Preparing for the worst

St. Joseph-Ogden sophomore Andrew McDermott found himself zipped into a body bag last Friday.

McDermott was one of five SJO students that participated in a mock accident event at the high school.

“It’s really a serious thing that can happen and has happened before,” McDermott said.

Fundraising underway for memorial in Homer

Kim Graham wants a veteran's memorial in Homer.

Graham, a Homer resident, has approached the village board about placing a memorial within the village.

Now Graham is ready to move forward with fundraising.

The Homer American Legion Auxiliary is holding a gun raffle to raise money for the memorial. The tickets are $20.

Blessings in a Backpack to have new organizer

Dana Rowland will no longer be spearheading Blessings in a Backpack in St. Joseph.

However, that does not mean the program will stop.

Rowland said that she felt now was the time to leave the program in someone else’s capable hands.

A letter from Coach Duval

First of all, let me just start by simply just saying THANK YOU.  

Salvation Army holds toy drive

Starting Monday, Nov. 16, The Salvation Army needs our community’s help to collect gifts for kids of all ages-and especially those ages 9 through 12, who often are overlooked because they’re harder to shop for than smaller children.

Angel tree taking place in St. Joseph


The St. Joseph Women’s Club will again be sponsoring their annual Christmas events.

The club decorated the St. Joseph Angel Tree on Nov. 23 at the St. Joseph Apothecary. The tree is decorated with ornaments that state items that can be bought for local families.

Homer resident wants monument in town

A Homer resident is trying to honor the town’s veterans.

Kim Graham has approached the village board and asked if it would be possible to place a veterans monument within the village.

Scouts earn Bronze Awards

Fighting hunger, making animals happier, cleaning and organizing a community shed and beautifying a community garden are just some of the things two area girl scout troops did to earn their Bronze Awards.


“You just assume that people have food”

Veterans drive to take place in Homer

The third annual Veteran’s Drive will take place Nov. 7 in Homer.

The event will take place at Caboose Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We are very excited to be able to say the event has done so well we are able to have third drive,” said Homer American Legion Auxiliary member Kim Graham.

Haunted Halloween to benefit Children's Hospital

For years Mary Derenne  and her family transformed their yard in St. Joseph into a haunted trail for Halloween and asked visitors to donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

In 2014 they collected money to benefit the Plotner family of St. Joseph.

This year the location, duration and the beneficiary of the event has changed.

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