Rotary cleans up roadside

Rotary Club of Savoy members cleaned up trash along U.S. 45 in Savoy during the club’s highway cleanup on April 11. The club is planning another cleanup in early August.

Philo team tops at Polar Plunge for third straight year

The Philo Knights of Columbus have a streak going.
For the third year in a row, the Philo Knights have had the top fundraising team at the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet.
“Now it’s pride,” team member Matt Robert quipped.

Read the full story in the April 2 issue of The County Star.

Father/Daughter Date Night

The Savoy United Methodist Church held a Father/Daughter Date Night on Feb. 20.

Cookie sales under way

Girl Scout Troop 2166 sold cookies on Feb. 14 at the Schnucks in Savoy.

Sweetheart Dinner

The Unity High School student council held its 35th annual Senior Citizens’ Dinner and 13th Sweetheart Dinner on Feb. 8 at the school. Music teachers Bill Jean and Ashley Giberson coordinated a musical program of instrumental and vocal performances presented by students. After the program and before ham dinner, the seniors had a choice between euchre and bingo for entertainment.

Rockettes make it to state dance meet finals

The Unity Rockettes dance team qualified for the IHSA state dance meet at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington on Friday, where they then advanced to the finals on Saturday. The team finished seventh in the state.

Honoring cancer survivors

Unity High School’s Teen Titans hosted their first Cancer Survivor Breakfast on Jan. 17 in the school’s cafeteria.
Teen Titans is a student group with about 20 members who raise funds for cancer research.
“It (membership numbers) varies every month because of sports,” President Jada Burr said.

Read the full story in the Jan. 29 issue of The County Star.

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.

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.

Flat-top pine tree has unique story behind its shape

A flat-top pine tree on the west edge of Sidney has a unique history of which many people may not be aware.
The tree, which is located near the village’s welcomesign and across the highway from Casey’s General Store, is probably around 125 years old, according to Champaign resident Stan Rankin, 80.
Rankin’s grandfather, James F. Rankin, ran the State Bank of Sidney from 1911 to 1931.

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