Hybrid school offers education alternative

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer After 16 years of working with homeschooled children, Clarkston resident Tarla Gernert realized that many people wanted to give their children a different kind of education but didn’t feel they could homeschool on their own. They wanted more support, guidance, help, and community. Gernert found the solution, partnering […]

Security beefed up at schools

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer With school district bond projects set to wrap up before the first day of school on Aug. 26, Clarkston High School will have notable changes this year. According to CHS Principal Gary Kaul, one of the most important bond updates is the reconfiguration of the attendance office, and […]

Annual golf outing another rousing success

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The Clarkston Foundation’s 26th Annual Golf Outing for Education was Aug. 5 at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club and from all accounts, can be deemed another successful event. “It’s a culmination of hard work from a group of community volunteers whose only goal is to make the Clarkston […]

Clarkston grad off to college puck in Minnesota

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer It’s been quite the roller coaster ride for Clarkston native Tony Malinowski. Just after leaving town to play his second season of junior hockey for the United States Hockey League’s Des Moines (Iowa) Buccaneers at the end of last summer, Malinowski’s mother, Michele, passed away on Sept. 26, […]

WHAT ‘MATT’ERS: Reporting the news

Being a reporter may seem like a cake job, but let me be the first to tell you it’s more than typing words into a file and sending it to the editor for publication. In fact, the first thing a reporter has to realize – and I learned this when I first started in this […]

Sign points to commercial/residential divide

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Alex’s Market and Grill’s new LED sign is too commercial for Preservation Clarkston, which wants to keep Independence Township one of the last “bedroom communities” in the county. Owners filed a zoning ordinance amendment with Independence Township Planning Commission for an LED sign in front of the property […]

Conflict boils over coaching

Discord in dugout amid success on field BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer Clarkston High School softball celebrated a successful season last spring, winning the MHSAA Division 1 Regional trophy. But the cost is too high, said Bella Roselli, former softball player and 2019 Clarkston graduate calling out Clarkston High School softball head coach […]

Concert takes crowd back to Hammer Time

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The calendar might read 2019, but on July 26, it felt like the late 1980s and early 1990s again. Hammer’s House Party – a conglomeration of old school rappers Biz Markie, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Coolio and MC Hammer – took the stage that night at DTE Energy Music Theatre, […]

Lock doors to thwart thefts

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer A reader went on Facebook in the early hours of July 26 and posted a warning to area residents. “Hate that I have to write this…LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS!! Car burglar is back.. around cranberry lake road/ Holcomb road.. long story short, my car door passenger side doesn’t […]

Questions of safety on new safety path

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer The swamp safety path currently being installed on Clintonville Road between Waldon and Maybee roads is sagging, according to reader Michael Powell, who sent an email to The Clarkston News recently. “In the last ‘Township Times,’ Supervisor (Pat) Kittle mentions rain as being the reason for the lack […]

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