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.

Sidney Town Hall comes down

A landmark building with over 100 years of history was erased from the downtown landscape Aug. 22.

Emergency relief fund set up

A family here had a tree fall onto their house a couple of weeks ago, damaging their roof and causing an electrical fire in their meter box.  
Ivesdale and Sadorus fire departments responded to the call.
The mother, father and their teenage son were home at the time, but there were no injuries.

Read the full story in the Aug. 11 issue of The County Star.

Savoy Rotary helps out at Salt & Light

The Rotary Club of Savoy volunteered at Salt & Light on Tuesday and learned about how the ministry’s program model has changed.
Associate Director Lisa Sheltra first gave the club a tour of the facilities, explaining how Salt & Light has changed its operation from free distribution of food and clothing to operating a thrift store and a food co-op last fall.

Teacher organizing can tab collections to support two causes

A Unity East Elementary School teacher is spearheading two service projects that involve collecting drinking can pull tabs for two causes close to her heart.

Members inducted into hall

Four former Rocket greats were honored as the 10th class inducted into the Unity High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday evening at the homecoming football game.
The ceremony took place at halftime of the game against Maroa-Forsyth before the home grandstand as four of Unity’s finest were again honored including Beth Brown Wyman, Jason Henry, Bob Oakes and Jim Robinson Sr.

Former church, village hall likely to be demolished

A prominent piece of Savoy’s history may soon be up for grabs. On the west side of Church Street, in the part of town locals affectionately refer to as “old town,” stands the former United Methodist Episcopal Church. The building currently serves as an office building for the Savoy Public Works Department but will soon no longer be needed as the village pursues a redevelopment of the area.

Unity FFA partners with RTHS on tornado cleanup

Unity FFA members braved some cold temperatures recently to help repair some of the damage done during the Nov. 17 Gifford tornado.
Rantoul Township High School FFA sponsor Roman Fox organized efforts to clean up debris from fields so that they would be ready for planting in the spring.
“We started spreading the word,” Fox said.

Directions to Williamsville incorrect

The article "Rockets to take on undefeated Williamsville" on page 12 in the Nov. 8 issue of The County Star contains incorrect directions on how to get to Williamsville.

The directions should have been to get on Interstate 72 heading west toward Springfield to Interstate 55.

The County Star regrets the error and apologizes for any confusion it may have caused.

Low-income energy assistance available

The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) operates the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for winter heating assistance from Sept. 1 to May 31, with payments toward residential gas and electric bills. All eligible households can schedule an appointment at one of three locations:
• The CCRPC office located at Brookens Center, 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana.

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