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 […]

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 […]