Christine Walsh

Unity West students win contest

Two Unity West Elementary School students were recognized last Thursday as winners of Prairie Center’s 26th annual Red Ribbon Week contest.
First-grader Adam Reedy and third-grader Jessie Tipsword both won bicycles and basketballs signed by the University of Illinois men’s basketball team members. Each student’s class also received a pizza party.


Sadorus moves ahead with water system sale plans

The village board is giving Illinois American Water permission to submit a conceptual proposal for the sale of the village’s water system.
As part of that process, Illinois American will be given access to village documents and will be allowed to conduct a survey.


Philo church’s women unite with Nicaraguans

The Philo Presbyterian Nica service team hosted a delegate from Nicaragua Oct. 28 through Nov. 2.
Elba Luz Delgado Guido is the director of Women’s Programs for Just Hope, a nonprofit service organization based in Tulsa, Okla.
Guido is involved in the micro-credit loan program for women in Nicaragua.

Read the full story in the Nov. 12 issue of The County Star.


Sidney retains engineer for water tower’s painting

The village board Monday voted to allow Supervisor of Operations Earl Bennett to retain Champaign engineering firm Donohue and Associates for work remaining to be done on the village’s water tower.
Bids will be secured for exterior painting of the tower.
Bennett said the work will be done when the village has sufficient funding to pay for it, likely in about two years.


U.S. 45 paving project approved

The village has approved a paving project for U.S. 45.
The project will be at the intersections with Deerpath and Walnut streets and is being done in conjunction with paving that the Illinois Department of Transportation is doing next year on U.S 45. The total cost of $62,675 will be paid for through the village’s motor fuel tax funds.


2018 Unity Alumni Hall of Fame Profiles

Four Unity High School graduates have been chosen as the 15th class of inductees to the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Those being inducted include Brad Hatfield, Thomas Hausman, Earl Pitchford and Joy “Ready” Johannes, Class of 1981.


Sadorus Clean Up Day Scheduled

SADORUS – The village is trying to address a problem with nuisance properties by offering a cleanup day on April 28.

From 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. that day, village residents can dispose of items other than landscape waste and tires at Sadorus Community Park. Appliances will be accepted until 4 p.m.


Clinging to Hope: Parents share stories of drug addiction

ARTHUR — The back of T-shirts Lowell and Ellen Mennenga wear bear the hope-filled words that their son Robb wrote as a teenager:

“Surrender to Him and stand with your roots in the deepest water and your branches will tickle the clouds.”


Four to be Inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame

Four Unity High School graduates have been chosen as the 15th class of inductees to the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Those being inducted include Brad Hatfield, Thomas Hausman, Earl Pitchford and Joy “Ready” Johannes, Class of 1981.


Village planning meeting about electric aggregation

In response to a deluge of residents’ phone calls about the village’s new electric aggregation program, the village is planning to have a public meeting to explain it.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the village board chamber of the police station at 205 E. Main St.


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