News in Brief

Planning appointments Clarkston City Council voted, Dec. 12, to appoint Rob Bondy, Eric Haven, Frank Schoebel, and Joe Luginski to Clarkston Planning Commission. Bondy, Haven, and Schoebel’s appointments were unanimous. Council member Haven recused himself from the vote for himself. The vote for Luginski was 4-3, with Haven, Mayor Steve Percival, and council members Rick […]

Superintendent earns ‘Effective’ score in evaluation

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community School District Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock received an “Effective” score on his yearly evaluation. State law requires the superintendent to be evaluated on student growth and achievement, student/parent/teacher feedback, evaluations and progress towards the school improvement plan every year. The evaluation reflects the 2015 to 2016 […]

Planners table kennel rezoning request

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Independence Township Planning Commission voted, Dec. 8, to table Special Land Use approval for a dog kennel operation on Pine Knob Road, Millstones Golden LLC, a golden retriever breeding business. Several letters were sent to the commission to be included in the meeting packet, both in favor and […]

JESSICA’S JOURNAL: A column by Jessica Steeley

Christmas is finally here. In a few short days families all over Clarkston—and the world—will be opening presents under the tree on Christmas morning and marveling at all the cookies Santa ate. I’ll be having an unusual Christmas this year. Almost every year since I can remember I’ve spent Christmas Eve sleeping in the twin […]

Poverty’s effect on Clarkston

During the last couple of months for my Language Arts class, I have worked on a project to answer the question “What attributes lead to poverty in Clarkston?” This question came to mind after reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In this classic, Lee illustrated the characteristics in different people based on how […]

Music fun, worthwhile for A Cappella singers

Music fun, worthwhile for A Cappella singers

Clarkston A Cappella singers rehearse a number. Photo by Jessica Steeley BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Detroit Voice, a subset of Clarkston A Cappella, was selected to be on the new 2017 Best of High School A Cappella compilation. This is the third time Detroit Voice has been featured on the compilation, Clarkston […]

Historic figures leave lasting impression on artist

Historic figures leave lasting impression on artist

Steve Zirwes’ made Sitting Bull artwork with a gravestone rubbing and bull’s skull. BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Getting off a boat at Martha’s Vineyard, Steve Zirwes sees the line, “A mission from God.” The sighting happens en route to John Belushi’s grave, located at a cemetery on the other side of the […]

Volunteer vet honored for service

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor A stroke meant the end of Keith Overby’s career as an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy, but the beginning of volunteer opportunities throughout the community. “That stroke retired me, but I didn’t give up,” said Overby of Springfield Township, 64, who had a stroke while on duty at the Independence […]

SPIRITUAL MATTERS: Christmas is messy and real

A pastor sees a beautiful Nativity set on the table of a family she is visiting. It is an absolutely exquisite porcelain manger scene. Pointing to it she asks the 5 year old in the family, “Do you know what this is?” The little boy replies, “Yes, it’s breakable.” This fun little story makes me […]


SPARKMAN, Donald P.; of Clarkston; December 20, 2016; age 74; husband of Judy for 54 years; father of Cassandra (Warwick) Benson; “Papa” of Rohan & Kaiden; brother of Wayne Sparkman; preceded in death by his brothers Robert, Roy, Bob and Jim Sparkman; brother in law of Edna Sparkman and Bunny (late Larry) Newmarch; uncle of […]