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Projects benefit the community

The Girl Scouts in Troops 2358 and 2559 have been busy.

The two troops, who have since combined,  have been working towards their Silver Awards.

The Silver Award is the highest award that a cadette can earn.

Troop 2559 created a community garden at the Church of Christ while Troop 2358 created a puppet show stage for the Ogden Rose Library.


Food pantry in need of donations

The St. Joseph Food Pantry needs help.

The pantry, housed at the Church of Christ at 226 E. Sherman St., grows bare every winter.

"We do not have an overabundance of anything except macaroni and cheese," said Chris Cox from the Church of Christ.

Cox said the need for the pantry is affected by the weather.


'I fell in love with this town'

Carla Remo-Duzan wanted a simpler life.

She wanted to spend more time with her children.

She wanted to work for herself not someone else.

Remo-Duzan's husband, Jeremy, was born and raised in Central Illinois so relocating to Homer from California was a no-brainer.

"I fell in love with this town," Remo-Duzan said. "Everyone has been so great."


Chamber to hold children's event

The St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is planning a new event.

The Chamber has elected not to hold Country Christmas this year.

Instead, the Chamber will be hosting a Holly Jolly Kids Christmas event that runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Dec. 13.

The event will take place at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 208 N. First St. in St. Joseph.


15,000 expected at 2015 Soda Fest

Homer Soda Company owner Kate Boyer has big plans for this year's Soda Festival.

Boyer told the Homer Village Board that she expects 15,000 people at the May 30, 2015 festival.  Last year attendance estimates ranged from 5,000 to 10,000.

Boyer told the board she expected to make some changes for this year's festival including the number of areas people could park.


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.


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