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.

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.

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