100 years downtown

100 years downtown

Deputy Grand Master Joshua Woodwyk  checks to make sure the Masonic Temple cornerstone in downtown Clarkston is square, during the Masons’ celebration of the building’s centennial, Aug. 13. Photo by Phil Custodio Cedar Lodge No. 60 Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan celebrated the Centennial Cornerstone Rededication for their Clarkston Masonic Temple at 1 E. […]

Police budget includes revenue increases

Revenue for the Oakland County Sheriff’s Independence Township substation is expected to increase by about $64,000, or 1.3 percent, in 2017. Labor costs are projected to increase by $1,400, or 2.1 percent, and operating costs/capital outlay approximately $78,000 or 1.6 percent compared to 2016. The expenses would be about $15,000 more than 2016, said Budget […]

Budget increases for fire department

Rising property tax revenues are expected to boost the Independence Township Fire Department budget by about $90,000 (1.6 percent of the total budget). Supervisor Pat Kittle said the fire department will add to its budget reserves, which is estimated to be $1.612 million in 2017, $1.623 million in 2018 and $1.631 million in 2019. “We’re […]

Letters to the Editor

A call for ideas to enhance Depot Park Dear Editor, Nestled in the center of our little village is a jewel we call Depot Park. We who live in Clarkston and surrounding Independence Township are privileged to have this pleasant oasis-like place to visit. Many communities have nothing to rival it. Though small in size […]

News in Brief

City council election Four seats on Clarkston City Council, including the mayor and three council seats, will be up for election in November. Steven C. Percival is running unopposed for a two-year term as mayor. Joe Luginski is not running for re-election. Incumbents Sharron Catallo and Michael G. Sabol are running for re-election to the […]

School bond could get earlier payoff, officials say

The recently approved $76 million Clarkston Community Schools bond could be paid off sooner than 30 years, Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan said. “We didn’t want to cloud anything in terms of the election,” Ryan explained. “We knew very early on that Clarkston Schools took a very conservative approach to looking at financing these bonds over […]

$426,000 water grant OK’d

After months of back and forth, Independence Township and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) settled on a price tag for a new water pipeline to be installed on Maple Drive. The Independence Township Board of Trustees voted 6-0 to accept the $426,650 state grant at the Aug. 9 regular board meeting. Getting to […]

Breaking News: Surprise (Clarkston Road work)!

Breaking News: Surprise (Clarkston Road work)!

Monday afternoon drivers of Clarkston Road, near those famous curves around Walters Lake, west of Eston Road were greeted with a surprise. Workers from the Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) were milling and getting ready for the filling of about 2,100 feet of pavement from Clearview, east past West Circle. According to RCOC’s Cindy […]

King Football returns

King Football returns

  Brandon Marcks gets tough Monday morning as the Clarkston Varsity Football team opens the 2016 Fall season with their first practice. Photo by Wendi Reardon

Voters OK school bond

Clarkston school officials have $75.98 million for technology and building improvements after voters approved a bond proposal, Aug. 2. “The board and the administration are extremely excited with the passage of the bond and extremely appreciative of the community supporting this initiative,” said School Board President Steve Hyer. “Over a year ago now, dealing with […]