Savoy village board study session rescheduled

Savoy village board study session previously scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, is canceled and has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Monday, April 11.

Local breast cancer survivors form first dragon boat team in Illinois

An ancient sport is finding new life locally as a way to inspire and encourage breast cancer survivors.
The new Prairie Dragon Paddlers team is Illinois’ first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.
Dragon boat racing is a Chinese water sport that dates back 2,500 years.

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

Officials seek to set record straight about proposed facility

The people behind a proposed residential recovery treatment center north of Sidney want to set the record straight.

Fundraiser offers to help with grants

A professional fundraiser has offered his services to help Philo officials find grant funding.
Brendan McGinty, a Philo resident, offered to serve as a liaison with legislators like State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, and Rep. Adam Brown, R-Champaign, as the village seeks financial help for a proposed village-wide wastewater system.
“There are never guarantees,” McGinty cautioned.

Philo church members connecting in Nicaragua

The congregations of the Presbyterian churches in Philo and Tolono will combine for a presentation about a recent mission trip at 10 a.m. April 24 at the Philo church.

Savoy expected to vote on budget

The Savoy village board is expected to vote on its fiscal year 2016-17 budget at the next meeting, scheduled for April 20.

Mumps cases found at Unity

Mumps cases have been found at Unity High School as students were diagnosed with the contagious viral infection.

Pesotum trying to clarify property laws

The Pesotum village board is taking steps to make their laws against unfit dwellings more clear to residents.
At its meeting last Wednesday, the board approved an ordinance amending a chapter of the village code pertaining to dangerous and unsafe properties, including those under construction.
Village Attorney Elizabeth Megli said the ordinance does not change any laws.

Some drainage relief under way

 A resident of the 200 block of North Elizabeth Street came to the village board last Tuesday looking for relief from drainage problems.
“We’ve always had significant flooding at the intersection (with Reynolds Street),” Jana Terven said.

Grandparents' Day

Generations came together at St. Thomas Catholic Grade School as students welcomed their grandparents Friday for Grandparents’ Day. The day started with a Mass prepared by the kindergarten and first-grade students. Everyone then enjoyed coffee, doughnuts and milk together before students provided a program.

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