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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.

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.