Township investments

Independence Township Treasurer Rachel Loughrin reported township investments are holding steady amidst financial instability due to coronavirus. Public Act 20 in state law heavily restricts the way township funds can be invested, Loughrin said. “The township does not invest in the stock market, so we were not affected by the losses in the market and […]

Emergency powers

Independence Township Board voted unanimously, March 17, to empower the township supervisor and fire chief to suspend or terminate any township activity, close any building, enter into any contract or expenditure directly related or needed for purposes of an emergency action, should Independence Township declare a state of emergency. Funds spent during the emergency would […]

Waldon Road paving project to start in 2021

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Waldon Road between Clintonville and Baldwin roads qualifies to be converted from gravel to asphalt under a federal aid program. “We’ve waited for seven years for some sort of a decision by these guys,” said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle. “We were notified this does qualify and that […]

Township pulls Walters Lake park plan

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer A proposed Walters Lake parks development is off the table after property owners had a change of heart. “They had changed their mind – there is no intention of doing anything with that property right now until they weigh all of their options,” said township Supervisor Pat Kittle. […]

Clarkston videographer does best work on ice

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer It all started when Stuart Forbes happened upon a Craigslist ad more than ten years ago. “Late summer of 2009, I answered an ad looking for a videographer to shoot hockey games and record them to DVD that was then given to each coach and the referee in […]

Students give back to community

Students give back to community

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The order of the day at Andersonville Elementary, March 6, was giving back to the community. Students from Kindercub through fifth grade spent the day collecting and counting markers, making dog blankets and treats, painting flowerpots and birdhouses, making fleece blankets for senior citizens, and writing letters for […]

Families make plans sans schools

On The Clarkston News’ Facebook page, we asked Clarkston families what their plans are with no school for kids until April 6: “Deep spring cleaning.” – Katherine Butler Shrout “Cleaning, working outside when the weather permits, reading and practicing math online and on paper, practicing writing. I’m making a schedule so that the kids and […]

Schools closed, food offered to all kids

Schools closed, food offered to all kids

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With Clarkston schools closed until April due to state executive order to fight the coronavirus, students and families relying on free breakfast and lunch at district buildings will not be left out in the cold. Clarkston Community Schools, in partnership with Chartwells School Dining, is offering free breakfast and […]

Emergency manager

With COVID-19, like all emergencies, the Independence Township fire chief has authority to make emergency purchases above what the township purchasing policy allows to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the community. However, overall management and control for the township remains with the Board of Trustees and management team currently in place, said township […]

Cancellations due to COVID

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Independence Township canceled most of its community activities for the foreseeable future to fight COVID-19. “We are taking this very seriously,” Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said. “We don’t want to contribute to any sickness in our community by facilitating these activities. Our Parks, Recreation and Seniors staff […]