Clinging to Hope: Parents share stories of drug addiction

ARTHUR — The back of T-shirts Lowell and Ellen Mennenga wear bear the hope-filled words that their son Robb wrote as a teenager:

“Surrender to Him and stand with your roots in the deepest water and your branches will tickle the clouds.”

Four to be Inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame

Four Unity High School graduates have been chosen as the 15th class of inductees to the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

Those being inducted include Brad Hatfield, Thomas Hausman, Earl Pitchford and Joy “Ready” Johannes, Class of 1981.

Tolono native sings with choir

It was a once-in-a-lifetime three hours for 76-year-old former Tolono resident Lt. Colonel John Heimburger as he lived his dream of singing with the internationally-famous 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Most popular 2017 baby names revealed

The most popular name for newborn boys in southern Champaign County is now Henry, and for girls Anna and Grace are tied for top honors.
According to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, five newborn boys went home from the hospital last year with the name Henry.

Veterans get their due on Honor Flight

Two local veterans recently had the opportunity to go on an Honor Flight.
David “Dave” Walker of Philo, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War era, and Kenneth Roellig of Tolono, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II went on a Land of Lincoln Honor Flight from Springfield to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17.

Read the full story in the Nov. 30 issue of The County Star.

New head has military background

Seth Lovell is the new postmaster for Savoy.
Originally from Mattoon, Lovell graduated from high school there in 2011. After graduation, he joined the Army at age 18 and stayed in for four years as a member of the 11th Bravo Infantry Regiment.

Read the full story in the Nov. 9 issue of The County Star.

Sadorus couple raises money for cancer cause by running

A breast cancer survivor in Sadorus marked her 10-year “cancerversary” by joining her husband in his ongoing mission to help cancer survivors and their caregivers.

New postmaster takes over at Philo post office

It took a while for him to get there, but Todd Kerns is now the postmaster at the Philo post office.
Kerns was sworn in as the postmaster on Feb. 4, but due to delays in getting his position as the Savoy postmaster filled, he didn’t actually start until Aug. 28.

Reifsteck promoted to Army rank of sergeant

Philo resident Chase Reifsteck has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the Army Reserves.
Reifsteck was promoted during an Aug. 27 ceremony in Decatur.
A 2009 Unity High School graduate, Reifsteck studied criminal justice for a year and a half at Parkland College before he joined the active Army in 2011.

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

Eagle Scout project benefits Philo

 Jonathan Decker, a member of Boy Scout Troop 66, led a renovation project at the Philo American Legion Post 1171 hall, and in so doing completed the final requirement needed to earn the Eagle Scout rank.
For his project, Decker, 17, decided to restore the wheelchair ramp, stairs and doorframe of the building at 108 S. Harrison St. during a workday on Sept. 2.

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