Smith named person of the year

Becky Smith remembers what Homer used to be.

"When I was growing up we had several stores, a bowling alley, three or four gas stations, a movie theater and three restaurants," she said.

Smith said when her children were growing up in Homer the number of businesses shrank.

"Now we have almost nothing," she said.

Scout project to be started in St. Joe

Homer Boy Scout Zach Watts wants to do his Eagle Scout project in St. Joseph.

However, the village board wants more information.

Watts presented the project at the June 10 meeting.

Business to sponsor street dance at August Community Festival

The Chamber of Commerce will not be sponsoring one of the St. Joseph Community Festival Street Dances this year.

In the past, the Chamber has paid for a DJ for the street dance that takes place on Friday or Saturday night.

This year, a local business has decided to sponsor the dance.

"It is very generous of them," said Chamber President Todd Jacob.

Creativity in many forms

Vette Wolf lives in an older farmhouse near Homer.

The outside is like so many other homes in the area.

Porch furniture, a long driveway, a dog barking in the yard.

Inside, a love of creativity and wonder has grown into a business.

Wolf's business, Three Hearts Design, was spawned out of necessity.

A star is born

Lexie Boaz has went from the St. Joseph-Ogden stage to MTV.
Boaz, a 2014 graduate of SJO, recently appeared on the MTV show "Copycat."
On the show, the competitors try to sound  like their favorite recording artists to earn the title of Ultimate Copycat.
Boaz chose to mimic pop singer Demi Lovato because she has been a fan of the artist since she was 10 years old.

Housing authority approaches village

Affordable elderly housing may be coming to St. Joseph.

Ed Bland, from the Champaign County Housing Authority, met with the village during its May 27 board meeting.

Bland said the housing authority has located land for sale within St. Joseph which would allow them to build 10 units of housing.

Scout honored for work on park

Lane DeMay is an Eagle Scout.

And now he is an Eagle Scout with is very his own plaque at Village Park in Ogden.

DeMay refurbished the playground as part of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. DeMay, the son of Kent DeMay of St. Joseph and a freshman at St. Joseph-Ogden High School, approached the Ogden Village Board in September about the project.

Ogden lions to hold benefit bike ride

The Ogden Lions Club will be holding its ninth annual Bicycle Benefit Race on June 14.

Proceeds from the event go to benefit Camp Lions which gives vision and hearing impaired children a free week of summer camping.

Group works to help children with life threatening illnesses

A group of friends has banned together to raise money for children facing life-threatening illnesses.

Stephen Morris, a founding member of Friends Fore Life, said the group is a non-for-profit that was developed to aid children and their families fighting life-threatening illnesses.

Ball diamond confusion addressed by board

At the April Homer board meeting Trustee Roy Woodmansee asked for clarification regarding the Homer Youth League and their plans to use land behind village hall.

Woodmansee expressed concern that the Youth League was placing permanent structures on village property.

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