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St. Johns lights up for the holidays
by Maralyn Fink


Charges Filed in Holiday Passenger Trolley incident

The Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has authorized charges as a result of the December 1 trolley incident in downtown St. Johns. Forty-year-old Jason Denovich of St. Johns has been charged with two counts of moving violation causing serious impairment of a bodily function. This is a misdemeanor offense carrying a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.

At the St. Nick Parade on Friday. Deember 1, a passenger trolley overturned with 21 riders on board. Police, fire and ambulance personnel, already there to support the event, quickly provided emergency medical services for the injured persons.

According to the St. Johns Police Department’s investigation, 16 people sought treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. Riders received medical attention at Sparrow Clinton Hospital in St. Johns and Sparrow Hospital Main Campus in Lansing. The St. Johns Police investigation determined that alcohol was not a contributing factor.

“Offering safe, enjoyable downtown celebrations is part of what makes this a wonderful community,” says St. Johns City Manager Chad Gamble. “We continue to identify any and all ways to improve public safety at our events.”

St. Johns Police Chief David Kirk reiterated the importance of safety. “In certain circumstances, it only takes a moment for something designed to be fun to become potentially dangerous. We will continue to identify and institute best practices for community events.”


CCHS celebrates 50th with newspapers

The Clinton County Historical Society has established a newspaper digitization project to help celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024. Currently the St. Johns newspapers up through 1987 have been or are in the process of being digitized, however, most of the outlying communities historical newspapers have not.

The goal is hopefully to add historical newspapers from Bath, DeWitt, Elsie, Fowler, Maple Rapids and Ovid and make them available to be searched at no cost on the Internet.

Digitization will make these valuable resources keyword searchable for historical and family research. The cost is about $300 for every 1,000 pages with a total project cost of about $29,000.

If you would like to contribute toward this project or have any questions please let them know by messaging or emailing them at ccgensoc@yahoo.com.


Briggs hosts indoor arts and crafts market January 3

Briggs District Library is hosting an indoor arts and crafts market showcasing the hard work of talented youth under 19.

Mark your calendars for January 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to support the amazing youth of this community. Youth will be selling their creations and you have the opportunity to help support their aspirations.There will also be homemade baked goods. Prices will be determined by the youth vendors.


Help Florence Johnston celebrate her 90th

Florence Johnston will be marking her 90th birthday celebration. Please join her family and friends for a celebration on December 29 from 2-4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you cannot join them in person, please send a card to 6411 N DeWitt Road, St. Johns MI 48879.

Those coming are asked to bring a photo of themselves or their family to share with Florence. Those sending a card are invited to included it there.

For more information please call (704) 562-4742.


MMDHD celebrates core values

At Mid Michigan District Health Department they have four core values:
– Respect,
– Integrity,
– Service and
– Compassion.

For 2023 they have awarded four staff members who have demonstrated each of these values in the workplace.


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Congratulations ladies, and thank you for all that you do.