The Rantoul Press

Winter clothing giveaway set Saturday

RANTOUL — The Church Women United Clothing Center will hold a winter clothing giveaway.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, at Bethany Park Christian Church, 1401 E. Grove Ave.

The giveaway is open to the public. Visitors should bring their own bags.

Use the double doors on the west end of the building.


In visit with students, Carter stresses character as well as accomplishments

RANTOUL — Our ancestors have laid the foundation for us. It is up to those living today to appreciate and follow it.

That is one of the messages Margurette Carter, retired teacher and former assistant principal at J.W. Eater Junior High School, gave to members of the fourth- and fifth-grade Resource students at Pleasant Acres Elementary School.


Gawenda named Exchange Club student of the month

RANTOUL — Gillian Gawenda has been named Rantoul Exchange Club student of the month.

The senior at Rantoul Township High School is a daughter of Sara Hafer and Randy Gawenda.

She ranks eighth in her class of 173 students with a 5.429 grade-point average.


Potomac school board to discuss superintendent search

POTOMAC — The Potomac school board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, to discuss the search for a new superintendent of schools.

The meeting, which will be in closed session due to the discussion of personnel, will be held in the grade school conference room.


Updated: Semi rollover causes partial closure of I-57

Updated 6:25 p.m. Friday

CHAMPAIGN — A merging northbound semi tractor trailer filled with hogs that was headed toward Rantoul crashed, overturning on Interstate 57, just north of the Interstate 74 interchange Friday morning.

Several hogs escaped the trailer and were roaming free along the interstate.


RTHS scholastic bowl team places fourth

The Rantoul Township High School scholastic bowl team placed fourth out of 10 schools at the  Masonic Academic Bowl at St. Joseph-Ogden High School.

Each member earned medals, the school received a plaque, and the team received $100 for the Scholastic Bowl program.

The team is coached by Karen Hughes and Mat Clough.


Fisher scholastic bowl team wins sectional

FISHER — Fisher’s high school scholastic bowl team came home with  something for the trophy case: a first-place plaque from the six-team Masonic Sectional at Heritage High School.

The win improved the Bunnies’ record to 15-5 based on conference matches and tournament competition. They are seeded seventh in their IHSA sectional out of 33 schools.


Armstrong High second-quarter honor roll released

ARMSTRONG — Honor roll for the second quarter grading period has been released at Armstrong Township High School.

HIGH HONOR ROLL (4.0 grade point average)

Seniors — Keegan Cunningham, Bryce Franzen, Jenna Muench, Marissa Rush and Nicole Sprague.

Juniors — Chase Fancil, Madison Pollitt, Emily Rogers and Jaedyn Vela.


County executive sets two lunches in Rantoul

RANTOUL — New Champaign County Executive Darlene Kloeppel has scheduled two community conversation lunches in Rantoul in the coming months to meet with residents.

They are set for Wednesday, March 20, at TK’s Cheesteaks, 112 E. Congress, and Wednesday, June 19, at The Red Wheel, 741 Broadmeadow.

Both stops will last from noon to 1 p.m.


Crites named student of month

Adam Crites, son of James and Nicole Crites of rural Rantoul, is the Rantoul Exchange Club student of the month.

The Rantoul Township High School senior ranks 16th in his class of 173 students with a grade point average of 5.152.

His school activities have included basketball, mentoring program, varsity baseball, National Honor Society and FFA.


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