City takes aim at Airbnbs

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Interest has soared about Airbnbs in the City of the Village of Clarkston, both for and against, and city officials are looking for rules on it. The city receives calls regularly from people interested in buying a residence and turning it into an Airbnb, said City Manager Jonathan Smith […]

City parking

Clarkston Planning Commission voted 3-0 at Monday’s meeting to forward their final two parking recommendations to City Council. One was to eliminate the city parking deferment ordinance because it has not been enforced in more than 20 years and the city attorney advised against enforcing it for new businesses due to the risk of legal […]

Auditions for Holmes

The Clarkston Village Players are holding open auditions for their March production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily” on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. at the Depot Theatre, 4861 White Lake Road. Characters in the mystery by Katie Forgette, presented by special arrangement with […]


We keep things local here at The Clarkston News, but I usually grant some leeway to letter writers to the editor. Readers can mostly write about whatever they like, including national issues like President Donald Trump. That doesn’t sit well with some. One wrote to ask us not to print any more political letters at […]

Reader sees Trump letter as propaganda

Dear Editor, Michael Powell’s letter to the editor (“An answer to impeachment call,” Nov. 27), a lightly edited Fox News summary, urges us to ignore the reputable media; voices of state department officials; impeachment hearings testimony; incriminating documents, video footage and recordings; and Trump’s daily lies. It’s a far-right strongman manifesto that turns truth on […]

Hyper-realism is name of the game for slot-car racer

Hyper-realism is name of the game for slot-car racer

Hidden in Anthony Ramses’ basement is a highly detailed slot-car race track, which he built himself. Photos by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Anthony Ramses of Independence Township feeds his need for speed on his hand-built 264-square-foot slot-car race track in his basement. “This is my a man cave, my big boy […]

William C. McINNIS

McINNIS, William C. of Pontiac; passed away on December 1, 2019; age 63; father of Kristen (Jeremy) McInnis-McCornack & Sherli McInnis; papa of Mia, Noah & Owen; son of John & Carol McInnis; brother of Cheryl (Jerry) Karalla; preceded in death by his daughter Shauna Lynn McInnis and his brother David McInnis.  Bill graduated from […]

Judith Diane HARBOUR

HARBOUR, Judith Diane; of Auburn Hills formerly of Waterford; passed away November 27, 2019; age 78; wife of William Krieger; mother of Daniel (Michele) Davis, the late Jared (Denise) Davis and Robert Davis; Granny of Christopher, Daniel, Stevie and Nicole; great granny of Christopher & Roman; sister of Carol (late Jim) Studley and Kathy Harbour. […]

Robert L. GILLIS

GILLIS, Robert L.; of Clarkston; passed away November 27, 2019; age 79; preceded in death by his wife Ann; father of Tom (Trish) Gillis & Mark Gillis; grandpa “pops” of Keith, Eric & Tyler; great grandpa of Colton; brother of Barbara (Mike) Watkins, William Gillis, Pamela (Margaret) Colon & Kurt (Carrie) Gillis; son in law […]


FOLCIK, LOUIS THEORDORE; of White Lake, passed away November 28, 2019 at 97 years of age. Born March 23, 1922 in Powers, Michigan, son of the late Michael and Sophie Folcik nee Kupcza; beloved husband of the late Evelyn Folcik for 56 years; survived by many loving nieces and nephews and cared for by nieces […]