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Heritage student named fair queen

Gracyn Allen is keeping her crown in a special display box in her bedroom.


Routh remembered for her kindness

Betty Routh led a very active life.


Community Calendar

July 25
What: Adult Coloring Time
When: 6 p.m.
Where: St. Joseph Township Library


Wolken looks to the future

Randy Wolken didn’t even want to coach softball.
He wanted to coach boys’ basketball, which is what he applied for more
than 39 years ago at St. Joseph-Ogden High School after coaching sports at
Gifford and Armstrong.
The administration at SJO had decided that whoever coached boys’
basketball was also going to coach the newly formed softball team.


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.


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