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St. Joseph board votes to pay for fireworks

ST. JOSEPH — The village this week agreed to pay for fireworks for the Community Festival in August.

The board paid $5,000 for the fireworks last year. Trustee Tami Fruhling-Voges said the village was financially able to sponsor the fireworks again.

Donations don't prevent cuts at Prairieview-Ogden

ROYAL — A fundraising effort by parents in the Prairieview-Ogden district has saved one teacher from being laid off; however, others were not so lucky.

The PVO school board this week approved 2.3 full time equivalent teachers "reduction in force" notices for the upcoming school year.

Parent raising money to avoid Prairieview-Ogden cuts

ROYAL — This week a letter went out to parents in the Prairieview-Ogden school district, asking for donations to save teachers' jobs.

The letter is the brainchild of Lonna Pruitt, who has two young children and fears their education will be harmed by cuts in the classroom.

St. Joseph village board hears planning goals

ST. JOSEPH — Susan Chavarria, regional planning manager from the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, presented the village board with the village's comprehensive plan goals and objectives this week.

St. Joseph man arrested over school threat

ST. JOSEPH — A St. Joseph man was taken into custody Monday afternoon after allegedly making threats over the weekend against a local high school.

In a message sent to parents of St. Joseph-Ogden High School students, Superintendent Jim Acklin said that at 1:04 p.m. Monday the Champaign County sheriff's office arrested Uriah H. Fosdick on an arrest warrant with a bond of $750,000.

Vote delayed on treated water, sewer lines for coal mine

HOMER — Another meeting has been scheduled to discuss the sale of treated water and sewer services to Sunrise Coal by the village.

SJ-O students will go to Washington for inauguration

ST. JOSEPH — St. Joseph-Ogden High School students will be witnessing history.

Fifteen students will be traveling with teacher Marshall Schacht to watch history unfold on inauguration day.

The trip is run by WorldStrides, a student travel organization.

St. Joseph-Ogden joins school broadcasting program

ST. JOSEPH — The high school will begin broadcasting school events in the near future.

St. Joseph-Ogden agreed to enter into a contract with PlayOn! Sports, which provides individual schools with an education-based broadcasting program that enables students and faculty to capture, edit and publish original content.

Homer, Sunrise Coal OK deal on payments

HOMER — The village has accepted a reimbursement agreement from Sunrise Coal.

The company, based in Terre Haute, Ind., has asked Homer to supply water to its proposed coal mine. Homer is considering the request for hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw water in addition to potable water and sewer services, which Sunrise would pay the village to provide on an annual basis.

Ogden opposes sale of water to coal mine near Homer

HOMER — An Ogden village trustee presented the Homer Village Board with a letter stating Ogden's opposition to Homer's selling water to a proposed coal mine.

The letter, delivered by Ogden Trustee Sonja Vickers, cites water supply and environmental factors among the village's concerns.