Principal gets duct taped to wall

Not every principal would allow herself to be duct taped to a wall.
But Janah Sudduth did.
The Unity East principal took part in the stunt last Thursday as a reward to students for achieving their goal of 5,000 points in the Accelerated Reader program.

Read the full story in the June 12 issue of The County Star.

Church’s youth group sponsors Blessing of Animals

The Youth Group of Countryside United Methodist Church sponsored a Blessing of the Animals on May 18 at the church between Philo and Sidney.
A professional photographer took photos of each animal receiving a blessing. The youth group also collected food, litter, treats, toys, collars and leashes for the Champaign County Humane Society and H.E.L.P. – Homes for Endangered and Lost Pets.

Post offices collect 1,637 pounds of food for hungry

Area post offices collected nonperishable food items to fight hunger on May 10 during the 2014 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive.
Philo, Sidney, Pesotum and Tolono post offices collected for the food pantry at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tolono. The total food donated to the Tolono Food Pantry was 1,437 pounds.

Read the full story in the May 22 issue of The County Star.

Unity East Elementary hosts Family Literacy Night

Unity East Elementary School hosted a “Bingo for Books” Family Literacy Night last Thursday.
Bingo prizes for the winners were brand new books, arranged by grade level.
“It’s just a way for us to promote literacy,” reading teacher Cindy Marinello said.

Read the full story in the May 1 issue of The County Star.

Town back to normal routine after flooding

Melting snow and ice combined with a heavy rainfall caused some flooding in Sidney, but the town is back to normal now.
Supervisor of Operations Earl Bennett said the deepest spots, on David Street in the downtown area, were about 2 feet deep. Bennett said he had to close seven different roads on Thursday.

Read the full story in the Feb. 27 issue of The County Star.

Year in Review 2013

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 thankful for veterans, seniors

Unity East Elementary School showed its gratitude for veterans and senior citizens by inviting both to a Thanksgiving luncheon on Friday.

Soldier surprises little brother with visit to school

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.

School year starts for area students

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.

Spinning, throwing and twirling at festival

The 2013 Sidney Summer Fun Daze is history after giving hundreds of thrills and laughs on July 26, 27 and 28.

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