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.

Bid approved for new wrestling facility

The Unit 7 school board Wednesday approved a $271,865 bid from Morton Building for a new wrestling facility for Unity High School.
Other bids received included one for $300,848 from Building Systems of Illinois and one for $322,500 from Construction and Design.
“They (the bids) were a little higher than I expected,” Superintendent Andy Larson told the board.

Payment for new police station OK’d

The village board on Tuesday voted 3-2 to pay the contractor building the new police station $68,740.
Trustees Jacquie Miller, Jared Ping and Terrence Stuber agreed to pay Grunloh Construction, while trustees Vicki Buffo and Anna Morris refused to; Trustee Ryan Perry was absent.

'That's called life'

A Savoy man convicted twice of fatally shooting his brother in 2010 has been resentenced to 64 years in prison.
Maggio, 49, shot and killed his 32-year-old brother Mark on July 21, 2010, at the now-closed Tolono IGA store.
In June 2011 he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 35 years.

Read the full story in the Oct. 19 issue of The County Star.

Class raises money for hurricane relief

Unity Junior High School teacher Heather Ennis’ eighth-grade Quest class recently designed a service project to raise hundreds of dollars that they will donate to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief.
Late last month, the class began by brainstorming ideas for various possible service projects.

Contractor pay request declined

The village board on Tuesday declined a $68,740 pay request from the contractor building the new police station.
Grunloh Construction still has outstanding items on its punch list for the building at the corner of East Main and North Bourne streets, including landscaping and a drop box. A motion to make the payment died for lack of a second.

Sidewalk repair OK’d

It may soon be easier and safer to take a walk around town.
The board last Tuesday approved a $13,162 bid from Tolono-based Wick Concrete to replace 351 feet of broken sidewalk in about a dozen locations, including in front of the Tolono Masonic Lodge at 202 E. Main St. and Busey Bank at 128 E. Holden St.

Blood drive marks 9/11 anniversary

The Tolono Fire Protection District marked the 16th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, by hosting its third annual blood drive.
The fire department collected 16 units of blood.
Lt. Robert Bates noted that the donations that Community Blood Services collects stay local, going to area hospitals including Carle, Presence and Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Home has fundraiser

An adult day care and memory care home in Tolono held a Labor Day weekend fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association and for future volunteer appreciation events on Sept. 3.

New police station about 99 percent completed

A few items remain before the new Tolono police stations can open its doors.
The village board Tuesday approved paying $91,182.36 of a $110,982.36 pay request from contractor Grunloh Construction, which would have represented the completion of about 99 percent of the project. Trustee Jared Ping was the only trustee present who opposed paying the amount, and trustee Ryan Perry was absent.

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