Countryside 10K draws runners in support of ag

Countryside 10K
At Sidney

Farm Leader Banquet 2013

News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year Jack Murray was honored at a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Girl donates her hair to Locks of Love

It had been a year and a half since Katelyn Moore got a real haircut. But last Friday the 7-year-old from rural Sidney decided to lop it off not just to get a cute new look; it was a way to help others.

Workday held at new library

Volunteers set up shelving and books, cleaned up dirt and worked on lighting in the former Sidney Market on March 16 as they continue to get the building ready to be the new Sidney Community Library. A book sale will be held there on April 6.

Schools gear up for ISAT testing

This week local third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are being tested on their knowledge of reading and math.
To get the students geared up for the testing, Unity East and Unity West elementary schools both had special events on Friday.
At Unity East, students were put through an ISAT Boot Camp.

Read the full story in the March 7 edition of The County Star.

Fifth-graders show off musical skills

The Unity West Elementary School and Unity East Elementary School fifth-grade choruses and bands performed at a winter concert on Feb. 19 at Unity High School’s auditorium.

Signups for various youth sports set in area communities

Philo Ball Park Association
2013 season signups are set for the following dates:
• 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23
• 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27
• 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 2
All signups will be at the Philo Township Hall, 104 S. Harrison St., Philo.
For more information, e-mail Tom Billman at or Steve Sappenfield at

Uni High vs. Georgetown Notre Dame de La Salette


Uni High vs. Georgetown Notre Dame de La Salette, February 4th, 2013 at Uni High School Kinney Gym

Central Illinois Daily Life Jan. 14-20, 2013

Photos from Central Illinois the week of January 14-20, 2013.

Former Tomb of Unknown Soldier guard teaches kids about respect

Sgt. Matt Kreeb knows about respect.
The former tomb guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery spoke to third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at Unity East Elementary School about that subject on Dec. 19.
Unity East has chosen “Everyday Heroes” as its school theme this year.


Read the full story in the Jan. 3 issue of The County Star.

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