'ABCs of GMOs' to be presented

For many people, “scary,” “intimidating” and other negative terms come to mind when they hear about genetically modified foods. Do you wonder if so-called “Frankenfoods” can change human DNA? In what ways do GMOs affect the environment? What foods contain GMOs? How do they compare to non-genetically modified foods?

Fourth-grader wins St. Thomas geography bee

Can you name the most populous city on the east coast of China where bicycles are the most common form of transportation? St. Thomas Catholic School fourth-grader Dalton Carmien can.
Carmien gave the correct answer — Shanghai — in the final round of Friday morning’s geography bee at her school, beating out nine students grades four through eight.

Ringing in 2015 in style

The Savoy Recreation Center rang in 2015 with Itty Bitty New Year, an event complete with craft projects, face painting, games, snacks and a noon balloon drop last Tuesday.

Students get lesson in philanthropy while having some fun

It may have been fun to watch their teachers getting “pied,” but some Unity Junior High School students learned a lesson about philanthropy along the way.
In the first part of their curriculum, Katie Bates’ exploratory Quest class learned about “giraffe heroes” — people who “stick their neck out” to help others.
“They’re active citizens looking out for people,” Bates said.

Korean War veteran from Savoy goes on Honor Flight

Among those veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., a couple of months ago was Savoy resident Ron Dowell.
Dowell, 81, moved from Indianapolis to Illinois in 1959. He worked for Sinclair Refining Company and transferred to Springfield. He then moved to Champaign and later to Bloomington.

New tool to save pets

Tolono firefighters now have the equipment they need to rescue pets who may have inhaled smoke during a fire.
The Tolono Fire Protection District received an animal rescue oxygen mask kit through a donation from Invisible Fence of Mid-Illinois on Dec. 19.

Savoy firefighters play Santa for families

SAVOY — Five families had a merrier Christmas thanks to a grant from the Savoy Walmart.
Store manager Christopher Hundley awarded the $2,500 grant to the Savoy fire department on Dec. 4 for a “Shop with a Firefighter” day. Head Start and Carrie Busey School officials recommended families to receive the support.

Read the full story in the Jan. 1, 2015, issue of The County Star.

Medical center seeking volunteers

Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana is in need of adult volunteers to serve in several areas.
Adult volunteers are needed in non-clinical areas, including Information Desk Services, Surgical Waiting Room, Gift Shop, Patient Transport and Pastoral Care.

Junior high hosts concert

Unity Junior High School held a vocal concert last Thursday at Polly Anderson Auditorium at Unity High School.

Advent event

St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo held an Advent program on Dec. 17 at the Thelma Melohn Gymnasium in the R.E. Franks Meeting Center.

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