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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.


Retiring Unity band director honored at open house reception

Retiring Unity High School band director Bill Jean was honored at a reception hosted by the Unity Music Boosters on May 10.
Parents and students presented Jean with gifts and talked about how he has affected them.
“It’s been awesome to have him with us,” Unity senior Daniel King said.

Read the full story in the May 26 issue.


Unit 7 school district lowering tax rate slightly

The Unit 7 school district’s tax rate is decreasing from $4.46 to $4.44 per $100 equalized assessed valuation.
Out of the 15 Champaign County school districts, only Champaign Unit 4 has a lower tax rate, $4.41.
Superintendent Andy Larson said the lower tax rate is a reflection of the school board being “very fiscally responsible” and relying on other revenue streams for its spending.


Plans for new Tolono police station unveiled

The village board on Tuesday got its first look at plans for a new police station.
The police station will be built at the site of the former Tolono fire station at the corner of East Main and North Bourne streets.


Mini-Relay for Life at Unity High School raises $4,000 for American Cancer Society

Turnout was down for Unity High School’s fourth annual mini-Relay for Life, but the event still managed to raise about $4,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The event is organized by the school’s Teen Titans organization.
Unity Junior High School sixth-grade math teacher Tari Black, who is currently battling cancer, spoke at the beginning of the night to start the Survivor Lap.


Ceremony sends 110 new graduates out into the world

Unity High School’s Class of 2016 graduated on Sunday, with more than 100 students receiving their diplomas.
Hundreds of family members and friendss attended the 67th annual commencement ceremony at the Rocket Center.
Keegan Payne gave the Class of 2016 address and said that class members have continued to graduate in small ways throughout their four years at Unity.


Mumps cases found at Unity

Mumps cases have been found at Unity High School as students were diagnosed with the contagious viral infection.


Some drainage relief under way

 A resident of the 200 block of North Elizabeth Street came to the village board last Tuesday looking for relief from drainage problems.
“We’ve always had significant flooding at the intersection (with Reynolds Street),” Jana Terven said.


Breakfast honors cancer survivors

A wind storm in 2001 led to an unexpected diagnosis for Philo resident Lowell Cooper.
He was picking up fallen tree limbs when he began experiencing what turned out to be symptoms of colon cancer.
He was in surgery the next week.

Read the full story in the April 14 issue of The County Star.


Superintendent: Unity Junior High School safe despite student fight

Superintendent Andy Larson wants to assure Unity Junior High School students’ parents that their children are safe at the school.
There was an altercation involving two students as they were getting off of the bus last Wednesday morning at the school.
“It got physical, and some words were exchanged,” Larson said.

Read the full story in the April 14 issue of The County Star.


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