Mid-November restart of Lincoln's Challenge campus construction targeted

RANTOUL — The restart of construction on the new Lincoln’s Challenge Academy campus will be delayed by at least a month.

Rantoul Fall Festival to include BBQ cookoff, live music, kids carnival

RANTOUL — Rantoul’s Fall Festival and Backyard BBQ Cookoff is back for its second year.

To be held this Saturday in the downtown area, the festival will take place in conjunction with the annual police and fire open houses, which begin at 10 a.m. Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the festival.

First Rantoul Rec theater production set next 2 weekends

RANTOUL — Rantoul Recreation Department will present its first-ever production beginning this weekend.

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, at Rantoul Township High School Cafetorium.

Hopkins adds consignments to her downtown business

RANTOUL — Paula Hopkins, owner of House of Flowers and Gifts by Paula, has added consignment items to her business in downtown Rantoul.

Primitive antiques, collectibles and art are featured. Among the artists whose works are exhibited at the shop are youngsters Abbie Schluter and Megan Cassagrande.

Gifford book sale to benefit orphans charity

GIFFORD — A used-book drive will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, in Gifford to benefit Orphans Treasure Box.

The event,which which will be held from noon-5 p.m. at Farm Town Storage, 105 S. Main St., will feature secular or religious fiction, non-fiction and textbooks for all ages.

Blackwood Legacy Quartet to perform at Rantoul church

RANTOUL — Bible Baptist Church will host a concert by The Blackwood Legacy Quartet.

The concert is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the church, 201 N. Century Blvd.

The quartet, from Nashville, is a Mansions Records group that blends traditional southern gospel with contemporary Christian music.

New chicken restaurant likely for Paxton

PAXTON — Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken could soon be opening a restaurant in Paxton.

Paxton resident Steve Meuser said Friday he has finalized a franchise agreement with the company to allow him to open a Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken restaurant on Illinois 9 just west of the Interstate 57 interchange.

Three new teachers at Fisher Grade School

FISHER — Three new teachers are on the staff at Fisher Grade School.

The school has welcomed back Miranda Drollinger, a new (and returning) first-grade teacher.

Drollinger was a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at Fisher during the 2008-2010 school years. She grew up in Mahomet, where she lives now, and is a Mahomet-Seymour High School graduate.

Additional voter registration drives set in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Two additional voter registration drives will be held in Rantoul.

The first is scheduled from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Greater New Light Baptist Church, 1500 Sheppard Place.

The second will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, also at the church.

Canine cop: Wyatt the dog eager to start duties

RANTOUL — Wyatt the police dog is nonstop energy.

Sniffing here, barking there, chewing everywhere, the part Belgian Malinois, part German shepherd is making up for lost time.

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