Smith named person of the year

Becky Smith remembers what Homer used to be.

"When I was growing up we had several stores, a bowling alley, three or four gas stations, a movie theater and three restaurants," she said.

Smith said when her children were growing up in Homer the number of businesses shrank.

"Now we have almost nothing," she said.

Village to celebrate 125 years

The Village of Broadlands will be holding a 125th anniversary event on Aug. 15 and 16.

The village will host the Crazy Johnny from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 15.

On Aug. 16 the music will continue as Nickles and Dimes will perform from noon to 3 p.m. followed by Pet Box from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Parents seek changes in sports co-op

Villa Grove parents asked for changes to the high school sports cooperative agreement with Heritage during a series of three roundtable discussions held over the last three months with Villa Grove Superintendent Mary Ann Manos.

Among the recommendations Manos heard:

— Revise the "no-cut" practice to allow coaches to structure team numbers more effectively.

Ogden under boil order

The Village of Ogden is under a boil order until further notice.

Scout project to be started in St. Joe

Homer Boy Scout Zach Watts wants to do his Eagle Scout project in St. Joseph.

However, the village board wants more information.

Watts presented the project at the June 10 meeting.

Administrators support resource officers in schools

St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Prairieview-Ogden and St. Joseph Grade School and Middle School recently approved the contract for their student resource officer.

Sheriff's Deputy Alicia Maxey splits her time between the three districts.

SJO pays 70 percent of her contract because she spends the majority of her time at the school.

Soda Festival date set for 2015

The Village of Homer is pleased with the Homer Soda Festival but feels there is always room for improvement.

The village board praised festival director Kate Boyer during their June meeting.

"It is great for the village," Mayor Ray Cunningham said.

Cell phone policy could change at Heritage schools

Students in the Heritage district may be allowed to have their cell phones in class.

The district is discussing allowing students to have their cell phones during lunch periods, it was announced during the May meeting.

In the future, students may be able to have their phones in class.

Business to sponsor street dance at August Community Festival

The Chamber of Commerce will not be sponsoring one of the St. Joseph Community Festival Street Dances this year.

In the past, the Chamber has paid for a DJ for the street dance that takes place on Friday or Saturday night.

This year, a local business has decided to sponsor the dance.

"It is very generous of them," said Chamber President Todd Jacob.

Creativity in many forms

Vette Wolf lives in an older farmhouse near Homer.

The outside is like so many other homes in the area.

Porch furniture, a long driveway, a dog barking in the yard.

Inside, a love of creativity and wonder has grown into a business.

Wolf's business, Three Hearts Design, was spawned out of necessity.

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