'Who is going to be my replacement'

Forrest Chism knew what would happen.

After all he had been on the Village Board in St. Joseph for 26 years.  

He had been there when Trustee Jim Haake had died in 2010 after serving on the village board for 20 years.

'Forrest was Forrest'

Forrest Chism loved St. Joseph.

He would have to since he has served the community in one way or another since he was a young man.

"He was a hometown boy," Mayor B.J. Hackler said. "He was very much a hometown boy and he would help you with anything."

Church’s teens gain more than blisters from Walk for Water

The streets of St. Joseph are nothing like the streets of Sudan. Or are they?

Longtime St. Joseph Village Board member passes away

Forrest Chism was concerned with who would replace him on the St. Joseph Village Board.

Chism, who had served on the board for 26 years, was re-elected in April and planned on resigning Tuesday after taking the oath of office for his latest term.

Community notebook

Cancer support group to be held
We all have experienced the trauma of cancer in some way or other.   We are  an open group and you do not have to belong to any church or organization. We meet the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Fithian UMC   located at  101 E. Clinton.
All are welcome.

Expo to be held March 12


On March 12 Iota Sigma of Psi Iota Xi will be hosting a Women's Expo.

The event will take place at the Church of Christ in St. Joseph at 226 E. Sherman, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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.

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