Tolono

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.


Call made to preserve old fire station

The village board is postponing plans to demolish a former fire station while they study an objection from the president of the Tolono Historical Society.
William Kirby, a former village president and volunteer firefighter, wrote to the board Jan. 17 requesting that the former east side fire station at 205 E. Main Street not be demolished.


Rockettes competing at IHSA state Friday

The Unity Rockettes won first place at their IHSA sectional competition on Saturday in Mascoutah.
They will now move on to compete for the IHSA Competitive Dance State Championship Friday in Bloomington.
There were 13 teams in the sectional.

Read the full story in the Jan. 28 issue of The County Star.


Rockets win one of three during busy week

The Unity High School girls’ basketball team had a rare week, during which they played three games. The week began with a loss at St. Thomas More on Monday, then continued with a road game at St. Joseph-Ogden on Thursday and concluded with a nonconference home game against Uni High of Urbana.


Rockets edged by STM in overtime

The Unity High School boys’ basketball team played just one game last week but it had enough excitement for several contests. For the third straight meeting the Rockets and the St. Thomas More Sabers decided their game Friday night on the final shot.


Traxler, King win firsts at Rochester

With the regional meet approaching, the Unity High School wrestling team is wrapping up its regular-season schedule. Last week, the Rockets took part in the opening round of the Okaw Valley Conference Duals by taking on the Rantoul Eagles and the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans.
Unity split those two matches, defeating Rantoul 48-30 but losing a close, 38-34 decision to SJO.


Service brings Tolono congregations from across community together

Three times a year, the five churches in Tolono come together.
The churches typically join forces for a Thanksgiving service in November and for a service at the beginning of Tolono Fun Day in June. And for over 30 years, during the last week in January each year, the churches have taken turns hosting a worship service each night in celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Plans to demolish old fire station under way

Plans are in motion to demolish the former east side fire station.
Project architect Scott Burge of Farnsworth Group told the village board last Tuesday that the cost to demolish the building at 214 N. Bourne St. would be between $50,000 and $75,000.
“We’ve already identified that there are some hazardous materials in the building,” Burge said.


Rural Tolono business seeking variances

A rural Tolono family farming business will go before the county board next month to try to remain open in the same location.


Official reflects on 2015 and sets sights on 2016

The year 2015 was punctuated by a number of projects in Tolono, and the year that has just begun promises to have more.
The village bought a machine for patching streets in 2014 and received it in 2015. The equipment will allow village maintenance workers to perform repairs that previously had to be contracted out to private companies.


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