Special COVID-19 Updates

Lt. Verlinde and Officer Brown of the SJPD were training with their PPE and found the one downside to wearing a mask – it’s hard to eat donuts!

Breaking News!

March 30

St.Vincent is among many businesses closed at this time. Please do not drop your things off in the parking lot.

Cameras are up and Southpoint Mall will be contacting the individuals who unloaded these items. Please come get your things.


Basic Needs Center is located at 213 N. Clinton Ave. in downtown St. Johns. Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesesday-Wednesday-Thursday.

Friday, March 27

Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD) has been informed of the first positive COVID-19 case in a Gratiot County resident.

March 26

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) successfully secured $600,000 from the MEDC’s Small Business Relief Program to issue 60 $10,000 grants to small businesses across Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties that are suffering financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant application for these funds is now open and can be accessed from LEAP’s website at www.purelansing.com/businessrelief. The application will be open until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020.


St. Johns Fire Department says permits for open burning will be suspended across the state. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the order Monday, aimed at further protecting public health and safety.

Because firefighters often work closely together on scene and when traveling to and from incident locations, the suspension of burn permits also will help protect first responders and fire fighters from infection by the novel coronavirus.


The Clinton County Sheriff says, “Do not call 911 to report a possible violation of the Executive Order.”

These complaints will be handled by email only to avoid interruption of necessary emergency calls.

“Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order Compliance Complaints

If you have a complaint regarding non-compliance of Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21) please email Sheriff@clinton-county.org the following information. Do not call 911 for these complaints.

Your Name
Your Phone number
Name of the business or person involved.
Description of why you believe they are not in compliance with the Executive Order.

All of the complaints received will be reviewed with the proper follow up taken. Due to the volume of these complaints please note that you may not receive a call or follow up on the status unless we need additional information.


Stay Updated

Mid-Michigan District Health Department website: www.mmdhd.org
MDHHS’s website: www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
CDC’s website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Learn how to prepare for a pandemic: ready.gov/pandemic

Yes, We Are Here

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children continues to serve Clinton County. Their Superhero Staff remain working and committed to protecting children. With the Governor’s Executive Order to Stay Home and Stay Safe, here are a few updates for you.

– All staff are working remotiely; we ARE available and providing services to Clinton County Children who have experienced neglect, physical abuse, and/or sexual assault.

– Our CAC remains open for Emergent Forensic Interviews with appropriate safety precautions. For a medical exam related to an alleged sexual assault, please contact CAC staff or your medical doctor PRIOR to going to an Emergency Room. We are happy to assist in coordinating this in a safe manner.

– Counseling sessions will not be in person and our counselor remains available to support kiddos and families.

– CASA Volunteer Advocates are remaining in contact with their appointed kiddos via technology.

– We have rescheduled our Superhero 5K (scheduled for April 5) to Saturday, September 26.

– In our offices we have implemented ways to control costs during these uncertain times such as suspending our trash, internet, and shredding services and lowering thermostats.

– Our regular Board of Directors Meeting will occur via technology.

Our agency remains here to support our community–like many, how we are doing this may look a little different but we are here.

We appreciate your understanding and patience and wish you and your family peace and health! PLEASE Stay Home and Stay Safe!

Kelly L. Schafer, Executive Director
The Voice for Clinton County’s Children

Class of 1965 reunion looking for graduates

This is a list of 1965 classmates that we need to get hold of for our August 15 reunion at the Emerald golf course. If you could put these names on line with a request to contact Gary Becker at 517-712-1760 or Beckergarym@gmail.com that would be greatly appreciated.

Terry Allen, Sandra Argensinger Price, Dennis Blakeslee, Allen Boak, Shirley Bowen Goodwin, Susie Burgess, Sherlyn Brzak Lewis, Morris Conklin, Linda Crawford Eldridge, Gary Crawley, Ken Crowell, Claudette Decker McCombs, Juanita Janey DeLeon, Marie DeLong Blevins, William Dershem, Sandra Dershem Vasilion, Roger Dershem, Lois Dodway Drumm, Dennis Dunkel, Karl Dunsmore, Betsy Eaton Lehmanno, Sandra Fleicher Cleveland, Jean Foote Tennis, Bill Gardner, Ron Glass, Carol Greenfield Smith, Barry Hallead, David Hamer, Dennis Hankey, Kathy Harper Hibbler, Gaile Harte Wadell, Louise Henning, Marsha Hiller Eckerle, Georgia Huhn Vroman, Terry Ike, Coral Johnson, Sherry Jolls, Lila Loeppe Wedel, Ralph Kridner, Ernie Kuhns, Robert LaChappelle, Dale Ladisky, Sue-ladisky@gmail.com, Edwin Lamb, Judy Langlois Hoeve, Mary LeBaron Thimmig, Jean Lewis Bushre, Ruth Light Sell, Kathleen Liszewski Dickerson, Gloria Little Gillespie, Nancy Lockwood Wright, Ken Love, Robert Lowe, Susan Luci Lyon, Candy Lynam Cooper, Leroy Martens, Joe Martinez, Diana Masarik Keim, David Mesh, Terry O’Connell, Darlene Orweller Buck, Judy Osborn Brown, Jim Paksi, Janet Paksi Heath, Howard Parks, Roger Parsons, Joyce Plunkett Johnson, Vicki Pope Peck, Terry Powell, Connie Powers Henry, Marsha Prochazka Snyder, Linda Rhines Myers, Bill Sirrine, Charles Smith, Carla Snyder Trevino, Roger Speidel, Dennis Steffen, Lynette Steward Patterson, Mattie Stockwell Schnapp, Karen Summer Short, Delana Sykora Lewis, Trent Taylor, Kathleen Utterback, James Vardon, Mary Villarreal MacKorell, Jean Walling Doyle, Dale Walton, Connie Williams Gaedart, Larry Wineland, William Young