Ideus to perform at Bellflower Country Opry

BELLFLOWER — Ryan Ideus will perform for the first time at the Bellflower Country Opry.

The show is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Bellflower Community Center. The show will also feature the Bellflower Country Opry band.

Paxton’s pitch: Huge American flag near I-57 exit

PAXTON — Paxton’s fire chief wants to put a huge American flag atop a 150-foot-tall flagpole near the exit for the city on Interstate 57 — not only as a way to support the nation and its veterans but also to make his small city in Ford County stand out to travelers on one of the nation’s busiest highways.

Seller-financed deal sought for 3 hangars

RANTOUL — Another month, another requested change to the agreement to sell former Air Force hangars and the AT&T call center building.

The village board is being asked to approve the fifth amendment to the agreement with Los Angeles businessman John Van Der Velde.

Rantoul to seek grants for Forum Fitness Center, west side park

RANTOUL — An Illinois Department of Natural Resources grant for the renovation/expansion of Forum Fitness Center that had been frozen by the state four years ago might be coming Rantoul’s way after all.

“I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time,” Rantoul Recreation Superintendent Luke Humphrey said.

Mayor appoints 2 to Fisher commission

FISHER — The Fisher Planning and Zoning Commission has two new members.

The village board last week concurred with Mayor Mike Bayler’s appointment of Rick Shep and Steve Hammond to the commission.

Amerio named Exchange Club student of the month

RANTOUL — Josie Amerio, daughter of Scott and Amy Amerio of Rantoul, is the Rantoul Exchange Club student of the month.

The Rantoul Township High School senior ranks 11th in her class of 173 students with a 5.215 grade point average.

Pole decorating begins for Potomac Christmas

Rantoul Press columnist

POTOMAC — ‘Tis the season for the annual pole decorating in Potomac.

Armstrong High releases first-quarter honor roll

ARMSTRONG — First-quarter honor roll has been released at Armstrong Township High School.

HIGH HONORS (4.0 grade point average)

Seniors — Keegan Cunningham, McKenzie Loy, Jenna Muench, Sydney O’Brien, Marissa Rush and Arianna Ulman.

Juniors — Evan McCarty and Madison Pollitt.

Fisher Grade School library encouraging Family Reading Night participation

FISHER — Fisher Grade School library officials are encouraging students in grades K-6 to participate in the annual Illinois Family Reading Night.  

To participate in the Thursday, Nov. 15, event, people should turn off their televisions and read with their family.

Local drop-off site set for toys for needy children

RANTOUL — Operation Christmas Child will have drop-off locations throughout the country Nov. 12-19 as part of Samaritan’s Purse project’s 2018 goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

Locally, people may drop off items at First Baptist Church, 401 Glenwood Drive, Rantoul.

Hours are:

Wednesday, Nov. 14 — 1-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 — 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

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