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Champaign County Home and Community Education celebrates 100 years

The Champaign County Home and Community Education (HCE) celebrated its 100th anniversary July 7 at the Savoy United Methodist Church.


Sadorus All-Stars 4-H club plants trees in Tolono's East Side Park

TOLONO — The Sadorus All-Stars 4H Club revieved $400 from the 2018 Farm Credit Illinois Community Improvement Grants program to improve East Side Park in Tolono with quality windbreak and shade trees. The club planted four trees in the park.


2018 Unity Alumni Hall of Fame Profiles

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.


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.


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