Latest County Covid stats

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued an Emergency Order under the Public Health Code to update COVID safety requirements for Michiganders. As expected, many parts of earlier emergency orders are continued. The complete order can be found here.

You might feel healthy, but the reality is this: about 40% of people who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. That means almost one out of every two people could be infected. They might not know it until it’s too late. We can only contain the virus and keep Michigan open if everyone stays careful and masks up when they leave home, whether they feel sick or not. Face coverings can reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 by about 70%. So Mask Up Michigan!

858 cases and 14 deaths, Probable Cases Clinton County: 114 [as of October 22]

For the latest updates visit

Do you have COVID-19 questions? If you have questions regarding COVID-19, call the MDHHS hotline at 1-888-535-6136, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

HS Seniors should start MHSAA applications

Seniors interested in applying for the 2021 MHSAA Scholar-Athlete $1,000 Scholarship should start an application at

Seniors who have earned at least a 3.50 GPA and have earned a varsity letter in at least one MHSAA sport are eligible to apply. Application deadline is December 4.

Annual waterfowl hunt underway

Clinton County Parks and Green Space Commission is conducting the annual waterfowl hunting program on Mondays and Thursdays from October 12 through November 23.

For visitor safety, Clinton Lakes park will be off-limits to the public from 5:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. during the posted dates.

SJPD announces Trick or Treating guidelines

Tricking or Treating will be held in St. Johns from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.

Here are some safety suggestions:
If you wish to participate, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health have both determined that traditional door to door trick or treating is a high-risk activity as far as Covid-19 is concerned.

Suggested guidelines if you wish to participate in door-to-door trick or treating:
– Maintain social distancing
– Wear an approved CDC mask under your costume
– Wash or sanitize hands often
– Groups should be members of the same household
– Avoid congregating with others and keep moving
– Only go to houses where safety practices are being used

Suggestions for homeowner’s participating:
– Use tape to mark 6′ distances on your walkway
– Set up a table in your driveway or away from your front door to distribute individually wrapped candy. Sanitize table often.

Limit parties to family groups of 10 persons or less; private parties should be avoided.

Trunk or treat events, which are usually done by non-profit or church groups, are also considered high-risk so similar CDC guidelines are also recommended.

Celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month with SafeCenter

SafeCenter, the local Domestic Violence service, will be hosting a telethon on October 27-29 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

“We have been fully operational since the onset of the pandemic and cases have continued to arise,” says Executive Director Hannah Gottschalk. And now more than ever, SafeCenter needs the support of the community to keep doing what we do.”

Donate online, over the phone or in person. Just call them at 989-723-9716.

Thanks in advance for your support in October. Let’s shine a light on this issue and make a difference in Clinton and Shiawassee Counties.

Relay for Life to hold silent auction

The 2020 Silent Auction in support of Relay for Life will be online November 18 – 30. Having it in the fall will allow them to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. You can’t get more #ShopSmall than Relay For Life!

To make this a success organizers need your help securing items. There is not a minimum value required, but they do recommend bundling smaller items together to create “baskets.”

As with the on-site auction, whatever amount your donated item(s) go for will be applied toward your team/personal fundraiser.

Please reach out to Nikki or Marlene with questions and to submit items. For more information visit the website.

Order your special Christmas Gift now

The Clinton County Historical Society is promoting the sale of the beginnings of our local history in the form of a 500 piece (18″ x 24″) puzzle. With some extra time on our hands you can have some fun putting together a great picture of our 1890 Clinton County Court House.

To order:
Please send the following information and include a check for $35 (if you want to pick up in St. Johns) or
$40 (if you want it shipped) to:
P.O. Box 174
St. Johns, MI 48879

Please include: Your name, Your address and Phone or email to notify you of arrival.

Pick up will be at 503 N. Lansing St., St. Johns, MI 48879. For more information call Julie Peters: 989-501-0599 or email