Chamber to hold events in spring

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 24 at 10 a.m.  
The event will be held at Hackler Park, formerly Crestwood Park.
The event is for children ages one to eight.
Ages 1-2 will search for eggs together, as will 3-5 and 6-8.

Have coffee with the mayor

Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges wants to be accessible to her community.
In order to be available to as many citizens as possible Fruhling-Voges is starting a “Coffee with the Mayor” event on the fourth Saturday of each month. The first event will be held Jan. 27 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at El Toro in St. Joseph.

Smith to leave SJO in June


St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be looking for a new assistant principal and activities director come June.
Brady Smith submitted his letter of resignation, effective at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 school year to the Board of Education on Monday night.

SJO shows well at civics contest

For the Leader

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.
“Apparently, the scores were as close as they have been in quite some time, but mighty Maine South won again continuing their dominating streak,” said SJO teacher Marshall Schacht.

Rail Trail to expand in 2018

Construction will begin in 2018 on two small segments of the Kickapoo Rail Trail in both Champaign and Vermilion counties.
They’ll eventually be added to the 6.7-mile section — the first phase of the 24-mile trail to be completed — that was opened in August between Urbana and St. Joseph.


Whitney Setterdahl peeked down the toy and game aisles at the Urbana Meijer on Tuesday, finally stopping when she approached the sports trading card section.

“It’s hard to find items for boys,” she said. “We get a lot of makeup and lotion and things like that, but I like to try to get a lot of games that can be for either gender.”

Heritage to leave LOVC

Distance does not make the heart grow fonder.
Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said distance and travel times were the main consideration when the school decided to leave the Little Okaw Valley Conference.
Davis said the discussion of conference travel and the instability of football teams within the conference has been discussed for the last six weeks.

PVO looks to the future

The Prairieview-Ogden Board of Education is looking to the future.
During the November board meeting, the board of education discussed
faculty and staff options for the 2018-19 school year, said Superintendent
Vic White.
White said the discussions are taking place due to a high fifth and sixth
grade enrollment.
The four options discussed were not adding faculty or staff, add another

Helping hands

Kent and Jill Robbins like to give back.
Both work tirelessly for causes they believe in.
This includes every thing from athletics at their former college to the
local food pantry.

Working with EIU
Each year the Robbins plan a golf outing at the Danville Country Club to
support Eastern Illinois University athletics.

No students hurt in bus accident

A school bus from St. Joseph CCSD #169 was rear-ended on Rt. 150 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Superintendent Todd Pence said the bus only had eight students on it when it was hit from behind by a Volkswagen Beetle.

“The majority of the students had already been dropped off,” Pence said. 

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