Unit 7 registration set for Aug. 3, 4

Unit 7 schools will hold centralized registration for all prekindergarten through 12th-grade students from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3 and 4 at Unity Junior High School. Many of the registration forms are being made available to parents in advance again this year. Visit and find the “registration” link on the left-hand side.

Learning their religion

First Baptist Church of Tolono hosted a Vacation Bible School for ages kindergarten through sixth grade July 17 through 21. The theme was “Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface.”

Superintendent reports on district’s financial situation to board

Board members on Wednesday heard a positive financial review of the last fiscal year.
Superintendent Andy Larson told board members that the district brought in a little over $1.2 million in sales tax during fiscal year 2016.

13th Fun Daze festival this weekend

A karaoke contest, a petting zoo and a cake walk will be among the new attractions at the 13th annual Sidney Fun Daze festival, scheduled for Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30.
“We tried to add more things for the kids,” Sidney Improvement Group President Mike Roy said.

Contract for patrol service considered

Village officials are exploring whether to contract with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office for police protection.
Village Administrator Jim Brewer said that Chief Deputy Allen Jones told him that it would cost $70 per hour to patrol the village. Brewer said that if Sheriff Dan Walsh agrees to a contract, the county board would need to approve it.

Police station project progressing

The village is moving on to the design development phase of a project to build a new police station.
The newest version of the plans have incorporated a door for the interview room.

Savoy fire department makes short stacks for a tall cause this weekend at Applebee’s

The Savoy fire department is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Savoy Applebee’s to benefit the MDA in conjunction with the department’s fill the boot efforts.
Tickets can be purchased from the fire department or at the door. Breakfast will include pancakes, syrup, butter, bacon and a beverage.

Village board approves preliminary plat

The village board on Wednesday approved a preliminary plat for the third phase of the Willow Run subdivision.
The plat is for a 15-lot subdivision located on the east edge of Philo. The new lots would be east of the existing two phases, along East Jefferson Street, east of Cleveland Street.

Read the full story in the July 21 issue of The County Star.

Storms, wind strike Champaign County

Storms and heavy winds was causing downed power lines, fallen trees and power outages in rural Champaign County last Wednesday night.
A downed tree was blocking the road on James Street in Tolono.
Downs power lines were also reported in the 200 block of East Holden Street and the area of Linden and Whitehead in Tolono.

Read the full story in the July 21 issue of The County Star.

New principal hired for St. Thomas Catholic Grade School in Philo

St. Thomas Catholic School has named Lisa Doughan as principal for the upcoming school year.
Doughan, a native of Paris, Ill., started college as a journalism major but said she always had education in the back of her mind.
“I always loved to write, but teaching is definitely my passion,” she said.

Read the full story in the July 21 issue of The County Star.

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