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RANTOUL — The Air Force has turned thumbs down to a village of Rantoul request to be allowed to retain three vintage aircraft currently housed at the Chanute Air Museum.
Two of the planes will be exhibited elsewhere, and a third will be decommissioned due to safety concerns.
RANTOUL — The Rantoul Veterans Memorial committee is bringing in some big guns Sunday to help raise funds for construction of the memorial.
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collins) and State Rep. Chad Hays (R-Catlin) will be on hand to help with a fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at Brookhill Park.
Rantoul Township Supervisor Jim Rusk is also helping with the planning.
RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School and Rantoul City Schools are moving forward in the next part of Rantoul Tomorrow, a project meant to improve the community through several avenues, one of those being education.
The project is a partnership between the village, RTHS, RCS and Concord Net/Werks.
RANTOUL — The Future Business Leaders of America organization at Rantoul Township High School will hold a Stuff the Squad Car benefit to provide school supplies for students who can't afford it.
The event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the entrance to Rantoul Wal-Mart.
GIFFORD — Gifford Grade School district will conduct registration for the 2015-16 school year from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, and Thursday, Aug. 6.
RANTOUL — Registration for the Awana children’s program at First Baptist Church is scheduled at 6 p.m. Sept. 2.
Three age levels are offered — Cubbies for ages 3 and 4; Sparks for kindergarten through second grade; and Truth and Training for grades three through five.
RANTOUL — Jungle Safari will return to Rantoul Plaza this week.
The event, which is free for the public to attend, will be on hand from Wednesday, Aug. 5-Sunday, Aug. 9.
Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 5-8 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9.
Photos can be taken with the animals. Camel rides and pony rides will be available.
RANTOUL — Word of mouth about the annual Boy Scout Space Jam event is spread in a variety of ways. Even NASA is getting into the act.
Denny Anderson, Space Jam event coordinator, said people who enter Space Center Houston view a 15-minute film on the anniversary of the International Space Center. One segment of the film is about the Boy Scout event held every August in Rantoul.
An ambulance has left the scene of a standoff in Rantoul, with lights and siren on, and the incident there appears to be over. News-Gazette photo editor John Dixon, who has been at the scene for much of the morning, said media were moved to the back of the nearby Circle K parking lot at 10:25 a.m. and the lot closed to others at 10:31.
RANTOUL — Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry will host its annual fundraiser banquet from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign.
Jesus is the Way is a local outreach that ministers to the incarcerated, ex-offenders and their family members.
This year’s fundraiser theme is “Lovin’ Life.”