'A Midsummer Night's Dream' being staged this weekend

The Creative Dramatics Workshop will be performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 7:30 p.m. on May 26,27 and 28 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, and Monday, May 30, Memorial Day.  

Ivesdale board bumps funds in appropriations

Village trustees Monday approved an appropriation ordinance for the fiscal year starting May 1 that includes some increases over last year’s.
The board expects to spend $310,200 in the 2016-17 fiscal year, a 4-percent increase from last year’s appropriation of $298,200.
The ordinance gives the village the authority to spend up to the designated amounts in individual funds.

Savoy, Worden-Martin reach agreement

After years of negotiations, Worden-Martin and the Village of Savoy have reached an agreement they hope will improve the functionality of Worden-Martin and the surrounding area.

Retiring Unity band director honored at open house reception

Retiring Unity High School band director Bill Jean was honored at a reception hosted by the Unity Music Boosters on May 10.
Parents and students presented Jean with gifts and talked about how he has affected them.
“It’s been awesome to have him with us,” Unity senior Daniel King said.

Read the full story in the May 26 issue.

Tree removal to be considered for budget and appropriation ordinance

The village board will review its annual budget and appropriation ordinance at its next meeting, scheduled for June 15.
Among the items to be considered is the allocation of funds for the removal of ash trees. Village President John Deedrick suggested having an arborist assess the condition of the ash trees in town to determine how many of them are infected with the emerald ash borer.

Savoy EDC recommends grant for Best Western Paradise Inn

The economic development commission has recommended the board approve a $67,000 grant for the second phase of improvements at the Best Western Paradise Inn. The money will go towards the cost of demolishing the west wing of the building.  
Over the past three years, the hotel has completed a $2.2 million remodel of the north wing, as well as a new entry and lobby area.

Unit 7 school district lowering tax rate slightly

The Unit 7 school district’s tax rate is decreasing from $4.46 to $4.44 per $100 equalized assessed valuation.
Out of the 15 Champaign County school districts, only Champaign Unit 4 has a lower tax rate, $4.41.
Superintendent Andy Larson said the lower tax rate is a reflection of the school board being “very fiscally responsible” and relying on other revenue streams for its spending.

Plans for new Tolono police station unveiled

The village board on Tuesday got its first look at plans for a new police station.
The police station will be built at the site of the former Tolono fire station at the corner of East Main and North Bourne streets.

Mother's Day Tea

The Kitty Cat room at the Montessori School of Champaign-Urbana in Savoy held its annual Mother’s Day Tea on May 6. Students decorated boxes to give their mothers and made special keepsake books for them. Mothers enjoyed muffins and teacups of pink lemonade. Students entertained the mothers by singing a tune they learned called “The ABC's of You.”

Mini-Relay for Life at Unity High School raises $4,000 for American Cancer Society

Turnout was down for Unity High School’s fourth annual mini-Relay for Life, but the event still managed to raise about $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The event is organized by the school’s Teen Titans organization.
Unity Junior High School sixth-grade math teacher Tari Black, who is currently battling cancer, spoke at the beginning of the night to start the Survivor Lap.

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