Memorial Day services set for Monday

Services conducted by Philo American Legion Post No. 1171 will be Monday at the following times and locations:
— St. Mary's Cemetery, east of Pesotum, at 9:30 a.m.
— St. Joseph Cemetery, Bongard, at 10 a.m.
— Calvary Cemetery, 1 mile east of Philo, at 10:30 a.m.
— Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo, at 11 a.m.

‘Lion King Jr.'

Unity West Elementary School fifth-graders put on a production of “Disney’s Lion King Jr.” on May 12 at the Polly Anderson Auditorium in Unity High School.

Four graduate from St. Thomas School in Philo

“A small group but a mighty group” of four graduated from St. Thomas Catholic School on Friday night.
The term bestowed by Principal Lisa Doughan referred to Evelyn Atkins, Evan LeFaivre, Mercedes Rentschler and Matt Stricklin, the Class of 2017. The quartet led the readings and prayers during a Mass that preceded the graduation ceremony.

Tolono water, sewer rates expected to rise by 20 percent

The village board is expected to raise water and sewer rates by 20 percent at its next meeting.
Village Treasurer Robert Kouzmanoff reported that the village water system’s expenses outweighed its revenues by about $40,000 last year. Taking into account depreciation, the difference was about $130,000.
The village is on pace to fall short by $40,000 again this year, Kouzmanoff added.

Seven to be interviewed for job at Savoy Rec Center

County Star correspondent

Unit 7 bonds for high school improvements

The Unit 7 school board has borrowed $3 million in the bond market to pay for infrastructure improvements at Unity High School.
David Pistorius, senior vice president at First Midstate Inc., the bond underwriter the school district used, reported that the net interest cost was 3.35 percent.
“I’m real pleased,” Pistorius said.

Cheney, longtime teacher, coach, passes away at 79

 A longtime Unity High School teacher and coach passed away May 16.

Bike/pedestrian plan now available to view online

The final Savoy Bike and Pedestrian Plan is now available to the public at the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission website,
The study area for the 320-page plan includes Savoy and its surrounding area, totaling 9.1 square miles.

Read the full story in the May 18 issue of The County Star.

Village will reimburse residents for septic issues

The village will reimburse two residents of the 400 block of East Washington Street $817 for having to pump out their septic system twice as a result of a problem created by a village drainage tile.
The home’s previous owners placed the septic system underneath and close to the drainage tile, which was repaired after breaking, in 1984.

Mini-Relay for Life raises over $3,000

This year’s fifth annual mini-Relay for Life at Unity High School raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.
This year’s event featured a kickball tournament for the first time in which six teams competed for the top prize. The winning team, LDS, donated back its winnings of $100 in cash.

Read the full story in the May 18 issue of The County Star.

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