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Peeking In The Past

A Look Back From The CNews archives

August 25, 2010 - 15 years ago - 1995

"Levy may buy Salem pit" The Edward C. Levy Mining Co. was denied the right to mine 300 acres near the headwaters of the Clinton River, but was negotiating the purchase of the 200-acre Alabama-based Blount Materials mining operation near Oak Hill and Dartmouth roads.

"First day jitters" David Clements wasn't thrilled about his first day of first grade at Pine Knob Elementary. His big brothers Adam and Paul tried to help, but it took teacher's aide Debbie Sabo to get him to class.

"Details of new high school begin to emerge" Flexibility was the goal for the new school planned for Flemings Lake Road, with a planned lifespan of 30-50 years. Features included two special projects rooms, larger classrooms, radio and TV studios, two computer centers, and a 5,000-square-foot teacher planning area.

25 years ago - 1985

"Dreams do come true for one local teen" Stephanie Strutz and her mother, Peggy, tracked down the crew of "Home Improvement," filming an episode of their television show in Michigan. They found them in Traverse City, meeting and having pictures taken with the cast, especially Stephanie's favorite actor, Jonathon Taylor Thomas.

"Independence takes charter status" The township board approved the change from general law to charter township, which provided more authority to the supervisor. The change meant no more annual meetings, where residents could vote on officials' pay raises.

"Neighbors speak out on mine reclamation" Residents urged the township to remain firm on a renovation plan for a 23-acre former pit mine, off Stickney Road. The mine owner asked to change the plan to allow him to just plant trees.

50 years ago - 1960

"Clarkston proud of new senior high" The new school off Waldon Road was made possible by a $2.5 million bond passed in 1958. The 7-acre site included the high school, 24-room elementary school, junior high, and bus garage. The former combination junior and senior high school on Church Street became the junior high.

"Clarkston locals" Mr. and Mrs. Walton Robbins and sons Ward and Scott traveled to Toledo, Ohio, for the weekend to visit Mrs. Robbins brother and sister-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. C.K. Hill.

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