Local food, fun take the stage at Clarkston Food Truck Rally

The Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Network hosts their third annual Food Truck Rally on Friday, May 18, from 4:30-9 p.m. in the Neiman’s Family Market parking lot, 7121 Dixie Highway. Admission is free. The event will have 16 food trucks, beer and wine tent, Kid Zone, and exhibitors. Returning food trucks include […]

Tips for next generation of mechanics

Automotive students from Oakland Schools Technical Center got a view of the technology and work environment of a state-of-the-art service center at Bowman Chevrolet, April 25. The students toured the service center at 6750 Dixie Highway, and learned about the automotive field in a real-world scenario. Jim Roy, service manager, shared insights into the shop, […]

WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: Stopping traffic for schools

Not unlike most of you who are reading this, I have a bucket list of career goals and life experiences I hope to someday realize. Before last Tuesday, nowhere on that list could you find aspirations of stopping traffic on a major highway. And then a dump truck rolled down I-75 with its lift bed […]

Interviews for school superintendent

The Board of Education’s interviews of three finalists for Superintendent of Schools will be on Monday, May 7, starting at 5 p.m. All are invited to attend the interviews at the Clarkston Community Schools Board Room, 6389 Clarkston Road, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Board of Education. 5-5:50 p.m., Pamela Campbell, Ph.D. Dr. Campbell has been the Superintendent in Columbia Community Schools since 2012. She previously served as superintendent in Tekonsha, MI (4 years), Lansing Christian Schools, MI (4 years), and Montpelier, OH (4 years). She started her career as a teacher of Mathematics and Computer Applications in Kansas and later served as Assistant Principal and Principal in Jonesville, MI. A graduate of Michigan State University, Dr. Campbell earned her doctorate in Education Administration in 2012. 6-6:50 p.m., Derrick Lopez, J.D. Superintendent Lopez has been serving as Southfield’s interim leader since July of 2017, having previously served as Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services and School Performance. Highlights of Lopez’s career include serving as the inaugural CEO for the Homewood Children’s Village in Pittsburgh (3 years), Chief of High School Reform for Pittsburgh Public Schools (3 years), and High school Principal in Berkley, MI (3 years). Lopez earned his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Marygrove College, his Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Education Policy at Michigan State University. 7-7:50 p.m., Shawn P. Ryan Superintendent Ryan has been acting as interim leader of Clarkston since January of 2018. Ryan’s […]

Charles Gray Robertson IV

Charles Gray Robertson IV of Rochester Hills, Michigan, May 2, 2018. Born June 21, 1959 in Clarkston, Michigan where he graduated from Clarkston High School and then graduated from Western Michigan University in 1982 with a degree in Journalism and soon after traveled the world as a tour guide for composer and singer star Barry […]


LITWIN, James “Jim”; of Clarkston, May 1, 2018; age 77; loving husband of Valerie for over 30 years; special father of Linda (Joe) Dantonio; grandpa “doggie” of Alyssa, Joe and John; brother of George (Kathy) Litwin; Jim will be especially missed by his loving boys Stingray, Lovey and Clue. He was an avid fan of […]

New signs

New signs

City Manager Jonathan Smith displays a new downtown historical sign for, from left, City Council member Jason Kneisc, Mayor Steven Percival, Council member Sharron Catallo, Clerk Sandy Miller, and the audience. City Council voted 6-0 to approve the placement of two new Clarkston Community Historical Society markers at Washington and Main streets, and 71 N. […]

Wine tasting

Clarkston Rotary Club welcomes the warm weather with its Spring Michigan Wine Tasting, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10, at Fountains Golf & Banquet, 6060 Maybee Road. The event will feature Michigan wineries Blackstar Farms, Brys Estates, Forty-Five North, Hawthorne Vineyards, Laurentide, and Left Foot Charlie, along with appetizers and desserts provided by Fountains. Michigan wines […]

Fundraiser for imagination teams

Jalapeno’s hosts a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 16, 4:30-7:30 p.m. for Clarkston Creativity Crew Destination Imagination teams. Pine Knob, Bailey Lake, and North Sashabaw elementary schools, Sashabaw Middle School, and Clarkston High School DI teams placed in the top three at their State Finals and now advance to the Global Finals competition in Tennessee, May […]

Singer finds spiritual awakening in music tour

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Chris Tomlin’s Worship Night in America Tour comes to DTE Energy Music Theatre, Thursday, May 10, with special guests Kim Walker-Smith of Jesus Culture, Matt Maher, Pat Barrett, Tauren Wells, and Christine D’Clario. “We’re all very different and diverse,” D’Clario said in a phone interview . “It’s awesome to […]