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Jimenez hired as RACC executive director

RANTOUL — Viviana Jimenez has been hired as the new executive director of the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce.


Coroner: Man found in Rantoul motel pool did not drown

URBANA — The Champaign County coroner said it does not appear that a Rantoul man who was found dead in a motel pool earlier this week died from drowning.

Duane Northrup said preliminary results from an autopsy performed Wednesday in Urbana on Russell B. Conley Jr. did not find any evidence of trauma or drowning.


Resurfacing of RTHS track begins June 26

RANTOUL — Beginning June 26, Midwest Track Builders will begin resurfacing the track at Rantoul Township High School.


Local author finalist for prestigious award

RANTOUL — Rantoul resident Kenny Chumbley has been recognized for his authorship of the children’s book “The Green Children.”

Chumbley and Jim McGuiggan were cited as 2017 Literary Classics Book Award finalists.


Armstrong High honor roll released

ARMSTRONG — Second-semester honor roll has been released at Armstrong Township High School.

HIGH HONORS (4.0 grade point average or higher)
Seniors — Holley Hambleton and Ashlyn Logue

Juniors — Carla Gann, Madison Gayheart, Morgan Harding, Hollianne Logue and Dalacie Singh


Gifford farmers market to run July-September

GIFFORD — The third annual Gifford Farmers Market will be held on the first and third Thursdays from July-September.

The market hours will be 4-7 p.m. on the downtown corner of Main Street and Summit Street.

“Look for Alma, the old turquoise truck,” said organizer Jessie Starkey.


Rantoul Masonic lodge to hold open house

RANTOUL — Rantoul Lodge No. 470 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons will hold an open house from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 24, as part of its celebration of 300 years of Freemasonry.


Registration schedule set for RTHS

RANTOUL — Registration for current Rantoul Township High School students will be held from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Parents will need to bring proof of residency in the form of a current lease, utility bill or driver’s license. During registration, students will get their class schedule, student handbook and student ID.  


Mayor: Farmers market situation handled properly

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith said the village acted appropriately in shutting down this year’s farmers market and followed proper procedure in taking back money from a farmers market fund.


Resident: Some people need help with their village utility bills

RANTOUL — A local resident told the village that people who can’t pay their village utility bills need help.

In addition to water, the village provides natural gas and electric service to many areas of the community.


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