Nicole Lafond

Facebook threat prompted lockdown

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Township High School district doesn’t have a specific set of procedures in place spelling out how to deal with threats made via social media.

But whether it’s a couple sentences on Twitter or something said over the phone, the district and law enforcement take them all seriously, Superintendent Scott Amerio said.


Ludlow, Armstrong schools would lose funds under governor's plan

SPRINGFIELD — Under Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed K-12 education funding plan, at least eight local, rural school districts would lose a combined $450,000 in General State Aid.


Driver in fatal wreck gets 3 years in prison

URBANA — In an emotional hearing Wednesday, a Gifford man who admitted he was the driver in a drunken crash that killed his friend was sentenced to three years in prison.


UPDATED: Details emerge of alleged attempted murder

CHAMPAIGN — After allegedly beating and stabbing a 49-year-old Rantoul woman, Luis David Vasquez tried to evade police by hiding in the victim’s apartment, under a pile of clothes.

New details of the bizarre case emerged Monday, as Vasquez, 23, was formally charged with first-degree attempted murder and criminal sexual abuse in Champaign County court.


For Thomasboro woman, Donald 'trumps' them all

THOMASBORO — Maria Hough isn’t one to let the mainstream media tell her who she should back as the country’s next commander-in-chief.

If she did, the Thomasboro resident probably wouldn’t be voting for Donald Trump.


Regardless of state decision, RTHS will administer ACT

RANTOUL — Just days before the state chose which college entrance exam it would offer Illinois students this spring, Rantoul Township High School principal Todd Wilson informed families that things wouldn’t change for Rantoul juniors come April.


Thomasboro farm group harvests corn for low-income families

CHAMPAIGN — While its students may never attend high school on the 80 acres of land the Champaign school district owns in the northernmost part of Champaign, some low-income families in the district may be fed this fall thanks to the proceeds from 40 acres of crops that were harvested on a portion of that land recently.   


Rantoul man charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse

URBANA — A 38-year-old Rantoul man has been charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

David Hard was arraigned Friday at Champaign County Courthouse.


AT&T presents check to Lincoln's Challenge

RANTOUL — Lincoln’s Challenge — the Rantoul-based military school for troubled youth run by the Illinois National Guard — received a $10,000 donation from AT&T during the weekend.


Lincoln's Challenge employees back on job, but payday is a mystery

RANTOUL — All work, but no pay.

A little less than a week after Lincoln’s Challenge Academy in Rantoul was shut down because of a lack of a state budget, employees of the military school for troubled youth are back to work, but a payday is nowhere in sight.


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