Sidney

Concert of creativity, can can

The third- through fifth-grade spring concert was held last Tuesday at Unity East Elementary School. The theme was “A Journey of Genres.” The concert was directed by Jocelyn Pritchard with Beth Rogers accompanying on the piano.


Local residents hit streets for One Winter Night event

Some local residents were among about 100 people who braved the cold for a recent fundraiser to help the homeless.
C-U at Home held its annual One Winter Night event Feb. 6 in downtown Champaign. Participants volunteered to spend the night as “box dwellers” outside with only a cardboard box shelter between themselves and the elements.


Krutsinger receives flight credentials from Parkland

Unity High School student athlete McKenzie Krutsinger recently received her flight credentials from the Parkland College Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois.


Teacher organizing can tab collections to support two causes

A Unity East Elementary School teacher is spearheading two service projects that involve collecting drinking can pull tabs for two causes close to her heart.


Flat-top pine tree has unique story behind its shape

A flat-top pine tree on the west edge of Sidney has a unique history of which many people may not be aware.
The tree, which is located near the village’s welcomesign and across the highway from Casey’s General Store, is probably around 125 years old, according to Champaign resident Stan Rankin, 80.
Rankin’s grandfather, James F. Rankin, ran the State Bank of Sidney from 1911 to 1931.


Redneck Apparel expands, moves

A downtown Sidney business has expanded and moved across the street.
Redneck Apparel has moved from 220 S. David St. to 219 S. David St. The business opened its retail location downtown last spring after having started in the back office of owners Keith and Teresa Kropp’s garage.

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


Two Unit 7 students awarded for anti-drug bookmark designs

Students from both Unit 7 elementary schools were recognized last week for being among the grand prize winners in a bookmark design contest for Red Ribbon Week.
Unity East second-grader Sophia Frye and Unity West first-grader Ella Darnell each received bicycles, and their classes were rewarded with pizza parties for winning at their respective grade levels.


Locals celebrate Halloween

Local residents celebrated Halloween in a variety of ways this year.


Award-winning authors visit three area schools

The Center for Education in Small Urban Communities unit of the College of  Education at Illinois brought award-winning authors to Unity schools on Oct. 17.


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.


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