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Peeking In The Past
A Look Back From The CNews archives

December 11, 2013

15 years ago - 1998

“Just what is a warehouse?” It looked like Ryder trucks would not be carting GM parts in and out of Independence Township just yet. The decision to pass construction of a warehouse on 31 acres at the end of Bow Pointe off Sashabaw Road was postponed for the second time.

“Schools change redistricting plan” Residents upset with some of the plans for redistricting Clarkston’s elementaries in the 1999-2000 school year got their wish - changes were made. The redistricting committee presented a revised plan to the Clarkston board of education during their meeting.

“A little paint, a little magic” For Mary Kalosay what could be imagined could be brought to life with a little paint and a little magic. Kalosay and Cooley Pope talked about giving a new look with interior and exterior painting with Cooley’s Painting.

25 years ago - 1988

“Independence becomes fully computerized” The Independence Township board voted unanimously to spend $12,552 to double the capacity of their current computer system and ensure all departments within the township could access the system. Within the previous three years the board purchased a mainframe computer and computer terminals in every township office except the library.

“Junior high school students get new computers” Junior high students in Clarkston schools would soon be working on up-to-date International Business Machines (IBM) computers. They would have 50 student stations for a total of $55,300. Each student station included a color monitor, dual disk drive, 640K memory, a mouse and software.

“Elwell develops paging system for bedridden” It was an exciting year for George Elwell - he accepted an early retirement and began to work full-time at a business he loved - developing paging systems to help those less fortunate than himself. He planned and found a manufacturer for Silent Call, an in-home, portable communication system for the hearing impaired.

50 years ago - 1963

“Debate team splits at last meet” The Clarkston High School Debaters gained a split in the Wayne-Oakland League meet held in Brighton. The Affirmative team of Gary Fitch and Tom Masters remained undefeated as they won over Clarenceville.