BRENNER, James D. of Holly; February 8, 2017; age 71.  Loving husband of Alice for 51 years; beloved father of James (Kelli) Brenner and Kimberly Perry; proud grandpa of Morgen and Noah; brother of Edward (Sue) Brenner, Peggy (Nick) Ritz, Kaye Allen, Debbie (Dennis) Burrill, Cindy Brenner and Mary (Steve) Watkins.  James retired from General […]

Thelma C. WILSON

WILSON, Thelma C. of Clarkston; February 8, 2017; age 84.  Preceded in death by her husband Harold and parents Claude and Jewel Slinkard; mother of Deb, Melinda (Jerry) Altenbernt, Rick, Bill (Marlene), Mike (Stacey), Dave and Jason; grandma of Heather (Eric) Ignash, Katie Altenbernt, Quinton Wilson, Kevin Altenbernt and Adam Wilson.  Funeral Service Saturday, February […]

Community mourns loss of local youth

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor A community newspaper has a responsibility to the community it serves. The Clarkston News failed in that responsibility in last week’s paper, placing the tragic accident suffered by a Sashabaw Middle School student on the Public Safety page. In that, we showed an appalling lack of sensitivity in a […]

News in Brief

Student count day Today was Student Count Day throughout Michigan, determining school funding from the state based on the number of students in each district. Clarkston receives $7,511 per student. This year Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan predicted the district to be 100 students down on count day, which is equivalent to a loss of $751,000 […]

Peter Pan JR on stage

Notre Dame Theatre presents Marist Academy’s Peter Pan JR., Friday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., all at Lake Orion High School, 495 E. Scripps Road, Lake Orion. Clarkston residents in the cast or crew include Brooke Cousins, Aaron Palardy, Gavin Hanigan and Julia Spadafora. Notre […]

WORDS FROM THE SUP’T: In adversity, check the accuracy of our thinking

This month, our community will commence its Well Being Campaign. This will include a variety of business, health, education, civic, government, and parent leaders coming together to discuss what it means for a child to be socially, emotionally, and physically well and the structures we have or can put in place to ensure the well-being […]

Family research reveals link to Clarkston founders

Family research reveals link to Clarkston founders

Jim Wenger of Independence Township, at left, with Mark Martin. Photo provided Fourth in a series on the families who helped build Clarkston and the descendants who still live here, carrying on their legacy. BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Jim Wenger’s family roots run deep in Clarkston, all the way back to its founders. […]


SCHULTZ (BRENDEL), Cheryl D.; of Clarkston; passed away suddenly February 3, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer; age 71; preceded in death by her husband Stephen, her parents Carl and Dorothy Brendel and sisters Onnie Davis & Polly Parnell; mother of Katie (Larry) Hess and Jonathan Andrew Schultz; grandma “Grammy” of Jackson & Kennedy; […]

Gail M (Erickson) Selvala

Gail M (Erickson) Selvala, 68, a long time former resident of Clarkston, passed away peacefully at the Avow Hospice Georgeson House in Naples, Fl on January 27, 2017 after a courageous ten month battle with cancer. Gail was born in Three Rivers, Michigan to parents Wilbur Edward Erickson and Vivian Maxine (Garter) Erickson. She was […]