Winter returns
by Maralyn Fink

On Saturday, January 11 St. Johns hosted a day of pure sleet and windy conditions.

St. Johns Public Schools as well as St. Joseph School were closed on Monday. It was a sure day to stay inside.

Big Boy Restaurant closed at 2 p.m. as did other Restaurant’s in the area. It made for a long day for sure.

Think Spring!


Police chase snarls traffic on old US-27 south of St. Johns

A police chase that started in downtown Laingsburg ended in a high-speed collision between the fleeing suspect and a DeWitt Township police officer Wednesday morning at the intersection of old US-27 and Jason Road.

The chase is said to have begun when Laingsburg Police Chief Dan DeKorte was driving on Grand River in Laingsburg and he saw a 33-year-old female Laingsburg resident driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan. DeKorte said he knew that the woman was being sought on a warrant from 54B District Court in East Lansing for a probation violation involving dangerous drugs.

A traffic stop was initiated at the Marathon gas station in downtown Laingsburg. While waiting for confirmation on the warrant, she took off, heading west.

Clinton County law enforcement was contacted for assistance. Two DeWitt Township police officers deployed their stop sticks when she eventually readched Jason Road. She continued westbound on Jason Road with punctured tires, and at that time a third DeWitt Township police officer had just pulled onto Jason Road From Old 27. That office was stopped when the fleeing driver struck the patrol car while traveling an estimated 60 mph.

The Dewitt Township officer was trapped in his car which caught fire, and other responding officers had to pull him from the car. Dewitt Area Fire had to use hydraulic extrication equipment to remove the suspect from her vehicle, a minivan, which took roughly 20 minutes.

The suspect has not been arraigned yet and has not been identified.


Bingo Night is back

Beginning Monday February 3 the VFW in St. Johns will begin hosting monthly bingo nights on the first Monday of the month. Other dates include March 2 and April 6.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. is Showtime!

Win cash while supporting your local post. You must be 18+ to play.


Annual Chocolate Fantasy is February 13

The Senior Center will host its 11th Annual Chocolate Fantasy on Thursday, February 13 from 6-8 p.m.

More than 25 Chocolate Creations will be featured by individuals, caterers and restaurants. The cost is $10.

The event will be held at the Clinton County Senior Center at 201 E Walker Street in St. Johns. Proceeds will be used to pay winter heat bills.


Romancing the Tone will be coming to the Wilson Center on February 22

The quartet Romancing the Tone, consisting of Ellen Hoard, Dave Sincox, Kelly Sandula-Gruner, and Dan Templin are back for another limited engagment at the Wilson Center Auditorium.

This year will be joined by James Geer on piano, Tess Miller on flute, Scott Harding on percussion, Jack Mumma on String Bass, Darryl Schmitz as Sound Technician, Jim Lorenz as Lighting Technician and Kelly Bitz as Usher.

They will bring you songs of love during the month of love. Program starts at 7:00 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the new lighting system at the auditorium.


See Iler’s elephant at the IQhub

This is currently on display at the IQhub. Come in and try it for yourself to see how it moves.

Ivan Iler is displaying his creation as part of Art Explosion, the current exhibit celebrating artists. He and other talented artists make up a fantastic display.

IQhub is open weekdays from 9-4:30.