Schools moving to online learning

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Teachers are busy studying Virtual At-Home Learning in order to start remote classes for Clarkston Community Schools on Monday, April 6. “While we realize online learning cannot fully substitute the quality of a face-to-face classroom, we are prepared to provide our students with creative and unique opportunities to […]

Principal keeps positive outlook

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Schools have been closed since March 13 to help curb the spread of COVID-19, but Clarkston High School Principal Gary Kaul found a silver lining in the entire situation. “If there are a few things I have learned over this past week it’s this, my family and friends […]

Schools work on virtual learning

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools is considering virtual education after April 3, when spring break was supposed to come to an end, pending changes to state-mandated restrictions. “When school resumes after spring break, either virtually or traditionally, teams will coordinate previously scheduled IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) with parents,” said Kathy […]

COVID-19 in Clarkston

COVID-19 in Clarkston

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Two patients with the COVID-19 coronavirus are in treatment at Clarkston Medical Group. “One is critically ill and has some underlying health problems. The other patient is doing fine and had mild symptoms. So yes, it’s real, and very serious for some patients,” said Dr. Erica Harding on […]

New dump truck

At the March 17 Independence Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved the purchase of a new dump truck for the Department of Public Works, at a cost of $108,200. The 2007-model dump truck the DPW currently has, “while it runs, it does not run well,” according to township Supervisor Pat Kittle. It […]

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 […]