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2013 was a year of tragedies and triumphs in southern Champaign County. Stories about crime, education, people, politics and government, education, sports and community events graced the pages of The County Star. Some may have ongoing consequences into 2014.
Read the full story in the Jan. 9 issue of The County Star.
Unity East Elementary School showed its gratitude for veterans and senior citizens by inviting both to a Thanksgiving luncheon on Friday.
Being Star of the Week at Heritage Elementary School was fun for Parker Robinson, but the highlight came on the last day of the week.
As Star of the Week, Parker made a poster about his life to help other students get to know him better. Featured among the photos were some of his big brother, U.S. Army Spc. Randon Robinson, 20, whom he hadn’t seen for about four months.
Unit 7 students returned to classes for the new school year on Aug. 21. Students at Carrie Busey Elementary School in Savoy and at St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo started back on Aug. 19.
The 2013 Sidney Summer Fun Daze is history after giving hundreds of thrills and laughs on July 26, 27 and 28.
Federal investigators have started an inquiry into a 55-year-old Sidney man’s death in a grain bin last Wednesday at the Premier Cooperative elevator in Sidney.
A Sidney man died last Wednesday afternoon in a grain bin accident.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said that Roy L. McCarty, 55, of Sidney was pronounced dead at the scene at Premier Cooperative elevator, 301 S. David St., Sidney, at 2:38 p.m. last Wednesday.
Northrup said that Mr. McCarty was working inside a grain bin at the elevator when he was buried by grain.
The Unity Rebels softball travel team will hold tryouts for the 2014 fall season on Saturday, Aug. 3, at Witt Park in Sidney.
Tryouts for the 10-and-under team are from 8 to 11 a.m.; tryouts for the 12-and-under team are from noon to 3 p.m.; tryouts for the 14-and-under team are from 4 to 7 p.m.
Read the full story in the July 11 issue of The County Star.
Coach-pitch teams from Sidney and Tolono squared off against one another on May 31 at Witt Park in Sidney.