MTD likely to take over rural county bus service

URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District will probably take over Champaign County’s rural transit system Oct. 1, the county’s rural transit advisory group was told Wednesday.

The service has been provided by Danville-based CRIS Rural Mass Transit, but CRIS is withdrawing from its Champaign County contract, and county officials have asked the MTD to take over.

Two men wanted after allegedly stealing car in Paxton

PAXTON — Arrest warrants have been issued for two men who allegedly stole a car at a Paxton gas station just hours after one of them was released from the Ford County jail.

Paxton Police Chief Bob Bane said Frank A. Zamiar Jr., 19, of Paxton, and Nicholas S. Klein, 25, of Paxton, formerly of Rantoul, had not been located as of Thursday.

Easter egg hunts Saturday in Rantoul, Thomasboro

Rantoul and Thomasboro will hold their annual community Easter egg hunts Saturday, April 19.

Rantoul event. In Rantoul, the egg hunt, which is sponsored by The CORE Group, will be held at noon at Wabash Park.

Sections will be set up for four age groups — 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10 and older.

Sandahl separation agreement released

RANTOUL — Former Rantoul Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl will receive $78,598 — one half of his annual salary — as part of his employment separation agreement and release with the village of Rantoul.

Village board to begin discussing criteria for new administrator

RANTOUL — The village board held a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss criteria for a new village administrator.

Village attorney Ken Beth said such meetings can remain open “to the extent you’re discussing generally.”

“When you’re talking about specific individuals, it would be closed,” Beth said at the board’s April 8 monthly meeting.

New kindergarten pre-registration process in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Preregistration is now open for incoming kindergartners and their parents to take part in the Rantoul City School district’s assessment night May 8.

“This is a little bit different than what we have done in the past,” RCS Superintendent Michelle Ramage said.

Fisher to buy ESDA radios; county director says they're invaluable in emergency

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board voted unanimously to purchase $5,405 worth of radios for the Emergency Services and Disaster Agency volunteers to use.

Their current radios aren’t in sync with even the local fire and police departments.  Last month the motion to do so died for lack of a second.

Thomasboro board approves Taser purchase

THOMASBORO — Budgetary matters and the purchase of a Taser for police use are the highlights of Thomasboro’s April village board meeting.

Village board trustee Fred Meek announced his resignation from the board.  He plans to move away from Thomasboro closer to Rantoul.

Rantoul to receive $505,320 grant for downtown area bike path

CHICAGO — The village of Rantoul will receive $505,320 for a downtown area bike path as part of the $2.6 million in grant money for trails and bike paths, Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Saturday.

Third-quarter honor roll released at J.W. Eater Jr. High

RANTOUL — Third quarter honor roll has been released at J.W. Eater Jr. High School.

High honors students are:

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