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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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October 20, 2010 - 15 years ago - 1995

"Drug use here exceeds national averages" Western Michigan University's survey of high school seniors nationwide found Clarkston teens had higher use rates in all illegal drugs except cocaine, heroin, and steroids. Community leaders gathered to form a task force to change that.

"DDA meets goals as time runs out" Independence Township's Downtown Development Authority achieved its goals of funding safety paths, street lights, sewer work, and other projects. It was set to expire in 1996, however, due to funding changes brought by Proposal A.

"Season of the witch" A drive down Maybee Road revealed its residents were frightfully creative with their Halloween decorations, including wrought-iron thingamajigs, pumpkin lights, plastic gravestones, witches, ghosts, and skeletons.

25 years ago - 1985

"Floor buckles, gym closes" The maple floor of Clarkston High School's gym buckled near its western wall, shutting it down until December. Theory as to cause included the high humidity and heat of the past summer.

"Smiling in the rain" Homecoming Queen Jackie Roberts, King Mike Walters, and their court didn't let rain dampen Clarkston High School's spirit, despite the Wolves loss to rival Lake Orion, 20-7.

"Fire up" Bob LaPorte, Cheryl Andryco, Chris Beer, and the rest of Clarkston High School Student Council used old student council files as fuel for the pre-Homecoming bonfire.

50 years ago - 1960

"Past supervisor taken by death" The late Floyd Andrews was Independence Township supervisor for 24 years and Clarkston postmaster for 22 years.

"Nixon and Kennedy to do battle" Ron Jyleen and Linda Chapman were set to represent Vice President Richard Nixon, with Frank Palmer and Ruth Jackson representing Sen. John F. Kennedy, in a mock election campaign at Clarkston High School.

"Clarkston locals" Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Gador returned to their home on Andersonville Road after a week's visit with friends in the Upper Peninsula, Bay City, and Saginaw.

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