News in Brief

School admins hired Lori Banaszak was hired as administrator of technology integration, $84,244 to start, topping out at $103,609; and Mary Ellen Roe was approved as the new director of marketing, $72,899-$89,656, at the Feb. 13 school board meeting. Two instructional staff members were also added to the district’s shared service program at Auburn Hills […]

Parking committee seeks more data

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston’s Parking Committee will soon be hitting the streets downtown, collecting their own data on where and when people park. “Let’s find out for ourselves – how many parking spaces are in the city for real,” said committee member Erich Lines, at the committee’s first meeting, Feb. 15. “We […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Journalism strongest tool for free speech

Dear Editor, Recently, Don Rush asked us to comment about the role/value of newspapers, and other news media, in our society. Perhaps, an excerpt from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University book published 10 years ago put it best: “The independent media functions as another check and balance on government although […]

Command truck in action

When a fire alarm went off on Holcomb Road, Monday morning, the Independence Township Fire Department’s new command truck was the first fire vehicle at the scene. There wasn’t a fire, but if there was, the truck could have been used to start fighting it. The new command truck, costing $230,000, has a water tank […]

Mary Catherine QUIGLEY

QUIGLEY, Mary Catherine (Murphy); a long time resident of Clarkston, age 84; passed away peacefully Monday, February 20, 2017 at her home.  Preceded in death by her parents Roy and Elizabeth (Feeny) Murphy, beloved husband Jesse Quigley, sons William and Paul Quigley; grandmother of William (Angie) Quigley Jr., Chaelen (Rob Phillips) Quigley, Michael (Stephanie) Quigley […]


STRINGER, Robert D. “Don” of Clarkston; February 17, 2017; age 100.  Preceded in death by his wife Elnora and son Duane.  Loving father of Wendell (Jill) Stringer; proud grandfather of Todd (Dara), Gary, Brent (Sarah), Mark, Scott, Lee (Heather) and Beth; Also survived by 12 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; brother of Helen […]

James Michael DARBY

DARBY, James Michael “Mike”; of Clarkston and Ft. Myers Beach; February 15, 2017; age 71; loving husband, soulmate and best friend of Darlene for 53 years; preceded in death by his daughter Colleen R. McIntosh; beloved father of Elizabeth (Eric) Morfe and Michelle (Scott) Ross; grandfather of Eric (Megan) and Darby McIntosh, Michael and Nicholas […]


LAFFERTY, Frank N. of Clarkston; February 15, 2017; age 67.  Loving husband of Gloria for 45 years; beloved father of Frank N. Lafferty II, Jeremy (Cori) Lafferty and Joshua (Nicole) Lafferty; proud papa of Brayden, Jayce and Nadaline; brother of Linda (Bo) Mathis, Alice and Karen.  Preceded in death by his siblings Frederick, Wilma, Jean […]

Margaret B. WARD

WARD, Margaret B. “Bev” of West Bloomfield; preceded in death by William “Bill”, her loving husband of 70 years; beloved mother of Margaret (Jeff) Davis and Bill (Penny) Ward; grandmother of 6; great grandmother of 9 and great great grandmother of 4.  Funeral ServiceSaturday 10:00 am at the Lewis E. Wint and Son Funeral Home, […]

Ready to dance

Ready to dance

John and Alexiana Alaniz were all dressed up for the Clarkston Daddy Daughter Dance, Feb. 11, at Clarkston High School. They joined crowds of girls and their dads at the Valentine’s weekend celebration, with punch, cookies, DJ, and lots of photos and memories. Photo by Phil Custodio