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A once-vacant downtown building that dates back to the 1870s has come back to life, and with it, a community resource has solved a longstanding problem.
The Sidney Community Library held an open house Oct. 18 to celebrate its move into its new facility at 217 S. David St., from the old one at 221 S. David. The old building was 700 square feet; the new one is four or five times larger.
Teachers from Unity East and Unity West elementary schools got training in ALICE on Friday.
The Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate program teaches teachers to fight back against school shooters.
Unity West Principal Lanee Reichert encouraged the staff members to think about what they could do to secure their classrooms if there were a shooter in the school.
Volunteers went to the Sidney Community Library on Sept. 13 to move from the old building at 221 S. David St. to the new one at 217 S. David St. The library is closed this week in preparation for the new library's opening on Monday, Sept. 22.
Churches United of Philo and Sidney held a “God’s Backyard Bible Camp” VBS Day Camp for ages 4 years to sixth grade on Aug. 1 and 2 at Countryside United Methodist Church. There was a family barbecue on Aug. 1 and a VBS program on Aug. 2.
Jim Carver is the new principal at Unity East Elementary School, but he’s not new to the school.
Carver has taught fourth grade there for the last six years.
“I’m excited to be continuing my career here,” Carver said.
Read the full story in the Aug. 14 issue of The County Star.
One of the entertainment opportunities available at this year’s Sidney Fun Daze will be a presentation of a series of science fiction reader’s theatre pieces.
The Creative Dramatics Workshop will perform short pieces from 1 p.m. until the parade on Saturday, July 26, at the Sidney Town Hall.
A parade, car show, food and carnival rides will be among the highlights of the 11th annual Sidney Fun Daze festival set for July 25 and 26.
Proceeds from the festival’s car show will go to the Mills Breast Cancer Institute in Urbana.
“I’ve had a relationship with them over the last year with Redneck Apparel,” business owner and Sidney Improvement Group President Keith Kropp said.
The Countryside 10K and 2-mile walk took place May 31 at Witt Park in Sidney.
The 10K race course went through the country before circling back to the finish at Witt Park. Organized by the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation, the main purpose of the race is to support scholarships for local students interested in studying agriculture.
Unity East Elementary School held its End of Year Talent Celebration last Thursday.
Unity East Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year with a Fun Day celebration on June 6.