Latest Clinton County COVID-19 stats
Updated daily except Sundays and holidays

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.

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. So Mask Up Michigan!

4067 cases and 49 deaths; probable cases: 356 and probable deaths 1 [as of January 14, 2021]

For the latest updates visit https://www.mmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus/

For the latest COVID-19 information, including vaccine distribution and explanation of the priority groups, visit www.mmdhd.org and click on the Coronavirus banner at the top of the page.


Blue Bus will deliver your groceries

Did you know Clinton Area Transit, The Blue Bus, will deliver your online grocery order from the St. Johns Kroger or Walmart for free? They will go to any address in Clinton County.

This is a great resource for those without transportation and for any seniors who have difficulty getting out in winter or who are avoiding stores at this time. To use this service:

– Go to the Kroger or Walmart website and create an account. Be sure to select the St. Johns location as “your store”
– Fill your cart with items
– Checkout – select the day/time for pickup and pay for your order. Please order at least one in advance.
– Once you receive confirmation of your order, call Clinton Transit at 989-224-8127 to schedule the pickup and delivery.

For more information http://www.clintontransit.org/ (989) 224-8127
Office Hours 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bus Service hours 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To continue efforts in mitigating the transmission of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, Clinton Transit will remain fare free through January 31, 2021.


Relay for Life virtual Kickoff Weekend coming up in January

First Relay Lap – Saturday, January 9
Led by National Relay For Live Volunteer, Joe Gillette, on this day, Relayers will be asked to record themselves taking their first laps for Relay For Life, and use #RelayFirstLap to post to their favorite social platform. We are asking you to share your #RelayFirstLap to the Clinton County Facebook Page.
See videos and details for first lap here.

Survivor Sunday – Sunday, January 10
Celebrating Survivors is always an important piece to Kickoff so we are taking the day to share stories and photos on the Clinton County Facebook Page. To make this day the most impactful we are asking for the following to be emailed by January 7:

– Survivors, share a photo of you holding a sign sharing your survivorship years (and anything else you’d like)
– All Relayers, share a photo of the survivor(s) in your life and include any information on them you would like included in the photo captain OR send a video telling us about the survivor(s) in your life
Have someone you wish to remember? We would love to include them as well. Just please let us know it is an in memory post when sharing.

Team Roll Call – Monday, January 11
We are celebrating our Relay For Life Teams of Clinton County! Team Leaders have two options to receive your team captain kit and submitting a photo for #TeamRollCall:

Sign up here for a team packet pick up time slot at Clinton County Arts Council. Pick up your 2021 team captain kit and have your photo taken with your team sign.

Please send only one team member for packet pick up and photo, only arrive during your the time you sign up for, and facemasks are required.

RSVP by January 8, to request an electronic team captain packet and attach a team photo to be posted on #TeamRollCall day.

National RFL Virtual Kickoff – February 4
Thursday, February 4 I Relay For Life Kick Off I At 8 p.m. EST they will host a live stream kick off for RFL to energize volunteers and talk about RFL 2021. More details to come!

Questions? Katie Jones, Senior Community Development Manager katie.jones@cancer.org 517.803.4015

Visit the website.


Blood drive held
by Maralyn Fink

On Monday I volunteered at the American Red Cross blood drive held at the Knights of Columbus hall here in St. Johns.
33 units of blood were donated that day.

A huge thank you to the Red Cross, the donors and to all the volunteers who donated their time. Also for all the food and candy as well.

The next drive will be on Monday, February 1 from 9 a.m. – 6p.m. Hope to see you there!


GreenStone Farm Credit Services Provides $40,000 in Scholarships

To continue supporting youth education in agriculture and ensure future generations have the knowledge necessary to be successful, GreenStone Farm Credit Services is awarding up to $40,000 in scholarships to incoming college freshmen pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.

Over the past decade, GreenStone has presented nearly $350,000 of financial assistance to agriculture’s next generation of leaders through the cooperative’s scholarship program. Incoming college freshman attending a four-year college program can earn a $2,000 scholarship, while $1,000 awards will go to selected students attending a two-year college program. Applications are now being accepted and must be received by February 28, 2021.

“The success of the next generation of agricultural leaders depends on the educational opportunities of youth today,” says Dave Armstrong, GreenStone President and CEO. “That’s why GreenStone is committed to providing financial support to students through our scholarship program to help cultivate future industry leaders.”

Scholarship applicants must reside within GreenStone’s territory, which includes Michigan and select counties in northeastern Wisconsin; must be a full-time high school graduating senior; have at least a 3.0 grade point average; and plan to study an agriculture-related field. In addition, applicants should demonstrate participation and leadership in school, community and agricultural activities. Applications must be submitted by February 28, 2021.

For additional guidelines or to apply for the scholarship today, visit www.greenstonefcs.com/scholarships.


Mid-Michigan’s MLK commission to feature Dr. Bernice King

Dr. Bernice King will headline the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan’s 2021 annual signature event, which will be televised for the first time in its 36-year history. The 2021 MLK Day of Celebration will air on WILX TV 10-NBC, Monday, January. 18 from 7-8 p.m.

King is a global peace activist and the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Bernice King was only five years old when her father was assassinated.

A conversation between Bernice King and Elaine Hardy, commission chair, will be featured in the one-hour TV program.
“Dr. Bernice King is an innovative, energetic and committed leader, dedicated to taking her parents’ legacy of nonviolence and the work of creating a more peaceful, just, humane world into a new era,” Hardy said.

“It’s especially fitting the pandemic has led us to produce a virtual event for 2021, after a summer of global outrage against racism with more than 10,600 mostly peaceful demonstrations across the U.S. There’s heightened awareness of systemic racism now, and our televised message of equality, diversity and social justice will be easily accessible to a broad Mid-Michigan audience.”

The theme for the 2021 MLK Day of Celebration is “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” It is a quote by Dr. King from his “I have a dream” speech, and it is engraved on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Hardy says the televised program will include many features of previous celebrations:
– Messages from elected officials.
– Musical performances.
– Announcement of the commission’s annual sponsors.