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).

Mediacom’s first channels become 'digital-only' beginning on July 15

Mediacom has announced that its Eastern Illinois area customers will see the first effects of the company’s digital upgrade next week when analog reception is eliminated for a handful of popular television channels.

USDA invites applications for loans, grants to support renewable energy, energy efficiency projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is seeking applications from rural small businesses and agricultural producers for funding to make energy efficiency improvements or to install renewable energy systems.

Rose to present award to RC Fest organizer Saturday

State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, will be on hand at the fourth annual RC Fest Saturday.
At 10 a.m. Rose will present 13-year-old event organizer Adam Munds with an award for being the most innovative blood drive coordinator in the state of Illinois. There will also be a banquet in January to honor him.

Read the full story in the July 24 issue of The County Star.

CDW show goes on in a different venue

One of the entertainment opportunities available at this year’s Sidney Fun Daze will be a presentation of a series of science fiction reader’s theatre pieces.
The Creative Dramatics Workshop will perform short pieces from 1 p.m. until the parade on Saturday, July 26, at the Sidney Town Hall.

4-H Project Expo held

The 2014 Champaign County 4-H Project Expo was held last Friday and Saturday at Kesler Hall at the Champaign County Fairgrounds in Urbana.

Good times: Sidney Fun Daze festival this weekend

A parade, car show, food and carnival rides will be among the highlights of the 11th annual Sidney Fun Daze festival set for July 25 and 26.
Proceeds from the festival’s car show will go to the Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana.
“I’ve had a relationship with them over the last year with Redneck Apparel,” business owner and Sidney Improvement Group President Keith Kropp said.

State police officer educates club members about her career

Illinois State Police Safety Education Officer and Media Liaison Tracy Lillard was the guest speaker at the Philo 4-H Friends’ meeting last Wednesday. Lillard talked about her job and afterwards showed club members her squad car.

Local students display their sewing talents in countywide competition

Champaign County 4-H members enrolled in Clothing and Textiles projects displayed their skills in the 4-H Clothing & Textile Show on Tuesday, July 8, at the Savoy United Methodist Church. Members were judged on their sewing skills as well as the presentation of their garments.

Time travelers

Kids explored both the past and the future at the Savoy Recreation Center’s Time Travelers Camp last week. Time periods included the Wild West to the Roaring ‘20s

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