Nora Maberry-Daniels

Nora Maberry-Daniels

Golf carts allowed on St. Joseph streets starting Tuesday

ST. JOSEPH — Starting Tuesday, the roads in St. Joseph will get a little more congested.

The village board recently passed an ordinance allowing golf carts to be driven in the village — with some restrictions.

"This whole ordinance was built around safety," Trustee Jim Wagner said.

Only St. Joe middle-schooler to walk out says she felt she had to

ST. JOSEPH — Charley Dickman knows what it feels like to be afraid of gun violence at school.

When she was a student at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign, a man came near her school with a weapon, and there was gunfire outside.

Her brother, who was in second grade at the time, was outside. Luckily, he made it back into the building without being injured.

Across the area, high school students take a stand by walking out

In Champaign and Urbana, hundreds of high school students walked out of class just before 10 a.m. Wednesday and joined a 17-minute peaceful protest inspired by their peers from Parkland, Fla.

SJ-O superintendent to parents: 'We need students to take this seriously'

ST. JOSEPH — In a second letter to parents in 24 hours, administrators at St. Joseph-Ogden High School stressed the importance of students, staff and parents coming forward with information regarding possible threats to the school.

St. Joseph-Stanton fire district's 'old member of the family' gets new life

ST. JOSEPH — An old friend is back in St. Joseph.

This week, Engine 1 — a 1947 Ford John Bean high-pressure pumper — returned to the St. Joseph-Stanton Fire Protection District after more than two years away.

"It was the first engine that the district purchased shortly after its inception," said Fire Chief Josh Reese.

St. Joseph school bus rear-ended during drop-off; no one hurt

ST. JOSEPH — A school bus from St. Joseph Grade School was rear-ended Wednesday afternoon while dropping off students on U.S. 150 west of town.

Superintendent Todd Pence said the bus only had eight students on it when it was hit from behind by a Volkswagen Beetle.

"The majority of the students had already been dropped off," Pence said.

Back on the field

BROADLANDS — Girls at Heritage High School who want to play softball next spring will be able to.

Wearing their school colors, no less.

Heritage, who has been in a co-op with Villa Grove since the 2013-14 school year for all sports other than volleyball, was told earlier this year that Villa Grove no longer wanted to co-op softball, Heritage Superintendent Tom Davis said.

A life remembered: 'She never had anyone on the team, but she loved SJO'

ST. JOSEPH — The cards arrived every November.

Former St. Joseph-Ogden football head coach Dick Duval came to expect them.

They thanked him for his dedication during the season and congratulated him on his hard work.

They were always from the same person.

Nita Brooks.

"She never had anyone on the team," Duval said, "but she loved SJO."

St. Joe church has dozens of couples who've stayed golden

URBANA — To Linda LeRette, commitment makes a strong marriage.

LeRette and her husband of 51 years, Steve, were one of the 24 couples from St. Joseph's Prince of Peace Lutheran Church that celebrated wedded bliss Wednesday afternoon.

A Life Remembered: Longtime postmaster leaves St. Joe legacy

ST. JOSEPH — Mayor Tami Fruhling-Voges remembers all of the times Robert Weaver treated the St. Joseph senior citizens group to fresh, hot-from-the-oven homemade blackberry cobbler.

Julie Hendrickson won't soon forget the senior line dancing classes she took at village hall, where the teacher — one of the oldest guys in the room — moved like someone half his age.