Main road shut down

Rising waters led to the closing of the main east-west highway through the southeastern Champaign County town.
Champaign County Highway Department Supervisor Tracy Wingler said County Highway 15, also called County Road 1000 N., was under water and had been shut down from both the east and west between 1900 E. and 2100 E. by early afternoon Wednesday.

Ordinances being codified and updated

The village will soon have a new compilation of ordinances that will be more easily accessible to its residents.
The village board is scheduled to have General Code of Rochester, N.Y., codify its ordinances by April. However, the board is ahead of schedule and will likely have them done before that, according to Trustee Cyndi McCloud, who is heading up the project.

Water system sale put on hold

Village officials will wait to see if a law rewarding companies for buying small municipal water systems is extended before deciding whether to proceed with advertising for bids to sell the village’s 77-year-old system.
Under the Illinois Water System Viability Act, a large utility can acquire a system like Sidney’s at fair market value.

Shopping at home

The Sidney Improvement Group hosted its annual Shop at Home event on Dec. 9 at Unity East Elementary School. Over 30 small businesses were represented, and there were cash drawings held each hour.

Most popular 2017 baby names revealed

The most popular name for newborn boys in southern Champaign County is now Henry, and for girls Anna and Grace are tied for top honors.
According to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, five newborn boys went home from the hospital last year with the name Henry.

Water system’s value to be assessed

The village board has hired a consultant to provide a recommendation on whether or not to sell the village’s 77-year-old water system.
The board Monday voted to spend up to $5,000 to have Florida-based consultant Gerald Hartman evaluate the condition, expenses and value of the system and to determine if it makes sense to sell it.

Unity East Elementary holds Halloween parade

On Oct. 31, Unity East Elementary School hosted its annual Halloween parade and classroom parties.On Oct. 31, Unity East Elementary School hosted its annual Halloween parade and classroom parties.

Sidney firefighters donate $1,200 to cancer institute

The Sidney Fire Department donated $1,200 to the Mills Breast Cancer Institute following a month-long fundraiser.
The department sold T-shirts, the back of which sported the message, “Support the Fighter/Admire the Survivor/Honor the Taken/Never Lose Hope.” Redneck Apparel, which makes all such clothing for the department, crafted the shirts.

May Unity grad remembered as good athlete and a ‘great kid’

A Sidney teenager who died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident Friday morning is being remembered as “just a great kid” who had been a popular student at Unity High School.

Town to face water rate increases

The village’s water committee will meet Oct. 17 to discuss the next step as officials try to decide what to do with Sidney’s 77-year-old water system.

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