Sewer rates passed on from water authority

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Township residents complain sewer rates are too high, but it’s out of local control, officials say. “Really what drives sewer charges is the sewage disposal fees that are not under our control,” said Dave McKee, director of Independence Township Department of Public Works. “We’re given the new rates […]

Boardwalk, new playground among ideas for park

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Residents had their say on the future of Depot Park at a community conversation meeting at Clarkston Independence District Library, Aug. 15. Hosted by Friends of Depot Park and led by Library Director Julie Meredith, they learned about development possibilities for the park, including bench and lighting improvements, new […]

Labor Day

The Clarkston News offices will be closed for the Labor Day holiday, Monday, Sept. 4 – classified deadline is Friday, Sept. 1. No Labor Day parade in downtown Clarkston this year. It was cancelled after no organizers could be found to replace the Clarkston Rotary Club, which dropped it to focus on its other community […]

Too much Free Press

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer For many residents around Clarkston, receiving pink bags every Sunday with a free Detroit Free Press, mostly advertisements, is a nuisance. Independence Township trustees Jose Aliaga and Andrea Schroeder said they’ve been receiving complaints from residents about the paper and questions on how to stop receiving them. The […]

Still time to swing into SCAMP’s 30th annual Golf Classic

Still time to swing into SCAMP’s 30th annual Golf Classic

There’s been plenty of golf balls driven, laughter and money raised over the last 29 years for one of Clarkston’s favorite organizations — SCAMP. And next week golfers will hit the links again to have fun and help kids. The 30th Annual SCAMP Golf Classic is Sept. 8, at Fountains Golf & Banquet. All proceeds […]

Eclipse projects

Eclipse projects

Tatyana Berger checks out the eclipse through a set of safety glasses. Photos by Phil Custodio BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer Short of a total eclipse of the sun, the moon’s shadow still cast an 80 percent shadow on Clarkston, Monday afternoon. Residents gathered outside their homes and businesses for a look at […]

Reprieve for Bailey house?

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor Gate closed and free of workers and trucks Monday morning, the historic Bailey house may be enjoying a reprieve from its scheduled demolition. “Quite a bit happened over the weekend,” said Sam Moraco of Independence Township, who has called for preservation of the 150-year-old building on Sashabaw Road, north […]

Murder in Springfield

The suspect in a Springfield Township murder was believed to have been found in Holly after a statewide search, Tuesday morning. Detectives found a body believed to be Steven Kelvin Wilkerson, 15, the victim’s grandson, on railroad tracks in the Village of Holly, after the body was struck by a passing train, police said. Oakland […]

Government groups back city in suit

BY PHIL CUSTODIO Clarkston News Editor The state Freedom of Information Act is clear to the Michigan Townships Association and Michigan Municipal League – it doesn’t apply to “agents” of local government, they say. “Any proper interpretation of the FOIA statute must be based on its plain language, under which (Clarkston city attorney Thomas) Ryan […]

Food truck rallies in town

Food truck rallies in town

BY JESSICA STEELEY Clarkston News Staff Writer A new food truck series has started up in Clarkston and the next is Thursday, Aug. 31, 5- 8 p.m. “There’ll be different vendors every week, some of them will be the same,” said event sponsor Tara Hansen at the Aug. 16 rally. “We’re hoping to have around […]

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