CNEWS EDITORIAL: It’s time Clarkston grew up

This past weekend The City of the Village of Clarkston celebrated 25 years of controlling their own destiny, of becoming a city to thwart off any encroachments from surrounding governments. Twenty-five years ago, Clarkston became a city and it is high-time city council grows up – or will it be more of the same: juvenile, […]

City to seek closed session in FOIA case

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor The next time City Council meets with attorneys about pending litigation, it will probably be in closed session. “I would really like to have Mr. (James) Tamm present and we can go into closed session to ask him some of these direct questions” about the Susan Bisio vs. the […]

Council votes to limit mayor

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston City Council approved first reading of a revised ordinance to appoint members of the Historic District Commission. According to the revision, members “shall be nominated by any council member and confirmed by a majority vote of the legislative body serving. A member may be removed from the Historic […]

Tree plantings sans city OK

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor City Council voted unanimously to approve a $3,325 budget amendment for tree planting, Oct. 9. However, some trees have already been purchased and planted, a violation of city ordinances, said Mayor Steven Percival. According to ordinance 30.15, “the council must approve all purchases and sales,” except for purchases by […]

Foundation backs Rotary projects

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor A $5,000 donation from the David W. Elliott Memorial Foundation for Clarkston Rotary Club’s Shoes for Kids program should go a long way. With winter snow a few weeks away, it’s still the off season for boots, hats, gloves, and other cold weather items. “Each dollar will be able […]

Letters to the Editor

Questions for council Dear Editor, The Clarkston News asked several relevant questions of the candidates for Village of Clarkston City Council as published in last week’s edition. I am appalled the answers from the incumbent council members are so uninformative and in some cases outright wrong. Even worse is candidate Marsh who refused to answer […]


The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office Independence Substation is seeking information on a suspect who has been passing counterfeit currency at businesses throughout Independence Township. The suspect has been targeting small businesses and food stores during early afternoon hours. In these incidents, he posed as a customer and made small purchases, usually under $10 in value. […]

Time almost up for clock shop

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor With 40 years in business, it’s about time for It’s About Time owner Cliff Hammond to close up his clock shop. “I’ve enjoyed it. I never made a lot of money, but I enjoy clocks and the people, with some minor exceptions,” said Hammond, 81. “Things have changed, the […]

Emergency training at high school, Friday

Independence Township Fire Department, along with firefighters from Brandon and Springfield townships, will be at Clarkston High School for training on Friday, Oct. 20, about 8-10 a.m. “Should you see or hear of the presence of emergency vehicles at CHS during the day on Friday, please do not be alarmed. While the training lasts for […]

Clarkston Optimists start 32nd year

The Clarkston Area Optimist Club installed new officers for their 32nd year in Clarkston.  The motto of the Optimist Club is “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.”  The Clarkston Area Optimist Club installed new officers for their 32nd year in Clarkston.  The motto of the Optimist Club is “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.”  The local club […]