Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Turnback Tuesday Gallery: Rockets vs Salt Fork

On a beautiful September day, Unity hosted a non-conference soccer contest against Salt Fork. The Rockets battled with all their might to beat back the aggressive Storm, who won the contest, 7-2. Follow the link below to see all 131 photos from this early season match in 2013. Photos: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

See more photos from this game here

Monday, May 20, 2019

Letter: Legalization of "super weed" is unnecessary

State lawmakers are pushing the legalization of "super weed".

The 500-plus page bill (SB 7) that was introduced earlier this month in Springfield should greatly alarm parents and grandparents:

This is the substance that gets users intoxicated. The marijuana of the 1960s and 1970s only contained 1-3% THC. Today, the levels are 20% or more. The Dutch government walked back their marijuana policy and now considers cannabis with 15% THC a hard drug and illegal.

High potency marijuana use is linked to increases in addiction, psychosis, schizophrenia and violence.

SB 7 allows adults to grow up to five marijuana plants in their home(s). What good is a community opt-out when neighbors are legally permitted to grow it? Moreover, who wants to live near pot cultivation centers?

Cultivating excessive amounts of marijuana is not hypothetical. Conservatively, five plants could produce ten pounds of marijuana per year. That is more than 10,000 joints a year. No one can use that much marijuana. Where will the surplus go?

There are many other reasons to oppose this policy. In short, legalization is just not worth the social costs to our families and communities.

David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute

Thursday, May 16, 2019

SC Weekender: May 17

SMALL AXE FUNK • May 17, 10p-1a, Watson's Shack & Rail, 211 North Neil, Champaign. Check out the groovy music. Limited kitchen menu available. Cost: No Cover.

90's DAUGHTER "UNPLUGGED" • May 17, 9p, Boomerangs, 1309 East Washington, Urbana. Intimate acoustic set featuring covers from audience requests. Black Eye Peas, Stone Temple Pilots, Maroon 5 covers and more. Cost: $5 cover at the door.

NELLY, TWISTA, AND FUTURISTIC • May 17, 7p, Champaign County Fairgrounds, 1302 North Coler, Urbana. Grammy award winning, multi-platinum recording artist Nelly headlines event at the Fairgrounds. Cost: $28.00-$45.00 Information: Buy Tickets

HOME-GROWN COTTON SPINNING DEMONSTRATION • May 18, 10a-12p, Common Ground Food Co-op, 300 South Broadway #166, Urbana. Members of the CU Spinners and Weavers Guild will be on the Co-op porch spinning home-grown local cotton into yarn. Learn more about spinning, weaving, and fiber arts. Cost: FREE

PRAIRIE CYCLE CLUB METRIC CENTURY AND FAMILY FUN RIDES • May 18, 8:45a-2p, Weaver Park, 2205 East Main, Urbana. Choose from a self-supported ride of 35 or 65 mile routes or a 13 mile ride to St. Joseph and back on the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Information:

BLOCK OF THE MONTH CLASS • May 18, 10a-12p, Everyday Quilting Company, 1717 Philo Road, Urbana. Limited space available. Cost: Call for details. Information: (217) 693 7917 -

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR & TASTING • May 18, 2p and 3pm, Prairie Fruit Farm & Creamery, 4410 North Lincoln Avenue, Champaign. Guests will learn a brief history about the farm and the owners, raising goats, how the farm functions day-to-day and how the creamery transforms goat milk into delicious cheese and gelato. Cost: Adults $10, Kids 12 and under $6. Information:

R&B SOUL YOGA • May 18, 10a, Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 South Broadway, Suite 1, Urbana. This class is open to all levels. Participants welcome to submit songs/artists they would like to flow to during the session. Cost: Donation based, pay what you can. Information: R&B Soul Yoga

WOOD TYPE POSTER WORKSHOP • May 18, 1p-4p, Lisa Kesler Studio, 117 East Main, Tolono, IL. Get hands on experience working with antique wood letter type. Cost: $75, includes all materials. Information: Lisa Kesler Studio, 217-721-4738.

JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY • May 18, 2p-3p, Japan House, 2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana. Chado, or the Way of Tea, is one of the most ancient and revered arts of Japan, and is at the very heart of Japan House. Learn about Japan House, tea ceremony and the history of this 500 year old art form. Cost: General Public $12, Student/Tomonokai Members $10. Information: More info and order tickets.

THE CHRIS MONDAK JAZZ QUARTET LIVE • May 18, 6p-8p, Neil Street Blues, 301 North Neil, Champaign. Chris Mondak, a veteran of the Nextgen Jazz Quartet, the Jazz Band of America, and the Brubeck Institute plays a night of high-energy jazz featuring a mix of standards and compositions from his new album. Cost:

THAI YOGA MASSAGE POP-UPS • May 19, 10:15a-12p, Hatha Yoga & Fitness, 2109 South Neil Street, Champaign. Thai Yoga Massage is a partner practice that combines gentle passive stretching, acupressure, and breath work to encourage release of tension. This is a shared experience that is mutually beneficial to both the giver, and receiver. Cost: $20 per person, $35 per couple. Information: Thai Yoga Massage.

TENNIS IN THE PARKS • May 19, 3p-4:30p, Clark Park, 900 S McKinley Ave, Champaign. Free introductory tennis lessons taught by the Champaign Park District tennis staff. 3-3:30p Adult Beginner (ages 16+), 3:30-4p Pre-Teen Future Stars (ages 10-15) and 4-4:30p Young Future Stars (ages 6-9). Cost: Free

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Wayback Wednesday: Getting after it

Dani Gooch and Kylie Holland battle for a loose ball

Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

Rockets' Dani Gooch (left) and Spartans' Kylie Holland (right) battle for a loose ball during second half action of their game in November of 2007. Despite a gritty hard-fought battle, Unity fell 54-47 on the road to the Spartans. See more photos from the game in the PhotoNews photo archives here.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Weekend garage and lawn sales for May 17-18

201 S Locust - Pesotum

Multi-Family Sale - Rain or Shine

(Garage in alley)

Stove draft fan for wood stove, New and used tools and hardware, Appliance parts, Attic fan, High velocity fan, Golf cart cover, Shop lights, Electric super wench rated line 4500 lbs, Fighting Illini/Falstaff beer glasses, Bull Durham tobacco posters, Household items, Digital scales, Precious Moments Figurines, Toys, LOTS of clothes: men (L-XL), women (L-1X) and girls (5T-12). Too many items to mention.

Dates: May 17-18, 2019
Times: 8am - 3pm

205 E Maple St, Pesotum

Ice Bear -50cc moped Trike (2014), Sachs -50CC Moped (1977), Polaris- 4 wheeler (250 Honda Rebel Engine), Golf Cart - Club Car (gas), His & Hers 26" bikes, 2- small gas engines, Furniture, Dishes, Precious Moments and Household Items.

Dates: May 17-18, 2019
Times: 8am - 4pm

141 County Rd 900 E, Pesotum

Formal dining table and chairs, love seat and chair, King headboard, full sized mattress, tableware set, misc household.

Dates: May 18, 2019
Times: 8am - 3pm

401 W Washington St, Pesotum

Tons of crafting items, Rubber stamps, Paper, Jewelry making, Sewing items, New sewing machine still in box, and lots of misc items, Riding mower and Man’s 10 speed bike. Who knows what else we’ll find!!

Dates: May 17-18
Times: 8a - 4p

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Unity's Harmon and McDaniel advance to state track meet

Unity long distance runner Jordan Harmon
Unity's Jordan Harmon runs in the Class 2A 3200-Meter Run at IHSA State Track & Field Finals in Charleston back in May of 2017. Now a senior, Harmon once again qualified to run in the state title race and earned a spot in the preliminary race for the one-mile event a week from today. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)

Jordan Harmon extended her final prep running season one more week after qualifying for the IHSA State Track & Field Finals starting on May 16. The Unity senior long distance specialist finished second in the 3200-Meter Run at last night's sectional meet hosted by the Rockets.

Clocking in at 11:23.92, she ended her race between sectional title winner Olivia Rosenstein, from Urbana, and Olney's Cameron Hough, who placed third.

Harmon advanced to state in a second event as well.

Crossing the finish line ahead of Monticello's Alyssa McPike (3rd) and Rachel Koon (4th), she finished second in the 1600-Meter Run stopping the clock at 5:17.84. Rosenstein, who beat her in the longer run, held on to win the event with a time of 5 minutes, 13.86 seconds.

Also advancing to the finals in Charleston from Unity, who finished sixth in the final team standings with 36 points, was junior shot putter Aliyah McDaniel. She earned a second place sectional finish with her best put of 39 feet-11 inches.

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