Clarkston schools to benefit from state grant

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Clarkston Community Schools construction technology program is getting a boost for the upcoming school year after recently being awarded a Marshall Plan for Talent grant along with Brandon and Holly schools. “We need to encourage more of our students to look at high-demand careers and ensure they […]

Fire budget woes pinned on pensions

Fire budget woes pinned on pensions

Staffing changes could improve service, chief says BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Increasing pension costs are close to crashing the Independence Township Fire Department’s budget, warns township Supervisor Pat Kittle and Independence Township Fire Chief Mitch Petterson. The fire department operates on a $6 million yearly budget, and its 2019 labor expenses are […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Welcome, fall!

Welcome, September! Well, goodbye to you, summer. We hardly knew ya. Bring on the fall, I suppose. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. As a lifelong resident of Michigan, fall in our state is beautiful, even breathtaking at times. That’s a main reason Stephanie got married in the fall – for the colors. We also […]

Thendara Park paving work to start soon

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Several streets in the Thendara Park/Sunny Beach Country Club area will be paved soon. At the Aug. 6 regular meeting of the Independence Township Board of Trustees, Thendara Park resident Jeff McGee gave a rundown of the paving and re-paving projects that should begin in the immediate future. […]

School district continuing with ALICE

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul is reassuring the community that all students at the high school – and across the district – will be safe this school year. Last year, several members of the district staff partnered with local law enforcement to undergo ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, […]

New development coming to township

New development coming to township

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The northeast corner of Clintonville and Mann roads will look substantially different in a few years’ time. At the Aug. 20 regular meeting of the Independence Township Board of Trustees, the board unanimously approved the rezoning of nearly 80 acres from single family residential to single family attached […]

Back to school

Back to school

Clarkston students are happy to start the 2020 school year this week, including, from left, Clara Hughes (Kindergarten), Alayna Hughes (second grade), Alaina Young (Kindergarten), and Savannah Young (second grade), heading into Independence Elementary on the first day of school, Aug. 26. Photo by Matt Mackinder

Sashabaw work enters next phase

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Construction on Sashabaw Road will switch sides in the next couple weeks. Paving work on the southbound lanes from I-75 to Clarkston Road was to begin on Tuesday, with work on the shoulders and driveways starting on Thursday. There will be a stop sign added and lane shifts […]

Clarkston teacher up for national award

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Joel Massarello is among six Michigan high school skilled trades teachers in the running for a share of $1 million in cash. Fifty teachers from across the country were selected as semifinalists in the 2019 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. “I think this is […]

Former Tiger Dirks settling down in Clarkston

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Looking to buy or sell a house in Clarkston? You may be lucky enough to deal with a former Detroit Tigers outfielder. Andy Dirks, who played for the Tigers from 2011 to 2013, going to the World Series in 2012, is now a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway’s Clarkston […]

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