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.

District governor honors members

Rotary District 6490 District Governor Larry Howell presented special recognition to two members at a recent weekly luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of Savoy.
Phil Van Ness received his Paul Harris Plus Two pin, and Larry Kienzler received his Paul Harris Plus One pin.
Paul Harris was Rotary’s founder.

Sidney turns out to applaud soldier returning

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Wells returned home recently to a hero’s welcome after nine months in Iraq.

UI ag fellowship honors Savoy man

A new fellowship at the University of Illinois honors Jim Sinclair, a retired professor and soybean pathologist.
Some of Sinclair’s former students were the behind the establishment of the James B. Sinclair Research Fellowship Fund.

Ivesdale Vietnam veteran reflects on Honor Flight

Forty-six years after losing his brothers in arms in the Vietnam War, Russel Wright was able to leave a tribute for them at the Vietnam Wall during an Honor Flight.
The Ivesdale resident found the names of the three men he served with who were killed in action.
“I’ve been there before, but it was an honor to see it with my son,” he said.

Tolono firefighter enlists with U.S. Army

A Unity graduate is going from serving his community to serving his country and had a special Independence Day to mark the start of his military career.
Cameron Friedlein, 20, joined the Tolono fire department as an 18-year-old.

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