Two-day walk for medical care

Two-day walk for medical care

From left, Dr. Kristen Husted McCoy, Bernadett Maggio, and Julie A. Bise plan a 63 mile walk from Independence Township to Lansing to advocate for auto insurance catastrophic medical coverage. Photo by Phil Custodio BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Almost 50 years ago, Julie Bise’s mother fought for handicap access in Michigan. Now Bise […]

Public meeting on single trash hauler

Clarkston City Council will host a community discussion to determine residents’ interest in a single trash hauler for the city. The discussion is in lieu of a Trash Hauler Committee recommended by City Manager Jonathan Smith. Council member David Marsh said appointing a committee was passing the buck. “I think we just send out the […]


Clarkston City Council voted 6-0, Sept. 9, to reimburse $15,515 to Independence Township for Industrial Waste Charges. The city collected the charges from residents, but they township did not bill the city for them. The shortfall was reported to the city by township public works Director Dave McKee this past March. “This was entirely Independence […]

Repaving roads

Repaving work on Miller, S. Holcomb, and Waldon Road at M-15 starts this week. Road Commission for Oakland County workers will spot resurface S. Holcomb Road from W. Washington to West Court; resurface the Waldon Road approach to Main Street; and completely remove and repave Miller Road from Main Street to Glenburnie. During the project, […]

Park art

Park art

The rain mostly held off for the Clarkston Community Historical Society’s 47th annual Art in the Village event in Depot Park last weekend, with more than 80 artists, food vendors, live music, and antique tent. Photo by Phil Custodio

Undercover officer of the year

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Clarkston Area Optimist Club just honored Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Clinton Thom as Independence Township Law Enforcement Officer of the Year when they learned he would soon be gone. “I hate to leave but it was very enjoyable while I was here,” Thom said. “It’s a privilege and honor […]

Work on high school, roads coming in 2020

BY MATT MACKINDER Clarkston News Staff Writer More school renovations and roadwork are coming to town in 2020. At the Independence Township Board of Trustees regular meeting, Sept. 10, Supervisor Pat Kittle gave the details. Clarkston High School will have some building renovations starting the summer of 2020, and the Waldon Road parking lot will […]

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 […]

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