Nora Maberry-Daniels

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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.

St. Joseph forms steering committee on funding for infrastructure work

ST. JOSEPH — A steering committee has been formed to discuss how to fund infrastructure projects in the village.

St. Joseph-Ogden, Grade School districts moving ahead with consolidation study

ST. JOSEPH — Board members with the St. Joseph-Ogden and St. Joseph Grade School districts are set to move forward with a consolidation study.

Fire at Ogden restaurant quickly extinguished

OGDEN —A small fire outside of Rich's Family Restaurant was put out within 20 minutes of the call being placed, Ogden-Royal Fire Protection District Chief Randy Thompson said this afternoon.

The fire still is being investigated but it is believed to have started outside in mulch near the restaurant.

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.