Mediacom’s first channels become 'digital-only' beginning on July 15

Mediacom has announced that its Eastern Illinois area customers will see the first effects of the company’s digital upgrade next week when analog reception is eliminated for a handful of popular television channels.

Rose to present award to RC Fest organizer Saturday

State Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, will be on hand at the fourth annual RC Fest Saturday.
At 10 a.m. Rose will present 13-year-old event organizer Adam Munds with an award for being the most innovative blood drive coordinator in the state of Illinois. There will also be a banquet in January to honor him.

Read the full story in the July 24 issue of The County Star.

Ellars retires from softball coaching

fixture in high school coaching circles has decided to retire from coaching softball to concentrate on his basketball coaching duties at Parkland College in Champaign.

Riders learn horsemanship at Tolono farm

A “horse whisperer” visited a local farm’s riding arenas over the weekend to share some of his knowledge about the animals.
Jerry and Deb Heinz’s farm hosted a basic horsemanship clinic with clinician Scott Stokes of Dresden, Tenn.
Stokes said when it comes to training horses, it makes no difference whether the rider uses and English or western saddle.

Krutsinger, Clark, Routh named All-Okaw, All-Area in softball

Three members of the Unity High School softball team have received post-season recognition by the Okaw Valley Conference and The News-Gazette. Junior pitcher McKenzie Krutsinger, senior infielder Madi Clark and sophomore utility player Madison Routh were named to the All-Okaw Valley Conference team, as well as to the News-Gazette’s All-Area squad for their play during the 2014 season.

Police officer interrupts burglary at bar

An early morning burglary of the Last Chance Saloon, 102 N. Long St., was interrupted by an alert officer, according to the Tolono Police Department.

County Star 2013-14 Athletes of the Year

With the end of the 2013-14 school year comes the time to select the outstanding athletes in each varsity sport during the year at Unity High School, as well as the overall Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

Softball camp to be held July 7-10

The Rocket Girls’ Softball Camp will be held July 7 through 10 at the Unity High School softball field.
The camp is designed to target fundamental skills of softball as well as to have fun. The camp will also give the opportunity to become familiar with the Unity girls’ softball program.

Read the full story in the June 26 issue of The County Star.

Soccer camp to be held July 28-31

Rocket Soccer Camp will be held from Monday, July 28, to Thursday, July 31, at the Unity soccer field behind the high school.
The first camp, for boys and girls going into grades nine through 12, will be held from 8 to 10 a.m.
The second camp, for boys and girls going into grades five through eight, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Library kicks off reading program

The Tolono Public Library launched its “Paws to Read!” summer reading program on June 14 with a kickoff party. The Magic Storyteller presented “Dr. Doolittle’s Circus of Paws,” an interactive family comedy show that emphasized the importance of reading. Here, Tessa Williams, 7, of Tolono, helps with a magic trick.

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