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.  

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.

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