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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.


Historic steam engine coming through area

A historic steam engine will make its way through east central Illinois Wednesday, Sept. 5, during a trek across the eastern U.S.


Illinois State Water Survey, Federal Emergency Management Agency to host Champaign County flood risk information open house

Champaign County’s flood insurance rate maps are changing.
The Illinois State Water Survey’s Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program


4-H Project Expo held

The annual Champaign County 4-H Project Expo was held last year at Market Place Mall in Champaign.


Most Beautiful Eyes contest for kids launches

Chicago-based Prevent Blindness America is looking for the child with the most beautiful eyes! PBA has launched the 2012 Most Beautiful Eyes Contest with a grand prize of a $10,000 educational scholarship. Parents may simply log on to the organization’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/preventblindness) and click on the “Most Beautiful Eyes” icon to enter and upload a photo.


Grassroots Radio Conference coming to Urbana

The Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center will host the Grassroots Radio Conference, a national conference celebrating and charting the future of local, community-driven radio, July 26 through 29.


B-17 tours to be offered

One of just eleven remaining flyable B-17s, “Texas Raiders” has been restored to authentic World War II 1945 B-17G specifications. The vintage B-17 bomber will be arriving into Rantoul at the Chanute Air Museum on Friday, July 27, and will be offering unique “one-of-a-kind” rides on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, as well as Monday and Tuesday, July 30 and 31.


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