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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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February 29, 2012 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Clarkston band releases first CD" By day Frank Busemi, Ken Thomas, Michael Kimsal, and Martin Foulkes were all early 20's professionals, but by night they were rockers. Their band was called 'The Serfs. They had a release party for their first CD at Griff's Grill in Pontiac. The CD contained 10 songs and sold for $10.

"New fire hall opens" After months of waiting, the Independence Township Fire Department finally moved into their new home on Citation Drive. The new headquarters was also the new home of station one and the Oakland County Sheriff Substation. The move was delayed due to several problems in the interior.

"Crimes up in Independence in '96" After a year dip in 1995, crimes in Independence Township returned to their normal pattern in 1996, rising about 15 percent overall. Crimes in most categories rose, including the most serious Group A crimes such as burglary, vehicle theft and larceny. Group B crimes rose, including fraud, drunk driving,runaways, and liquor law violations. Group C incidents included traffic accidents also rose.

25 years ago - 1986

"Traffic irks subdivsion dwellers" A Chestnut Hills Farms resident was upset when she discovered traffic was just as heavy on her subdivision street as it was when she lived in Royal Oak. She put her house up for sale. Traffic counts taken in 1984 and 1986 showed an increase in cars using the shortcut.

"Howes sue" Virgil and Barbara Howe, parents of ex-major league pitcher Steve Howe, filed a lawsuit against a sports writer for a story which implied Virgil's alcoholism contributed to Steve's drug problems.

"3 on village ballot Monday, March 9" For the nearly 1,000 Clarkston residents another decison about government was close at hand. Three trustees were up for re-election March 9. James Schultz, Fontie ApMadoc and Douglas Roeser.

50 years ago - 1961

"Local youth prize winner" Clarkston Youth Fred Warrick won third prize and a transistor radio in a Central Michigan University photography contest. He was one of three winners out of 175 entries. Categories included nature and landscaping, colegiate life, human interest and portraits and novelty trick photography.

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