Kiosk contractor OK’d

City Council voted 6-1 to award the bid for a paid-parking kiosk for the Main and Washington street lot to Traffic and Safety Control Systems of Wixom for a total of $10,350. Bids were also received from IPS Group of California for $8,170, and Light and Breuning of Indiana for $11,095. The Wixom company offered […]

Council passes on downtown parking proposals

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor City Council tabled a list of parking proposals for E. Washington Street, east of Buffalo in downtown Clarkston. “We’re trying to find some sort of happy balance,” said Council member Rick Detkowski, who made a motion to approve the recommendations at the Jan. 8 meeting. “In its present state, […]

Committee to review city attorney contract

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston City Council voted 6-1 to create a committee to review and create a contract for the city attorney. “I’m not happy with the city’s representation mainly because of the FOIA lawsuit,” said Council member Sue Wylie, referring to resident Sue Bisio’s case against the city regarding a Freedom […]

Lucia Vander Velde Wilford, 99

Lucia Vander Velde Wilford, a former resident of North Main Street, Clarkston passed away in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 7, 45 days shy of her 100th birthday. Born in Grand Rapids on Feb. 21, 1918, to A. W. and Hanny Vander Velde, she and her family moved to Royal Oak when she […]

Suspect in local bank robbery arrested

A 40-year-old Flint woman arrested for a bank robbery in the 4000 block of S. Baldwin Road, 10:07 a.m., Jan. 13, is a suspect in a Nov. 20 bank robbery in Independence Township. An employee of the S. Baldwin Road bank called 9-1-1 to report the robbery, and said a female suspect took with her […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: Teachable moment?

Principal Gary Kaul described perfectly the circumstances behind Dr. Rod Rock’s decision to resign as superintendent. It’s a betrayal. He chose to engage in whatever happened in this “inappropriate” relationship with a former Clarkston High School student, over and despite his obligations as superintendent which he knew so well. It seems to be very inexplicable, […]


TOMBRELLA, Joseph; of Clarkston; January 14, 2018; age 88; preceded in death less than a month ago by his wife Mary; father in law of Kim ( late Joseph Anthony); grandpa of Emelia; brother in law to Lorene Tombrella; survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. Joseph retired from City of Centerline and formerly owned/operated […]


KLAKER, ANDREW G. of Clarkston, passed away January 11, 2018 at 88 years of age. Loving husband of Angeline “Angie” for  61 years; beloved father of Alphonse Grzelka and Kimberly Klaker-De Fino; grandfather of Heather (Andrew) Mackarevitz and Claudia De Fino; great grandfather of Amanda and Alister; brother of Dorothy Skupny and Geraldine Gregory. Also survived […]

Clarkston superintendent resigns

Clarkston School Board President Elizabeth Egan released a letter announcing the sudden resignation of Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock, effective immediately. Here is that letter: January 15, 2018 Dear Clarkston Community Schools parents, Last week, Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock voluntarily notified the Board of Education of a relationship he had with a recent Clarkston High School […]

Wendla Ann Dolven, 82

Surrounded by her husband, son Craig and loving caregiver, Maria, Wendla “Pat” Ann Dolven passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 after a long illness. She was 82 years old. She was a loving and generous wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She had a special gift of making anyone in her presence feel special and […]