Nora Maberry-Daniels

Nora Maberry-Daniels

Prairieview-Ogden names South Elementary principal as superintendent

ROYAL — The man named as the next superintendent of Prairieview-Ogden schools said the job is a dream come true.

South Elementary Principal Jeffrey Isenhower is set to take over the lead job July 1, 2020, replacing Vic White, who is retiring on June 30, 2020.

St. Joseph Village Board rejects residential TIF district

ST. JOSEPH — The village board has voted not to proceed with a residential tax-increment-financing district.

In the proposed TIF district, houses would be developed and property-tax dollars would be diverted from taxing bodies other than the village in order to complete projects it deems necessary.

SJ-O scholarship fund to honor recent grad who succumbed to cancer

ST. JOSEPH — Murelle Plotner's memory will live on in St. Joseph.

Plans are in the works to fund a scholarship in the name of the 2017 St. Joseph-Ogden graduate, who died last month after a long battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood cancer.

A Life Remembered | 'She was a light in this community and she stood for strength'

ST. JOSEPH — Through the good times and the trying ones, Murelle Plotner remained the same spunky kid who could brighten your day no matter how hers was going.

"There are always people in your life that when you think of them, you smile," said Terri Rein, one of her high school cross-country coaches at St. Joseph-Ogden. "That is Murelle."

SJ-O students prepping for state civics competition

ST. JOSEPH — Some St. Joseph-Ogden High School students really love their civics. Just ask the school custodian.

While brushing up for the national We the People Civics contest one recent night, two groups of students had to be told that school hours were over, and it was time to go home.

St. Joseph districts' superintendents both back TIF-district proposal

ST. JOSEPH — Superintendents from the two St. Joseph school districts have banded together in support of a proposed residential TIF district.

St. Joseph-Ogden High School's Brian Brooks and St. Joseph Grade School's Todd Pence presented the village board with a plan that calls for the districts to receive 70 percent of new revenue generated from property taxes within the TIF district.

New fire station in St. Joseph to be built next door to current one

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District will be getting a new home — right next door to its current one.

St. Joseph Middle school proud of its 'exemplary' grade from state

ST. JOSEPH — Excelling is the expectation in the St. Joseph Community School District.

So last week's news — that St. Joseph Middle School received one of just six "exemplary" designations in the area on its state report card — was no surprise to staff and students.

Villa Grove, Heritage high school co-op likely to continue

BROADLANDS — The high school co-operative between Heritage and Villa Grove is expected to continue beyond 2018-19.

Both school boards indicated during meetings this week that they were happy with the arrangement, said Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis.

Post regret: Ex-Rauner staffer warns SJ-O students about social-media pitfalls

ST. JOSEPH — Ben Tracy learned the hard way the price one can pay for inappropriate posts on social media.

Tweets he wrote as a high school student came back to cost him a high-profile job in Gov. Bruce Rauner's office, Tracy told St. Joseph-Ogden students during a presentation this week at the high school.