Projects benefit the community

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.

Food pantry in need of donations

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.

'I fell in love with this town'

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."

Chamber to hold children's event

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.

Homer resident opens auto shop in St. Joe

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.

Group urges residents to remain active in fight against coal mine

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."

Business celebrates nine years in Ogden

Rick Buckley takes pride in his work.

"I have talented employees who can do a variety of things," he said.

Those things include pouring concrete driveways, patios, sidewalks, footings, crawlspace foundations, stamped and colored concrete.

"We do gravel and concrete," Buckley said. "We do some excavating and we sometimes do some wild things."

Village waives subdivision requirement

The Village of St. Joseph has voted to waive subdivision requirements for the Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative.

EIEC is in the process of purchasing one acre of land located at the northwest corner of the intersection of County Highway 14 and 2300 E Road.

The land is within the one and a half mile extraterritorial jurisdiction of the village.

15,000 expected at 2015 Soda Fest

Homer Soda Company owner Kate Boyer has big plans for this year's Soda Festival.

Boyer told the Homer Village Board that she expects 15,000 people at the May 30, 2015 festival.  Last year attendance estimates ranged from 5,000 to 10,000.

Boyer told the board she expected to make some changes for this year's festival including the number of areas people could park.

SJO grad urges students to reach for the stars

Lt. Col. Scott Swinford was a normal kid from St. Joseph.

He graduated from St. Joseph-Ogden High School in 1981 before spending five years at the University of Illinois.

"I was kind of wandering ­—not really sure what I was going to be when I grew up," he said.

Swinford addressed students during SJO's annual academic awards assembly.

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