Co-op enters second year

The overall consensus is that students in the Villa Grove/Heritage Co-op are in favor of the setup.

"Our kids love it," said Heritage board member Bruce Bryan.

In late August the school boards from Villa Grove and Heritage met at Heritage High School to discuss the co-op.

The co-op is entering its second year.

Village signs contract with Sherriff's Department

The Village of St. Joseph has a new contract with the Champaign County Sheriff's Department.

The board approved the contract in July.

The contract is a three-year contract with a 2.75 percent increase per year.

The service will cost the village $426.26 per day from Aug. 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015.

The cost will increase to $438 per day for the following year.

Krazee Daze to take place this weekend

Downtown Homer will be Krazee this weekend.

The Krazee Daze festival will take place Sept. 12 and 13.

Friday, the event will kick off at 4 p.m. with food and booth vendors.

A street dance will take place at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, a breakfast at the Homer Village Hall will take place at 7 a.m. and is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Community Notebook

Association to meet in September

The Crestlake   Homeowner Association has announced its meeting dates for 2014.

The meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the St.   Joseph Township Building. Meetings are as follows: Sept. 18 and  Nov. 20.  

Building celebrating 100 years

Community invited to participate in parade

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School Student Council is looking to expand their Homecoming parade.

The parade, which will take place Oct. 3 at 4:15 p.m., usually includes SJO students and groups.

This year that could change.

Student Council Advisor Jeff Kieffer said the council is looking to increase the amount of participants in the parade.

Group looking for ways to get community involved

A survey by Love Your Neighbor found St. Joseph residents are interested in walking, BBQs and card games as ways to get to know their neighbors.

Contract sent back to teachers

During the August meeting, the Prairieview-Ogden Board of Education did not approve the tentative agreement between the Prairieview-Ogden Educators Association and the Board of Education  Negotiation Committee.

The board voted 5-2 against the agreement.

The board members that voted no said they felt the raises tentatively agreed upon were too high.

St. Joseph School Supply lists

St. Joseph Grade School  
Pain apron or large tee shirt
Backpack or bookbag, large enough for papers/folders
Boys: bring the following supplies at the start of school.
Girls: Bring the following supplies after Christmas break.
1 box of 200-count tissues
2 rolls of Bounty paper towels
2 containers of antibacterial wipes (Clorox or Lysol)

Heritage band holds camp

The Heritage Marching Band is trying something new this year.

Previously, the marching band met during school hours in a classroom setting.

This year, the band is an independent study and the students schedule their own practice times.

"They are working their butts off," said Heritage Music Director Justin Lee.

Royal festival to take place Aug. 16

The Village of Royal will be celebrating 132 years on Aug. 16.

The celebration will kick off at 7 a.m. with the Royal Day 5K Run and Walk.

Runners can register for $25 on race day. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the Royal Community Building.

To register before the day of the event participants can call 217-841-6998 or visit

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