Clinton County government’s approach to dollars is making sense

By Nathaniel Bott
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

Since the last audited year in 2014, Clinton County government has been seeing its highest increase in financial performance trends since 2010. Categories such as cost per resident, net debt per capita, and pensions/retiree health funded in Clinton County are all at their peak standing. One major factor for freeing up a county’s budget is paying off debt, something that county Deputy Administrator Craig Longnecker and Clinton County have been serious about. “Net debt per capita, that’s a declining trend, and it will go to zero at the end of this year,” Longnecker said. “We (Clinton County) will have paid off all our primary government debt.

Heather’s Dance Company strives to be a positive institution in St. Johns

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Heather’s Dance Company is an institution that sets itself apart from the rest when it comes to representing themselves. This company at 221 N. Clinton Ave. is Christian-based with the motto “Praise God through dance,” always making sure to represent God in the most pleasing way. “Dance can create community through shared experience, whether it be in the classroom or in a more public environment.

Recreation trail running through St. Johns needs a touch-up

By Liam Tiernan
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Just south of downtown St. Johns, a somewhat-dilapidated concrete trail draws the line of where downtown ends and warehouses begin. The Fred Meijer Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail runs from Owosso, through St. Johns, and finally turns into the Fred Meijer Grand River Trail, which proceeds throughout the western part of the state.

Growing use of The Basic Needs Center points to Clinton County poverty

By Emily Elconin
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

For the families in Clinton County who have nowhere else to turn, The Basic Needs Center is there to provide food, clothes, and other vital necessities for a basic household.  Married couple Adele MacCoy and Pastor Russ MacCoy started this non-profit organization six years ago out of their compassion for helping people in their community. “When we first just started out, we only thought we would be helping about 100 families.  Now, we’re up to 1,666 families over the course of six years,” Adele MacCoy said. The Basic Needs Center is located at 105 N. Clinton Ave. in St. Johns.

In a downtown of mom-and-pops, Hungry Howie’s is a chain outlier in St. Johns

By Nathaniel Bott
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS — Strolling down the quaint downtown of St. Johns, visitors will see an abundance of local-owned small businesses and restaurants. There may be a tattoo parlor, a few barber shops, and landmarks such as a courthouse and library, trademarks of a county seat town. The United States Census Bureau puts the population of St.

DeWitt local runs for treasurer

By Tiara Marocco
Staff Writer

DEWITT, MI – The weather is not the only change slowly approaching in Michigan. With the local elections coming up, candidates are trying to prove why they should be considered.  In Clinton County, “the treasurer is responsible for all receipts, disbursements, and investments of County funds.”

Republican Tina Ward is the Clinton County treasurer and is running for this position again.  The responsibilities of the Treasurer include “processing property tax settlements with the 27 local units, collect delinquent property taxes from individuals, performs tax adjustments as instructed by the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the State Tax Commission and local Boards of Review, performs tax searches and histories and issues all dog licenses.”

Democrat Annette Wright is running against the current treasurer.  Wright attended Michigan State University and graduated in 1990, where she got her Masters of Business Administration.  She is also a Certified Public Accountant.