SJPD Officers arrest suspect at burglary in progress

According to Chief David Kirk, on Monday night around 10:57 p.m. St. Johns Police Officers received a report of a possible burglary in progress at the Sundance Chevrolet Body Shop located at 210 W. Higham St. An alert citizen had noticed the suspect attempting to break into the building and reported the situation to Central Dispatch.

Upon arrival, the Officers discovered that the front door to the business had been forced open. During this initial contact they spotted the suspect attempting to leave the area on foot and took him into custody. The suspect, a 17-year-old St. Johns man, has been lodged at the Clinton County Jail for breaking and entering.

The St. Johns Police Department was assisted by the Clinton County Sheriffs Office.

Clinton-Gratiot Habitat for Humanity plans Gala

Plan now to attend the fifth annual DreamBuilders Gala on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6-9 P.M. at Smith Hall in St Johns.

This year’s theme is A Night at the Hop. So dust off your dancing shoes for the Hand Jive Contest, and come dressed like it’s the 1950s and enter our Costume Contest. A classic ‘50s diner menu will be served. and there will be a silent auction and raffle. All this for only $35 per ticket!

As the only Habitat affiliate in our county, they are depending on you joining them to make safe and decent housing affordable to Clinton and Gratiot County homebuyers. Home ownership creates stable neighborhoods with less crime, fewer health issues, and higher graduation rates. Habitat builds wheelchair ramps and does critical home repair on exterior items for homeowners who need a bit of help. Habitat builds houses, community, and hope, but we can’t do this without the support of local businesses, churches, and you.

Join the event on Facebook to share with your friends and click “Buy Tickets” to the right to go to the secure ticket purchasing event website.

The CCAC rail car moves to its permanent home

with an album by Maralyn Fink

Volunteers from the Clinton County Arts Council spent Sunday afternoon moving the Sault Ste. Marie rail car from its long-time location in a field south of Mt. Rest Cemetery to its permanent home at the restored Depot.

The Sault Ste. Marie was the first car that was brought to St. Johns in 2005. It was also in the weakest condition, having been built in 1902 and then having its steel undercarriage removed in 1938 when the rail company switched to all steel cars. It sat on cinder bricks in Mackinaw City for decades, and then served as a ticket office for the ferry, an antique shop in Alanson, and finally ended up in a field unattended in Traverse City.

According to Stuart Burt, Mark Kalis, son Dan and Sarah regularly move railroad cars. Normally they are caboose which are about 35 ft long. The Sault Ste Marie is roughly 70 ft long. Mark says that a railway car this size normally weighs in at about 60 to 70 thousand pounds. The Marie as she sits probably comes close to 30 to 40 thousand pounds, but it hasn’t been weighed officially, and that is a best guess at the weight.

Kaye Pilmore, long-time Director for CCAC, Elaine Twichell, acting director while Kaye was laid up with multiple surgeries, and Chris Cook, a major train enthusiast, rescued it, along with the other cars sitting down on the tracks. The Marie was put at a DPW site, after having the roof protected, for about 7 years. Then the City needed the land it was on, and it was moved to the area by the greenhouse. After the exteriors of the cars by the depot were restored, thw all-volunteer Railroad Crew started the exterior of the Marie.

The major obstacle in moving her was the need for the undercarriage. Our wonderful trucker friend, Mark Kalis, said he wouldn’t move it again before that was taken care of because he was sure she would have crumpled in the effort. So, Gary and Jenny McCampbell and Mark went to Wisconsin in 2016 to get an old undercarriage, which had to have many modifications, done expertly by a retired welder in Ovid, Dick Thornburg. They also took a trip to Wisconsin again in 2017 to get the 6-wheel trucks for Marie to sit on.

The last thing needed now is to arrange with North Side Towing to get Marie put up on her trucks with the other cars.

Phillips Orchards and Cider Mill offers wagon rides

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides are again being offered every Saturday and Sunday from Noon – 5 p.m. now through October 28th. The prices are $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children.

Stop Out for Pick Your Own Apples, Cider Slush, Caramel Apples, Cider and Donuts. Hours at the Orchard Market north on US-127 are 9 p.m.m – 5 p.m., 7 days a week through October 31. Visit them online at

American Cancer Society schedules Volunteer Interest Meeting

The American Cancer Society will hold a volunteer interest meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Swany’s, 310 N. Clinton Avenue in St. Johns at 6:00 p.m. for anyone interested in learning what they can do to help save lives from cancer in Clinton County.

Do you have a hobby that you would like help turning into a charity fundraiser? Are you passionate about fighting cancer? Are you a cancer survivor who wants to be more active in helping others through their cancer journey? Are you a business owner looking for ways to engage your employees in a community event that makes a significant impact on saving lives from cancer? Then join them for more information.

St. Peter Lutheran School to celebrate playground opening – October 5

The playground at St. Peter Lutheran School is officially done. They would like to invite everyone in the community to join us in a opening celebration October 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

They will be having an inflatable obstacle course, bounce houses, and food. There will be a small fee of $5 per child for endless fun on the bounce houses and obstacle courses. There will be a separate bounce house and obstacle course for children 5 years and under. They will also be grilling hot dogs, chips, and water for $1 a piece.