SJO grad urges students to reach for the stars

Lt. Col. Scott Swinford was a normal kid from St. Joseph.

He graduated from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in 1981 before spending five years at the University of Illinois.

"I was kind of wandering ­—not really sure what I was going to be when I grew up," he said.

Swinford addressed students during SJO's annual academic awards assembly.

Haunted trail to benefit SJO student

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be found at 303 W. Evergreen in St. Joseph on Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The home, owned by the Derenne  family, will be transformed into a haunted trail.

Dinner to honor fire chief

St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Chief Rusty Chism has spent his life helping other people.

Now those people are helping him.

Chism is battling incurable Thymic Cancer and his treatments require travel to Bethesda, Md.

Expenses are mounting so Chism's friends stepped up and are hosting a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.

Play honors 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth

April 23, 2014 marked what would have been the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.  

The St. Joseph-Ogden Drama Department is throwing him a birthday party.

“To honor this event, we decided to present some short, humorous interpretations of “Comedy of Errors”, “Macbeth”, some of his sonnets, and “Romeo and Juliet”,” said director Larry Williams.

Five classes to reunite for Homecoming

The weekend of Oct. 3 is going to be busy for members of five graduating class of St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

Members of the class of 1977-1981 have been invited to a two-day event to coincide during SJO's Homecoming.

SJO will enshrine four new members in Hall of Fame

St. Joseph-Ogden High School will induct its second class into the SJO Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 when the Spartans host Rantoul in their homecoming football game.

Kickoff against the Eagles is 7 p.m., with a pregame ceremony honoring the four inductees this year.

Parade to take place Friday

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School Student Council will be sponsoring their annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 3.

The parade, which will take place at 4:15 p.m., usually includes SJO students and groups.

This year that could change.

Student Council Advisor Jeff Kieffer said the council is looking to increase the amount of participants in the parade.

Firefighters respond to house fire

Firefighters from St. Joseph-Stanton, Ogden-Royal, Sidney and Homer
responded to a house fire at 102 W. Sherman in St. Joseph on Tuesday

St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Chief Rusty Chism said the home owners called 911
and reported a burnt smell.

When St. Joseph-Stanton firefighters arrived they could see a slight smoke
coming out of the attic vents.

Residents help build playground

Heritage Elementary School has a new playground.

On Sept. 6 more than 30 community members came to the grade school to help install new equipment.

"It's amazing," said Principal Kristi Sanders.

Sanders said the school has been saving for a few years to afford the $20,000 playground. The Heritage Parent Teacher Committee donated $4,000.

Changes may come to Summer Daze

Changes may be coming to Summer Daze.

Each year, the village of St. Joseph subsidizes the Parks and Recreation's summer camp. The camp is held five days a week from 8 a.m. to noon in Kolb Park in June and July.

This year, the camp had 35 campers for the first session and 20 campers in the second session.

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