Mary Jean Baker is quite a Friend

It’s easy to call Mary Jean Baker a friend. Especially if you’re with the Independence Township Library. In 2004, she will assume the position of president for the Friends of the Independence Township Library. “Everybody else backed up and I was just standing there. It’s no big deal. I’m just a volunteer,” Baker humbly said […]

Student dies in car crash

Students at Clarkston High School are mourning the loss of a peer. Seventeen-year-old Kelly Ray Firby was a senior, on the football, power lifting and track and field teams. He had career plans to enter into the heating and air conditioning field after graduation. “He was certainly a well-liked student,” Judy Medlin said. Medlin is […]

Bringing a little holiday cheer to soldiers in Iraq

With the holiday season upon us, Clarkston residents Terry and Muriel Shelswell want to remind everyone to remember those who are serving this country. The Shelswells’ 21-year-old son, Michael, has been stationed in Saddam Hussein’s birthplace, Tikrit, Iraq, at the American Forward Operating Base Omaha since March. “I’m having a hard time dealing with the […]

Suspected child predator arrested locally

“It’s unbelievable,” Sgt. Dirk Feneley of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department in Independence Township said of the alleged actions of Guy Robert Lendrum. The 32-year-old Independence Township resident was charged Thursday, Dec. 4 before Judge Michael Batchik at the 52-2 District Court in Clarkston with 12 counts of sexual assault on children, ranging in age […]

Clarkston High School teachers take on new role

By day they’re Clarkston High School teachers. But after that last school bell rings they step into the role of thespian and take the stage. Well, at least for the past six weeks they have, since rehearsal began. For nearly 20 years, CHS faculty have presented an annual play for all to enjoy, with proceeds […]

Charity, family priority with Knights

Vince Belevender is proud of the work the Knights of Columbus in Clarkston have accomplished. The current Grand Knight has been with the Catholic organization for 10 years, and has seen thousands of dollars go towards people in need. “We are a family organization. Our main function is to be family-oriented and give to charity.” […]

Celebrating the real meaning of Christmas

You’ve been invited to a party at Clarkston Community Church, and it takes place on stage this Sunday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship Pastor Michael Anderson, and his wife, Dawn, wrote the program, inspired by music and narration from “A Christmas Invitation: Come Just As You Are,” written by David T. […]

Candles for Christmas at Davisburg factory

For a Christmas gift with a homemade touch, visit The Davisburg Candle Factory in downtown Davisburg. This time of the year, owners Phoebe Bojanzyk and daughters Laurel Bojanzyk and Melissa Beznitz and the rest of the gang are busy, busy, busy. It’s been four years since the family first purchased the factory, though it’s been […]

Just Jen

After three-plus years at The Clarkston News, my time here is coming to an end. I will now be going on to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in journalism. I’ll be relocating to Virginia Beach, Va. at the end of the month to attend a two-year program at Regent University, a Christian grad […]

Courts announce convenient way to pay traffic tickets

It’ll mean convenience for you and efficiency for the courts. In a collaboration effort by the Oakland County’s four district courts which includes Clarkston, Novi, Rochester Hills, and Troy, a new online ticket payment option has been launched for people with certain civil infraction citations. The program was launched to the public on Tuesday, Dec. […]

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