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Memorial Day services set for Monday

Services conducted by Philo American Legion Post No. 1171 will be Monday at the following times and locations:
— St. Mary's Cemetery, east of Pesotum, at 9:30 a.m.
— St. Joseph Cemetery, Bongard, at 10 a.m.
— Calvary Cemetery, 1 mile east of Philo, at 10:30 a.m.
— Locust Grove Cemetery, Philo, at 11 a.m.


Tolono memorial to military veterans vandalized

The veterans who worked to establish a military memorial in West Side Park six years ago want the vandals who damaged part of it brought to justice.
One post was damaged, and one was broken at the monument at the southeast corner of the park.
A Tolono firefighter discovered the damage and reported it to the Tolono police department on Feb. 11.


Benefit planned for woman

A benefit is being planned for a wife and mother who is battling Stage 4 breast cancer.
The fundraiser for Melissa Cler will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 4 at Traxside Pub and Sports Lounge, 4 E. Holden St., Tolono.
IJW Meats will prepare lunch, which will include a beef brisket sandwich or a pulled pork sandwich.


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.


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