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Looking a lot like Christmas

Southern Champaign County was bustling with people, music and festivities this weekend during a number of holiday-related events.


Guest readers entertain families at Philo Library

The Philo Public Library held its annual Family Reading Night and Pajama Party last Thursday.


HCE organization celebrates cultural arts with annual event

The Champaign County HCE Cultural Arts Show was held Oct. 26 at the Champaign County Farm Bureau Auditorium.
Members exhibited art projects including drawings, oils, watercolors, counted cross-stitch, crocheting, knitting, jewelry, photography, scrapbooking and quilting. Only eight got to advance to be judged at state. Each exhibitor was awarded a participation ribbon.


Philo residents can play hide-and-seek with rocks and win every time

If something colorful catches your eye as you walk past the library, a church or a park in town, it just might be Philo Rocks.


Locals travel to path of eclipse

When my coworker Bridget Broihahn got a phone call three days before the eclipse, offering her a seat on Amtrak’s Eclipse Express and couldn’t go because of her deadlines with the News-Gazette’s magazines, she asked me if I wanted to go.


Rotary donates to hand project

The Rotary Club of Savoy is lending a hand to a project to help amputees around the world.
The club recently donated $2,500 to the Ellen Meadows Prosthetic Hand Foundation, which distributes simple, light and durable prosthetic hands through doctors and other groups on mission trips.


Savoy Rotary Club recognizes Rotarian of the Year, New Rotarian of the Year, Citizen of the Year

The Rotary Club of Savoy gathered June 22 at the Windsor of Savoy to recognize individuals who provided exceptional service in the last year and for a changing of the guard, installing a new president.
The club has held the awards ceremony each year since 1990, a year after the club’s inception.


Memorial Day ceremonies held across southern Champaign County

People around the area paused Monday morning to remember those who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms of the United States.
At Mount Hope Cemetery near Sidney, American Legion Post 433 Commander Bill Hensch told a story about a man who was driving down a familiar road past a memorial honoring veterans who had been killed in action.


Dance contest

The Unity Rockettes hosted an IDTA regional contest on Saturday at the Rocket Center.


HCE finalizes plans for annual Philo Village Christmas Tree celebration

By MARGARET KHACHATURIAN
For The County Star
At the meeting of the Philo HCE on Friday, Nov. 18, plans were finalized for the annual Philo Village Christmas Tree celebration on Sunday, Dec. 4.
The group initiated the tradition 26 years ago when the decorated tree is where the welcome to Philo sign is now.


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