St. Johns slow to become more racially, socio-economically diverse

By Jason Dunn
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — According to The United States Census Bureau, the town of St. Johns has one of the less diverse local populations in the state of Michigan. The town has an overwhelming number of 94 percent that represents Caucasian presence in the area. With that number eclipsing the state’s average by just over 15 percent, St.

Police officers undergo new, specialized training to deal with autistic citizens in Clinton County

By Jason Dunn
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Police officers in Clinton County are undergoing new, advanced training to handle autism-related situations and other circumstances. City of DeWitt Chief of Police Bruce Ferguson has been charged with the responsibility of spearheading the training. “I am going to be training the entire county in autism safety. So I’ll do all of the police agencies in the county here. We want to make sure that officers know that if someone doesn’t react like they should, the first thing to make sure is that they don’t have some type of impairment that would cause them to behave that way,” he said.

Drain commission tries to adjust to legislation

By Jason Dunn
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

The effects of a law regarding drainage system lawsuits was one topic of discussion Phil Hanses from the Clinton County Drain Commission brought to the The Clinton County Board of Commissioners March 29. Hanses, who is responsible for all of the logistical operations regarding drainage in the county, addressed Public Act 222. This piece of legislation was designed to give residents in areas of Michigan the opportunity to sue the government for faulty drainage systems that contributed to property damage. Hanses described to the board that a few claims have been filed in Clinton County, along with the act’s general significance. “In Clinton County, we’ve had three PA-222 claims that have been filed this past year.

Grants help drive improvements in St. Johns’ parks

By Jason Dunn
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The city of St. Johns has seen a steady intake of state-allocated grant money to complete various projects across the city. For small towns like St. Johns though, grant money drives large scale projects; without it, they would probably not be completed.

Five-year plan driving St. Johns park renovations

By Jason Dunn
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The city of St. Johns has seen an improvement in the quality of its parks over the last three to four years. The recreation department in St. Johns proposed the five-year master plan, which was to be orchestrated for the years of 2011 to 2015 in order to tackle much-needed renovations to its parks and suggestions from the surrounding community.

… but thefts are on the rise

By Jason Dunn
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — The city of St. Johns last year saw its highest rate of grand larceny since 2011. The 2015 St. Johns Police Department Annual Report recognizes grand larceny as an index crime, classifying it as any theft exceeding $1,000.

Karate classes aren’t just about kicks, but developing the community

By Jason Dunn
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Since it was established in the year 2000, the advent of the Professional Karate Schools of America has taken Master Richard Collins around the United States of America. He has instilled the ideals of Tang Soo Do karate in the lives of his participants for the last 40 years. But for PKSA, simply teaching Tang Soo Do karate is much more than a mundane, daily ritual. People of all ages, from the surrounding area of St.