Haunted trail to benefit SJO student

Ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be found at 303 W. Evergreen in St. Joseph on Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The home, owned by the Derenne  family, will be transformed into a haunted trail.

Dinner to honor fire chief

St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Chief Rusty Chism has spent his life helping other people.

Now those people are helping him.

Chism is battling incurable Thymic Cancer and his treatments require travel to Bethesda, Md.

Expenses are mounting so Chism's friends stepped up and are hosting a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.

Five classes to reunite for Homecoming

The weekend of Oct. 3 is going to be busy for members of five graduating class of St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

Members of the class of 1977-1981 have been invited to a two-day event to coincide during SJO's Homecoming.

SJO will enshrine four new members in Hall of Fame

St. Joseph-Ogden High School will induct its second class into the SJO Hall of Fame on Oct. 3 when the Spartans host Rantoul in their homecoming football game.

Kickoff against the Eagles is 7 p.m., with a pregame ceremony honoring the four inductees this year.

Krazee Daze to take place this weekend

Downtown Homer will be Krazee this weekend.

The Krazee Daze festival will take place Sept. 12 and 13.

Friday, the event will kick off at 4 p.m. with food and booth vendors.

A street dance will take place at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, a breakfast at the Homer Village Hall will take place at 7 a.m. and is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.

Group looking for ways to get community involved

A survey by Love Your Neighbor found St. Joseph residents are interested in walking, BBQs and card games as ways to get to know their neighbors.

Royal festival to take place Aug. 16

The Village of Royal will be celebrating 132 years on Aug. 16.

The celebration will kick off at 7 a.m. with the Royal Day 5K Run and Walk.

Runners can register for $25 on race day. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at the Royal Community Building.

To register before the day of the event participants can call 217-841-6998 or visit

Chamber looking for new projects

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is looking at ways to benefit local businesses.

Chamber president Todd Jacob told chamber members during the July meeting that the Chamber should brainstorm ways to benefit local businesses.

Jacob said that since the Chamber did not sponsor the SJO 5K this year, the organization had a little extra money to spend.

Broadlands to hold festival

Broadlands will be celebrating 125 years on Aug. 16.

The day will feature a bicycle parade, kid’s tractor pull, kid’s games, lunch by the Community Club, an antique tractor show, entertainment throughout the day, fish and rib eye dinner by the Community Club, raffle drawing and the Broadlands Follies.

Youth group to hold food drive

On Aug. 10 members of the Church of Christ Youth Group will collect non-perishable food items for the local food pantry.

The group will be going door to door from 5:30-8 p.m. to collect food.

"We have been doing this event for four years now, so people have started to expect us during festival weekend," said Chris Cox, Church of Christ Administrative Assistant.  

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