Flames consume machine shed north of Fisher

FISHER — A machine shed on a rural property in rural Fisher is a total loss after it was consumed by flames Friday afternoon.

Sangamon Valley Fire Assistant Chief Darren Kuhns said crews were called to 3340 County Road 400 East at around 1:30 p.m.

County panel recommends Rantoul's Michaels for auditor post


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URBANA — When Diane Michaels was 17 years old, she got a job working as a teller at First National Bank of Rantoul. She loved it.

Billings named Exchange student of the month

RANTOUL — Haley Billings of Gifford has been chosen as the Rantoul Exchange Club student of the month.

The senior at Rantoul Township High School started the school year ranked 24th in her class of 155 with a 4.626 grade point average.

Billings’ school activities have included volleyball, basketball, powerlifting, track and softball.

Fisher school honors veterans

FISHER — Fisher Grade School honored three veterans in November in its annual all-school assembly where students show respect through song, skits and essays.

This year’s honorees were Norman Elwood, Rick Elwood and Henry Rappleyea.

The students spend the weeks leading up to the program learning about the sacrifices military veterans make for the country.

Rantoul woman's daughter dies in house fire

BATESTOWN — Long-distance truck driver Ron White was in Muskegon, Mich., early Monday, when he got a call from his dispatcher.

“Your house is on fire,” White said, recalling the dispatcher’s words. “Can you get a hold of your wife?”

Rantoul Wal-Mart shooter gets 12 years in prison

URBANA — A Champaign County judge Monday sentenced a man who shot at a drug dealer, causing him to be cut with flying glass, to 12 years in prison.

Jawuan Gipson, 20, who last lived in the 1000 block of Northwood Drive, Champaign, will have to serve at least 10 years of that sentence.

Three from RTHS tapped for leader seminars

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School students Jonathan Gossett, Grace Hanson and Elle Couch have been selected to attend leadership seminars next summer.

Gossett and Hanson were selected as RTHS representatives at the Hugh O’Bryan Youth Leadership Seminar to be held at Illinois Wesleyan University. Couch will represent RTHS at the Illinois Leadership Seminar in June.

Decision time nears on old bank building

RANTOUL — Village board members face a tough decision: Should the former First National Bank building in Rantoul be renovated at a potential cost of about $3 million or torn down, leaving a gaping hole downtown?

Village responds to resident's questions

The following are questions posed by Rantoul resident Debbra Sweat to the village at the Nov. 14 regular meeting.

What is the Request for Proposals (RFP) and Invitation for Bid (IFB) process, and where are the manuals and guides; what is the amount of RFP’s issued and where are they advertised?

Rantoul police officers help children shop for Christmas

RANTOUL — Thirty youngsters went shopping Saturday in Rantoul.

There’s nothing unusual about that, but these children had help from Rantoul police officers through the Shop with a Cop program.

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