School budget vote June 27

Clarkston Community Schools is projecting around 8 percent, or $6.9 million, fund balance for the 2016-17 budget, according to Executive Director of Business Services Mary Beth Rogers. “My goal was to give you a balanced budget, I got as close as I could. This is a first reading, so this might change a little bit […]

Jet ski ‘trick’ helps douse boat fire

The Independence Township Fire Department received a call at 1:30 p.m. Saturday of a boat fire on Whipple Lake. “It came in as a working boat fire,” said Independence Township Fire Chief Mitch Petterson. “We don’t have a cause on it yet. It’s a boat, so it’s like a car fire, you can’t always pin […]

Jammin’ to classics

Jammin’ to classics

Ruby Grace Shannon enjoys a cracker while at Concerts in the Park last Friday. Photo by Trevor Keiser. Folks were taken back to soulful times of Motown classics as “Street Corner” performed for second week of Concerts in the Park, hosted by the Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce, June 17. Patrons also filled their tummies […]

$50,000 for gravel roads

The township approved $50,000 for gravel to supplement county road repairs. Independence Township Board voted 6-1 to approve the purchase. Trustee David Lohmeier was the lone “no” vote. “I don’t like the condition of our roads, but we don’t collect taxes (at the township) to maintain the roads. It’s not our responsibility to do the […]

City news in brief

DPW supervisor resigns Clarkston is in need of a new Department of Public Works supervisor after Jason Miller submitted his resignation. During the hiring process, the DPW department will have one full-time and a part-time employee. “The problem is the wage rate is not great – it may take awhile find someone,” said City Manager […]

Recognition for safety services

Deputy Sharon Beltz earned Deputy of the Year honors from the Clarkston Area Optimists Club, June 1. “We’re really honored to be able to recognize firefighters and deputies for the great work they do, protecting us,” said Optimist Club member Dennis Ritter. Beltz has been a deputy since 1994, working assignments including marine division, ORV […]

Drug bust after house fire

A 33-year-old Independence Township man was arrested for delivery and manufacture of marijuana after a house fire in the 4900 block of Cecilia Ann Drive, 1:23 a.m., June 9. Independence Township firefighters were called to extinguish the blaze, which appeared to be accidental and started in the kitchen as a result of a cooking mishap. […]

Tax rebate

City residents are getting a property tax refund after residents pointed out a budgeting mistake. “It’s not our money,” agreed Mayor Pro Tem Eric Haven at the June 13 meeting. “We made a commitment. We need to keep our commitment.” Clarkston City Council voted unanimously to reduce its 2016 operating millage rate from 12.5069 mills […]

Grad Section Hits The Stands Today!

If you do not subscribe and have a graduating senior, you may wanna head to the nearest store in town and get a copy of The Clarkston News. Our annual graduation section — with a ton of pictures — will hit the stands this afternoon!

City Freedom of Information requests slow for resident

After months of Freedom of Information Act requests, city resident Cory Johnston has compiled a list of almost $200,000 in spending he finds questionable by the City of the Village of Clarkston, but few satisfactory answers. “The city’s decisions at all levels often have little or no documented justification,” Johnston said. “Council resolutions have yet […]