Sidney

New Sidney library building makes its debut

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.


Staffers train on what to do if shooter enters building

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.


New Sidney library to open Sept. 22

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.


Philo, Sidney churches host VBS day camp

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.


Unity East Elementary School fourth-grade teacher named principal

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.


CDW show goes on in a different venue

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.


Good times: Sidney Fun Daze festival this weekend

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.


Countryside 10K draws runners in support of students

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 has talent

Unity East Elementary School held its End of Year Talent Celebration last Thursday.


Fun finish

Unity East Elementary School celebrated the end of the school year with a Fun Day celebration on June 6.


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