say local school and township leaders. “We’ve gotten all the mundane stuff off our plate and we can focus on what’s really exciting, and what really matters, teaching and learning for our kids,” said Board of Education […]

Lighting contest

Lighting contest

Mayor Steve Percival draws the winner in the Clarkston Holiday Lighting Contest. Photo by Phil Custodio Clarkston Mayor Steve Percival drew the winning entry in the Best and the Brightest Holiday Lighting Contest, Dec. 22. The winners, Tom and Sally Lamb of 37 Robertson Court, were nominated by James Schultz. The Lambs are both retired […]

Party for the troops

Party for the troops

Our Lady of the Lakes students Brady Burton, James O’Kane Parisi, Dayanara Martinez, Sophie Johnson, and Brooklyn Robak assemble care packages for troops overseas. Photo by Phil Custodio In lieu of a classroom Christmas party, students at Our Lady of the Lakes collected items and packed 150 boxes for troops overseas, Dec. 22. “This is […]

Oh what fun it is to celebrate

Oh what fun it  is to celebrate

Chelsea Loughrey and Kaley Gibbs make snowflakes during the festivities for the fifth graders in the cafeteria. Photo by Wendi Reardon Price  Clarkston Elementary students celebrated the holidays last Thursday with treats, crafts and games during their classroom parties. The Dragons weren’t the only ones as other elementaries throughout Clarkston Community Schools celebrated with sing […]

Book thrown at suspect

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Roy-Lee Jeffrey Genright, 48, of Detroit faces a slew of charges in the Dec. 17 armed robbery of Clarkston Jewelry Outlet on Dixie Highway. Genright was arraigned on Dec. 21 in front of Judge Joseph Fabrizio, 52-2 District Court in Independence Township, on charges including: armed robbery with personal […]

Final budget fixes for 2016

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer The end of the year is budget clean-up time for the township. In his final 2016 review, Independence Township Budget Analyst Rick Yaeger found three overbudgeted accounts, which he said is comparatively minimal and the township is getting better at staying within budget. The first budget amendment added […]

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Budget fix The Independence Township Board voted, Dec. 20, to approve a budget fix for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding. Budget Analyst Rick Yaeger plans to make one CDBG amendment in January to apply to the whole year. The amendment will adjust the 2017 budget based on what is needed and what CDBG funds […]

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