Unit 7 registration set for Aug. 3, 4

Unit 7 schools will hold centralized registration for all prekindergarten through 12th-grade students from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 3 and 4 at Unity Junior High School. Many of the registration forms are being made available to parents in advance again this year. Visit and find the “registration” link on the left-hand side.

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.

Learning their religion

First Baptist Church of Tolono hosted a Vacation Bible School for ages kindergarten through sixth grade July 17 through 21. The theme was “Submerged: Finding Truth Below the Surface.”

Superintendent reports on district’s financial situation to board

Board members on Wednesday heard a positive financial review of the last fiscal year.
Superintendent Andy Larson told board members that the district brought in a little over $1.2 million in sales tax during fiscal year 2016.

Police station project progressing

The village is moving on to the design development phase of a project to build a new police station.
The newest version of the plans have incorporated a door for the interview room.

Storms, wind strike Champaign County

Storms and heavy winds was causing downed power lines, fallen trees and power outages in rural Champaign County last Wednesday night.
A downed tree was blocking the road on James Street in Tolono.
Downs power lines were also reported in the 200 block of East Holden Street and the area of Linden and Whitehead in Tolono.

Read the full story in the July 21 issue of The County Star.

Benefit to feature live performances

Less than a month after a Coles County accident that took the lives of Arcola teenager Christopher D. West and his father, Paxton resident Christopher L. West, the community will rally around their family.

Search and rescue team trains

The Champaign County Search and Rescue (SAR) team conducted an urban search exercise on the morning of July 9 in Tolono.
A command post was set up in the parking lot near the small ball diamond at West Side Park and did some planning before the searchers arrived.
The SAR team used a scenario in which a 5-year-old autistic child went missing.

New architectural plan shows larger police station

The Tolono village board was presented with a new, larger layout for the planned police station but delayed approval until its next meeting.
The new design Farnsworth Group Senior Project Architect Scott Burge showed the board was roughly 900 square feet larger than the previous plan.  
“We’ve made some pretty drastic changes to the plan,” Burge said.

Unity girls’ track building on youthful foundation

Although the 2016 season did not end with a high finish at the state Class 2A meet, the Unity girls’ track and field team did experience some memorable moments, Including a bunch of new school records, and 145 points and a third-place finish at the Okaw Valley Conference meet, just five points behind champion Monticello.

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