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'Who is going to be my replacement'

Forrest Chism knew what would happen.

After all he had been on the Village Board in St. Joseph for 26 years.  

He had been there when Trustee Jim Haake had died in 2010 after serving on the village board for 20 years.


'Forrest was Forrest'

Forrest Chism loved St. Joseph.

He would have to since he has served the community in one way or another since he was a young man.

"He was a hometown boy," Mayor B.J. Hackler said. "He was very much a hometown boy and he would help you with anything."


Church’s teens gain more than blisters from Walk for Water

The streets of St. Joseph are nothing like the streets of Sudan. Or are they?


Board grants sign variance

The new Jack Flash convenient store in St. Joseph has one of the biggest signs in the village.

The village issued a sign variance to the company totaling 415 square feet.

The village's ordinances allow signs up to 150 square feet.


Board looks to clean up village

The Village of Broadlands is getting serious about cleaning up its town.

Mayor Brian Pondenis told the village board that residents in violation of garbage and weed ordinances could have a lien placed against their property to cover costs with the village cleaning up the property.

The board will discuss this issue further at future meetings.


28 acres added to forest area on Salt Fork

You've got a new natural area to visit, Champaign County.

A little more than two years after acquiring a nearly 7-acre virgin forest area along the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District has added a much larger piece of property just to the north.


Longtime St. Joseph Village Board member passes away

Forrest Chism was concerned with who would replace him on the St. Joseph Village Board.

Chism, who had served on the board for 26 years, was re-elected in April and planned on resigning Tuesday after taking the oath of office for his latest term.


Teachers learn self defense at Prairieview-Ogden

Teachers and administrators in the Prairieview-Ogden district learned how defend themselves on March 13.

The district had Casey Fuller of Team USA SAFESPORT teach the group how to use pepper spray to defend themselves against attackers.

Superintendent Vic White said he felt Fuller was more than qualified to teach the class.


Heritage RIFs business teacher

The Heritage School board voted to reduce in force four teachers last Monday night and reduce the workload of another.  

The board approved a reduction in force of second grade teacher Carly Shonkwiler, middle school social studies teacher Kit Brown and Chapter I reading teacher Jennifer Stemle.


Community notebook

Cancer support group to be held
We all have experienced the trauma of cancer in some way or other.   We are  an open group and you do not have to belong to any church or organization. We meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Fithian UMC   located at  101 E. Clinton.
All are welcome.


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