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.

Benefit to feature live performances

Less than a month after a Coles County accident that took the lives of Arcola teenager Christopher D. West and his father, Paxton resident Christopher L. West, the community will rally around their family.

Search and rescue team trains

The Champaign County Search and Rescue (SAR) team conducted an urban search exercise on the morning of July 9 in Tolono.
A command post was set up in the parking lot near the small ball diamond at West Side Park and did some planning before the searchers arrived.
The SAR team used a scenario in which a 5-year-old autistic child went missing.

Graham parking may change

illage trustees have expressed interest in reverting the no parking ordinance on Graham Drive back to its original wording, which allows parking on one side of the street.  Several months ago village officials reviewed and updated all no parking ordinances within the village. As a result, “no parking” signage was placed on both sides of the street on Graham Drive. 

Some sandy summer fun

The Philo Public Library hosted its last kids craft session of the summer on June 30. Youngsters made Fourth of July boxes, doorknob hangers and patriotic paper chains.

Pesotum village board establishes new truck route

Officials in Pesotum have taken steps to control truck traffic in the village.
At its meeting last Wednesday, the Pesotum village board approved an ordinance establishing an official truck route for the village.
The route will be marked entering the village from the west on Adams Street, and appropriate signs will be placed at intersections to mark the route.

Rotary installs new president, awards given out

The Rotary Club of Savoy gathered July 7 at the Windsor of Savoy to thank individuals who provided extraordinary service in the past year and for a changing of the guard, welcoming a new president.
Vocational Chair Joan Dykstra presented several awards in a ceremony the club has held annually since 1990, the year after the Savoy Rotary’s founding.
These included:

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