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 […]

Crispelli’s OK’d for M-15 corner

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Crispelli’s Bakery and Pizzeria is coming to Clarkston. The Independence Township Board of Trustees formally approved the restaurant coming to the Clarkston Dix Plaza at the corner of Dixie Highway and M-15 at the regular meeting, April 23. “Three years ago, we approached Clarkston, and couldn’t find a […]

National award for renovated field

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Community Schools recently received a 2018 Distinguished Facility Award from the American Sports Builders Association. The honor was for the renovation of the multi-purpose synthetic turf field at Clarkston High School. The turf field was replaced in the spring of 2017 with a brand-new turf system and […]

Spray park set to reopen for summer

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Renee Przybylski Memorial Spray Park was not open last summer at Clintonwood Park, but that will all change on May 18 with the park’s grand opening at 10 a.m. A ribbon cutting will take place at 10:30 a.m. as part of Kids Day in the Park. “Renee’s […]


I’m going to put myself out there and say that I’m a lifelong fan of pro wrestling. Anyone else out there with me? When I say pro wrestling, I mean I grew up watching the spectacle most weekends on TV, and once in a great while, on pay-per-view. Mostly WWF, some NWA/WCW, USWA and GWF, […]

Phones’ allure hard for schools to break

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Since cell phones have become a way of life for much of the population, this has trickled down to schools. Clarkston Community Schools does not have a district-wide on student cell phone usage, but each school distributes and discusses a school specific code of conduct to each student […]

Color Run to help grant wish for local girl

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston Junior High School Leadership is hosting a Color Run for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, May 18, at the Clarkston High School trail. This year, CJHS Leadership will be granting the wish of Addyson, a local fifth-grade student with Down Syndrome who loves princesses, Barbies, dogs, and cats. The […]

Vaara humbled by family’s love, support

Fourth and final feature in a series on a pillar of the community, Mel Vaara, as he remembers more than a half century of Clarkston history, and looks to the future. BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer There’s an old saying that goes, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” Mel Vaara has […]