Training burn makes room for future

Firefighters had the chance to hone their firefighting abilities while helping to advance the village’s plans for the future recently.
The former village hall at 114 W. Church St. was burned down, as part of a planned burn to make room for new development.  

Officials explore a paperless future

The village board is looking into going paperless.
Trustee Terrence Stuber presented quotes for seven Microsoft Surface Tablets, with prices for “good,” “better,” “even better” and “best” versions from Chicago-based CDW-G, the company with the state contract.

Visit Champaign County organization has big plans

Champaign County is growing as a tourist and event destination, Jayne DeLuce from the Visit Champaign County organization told the Savoy village board on Wednesday night.   

Students learn all about apples

St. Thomas Catholic School kindergartners learned all about apples during a presentation last Thursday.
University of Illinois Extension Educator Jamie Boas gave students a lesson on apples before having them sample five different kinds.
“Any time you eat apples you should wash them before – why?” Boas asked the kids.

Read the full story in the Oct. 6 issue of The County Star.

Speaker inspires with story of overcoming obstacles in life

Brett Eastburn was born in northern Indiana with a congenital birth defect that left him with no arms and no legs. But that didn’t stop him from going on to play baseball, football and basketball, become an accomplished swimmer and place fourth in the Amateur Athletic Union national wrestling competition in 1988. After graduating, he became a green belt in the martial arts.

Church group sews for good

A Champaign church group is playing a major role in helping out with a project to send stockings of comfort items to soldiers serving overseas during the holidays.
The Curtis Road Church of God Ladies Ministry Sewing and Crafts Group sews stockings for Operation Santa. Operation Santa volunteer Barb Kleiss got the group involved four years ago through Jackie Harris of Philo, the leader.

Friends of Santa being reinvented

A charitable organization is carrying on after the passing of its founder earlier this year.

Hearing set for water upgrades

The village will have a public hearing next week about applying for a Community Development Assistance Program grant for water plant upgrades.
The hearing is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Sept. 26 at the village hall and will be followed by a special village board meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Park district to use ball field

Village officials are planning to enter into an contract to allow the Tolono Park District to use the ball field at Sadorus Community Park during the 2017 ball season.

Local archaeology hidden but present

There is archaeology in the area — it’s just not always obvious.
That was what audience members learned when they want to hear Philo resident Doug Jackson, who works for the Illinois State Archaeological Survey, during an evening of conversation titled “The Archaeology of East Central Illinois” last Thursday at the Philo Presbyterian Church.
Jackson focuses on prehistoric societies.

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