Charges dropped after teen admits his role in aggravated battery

URBANA — Prosecutors have dropped aggravated battery charges against a Rantoul man after a teenager allegedly told police he was the one who kicked another man in the head.

Maurice Tucker, 20, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Eater Drive, had been charged in December with aggravated battery for a Dec. 8 attack on a 35-year-old man in Rantoul.

Police: Arson to blame for fire that destroyed Ludlow Community Center

LUDLOW — A man who broke into the Ludlow Community Center early Sunday morning allegedly set it on fire. Police Chief Joe Navarro saw it all. He was staking out the building.

Navarro said he has a suspect in the blaze.

“I can assure you it was arson,” Navarro said.

Spring revival set May 3-6 at Maranatha Baptist Church

RANTOUL — Maranatha Baptist Church will hold an old-fashioned spring revival meeting May 3-6.

Evangelist Jeremy Coombes, of Do the Work Ministries, ( will be the Bible preacher for all the services.

He is a native of Lyford, Ind., and a 2003 graduate of Pensacola Christian College.

Two men arrested, one sought for Rantoul armed robbery

RANTOUL — Two men are scheduled to appear in court Monday, and a third man is still at large in connection with an armed robbery of a tobacco store during the weekend in Rantoul.

Daniel Laquan Perkins, 22, who listed an address in the 100 block of Fountain Valley, Rantoul, was arrested for armed robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Antiquing in the blood of Paxton store operator

PAXTON — Laura Janssen comes by her love of antiques naturally.

“I have a history of following my mother around, antiquing, for several years,” Janssen said. “Mother (Betty Shumate) had three different locations of shops and booths. I grew up with antiques around me.”

Armstrong student honored with Golden Apple

ARMSTRONG — Armstrong Township High School senior Noel Hudson has been honored by the Golden Apple Foundation of Illinois with its Golden Apple award. Hudson was one of 200 students to win the award out of 1,600 nominations.

Urbana man charged with breaking into Fisher home, fighting with police chief

URBANA — An Urbana man who allegedly broke into his former girlfriend’s home in Fisher and threatened her with a shotgun early Thursday — then returned later and fought with the Fisher police chief — is in the Champaign County jail on a variety of charges.

New business opens mental health services

RANTOUL — Stephanie and Todd Beard saw a need for mental health services in Rantoul, and have opened The Wellness Workshop at 130 E. Sangamon Ave.

The facility, which held its grand opening last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, offers individual, family and group counseling.  

Myrick a woman of distinction

CHAMPAIGN — An editor from Rantoul has been named one of this year’s Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Shevone Myrick, associate managing editor at Human Kinetics, will be honored on April 22 at CityView Banquet and Meeting Center in Champaign.

Chanute Air Museum to close

RANTOUL — One of the last signs that Rantoul at one time held an Air Force base will vanish at the end of this year.

Chanute Air Museum, which has operated in the community since the spring of 1994 — just months after the closure of the base the previous fall — will close Dec. 30.

“This was not an easy decision for anybody,” Nancy Kobel, air museum board president, said.

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