Nora Maberry-Daniels

Nora Maberry-Daniels

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.

Heritage parent pleads for return of bus stop in Allerton

BROADLANDS — Heritage school board members heard this week from a parent who said her young child had to walk seven blocks in Allerton to get to the bus stop.

Heritage students are Broadlands Festival's big winners

BROADLANDS — Saturday's annual Broadlands Festival will offer numerous chances for attendees to help raise money for Heritage students.

The Heritage Performing Arts program will put on a 5K race during the festival, with participants starting at the high school, then running through town and into the country before finishing back at the school.

Maryland company seeking approval for 2 solar farms near St. Joseph

ST. JOSEPH — Last week, the Champaign County Board voted to amend zoning rules to allow for solar farms.

Tonight, the Maryland-based Community Power Group LLC will go before the county's zoning board of appeals to seek approval for two solar farms. One of them would be located north of the St. Joseph Sportsman Club.

Allerton postmaster cuts lobby hours, blaming Heritage students

ALLERTON — The post office in one of the area's tiniest towns is discontinuing 24-hour lobby service — and not due to a lack of foot traffic.

St. Joseph boy's welded mailbox earns top 4-H award at state fair

ST. JOSEPH — Bobby Rowland had one goal this year: earning the 4-H Superior Award — the highest rank available — at the state fair for his welded mailbox.

On Sunday, he brought the award home to St. Joseph.

Bobby and his dad, RJ, a welding instructor at Danville Area Community College, came up with the idea for the project together.

A Life Remembered | SJ-O grad, custodian, bus driver recalled for love of alma mater

ST. JOSEPH — Jeff Reese loved his alma mater so much, he continued to drive a St. Joseph-Ogden school bus after retiring from his custodian gig there.

"He was a good man with a huge heart for kids, cared deeply about St. Joseph-Ogden High School and was very proud to call St. Joe his home," Superintendent Brian Brooks said.

Clergy Corner, July 20, 2018

St. JOSEPH — Pastor Gene Turner wants St. Joseph United Methodist Church to be around for many years to come.

In order for that to happen, he is challenging his parishioners to make changes. This includes being more welcoming to those who may not be regular churchgoers as well as opening their doors to people who may be different than the current makeup of the congregation.