Legislation seeks to memorialize I-57 shootout overpass

PAXTON — State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, has introduced legislation to memorialize an Interstate 57 overpass south of Paxton that was near the scene of a bloody Saturday night gunfight almost 38 years ago.

HJR 21 would designate the overpass at 200 North Road south of Paxton as the “McCarter-Caisse-Vice-Hale Memorial Overpass.”

Foster care to be film topic Saturday

RANTOUL — A film about the foster care experience will be shown this weekend featuring families living at Rantoul’s Hope Meadows.

“Fostering Connections will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Innovation Center at J.W. Eater Junior High School. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Four village board candidates present their views

RANTOUL — Four candidates for three open seats on the Rantoul Village Board in the April 4 election attended last week’s candidate forum.

Jack Gaffney, Rich Medlen, Ken Turner and Terry Workman gave opening and closing statements and answered prepared questions. Candidates Sam Hall and Merle Wilson were not present.

Four seek 3 spots on Rantoul library board

RANTOUL — Four candidates for three open seats on the Rantoul Public Library Board in the April 4 election  — Mike Flanagan, Anita Hochberger, Jessica Holmes and William Wagner — spoke at last week’s candidates forum at J.W. Eater Junior High School.

RTHS board hears about Early College, Career Academy

Rantoul Press correspondent

RANTOUL — Amanda Springer and Caleb Shields are getting a running start on their college careers.

The Rantoul Township High School students are enrolled in the Early College and Career Academy at Parkland College.

New school official looking forward to active role

RANTOUL — Jennifer Frerichs enjoys directing the Title I program for the Urbana school district, but she won’t mind leaving the paperwork behind.

Springer headed back home

RANTOUL — Rantoul City Schools Assistant Superintendent Mike Springer’s four years in the district have left him with a fuller appreciation of the nature of change.

Ludlow school board hears of upcoming events

LUDLOW — Principal Tanya Turner reported to the Ludlow school board on upcoming events and donations received.

Meeting last week, the board learned two field trips are planned.

The kindergarten through third-grade classes will travel May 16 to the Planetarium in Champaign while grades 4-8 will travel March 19 to the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois.

Park board to present Brookhill proposal to village

RANTOUL — Two days before golfers took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to hit the links for the first time this year at Brookhill Golf Course, the Rantoul Park Board on Thursday approved a proposal for the village of Rantoul to manage the course.

The ball is now in the village’s court — or on its fairway — to decide whether to accept or ask for changes to the proposal.

Mayoral candidates have their say at forum

RANTOUL — The three candidates for Rantoul mayor spoke at last week’s candidate’s forum at J.W. Eater Junior High School — incumbent Chuck Smith, former mayor Neal Williams and board trustee Gary Wilson.

The forum was sponsored by Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce, Rantoul Exchange Club and Rantoul Rotary.

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