Andrew Richards

Building demolitions will not cost village; White Hall among properties to be razed

Military personnel serving at Chanute Air Force Base in the early 1940s called it “Buckingham Palace.”
The 500,000-square-foot building that spans 11 football fields was the largest military center owned by the Department of Defense before the Pentagon was built in 1941.


Reporter bids Rantoul adieu

By ANDREW RICHARDS
Rantoul Press reporter

Here it comes ... (deep breath) yes, the hard part ... saying goodbye.

I have always dreaded writing one of these columns. That’s because I have never written one before — and I knew that penciling a column centering on my departure can be a difficult thing for me to put into words.


RCS says goodbye to three teachers, cafeteria worker

Rantoul City Schools said goodbye to three retiring teachers June 8, but chances are school staff will still see two of them subbing there in the future.


State's financial condition played role in Ludlow superintendent's decision to retire

LUDLOW — Dru Lobmaster’s resignation and retirement will prompt the Ludlow Grade School board to decide in July on what to do next regarding its administration.


Ludlow school superintendent resigns position

LUDLOW — Dru Lobmaster’s resignation and retirement will prompt the Ludlow Grade School board to decide in July on what to do next regarding its administration.


Rantoul Rockin' the Runway classic set July 4 weekend

The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Rockin the Runway Firecracker Classic July 2 and 4.
RACC Executive Director Chris Kaler said the 5K race, fireworks display and live band performance by Ryan Ideus and the Feudin’ Hillbillys Band will kick off the July 4 holiday festivities at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 2, at the Rantoul National Aviation Center.


Drive-up alcohol sales to be banned

Rantoul liquor businesses that sell alcohol from drive-up windows will be affected by a change in village law taking place next year.

The village board last week voted to ban alcohol drive-up sales in hopes of curtailing underage drinking sales and Maplewood Drive traffic congestion. The law will be effective May 1, 2012.


Village approves wastewater chemical study, more city computers

The Rantoul Village Board will fund a nitrate and phosphorus feasiblity study on its wastewater treatment system.

The board approved the $19,750 study at its June 14 board meeting.


Ernst will serve another year as leader of RCS

Jennifer Ernst will serve another year as lead administrator for Rantoul City Schools — this time with a higher salary.

On Thursday, the RCS board approved in a 5-1 vote Ernst’s new $120,000 salary, which includes benefits and is a $30,000 pay raise from her starting salary. The one-year contract will run from July 1 to June 30.


RTHS hires new dean of students

Brooke Billings, a former third-grade teacher from Thomasboro, will take over the reins as Rantoul Township High School’s dean of students.
Billings was approved Monday by the RTHS board with a one-year contract from July 1 to June 30. She will be paid $50,000 with benefits.


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