‘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.

Board looks at dog park

The Village of St. Joseph is examining the requirements of placing a dog park somewhere within the village.

Suzanne Rogers presented a proposal to the board asking them to consider placing a dog park within the village.

Rogers said she was motivated by posts on social media asking about dog parks closer than Champaign and Urbana.

Pools costly for local communities

Swimming pools are an expensive undertaking for municipalities.

'Who is going to be my replacement'

Forrest Chism knew what would happen.

After all he had been on the Village Board in St. Joseph for 26 years.  

He had been there when Trustee Jim Haake had died in 2010 after serving on the village board for 20 years.

'Forrest was Forrest'

Forrest Chism loved St. Joseph.

He would have to since he has served the community in one way or another since he was a young man.

"He was a hometown boy," Mayor B.J. Hackler said. "He was very much a hometown boy and he would help you with anything."

Church’s teens gain more than blisters from Walk for Water

The streets of St. Joseph are nothing like the streets of Sudan. Or are they?

Board grants sign variance

The new Jack Flash convenient store in St. Joseph has one of the biggest signs in the village.

The village issued a sign variance to the company totaling 415 square feet.

The village's ordinances allow signs up to 150 square feet.

Board looks to clean up village

The Village of Broadlands is getting serious about cleaning up its town.

Mayor Brian Pondenis told the village board that residents in violation of garbage and weed ordinances could have a lien placed against their property to cover costs with the village cleaning up the property.

The board will discuss this issue further at future meetings.

28 acres added to forest area on Salt Fork

You've got a new natural area to visit, Champaign County.

A little more than two years after acquiring a nearly 7-acre virgin forest area along the Salt Fork of the Vermilion River, the Champaign County Forest Preserve District has added a much larger piece of property just to the north.

Longtime St. Joseph Village Board member passes away

Forrest Chism was concerned with who would replace him on the St. Joseph Village Board.

Chism, who had served on the board for 26 years, was re-elected in April and planned on resigning Tuesday after taking the oath of office for his latest term.

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