U.S. 45 work in and north of Rantoul to start Monday

RANTOUL -- Work is scheduled to begin Monday, May 9, on U.S. 45 in and north of Rantoul.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that 6.8 miles of the highway  will be resurfaced from the Ford County line near Ludlow to U.S. 136 in Rantoul.

The work will also include shoulder reconstruction, guardrail and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements.

$5 million: Local residents asked to donate time as part of Rantoul Tomorrow initiative

RANTOUL — Village leaders are asking the community to buy into Rantoul.

At last week’s Rantoul Tomorrow initiative meeting, Mayor Chuck Smith asked the community to donate $5 million worth of volunteer hours during the next five years.

The first year’s goal — to get $500,000 worth of volunteer hours at the IRS rate of $20 an hour.

Thomasboro a happenin' place in May

THOMASBORO—Ahead of a busy May for the village of Thomasboro, the open portions of Monday’s village board meeting only lasted about 35 minutes.

State funding pending for Lincoln's Challenge operations

Lincoln’s Challenge Academy would receive nearly $968,000 of a $400 million social services spending bill passed last week by the Illinois Senate, state Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) said last week at a town hall meeting held at Rantoul Township High School.

Fisher High School to celebrate prom Saturday

FISHER — Fisher High School will celebrate prom 2016 Saturday, May 7.

Promenade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Fisher Elementary School gym, with coronation at 6 p.m.

Prom dinner and dancing will follow, with dinner at 7 p.m. and the dance from 8-11 p.m. at the Fisher Community Building.

Post prom will take place from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. at the high school.

Fisher blood drive Thursday, May 5

FISHER — A blood drive will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at River Valley Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 17 Owlcreek.

For more information, contact Marge Probasco at 217-778-7319. Sign up online at Code No. 70098

Free food! Village to host cookout for community in June

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul will hold a free cookout for the entire community at 4 p.m. Friday, June 10, preceding the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce movie night, which will begin at dusk.

Hot dogs, ice cream and children’s activities will be provided.

The event is part of the action phase of the Rantoul Tomorrow initiative.

Fisher senior citizen, student pen pals to meet

FISHER — Fifty senior citizens and the same number of Fisher Grade School students will assemble in the school cafeteria Tuesday morning, May 17, for a program with their pen pals.

The seniors will arrive at 8:45 a.m., and the fifth-grade students at 9 a.m.

The pen pal program has been ongoing for more than 20 years.

Area residents to graduate from Parkland College

CHAMPAIGN — A number of area students are candidates for commencement at Parkland College.

The 49th commencement exercise will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana.

Local software engineering entrepreneur and Pixo CEO Lori Gold Patterson will give the keynote address.

Area candidates:

It takes many volunteers to keep clothing center going

RANTOUL — Bonnie Specchio is just one of many volunteers who help keep the Rantoul Clothing Center going.

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