SJO board puts expulsion on hold

On Jan. 12 the St. Joseph-Ogden Board of Education voted to suspend the expulsion of a student that was found to have had an AR-15 rifle, seven boxes of ammunition, two shotguns and shotgun shells in his truck in the school parking lot on Dec. 17.

SJO hires new principal

St. Joseph-Ogden High School has hired a new principal.

At the Feb. 23 board meeting the board of education hired Gary Page, the current principal at Cerro Gordo High School.

Page will replace current Principal Brian Brooks who will take over as superintendent on July 1.

Page was named principal of Cerro Gordo High School on April 17, 2013.

Letter sent home to inform parents



St. Joseph-Ogden High School wants to keep its parents informed in their decision making processes.

Because of that they sent a letter home in October detailing the process the district goes through regarding cancelling school.

Back at it

For the second day in a row St. Joseph-Ogden High School students were in school while many of their local counterparts were not because of cold temperatures.

The high school opted for a one-hour delayed start on Jan. 8.

Bus pickups were done one hour later than normal with school starting at 9:15 a.m., Superintendent Jim Acklin said.

'There are no 'cold' days in the real world'

Please dress warmly and drive safely.

That was part of the message St. Joseph-Ogden High School students, staff and parents received on the night of Jan. 6.

SJO was one of the few local schools that decided to have school on Jan. 7  when wind chill values were expected to dip to 30 below.

Villa Grove cancels school for Wednesday, delayed start on Thursday

The Villa Grove School District has announced that school will be canceled on Jan. 7 due to "extremely low temperatures."  The district said the cancellation was due to wind chills predicted to be as low as 30 degrees below zero and with frostbite possible in as little as 15 minutes.

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.

Play honors 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth

April 23, 2014 marked what would have been the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.  

The St. Joseph-Ogden Drama Department is throwing him a birthday party.

“To honor this event, we decided to present some short, humorous interpretations of “Comedy of Errors”, “Macbeth”, some of his sonnets, and “Romeo and Juliet”,” said director Larry Williams.

Parade to take place Friday

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School Student Council will be sponsoring their annual Homecoming Parade on Oct. 3.

The parade, which will take place 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.

Residents help build playground

Heritage Elementary School has a new playground.

On Sept. 6 more than 30 community members came to the grade school to help install new equipment.

"It's amazing," said Principal Kristi Sanders.

Sanders said the school has been saving for a few years to afford the $20,000 playground. The Heritage Parent Teacher Committee donated $4,000.

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