University of Illinois Extension offers free cooking school

Are you interested in learning how to cook using fresh ingredients without blowing your budget? University of Illinois Extension invites you to join us for the “Lettuce Cook with You! Cooking School,” a free cooking school offered by the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).

Annual Unity marching band camp held

Unity High School recently held its annual marching band camp.
For seven hours each day, band members rehearsed their music and marching.
Band director Bill Jean was pleased that weather forecasts of rain for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday proved incorrect.

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

Church preparing new mission building

A former restaurant/bar is getting a new lease on life.
The Tolono United Methodist Church has acquired the building at the southwest corner of Holden and Bourne streets for use as a mission building. The building has sat empty since CJ Dane’s closed in 2010. Prior to that, it was a restaurant called Tolono Uptown.

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

Philo, Sidney churches host VBS day camp

Churches United of Philo and Sidney held a “God’s Backyard Bible Camp” VBS Day Camp for ages 4 years to sixth grade on Aug. 1 and 2 at Countryside United Methodist Church. There was a family barbecue on Aug. 1 and a VBS program on Aug. 2.

Show choir camp held

The Unity Show Choir's in-house camp was held July 28 through Aug. 2 in the fine arts wing.

Event raises funds for families of kids with cancer

Leslie Spainhour of Monticello wouldn’t have missed the sixth annual Volley for a Cure tournament.
“I’m a hard-core supporter,” Spainhour said of the beneficiary, the Camden Foundation.
That’s because her family is one of 26 in Central Illinois supported by the Ivesdale-based organization that raises money for pediatric cancer and local families struggling with it.

Unity East Elementary School fourth-grade teacher named principal

Jim Carver is the new principal at Unity East Elementary School, but he’s not new to the school.
Carver has taught fourth grade there for the last six years.
“I’m excited to be continuing my career here,” Carver said.

Read the full story in the Aug. 14 issue of The County Star.

More Vacation Bible Schools

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sadorus hosted a Vacation Bible School last week with the theme “Gangway to Galilee.” The VBS for ages 3 through fifth grade focused on biblical water stories. T

Seventh annual event raises funds for medical research

An event now in its seventh year continues to raise funds for research into a disorder that primarily affects children.

Unity High color guard raising funds for proposed new winter guard program

The Unity High School color guard members don’t want their fun to end with the football season.
The 12 color guard members held a car wash on July 26 at the Sonic Drive-In as Savoy as a fundraiser to start a winter guard.
“It’s more dancing, and there’s no band,” color guard member Amy Barnes explained.

Read the full story in the Aug. 7 issue of The County Star.

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