Water Woes

Mike Shore, homeowner on Holcomb Road in Independence Township, has a warning for other homeowners with private wells. “Oakland County told me my well had to be dug deeper, and made using steel rather than another material,” Shore said. That means almost double the cost. Shore discovered last year the area Oakland County deemed the […]

Clarkston business brings water to Flint

American Water in Clarkston headed to Mission of Hope in Flint, Feb. 15, to deliver a truck filled with hundreds of gallons of bottled water to help people in the water crisis. ‘I felt like helping because clean water is so important,’said Jim McNulty, owner. McNulty said Flint officials have trouble storing the massive amounts […]

Still wishing to read

When John Naccarto was asked last September what you wish to learn more about, his response was profound. ‘I wish I could write letters,” said Naccarto of Independence Township. “I can only sound them out. I watch a TV show that talks about letters. I wish I could read and write. My teachers tried to […]

State help sought for water safety

For now, let’s forget about Flint’s water woes. Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle is thinking the problem is much more local. The supervisor met with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to discuss water quality issues stemming from leaking underground storage tanks (see “Water quality is national news, is our water safe?,” on page 19.) ‘This […]

2016 Election Year: locals signing up to run

All seven seats on the Independence Township Board are up for election this year. So far, Supervisor Pat Kittle, Treasurer Paul Brown, and Clerk Barb Pallotta said they running for re-election. ‘I have enjoyed my time as supervisor, so yes, I have in fact decided to run again.? Kittle said, adding he turned in signatures […]

Concerns about water quality in area

Stories about water quality in Flint have nabbed national headlines, but local water quality is a hot topic too after an Independence Township resident found her well water contaminated with petroleum. Independence Township Supervisor Pat Kittle said residents on private wells are not protected by the same water treatment system the township’s 14 wells are. […]

Poets impact world with their words

A Poetry Slam at Clarkston High School began with a message from thousands of miles away in Afghanistan, but the issues addressed by poets throughout the night, connected humanity, despite any distance. Poet Marzia from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project spoke to the crowd at the high school via video message before young poets from […]

Schools against Detroit bailout

If Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to bail out Detroit public schools goes forward, Clarkston Community Schools would lose $400,000 a year, about $50 from every student. “Thats not fair to our students,? said Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock. ‘We keep talking to legislators to voice our concerns.? The 10-year state plan would pay off Detroit Public […]

Embezzled bank taken over by feds

An independent federal agency now has control of Clarkston Brandon Community Credit Union while an embezzlement investigation remains ongoing. Antothy LaJoice drew nationwide attention last week when he confessed to taking $20 million from the community bank. According to a statement released by the bank, a routine audit raised red flags about transactions a day […]

Investigation continues into bomb threat

Officers and police dogs from several counties responded to clear Clarkston High School after a bomb threat was called in at about 7 a.m., Jan. 13. “We have strong leads, but we are still investigating, and getting proof together,? said Lt. Dirk Feneley, Oakland County Sheriff’s Independence Township substation commander. ‘Depending on the circumstances, the […]

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