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No Decision on Video Gaming License in Philo

A children’s boutique and video gaming facility for downtown Philo is on hold for the time being until the full complement of the village board of trustees can meet and make a decision on granting a liquor and gaming license for the proposed business venture.

Read more in the April 19 edition of the County Star. 


Clinging to Hope: Parents share stories of drug addiction

ARTHUR — The back of T-shirts Lowell and Ellen Mennenga wear bear the hope-filled words that their son Robb wrote as a teenager:

“Surrender to Him and stand with your roots in the deepest water and your branches will tickle the clouds.”


ZBA Amends Proposed Ordinance, Public Testimony Continues

In response to public testimony on April 5, the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals has changed the proposed ordinance affecting solar farms.    


Rodney Davis Visits St. Thomas School in Philo

Eric Miller’s eighth-grade class at St. Thomas School in Philo is studying the Constitution, and what better way to learn about it than to meet local congressman Rodney Davis.

Miller requested that Davis visit his classroom, and the congressman responded with a visit on April 3.


Four to be Inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame

Four Unity High School graduates have been chosen as the 15th class of inductees to the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Those being inducted include Brad Hatfield, Thomas Hausman, Earl Pitchford and Joy “Ready” Johannes, Class of 1981.


Special Zoning Board Meeting Planned in Tolono

The Village of Tolono will be holding a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, to discuss combining the Planning Commission with the Zoning Board of Appeals, appoint people to the new body and to hold a public hearing on the plans for a new 15-unit senior living apartment complex in the village. 


Vicious Dog Category Considered for Animal Ordinance

The Tolono Animal Control ordinance is being revised, due to an incident with two dangerous dogs in the village.  The new ordinance, if approved, will add a Vicious Dog designation.  Applying state statues to the proposed new ordinance, a dangerous dog would become vicious when it has thre


Leaf Pick and Budget Discussed in Savoy

Savoy is considering having a leaf pickup service, but how that will be accomplished is still under discussion.

Read more in the April 12 County Star. 


Village planning meeting about electric aggregation

In response to a deluge of residents’ phone calls about the village’s new electric aggregation program, the village is planning to have a public meeting to explain it.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 18 at the village board chamber of the police station at 205 E. Main St.


2 local churches supporting Sudan missionary

Paul Gatlauk Both knows he is taking his life into his hands by returning to South Sudan but he still wants to go back for two years.


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