SJO senior to take to the skies after graduation

Dakoda Jones wants to fly.

The St. Joseph-Ogden senior will attend Southern Illinois University in the fall to study Aviation Flight.

Jones’ first experience in aviation was a ride in a Cessna 172M. That experience started a love affair with flight.

In 2017 he flew a Piper Warrior PA-287-151 single engine plane with the help of a certified flight instructor.

SJO senior brings home national title

Hailey Dukeman has been cheering most of her life.

She started cheering in the fourth grade and has made life long friends from the sport.

“I enjoy all of it honestly, but I think the friends you make along the way are the best part,” Dukeman said.

Golf Carts allowed on village roads

Starting May 1, the roads in St. Joseph will get a little more congested.

The village board recently passed an ordinance allowing golf carts to be driven on the roads in St. Joseph.

With some restrictions.

“This whole ordinance was built around safety,” said Trustee Jim Wagner.

“Safety was paramount,” agreed Trustee Anthony Laubscher.

‘She cared about her students’

Jennifer Anderson has left a lasting legacy on the Prairieview-Ogden School District.

“She taught students lessons that go beyond the classroom,” said PVO Superintendent Vic White.

Anderson passed away on April 2 after a six year battle with pancreatic cancer.

'He is the best basketball coach at the high school level'

St. Joseph-Ogden Athletic trainer Casey Hug said head coach Brian Brooks has been vital to the Spartans’ success.

“The old adage of Great Coach, Better Person was written for people like him,” Hug said. “There is no doubt SJO high school has had a lot of talent over the years, but there are many games that I recall that we won because he simple out coached the other coach.”

Former players reflect on Brooks’ tenure with the Spartans

The St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ basketball team had one goal in 2013.

Reach the state tournament, something the program had never done before in school history.

Some coaches would have encouraged their team to have a more reasonable goal, but not Brian Brooks.

He knew if his team put their minds to it, they could achieve whatever they wanted to.

Second letter sent to SJO parents regarding incidents at school

In a second letter sent to parents within the last 24 hours, administrators at St. Joseph-Ogden High School have stressed the importance of students, staff and parents coming forward with information regarding possible threats to the school.

Email sent to parents in St. Joseph Grade School district regarding threat

An email was sent to parents at St. Joseph Grade School and Middle School today to inform them about a situation that took place at the middle school. 

No direct threat found against SJO after investigation

St. Joseph-Ogden High School alerted parents last night that that there would be an increased police presence at the school this morning.

Superintendent Brian Brooks said a custodian alerted Principal Gary Page and Assistant Principal Brady Smith that they had seen writing on a student table while cleaning that the administration needed to look at.

Civics team headed to D.C

Prom weekend plans have changed for some St. Joseph-Ogden Civics students.
For the second year in a row, St. Joseph-Ogden placed second in the state We the People Constitution Contest at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. Unlike last year they did not receive a wild card bid to the national contest in Washington D.C.
So they thought.

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