Expo to be held March 12


On March 12 Iota Sigma of Psi Iota Xi will be hosting a Women's Expo.

The event will take place at the Church of Christ in St. Joseph at 226 E. Sherman, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

SJO board puts expulsion on hold

On Jan. 12 the St. Joseph-Ogden Board of Education voted to suspend the expulsion of a student that was found to have had an AR-15 rifle, seven boxes of ammunition, two shotguns and shotgun shells in his truck in the school parking lot on Dec. 17.

SJO hires new principal

St. Joseph-Ogden High School has hired a new principal.

At the Feb. 23 board meeting the board of education hired Gary Page, the current principal at Cerro Gordo High School.

Page will replace current Principal Brian Brooks who will take over as superintendent on July 1.

Page was named principal of Cerro Gordo High School on April 17, 2013.

Letter sent home to inform parents



St. Joseph-Ogden High School wants to keep its parents informed in their decision making processes.

Because of that they sent a letter home in October detailing the process the district goes through regarding cancelling school.

Back at it

For the second day in a row St. Joseph-Ogden High School students were in school while many of their local counterparts were not because of cold temperatures.

The high school opted for a one-hour delayed start on Jan. 8.

Bus pickups were done one hour later than normal with school starting at 9:15 a.m., Superintendent Jim Acklin said.

'There are no 'cold' days in the real world'

Please dress warmly and drive safely.

That was part of the message St. Joseph-Ogden High School students, staff and parents received on the night of Jan. 6.

SJO was one of the few local schools that decided to have school on Jan. 7  when wind chill values were expected to dip to 30 below.

Villa Grove cancels school for Wednesday, delayed start on Thursday

The Villa Grove School District has announced that school will be canceled on Jan. 7 due to "extremely low temperatures."  The district said the cancellation was due to wind chills predicted to be as low as 30 degrees below zero and with frostbite possible in as little as 15 minutes.

Projects benefit the community

The Girl Scouts in Troops 2358 and 2559 have been busy.

The two troops, who have since combined,  have been working towards their Silver Awards.

The Silver Award is the highest award that a cadette can earn.

Troop 2559 created a community garden at the Church of Christ while Troop 2358 created a puppet show stage for the Ogden Rose Library.

Food pantry in need of donations

The St. Joseph Food Pantry needs help.

The pantry, housed at the Church of Christ at 226 E. Sherman St., grows bare every winter.

"We do not have an overabundance of anything except macaroni and cheese," said Chris Cox from the Church of Christ.

Cox said the need for the pantry is affected by the weather.

'I fell in love with this town'

Carla Remo-Duzan wanted a simpler life.

She wanted to spend more time with her children.

She wanted to work for herself not someone else.

Remo-Duzan's husband, Jeremy, was born and raised in Central Illinois so relocating to Homer from California was a no-brainer.

"I fell in love with this town," Remo-Duzan said. "Everyone has been so great."

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