Fire, police commissioners meeting changed to July 8

RANTOUL — The regular quarterly meeting of the Rantoul Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, which was scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, has been rescheduled to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8.

The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd.

Gifford fourth quarter honor roll announced

GIFFORD — The honor roll for the fourth quarter at Gifford Grade School has been announced.

High honors
Fourth grade — Kallie Evans, Austin Johnson, Dylan Rigg, Bryce Sjoken and Lindsay Suits.

Fifth grade — Luke Gordon and Rowdy Hannagan.

Sixth grade — Reece Adkins, Mikayla Evans and Madelyn Roseman.

Seventh grade — Natalie Schluter.

Budget impasse shuts down Lincolns Challenge

SPRINGFIELD — About 90 staff members of the Lincoln’s Challenge program for troubled youth are being asked not to report for work as a result of the state budget impasse.

Woman found unfit to be tried for boyfriend's murder

URBANA — A 34-year-old Rantoul woman with a history of mental illness has been found unfit to stand trial on charges she murdered her boyfriend almost two months ago in the Rantoul home they shared.

Heavy rains cause sinkhole at wastewater treatment plant

RANTOUL — With this being the wettest June on record in Illinois, there were bound to be consequences other than flooding.

Police seeing rash of vehicle burglaries

RANTOUL — The amount of burglaries inside of vehicles has seen a spike as of late, and the Rantoul Police Department is taking notice.

“We have noticed a trend,” Sgt. Justin Bouse said. “We had a rash of them in May, and we arrested a female back in the middle of that month. We had a string of 16 vehicles in one night, and she admitted to breaking into all of those.”

Steps being taken to ease RTHS students, teachers into upcoming changes

RANTOUL — School may be out for the summer for students, but for many teachers and administrators at Rantoul Township High School, there is still a lot going on.

“It doesn’t really slow down for us in the summer,” RTHS Superintendent Scott Amerio said. “It’s different because you don’t have the 900 bodies here that you would normally have. It’s a different kind of busy.”

Children learn about the sounds of nature at public library

RANTOUL — All it took was a blindfold and a couple of old, plastic film canisters filled with beads to get things moving at the Rantoul Public Library last Wednesday.

Heavy rains affecting area farms

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County farmers continue to contend with ponding in fields, but in many cases, their situation isn’t as bad as that of other areas.

Spitting not prohibited in this Gifford celebration

GIFFORD — Some were spitting watermelon seeds. Others were spitting crickets. Some contestants were straining with all their might in the kiddie tractor pull, while others were giving the royal wave in the parade.

All were participants in Saturday’s Gifford Community Celebration.

Winners include:

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