Village to make sewer plant safer

The village of St. Joseph will be getting safety training for their sewer plant.

Grey and Associates will inspect the plant and provide the village with a list of information that they need to upgrade or change in order to make the plant as safe as possible for the plant workers.

The inspection will cost the village $3,500.

Royal Days taking place this weekend

Four days of fun are coming to Royal this weekend.

The annual Royal Days event will take place Aug. 3-6.

“The success of Royal Days is a true testament to the wonderful people in our community,” said event co-organizer Susan Goldenstein. “We could not do it without the support from the village, residents or our sponsors.”

Supply drive taking place

Residents looking to help St. Joseph children and teachers have ample opportunity to donate school supplies this month.

Katie May is running a school supply drive in St. Joseph.

May saw a post online asking if there was any way to donate school supplies.

“I thought it was a wonderful idea and just ran with it,” she said.

SJO 5k to have new route


Gone but not forgotten

The cards arrived every November.

Flamingos to roost in St. Joseph


Abbeyfield could find new use

The Housing Authority of Champaign County is looking at the former Abbeyfield property located on Peters Drive in St. Joseph.

Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges said the Housing Authority will be going through the planning and zoning commission to ask that a special use permit given to Abbeyfield to allow them to build an elderly housing facility.

Golden years

Linda LeRette thinks commitment is what makes a strong marriage.

LeRette and her husband Steve have been married 51 years.

They were just one of the 24 couples from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in St. Joseph that were celebrated on Wednesday afternoon.

New mayor swore in


Former Mayor Jack Reidner swore in new Mayor Gabe Clements at the May Ogden Village Board meeting. Clements defeated Reidner in the April 4 election.
Clements then gave the oath of office to Sonja Vickers, Kelly Roggow and James Haan.

Mayor encourages businesses to give away bikes

Mayor B.J. Hackler is asking St. Joseph businesses to give away a bicycle in July.
Hackler, who came up with the idea with Trustee Art Rapp, is asking businesses to purchase a bicycle to give away during the ribbon cutting of the Kickapoo Rail Trail which will be held in the village in July.
Hackler said he thinks the idea is a win for the village, the trail and local businesses.

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