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By NORA MABERRY-DANIELS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is planning a new event.
The Chamber has elected not to hold Country Christmas this year.
Instead, the Chamber will be hosting a Holly Jolly Kids Christmas event that runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 13.
The event will take place at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 208 N. First St. in St. Joseph.
Mike Tevebaugh loved his business. So much so that when it came time to retire he spent a year looking for the perfect buyer.
"I was looking for someone who I thought could take over," Tevebaugh said. "And someone who could take care of the people in the community who have been so good to us for so many years."
He found that person in Matt Phillips.
Stand Up to Coal is urging the public to send letters.
Sue Smith, a member of Stand Up to Coal, said residents should send letters requesting an Illinois Department of Natural Resources mine permit informal conference.
"We can flood them with our letters," she said. "That will mean something."