Man who allegedly struck Rantoul boy on bike fails to show in court

URBANA — Just as family and friends of Triston Smith feared, the man accused of hitting a Rantoul boy while driving drunk failed to show up for his pretrial hearing Wednesday morning.  

Memories of White Hall sought

For half a century, White Hall was used by hundreds — if not thousands — of personnel stationed at the former Chanute Air Force Base.

It was a small city unto itself — 500,000 square feet, the equivalent of two city blocks — under one roof.

Demolition of the complex is scheduled to begin this month.

Franzen, Schlueter wear pageant crowns

RANTOUL — The first Miss and Little Miss Fall Fest pageant was a “huge success,” Kellie Wahl, Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce director, said.

People were calling to register for the event well after registration had closed, according to the director.

“That went extremely well,” Wahl said. “There is definitely that need for something like that here in this community.”

First Fall Festival kicks off with barbecue contest

Rantoul Press correspondent

RANTOUL — The first Fall Festival kicked off Saturday in downtown Rantoul and featured many attractions, including rides, vendors and a barbecue cook-off contest.

Among the contestants were Matt Brotherton and his team, Steve Early, Jaton McCurry and Karen Garcia.

Rantoul officer calls for more community involvement at high school

Kurtis Buckley says Rantoul Township High School students deserve better.

Talking trash (hauler): Area communities have differing views on single-hauler issue

RANTOUL — In November 2013, Rantoul officials realized that 770 households in town did not pay for trash service. Instead, the garbage of thousands was being dropped in the country, snuck into dumpsters or disposed of at workplaces.

Residents were able to skirt the village’s waste removal requirement by not subscribing to either of the town’s two services.

Lot of construction in works for Gifford

GIFFORD — It figures to be a busy month and a half of construction in the village of Gifford.

Projects involving a new water main and street and sidewalk repair are expected to begin this month, with a target completion date of Nov. 15.

Uniform agreement: Thomasboro Village Board talks attire for superintendent

THOMASBORO—For the most part, everyone on the Thomasboro Village Board agrees public works Superintendent Tyler Martin should have a uniform.

The formality and cost of the uniform were extended topics of discussion at Monday night’s meeting.

Gonzalez honored as American Graduate Champion

Rantoul Press correspondent

CHAMPAIGN —Martha Gonzalez, executive director of the Multicultural Community Center in Rantoul, was honored as a 2015 American Graduate Champion in a ceremony that took place last Tuesday in Champaign.

Ludlow school board moves ahead with playground improvements

LUDLOW — The possibility for new playground equipment at Ludlow Elementary School is coming more into focus.

At the September meeting, Superintendent Dru Lobmaster reported to the school board about the progress being made to improve the current playground and add on with new equipment.

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