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Hamilton gets 200th win

No one said playing the game would be easy, especially on homecoming night. On a brisk, cool night, the 1-5 Rantoul Eagles took on the 5-1 Unity Rockets. It would not be an easy match-up for the Eagles as the Rockets looked to bring home another win.

Read the full story in the Oct. 16 issue of The County Star.


‘Lion King Jr.'

Unity West Elementary School fifth-graders put on a production of “Disney’s Lion King Jr.” on May 12 at the Polly Anderson Auditorium in Unity High School.


Tolono water, sewer rates expected to rise by 20 percent

The village board is expected to raise water and sewer rates by 20 percent at its next meeting.
Village Treasurer Robert Kouzmanoff reported that the village water system’s expenses outweighed its revenues by about $40,000 last year. Taking into account depreciation, the difference was about $130,000.
The village is on pace to fall short by $40,000 again this year, Kouzmanoff added.


Unit 7 bonds for high school improvements

The Unit 7 school board has borrowed $3 million in the bond market to pay for infrastructure improvements at Unity High School.
David Pistorius, senior vice president at First Midstate Inc., the bond underwriter the school district used, reported that the net interest cost was 3.35 percent.
“I’m real pleased,” Pistorius said.


Mini-Relay for Life raises over $3,000

This year’s fifth annual mini-Relay for Life at Unity High School raised over $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.
This year’s event featured a kickball tournament for the first time in which six teams competed for the top prize. The winning team, LDS, donated back its winnings of $100 in cash.

Read the full story in the May 18 issue of The County Star.


Unity pole vaulter signs letter of intent with Illinois State University

Unity High School track and field team member Nicole Bagwell on Friday signed her national letter of intent to attend Illinois State University in the fall.
“I was looking into ISU and Northern Iowa,” Bagwell said. “I went to both, and ISU felt a little more like home.

Read the full story in the May 11 issue of The County Star.


Unity places 3rd in final Okaw Valley girls’ track meet

The Unity Rockets closed out their regular season schedule last Tuesday evening by placing third in the Okaw Valley Conference girls’ track and field meet. The meet, the final one in the current history of the Okaw Valley Conference, was originally scheduled to be held at St. Thomas More in Champaign, was move to Hicks Field in Tolono.


Rocket softball’s struggles continue on diamond

In addition to having trouble getting on the field because of the recent rains, the Unity High School softball team has been scuffling to finish the regular season on a high note. After senior pitcher, infielder and all-around good player Harlie Duncan was sidelined by an injury in late April, the Rockets have gone 1-4, losing the last four games in a row.


Rockets drop 2 close games to Monticello

The Unity Rocket baseball team has been busy dodging raindrops for most of the past two weeks, playing just one game each week since April 25. And, like most of their games this season, the Rockets’ contests have been close, although the outcome has often not been to coach Tom Kimball’s liking. Take the Rockets’ two-game Okaw Valley Conference series with the Monticello Sages, please.


Fun Days parking going to be harder

Parking will be even more difficult to find around West Side Park during this year’s Tolono Fun Days festival.
The village board last Tuesday directed Village Attorney Marc Miller to draft an ordinance prohibiting parking on the residential side of three streets that surround the park.


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