'I love working with people'

Susan McKinney didn’t always want to be a librarian.

She originally wanted to go school to study computer science and pre-law.

But that all changed when she attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., and discovered her love of libraries.

Acklin to run for House seat


There’s a fifth area Republican interested in the 102nd House District seat being vacated by state Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign.

But there’s no hesitancy about the race from former St. Joseph-Ogden High School Superintendent Jim Acklin.

Schools continue to implement ALICE

The St. Joseph-Ogden school district is implementing ALICE during the 2015-16 school year in ways that are similar to previous years.

ALICE  is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It is not designed to be sequential, but rather give a victim options in an active shooter situation in a public place.

Chamber unveils logo

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce has unveiled a new logo.

The logo, designed by Wagner Signs & Graphics, has an eagle and the Chamber’s website address displayed prominently.

“We felt the logo represents strength, opportunity and a pride in our community we serve,” said Chamber President Brad Krall.

Krall said he likes the logo’s “bold and patriotic design.”

Homecoming events take place this week

Homecoming at St. Joseph-Ogden High School isn’t just about fun costumes, football games and dances.
It is also about giving back.

Sept. 10 Community Notebook

Cancer support group to be held

Agriculture diversifaction topic of Ogden open house

Lockie Farm, a rural Ogden demonstration site for restoration agriculture, will host an open house for local farmers and others interested in diversification on Friday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Village discusses needed repairs

A total of $275,083 in damage was caused to the Homer Village Hall, it was learned by village board members at a special meeting to open bids and discuss plans for the sewage damaged building.

The village board learned about the insurance coverage claim after the Village Hall was the victim of a sewage back-up on June 25.

Pantry helps local families

Jill Robbins is waging a war on hunger in St. Joseph.

Robbins, a St. Joseph resident, has been urging citizens to donate to the St. Joseph Food Pantry located at the Church of Christ.

Robbins said she spoke to the director of the St. Joseph Food Pantry, Chris Cox, and was shocked to learn that lots of people did not donate to the pantry.

‘His legacy is SJO’

Jim Acklin first announced his retirement from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in 2013.

Two years later, after serving as interim superintendent, Acklin cleaned out his office and walked out the door of the school he has devoted more than 35 years to.

On June 23, when he left SJO for the last time, he did so quietly.

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