Mini-Relay for Life at Unity High School raises $4,000 for American Cancer Society

Turnout was down for Unity High School’s fourth annual mini-Relay for Life, but the event still managed to raise about $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The event is organized by the school’s Teen Titans organization.
Unity Junior High School sixth-grade math teacher Tari Black, who is currently battling cancer, spoke at the beginning of the night to start the Survivor Lap.

Local breast cancer survivors form first dragon boat team in Illinois

An ancient sport is finding new life locally as a way to inspire and encourage breast cancer survivors.
The new Prairie Dragon Paddlers team is Illinois’ first breast cancer survivor dragon boat team.
Dragon boat racing is a Chinese water sport that dates back 2,500 years.

Read the full story in the April 21 issue of The County Star.

Breakfast honors cancer survivors

A wind storm in 2001 led to an unexpected diagnosis for Philo resident Lowell Cooper.
He was picking up fallen tree limbs when he began experiencing what turned out to be symptoms of colon cancer.
He was in surgery the next week.

Read the full story in the April 14 issue of The County Star.

Players enjoy rapidly-growing sport’s popularity at Savoy Recreation Center

Jan Stuckey was looking for a way to stay active when she discovered pickleball on the Internet about two years ago.
The former Senior Olympics basketball player from Robinson was part of a group of players and supporters from Crawford County who came to the Savoy Recreation Center’s recent all-day “Shoot Out” pickleball tournament challenge.

Lincoln returns to Tolono (kind of) during special library presentation

On President’s Day, Feb. 15, portrayal artist Kevin Wood was at the Tolono Public Library acting and presenting as Abraham Lincoln. Audience members learned more about the nation’s history, and more.

Windsor of Savoy residents kick up their heels

Members of the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity visited the Windsor of Savoy last week for an early Valentine’s Day celebration.
The college students took turns tripping the light fantastic with residents to the Big Band music of the Bud Vandiver’s Delinquents band.

Ringing in 2016 in style

The Windsor of Savoy held a New Year’s celebration on Dec. 31.

Santa visits Pesotum

Santa Claus visited at the Pesotum fire station on Dec. 19.

Kids shop with cops, firefighters in Savoy

Smiling broadly, Asia Humes wandered the aisles of Walmart in Savoy last Tuesday, accompanied by  Lt. Kurt Glosser of the Savoy fire department.

Breakfast with Santa held in Sadorus

The annual Breakfast with Santa event was held on Dec. 12 at the Sadorus village hall.

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