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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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July 02, 2014 - 15 years ago - 1999

"Local businesses caught selling alcohol to minors" Detectives from the Oakland County Sheriff's Independence substation conducted a surprise sting operation in Independence and Springfield townships and Holly. Twenty-seven businesses were targeted. Eight of the establishments were caught selling alcohol to minors

"City water opposed" Main Street residents flooded the Clarkston City Council meeting protesting a proposed special assessment district which would help pay for a new water main to go through downtown. The council stated it was only looking into possible options at the time.

"Judge denies zoning for Holiday Inn" A motion that would have paved the way for a new Holiday Inn Express was denied by an Oakland County judge. But the lawsuit against Independence Township sill wasn't resolved.

25 years ago - 1989

"Rain storms pack a punch" A severe thunderstorm raging through the area June 26 left its wake smoldering homes, downed power lines and streets littered with debris. Independence Township was one of the hardest hit areas and thousands of residents lost electricity.

"Planners OK Dixie, White Lake shopping center" Developers of the new grocery store and shopping center planned for the courner of White Lake Road and Dixie Highway got final approval from a reluctant Independence Township Planning Commission. The vote cleared the way for construction of a grocery and other retail stores on the 25.26-acre site where the historic Boothby house once stood.

"Village ordinances still on the books" Ignorance isn't a defense for breaking the law. But there are some Village of Clarkston ordinances most residents didn't realize they were breaking or even expect. For example, if your chickens need fresh air, be sure to walk them on leashes or face a $10 fine or 10 days in jail according to a 1915 ordinance. Don't plan on hitching your horse to a shade or ornamental tree either. Since 1915 lawless horse hitchers have faces $100 fines and 90 days in jail. Ordinance 23 prohibits firing a slingshot within the village or face a $10 fine.

50 years ago - 1964

"Local resident reopens furniture store in Clarkston" Donald Austen reopened Clarkston's only furniture store, formerly Gentry's Colonial House.

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