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.

Village hires new sewer plant operator

St. Joseph has a new sewer plant operator.

The village has hired Justin Profancki.

Profancki has worked for seven years with the Urbana Champaign Sanitary District.  

At the Aug. 12 meeting, Jim Royer and Tyson Royer both provided the village with their resignation.

Co-op enters second year

The overall consensus is that students in the Villa Grove/Heritage Co-op are in favor of the setup.

"Our kids love it," said Heritage board member Bruce Bryan.

In late August the school boards from Villa Grove and Heritage met at Heritage High School to discuss the co-op.

The co-op is entering its second year.

Village signs contract with Sherriff's Department

The Village of St. Joseph has a new contract with the Champaign County Sheriff's Department.

The board approved the contract in July.

The contract is a three-year contract with a 2.75 percent increase per year.

The service will cost the village $426.26 per day from Aug. 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.

The cost will increase to $438 per day for the following year.

Krazee Daze to take place this weekend

Downtown Homer will be Krazee this weekend.

The Krazee Daze festival will take place Sept. 12 and 13.

Friday, the event will kick off at 4 p.m. with food and booth vendors.

A street dance will take place at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, a breakfast at the Homer Village Hall will take place at 7 a.m. and is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Community Notebook

Association to meet in September

The Crestlake   Homeowner Association has announced its meeting dates for 2014.

The meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the St.   Joseph Township Building. Meetings are as follows: Sept. 18 and  Nov. 20.  

Building celebrating 100 years

Community invited to participate in parade

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School Student Council is looking to expand their Homecoming parade.

The parade, which will take place Oct. 3 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.

Group looking for ways to get community involved

A survey by Love Your Neighbor found St. Joseph residents are interested in walking, BBQs and card games as ways to get to know their neighbors.

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