SJO senior to take to the skies after graduation

Dakoda Jones wants to fly.

The St. Joseph-Ogden senior will attend Southern Illinois University in the fall to study Aviation Flight.

Jones’ first experience in aviation was a ride in a Cessna 172M. That experience started a love affair with flight.

In 2017 he flew a Piper Warrior PA-287-151 single engine plane with the help of a certified flight instructor.

SJO senior brings home national title

Hailey Dukeman has been cheering most of her life.

She started cheering in the fourth grade and has made life long friends from the sport.

“I enjoy all of it honestly, but I think the friends you make along the way are the best part,” Dukeman said.

‘She cared about her students’

Jennifer Anderson has left a lasting legacy on the Prairieview-Ogden School District.

“She taught students lessons that go beyond the classroom,” said PVO Superintendent Vic White.

Anderson passed away on April 2 after a six year battle with pancreatic cancer.

'He is the best basketball coach at the high school level'

St. Joseph-Ogden Athletic trainer Casey Hug said head coach Brian Brooks has been vital to the Spartans’ success.

“The old adage of Great Coach, Better Person was written for people like him,” Hug said. “There is no doubt SJO high school has had a lot of talent over the years, but there are many games that I recall that we won because he simple out coached the other coach.”

Former players reflect on Brooks’ tenure with the Spartans

The St. Joseph-Ogden boys’ basketball team had one goal in 2013.

Reach the state tournament, something the program had never done before in school history.

Some coaches would have encouraged their team to have a more reasonable goal, but not Brian Brooks.

He knew if his team put their minds to it, they could achieve whatever they wanted to.

Chamber to hold events in spring

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on March 24 at 10 a.m.  
The event will be held at Hackler Park, formerly Crestwood Park.
The event is for children ages one to eight.
Ages 1-2 will search for eggs together, as will 3-5 and 6-8.

Have coffee with the mayor

Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges wants to be accessible to her community.
In order to be available to as many citizens as possible Fruhling-Voges is starting a “Coffee with the Mayor” event on the fourth Saturday of each month. The first event will be held Jan. 27 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at El Toro in St. Joseph.


Whitney Setterdahl peeked down the toy and game aisles at the Urbana Meijer on Tuesday, finally stopping when she approached the sports trading card section.

“It’s hard to find items for boys,” she said. “We get a lot of makeup and lotion and things like that, but I like to try to get a lot of games that can be for either gender.”

Helping hands

Kent and Jill Robbins like to give back.
Both work tirelessly for causes they believe in.
This includes every thing from athletics at their former college to the
local food pantry.

Working with EIU
Each year the Robbins plan a golf outing at the Danville Country Club to
support Eastern Illinois University athletics.

Halloween events to take place this Saturday


The annual Halloween Fundraiser for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital has a new location this year. Now, the event will be held in downtown St. Joseph on Oct. 21.
“We had interest from business to have it downtown and I think it’s a better location that people will see it and attend,” said event chair Mary Derenne said.

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