Superintendent supports coop

The Heritage School District has began looking at the Villa Grove/Heritage Coop. Superintendent Tom Davis said the future of the athletic and academic partnership with Villa Grove High School was discussed at a recent meeting.
The coop is in its third year and in the first year of a two-year agreement with the IHSA.
Renewal would have to occur by the summer of 2017.

Zoning issues discussed at meeting

The Ogden Village Board voted to table an ordinance to rezone property located at the east end of Kyle street from agricultural to residential at a recent meeting.
Before the motion was approved, residents expressed concerned with drainage on the property.
Residents said there was currently water on the property and houses would only make it worse.

Preparing for the worst

St. Joseph-Ogden sophomore Andrew McDermott found himself zipped into a body bag last Friday.

McDermott was one of five SJO students that participated in a mock accident event at the high school.

“It’s really a serious thing that can happen and has happened before,” McDermott said.

Fundraising underway for memorial in Homer

Kim Graham wants a veteran's memorial in Homer.

Graham, a Homer resident, has approached the village board about placing a memorial within the village.

Now Graham is ready to move forward with fundraising.

The Homer American Legion Auxiliary is holding a gun raffle to raise money for the memorial. The tickets are $20.

Holy cow!

Mayor B.J. Hackler went to the public works building last Tuesday and
found the building empty with all the lights on.

“I thought that was strange,” he said.

Turns out, the workers were out looking for a cow.

Public Works Supervisor Mike Peters was alerted to the visitor around 6:30

Fan club to give away almost $4,000 in April

The last all-athletic fundraiser drawing will take place on April 29 at
the St. Joseph-Ogden boys track and field Spartan Classic.

The winners of that drawing will walk away with $1,280 each.

So far the fan club has given away $8,960, said Assistant Principal Brady
Smith, after raising close to $64,000.

Chamber looking at ways to encourage shopping local

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is looking for ways to get more people to shop local. The chamber is discussing starting a Chamber Bucks program. Customers would purchase Chamber bucks from the organization and then be able to spend them at participating businesses.

Heritage issues nine RIF notices

The Heritage Board of Education voted to RIF eight staff members during the first half of the January board of education meeting.

The board then decided to revisit a ninth RIF after closed session.

Summer trip to take students to D.C.

St. Joseph and Prairieview-Ogden Middle School students have the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C this year.

​Stephanie ​Kinney, an eighth-grade science teacher at St. Joseph Middle School, organizes the trip by working with a company called Worldstrides. She collaborated with Worldstrides at a school where she previously taught.  

Blessings in a Backpack to have new organizer

Dana Rowland will no longer be spearheading Blessings in a Backpack in St. Joseph.

However, that does not mean the program will stop.

Rowland said that she felt now was the time to leave the program in someone else’s capable hands.

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