Homer changes how it deals with solicitors

The Village of Homer is dealing with solicitors in a new way.

The Village voted to adopt an ordinance that is identical to the one St. Joseph passed in the fall.

The ordinance requires solicitors to register with the village and pay a $50 fee to be allowed to sell items within the village.

Wagners open storefront in downtown

In 2007 Jim Wagner bought a 36-inch vinyl cutter.

From then, on his business just grew and grew.

Now, Wagner and his wife, Jen, have a storefront in Main Street Station at 109 N. Main St. in St. Joseph.

Jen said the business’ second big expansion happened right before the couple got married in 2009.

Moving Day proves a success

When most couples buy a new house they pack their belongings in boxes.

Joel and Laura Furrer will be doing that but they also moved the entire house.

The Furrers purchased a house that was located at 511 N. Main Street in St. Joseph from the St. Joseph-Ogden School District.

Methodist church makes repairs

Renovations address drainage issues, add to ‘truly welcome’ community message

St. Joseph United Methodist Church is making some overdue repairs and accompanying renovations.

Our Savior to disband

Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Joseph is disbanding.

When Pastor Scott Weiler announced last year that he would be retiring and moving to the St. Louis area the congregation began the search to replace him.

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

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