School snow days forgiven

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Summer’s back on schedule for school families, with the state forgiving four more snow days. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4206, May 10, to forgive four snow days called while the state was under a state of emergency due to extreme cold temperatures this past winter. Therefore, […]

Three turnovers on Township Board

BY MATT MACKINDER & DON RUSH Three of the seven-member Independence Township Board have or will soon step down, leaving the board nearly half appointed a year and a half before the next election. Board Supervisor Pat Kittle will keep the township steady, though. “In light of the recent board turnover, I think it is […]

Bailey Lake hosts annual Seuss Night

Bailey Lake Elementary hosted its annual Seuss Night, April 26. The fun and well-attended event recognizes the literary works of renowned children’s author Dr. Seuss, utilizing games and activities focused on and related to Dr. Seuss. Photos by Matt Mackinder        

SOCKS Day continues to give back to community

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The 16th annual SOCKS Day, held April 26, brought smiles and gratification to students and staff at Independence Elementary as everyone pitched in to help the local community. SOCKS is an acronym for Serving Our Community Kids Style and was started by the school’s Literacy Coach, Corena Bell. […]

CHS seniors honored at annual awards night

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston High School held its annual Senior Awards Night, May 2. Of the 649 graduating seniors, 245 were honored at the event. “These members of the senior class have certainly distinguished themselves not only during their time at Clarkston High School, but I’d venture to say during all […]

Township Clerk Pallotta calls it a career

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer According to Barb Pallotta, “it’s just time.” Pallotta, who has served as the Independence Township Clerk since 2011, announced her retirement earlier this month. “Some of the reasons are obvious; I’m almost 66,” said Pallotta. “Some are not so obvious, and some are personal, so to come up […]

Sashabaw will be ‘goat rodeo’ this summer

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer In a recent email to The Clarkston News, reader Rick Sipe inquired as to why Clintonville Road was chosen to be resurfaced instead of Waldon Road. “Anyone who has driven on both roads would certainly know that Waldon Road is in much worse condition than Clintonville Road,” Sipe […]

Want to be a Wolf? 25 out-of-district students may be accepted next year

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer At the April 29 Board of Education meeting, a proposal was put forth to expand open enrollment for Young Fives and kindergarten students, starting with the 2019-20 school year. Under the proposal, presented by Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services John Lucido, the district would accept applications in a […]

BPA students win in Grand Rapids, off to Anaheim

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer It’s all business for eight Clarkston High School students. Literally. Back on March 15-17, Richard Budny, Nathan Dimmer, Cameron Hempton, Logan Malone, Thomas McCarty, David Moss, Laura Norrito, and Nathan Sesti competed in the Business Professionals of America 2019 State Leadership Competition in Grand Rapids. Four students (Budny, […]

Student organizes charity walk

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Springfield Plains fourth-grade student Kilee Mahan is passionate about helping animals and has organized her own charity walk to raise money for two charities – the Do Only Good Animal Rescue and the Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation. The charity walk will take place June 1 at Bay […]

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