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 […]

Margaret Ann JAHNKE

JAHNKE, Margaret Ann; of Waterford; formerly of Clarkston; December 15, 2016; age 92.  Preceded in death by her husband Kenneth A. and son Kenny.  Loving mother of Karen (David) Tinkis, Kathy Porter, Keith (Wendy) Jahnke and Kaye Webb; cherished   grandma of David (Missy) Tinkis, Stacey (Walter) Loos, Jennifer (Mark) Violette, Marisa (Phil) Ratliff, Robert Porter, […]


WILLIAMS, Kristin S. of Clarkston; December 14, 2016; age 49.  Wife of Kevin for 30 years; mother of Jake (Trish) and Kaitlyn Williams; grandmother of Dean; daughter of Kent Shebelut and the late Judy Heagarty; sister of Rick (Kristin) Heagarty, Cory (Kristen) Heagarty, Kari (Nathan Lange) Pawley, Kent (Deanna) Shebelut; daughter in law of Faye […]

Season’s greetings

Season’s greetings

Jack Charlton is happy to see Santa at the tree lighting festivities in Depot Park, after the Holiday Lights Parade, Saturday. Please see page 37 for more pictures from the event. Photo by Phil Custodio

News in Brief

Holidays at the News It’s the holiday season, and the staff of The Clarkston News are taking some time off for festivities with family and friends. Our Christmas party is Thursday, Dec. 15, in Oxford, so expect a “gone partying” sign up around lunch time. For Christmas, the office will be closed on Monday, Dec. […]

Delivering holiday help

Delivering holiday help

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor This holiday season, Nick and Becky Thomas of Clarkston Food Express want to help their neighbors. Through Dec. 23, their restaurant meal delivery service will donate a portion of every order to employees of the Lakes Grille, which burned down last week. Several local business are offering donations and […]

Township news

Brady Lodge work almost done Restoration of Brady Lodge, located in Bay Court Park off Andersonville Road, is nearing completion as the Independence Township Board voted last week to accept a quote to complete electricity throughout the building. “It’s mostly completed now,” said township Trustee Ron Ritchie. “With the lighting, it’ll make it so we […]

PHIL IN THE BLANK: A cold world

Snow and ice arrived later than before this winter season. I was wearing shorts just a couple weeks ago! That lulled me into a sense of complacency, and I found myself lacking in proper gear last Thursday for my afternoon run, when it got down into the 20s. Oh yeah, I though, I’m supposed to […]