Senior housing across from concerts

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer More elderly housing is a step closer to reality in Independence Township, after a proposal was unanimously approved at the Sept. 10 township Board of Trustees regular meeting. The 18-acre development will be located on the west side of Sashabaw Road, south of Moody Drive and across the […]

First reading OK for LED sign

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The soon-to-be-opened Alex’s Market and Grill on White Lake Road may have an LED sign after all. The Independence Township Board voted unanimously, Sept. 10, to approve first reading of their Planned Unit Development Amendment. Second reading will be at the board meeting next week. The Planning Commission […]

Anti-terrorist training at DTE, across county

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Residents might notice law enforcement and firefighters converging on DTE Energy Music Theatre next Wednesday morning. It’ll just be a drill, said Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle. “It is just good business to plan for the worst and hope for the best,” Kittle said. “If something really bad […]

Fire union, administrators continue finance fight

Fire union, administrators continue finance fight

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Independence Township Fire Department and Independence Firefighters Local Union 2629 are still at odds over department finances. According to a statement released by the union in response to last week’s story “Fire budget woes pinned on pensions” and column “Keep the promises you make, don’t make promises […]

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 […]

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