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Peeking In The Past


A Look Back From The CNews archives



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February 09, 2011 - 15 years ago - 1996

"Administration sees need for another school" Superintendent Gary Haner called for a new elementary school and expand existing ones to accommodate rising enrollment.

"State approves amended investment policy" In the wake of bad investments, Independence Township approved a new investment policy. The plan called for more oversight by the township treasurer and restrictions on investing in risky derivatives.

"City approves Depot St. cost study" Planners considered sidewalks on both sides of Depot Street, from Main Street to the park. They wanted to make the street safer and more accessible to pedestrians walking to Depot Park, as well as deal with parking problems developed since several spaces were eliminated the year before.

25 years ago - 1986

"Wint marks year 9 at parks' helm" Lewis Wint of Clarkston was appointed to his fifth consecutive three-year term on the Oakland County parks Board of Commissioners, and ninth consecutive year as chairman. He looked forward to further development of Independence Oaks and other county parks.

"Ice strikes, sets 3-day record" Rain and ice on back roads prompted administration to close school for three days in a row. The wet ice was just too slippery, officials said.

"Mandatory emission tests spur comments" A new law required residents of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb counties to get their vehicles tested when renewing drivers' licenses. The law was prompted by federal government air-quality regulations.

50 years ago - 1961

"Local clergymen form association" The new Independence Pastor's Association was composed of clergy of the various churches in Independence Township. They hoped to organize cooperative projects with other community groups.

"Independence Township candidates in review" Residents William Cobb, incumbent, George Mantyla, Frank Rhames, and Merle Bennett campaigned for a seat on the Township Board.

"Clarkston local" Mr. and Mrs. William Knox just returned from Huntsville, Ala, where they spent the past two months.

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