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Head-on crash east of Rantoul injures three

DILLSBURG - At least three people were taken to the hospital Saturday
following a head-on collision east of Rantoul.

Illinois State Police at Pesotum report that the crash on U.S. 136 about 3
miles east of Rantoul happened at 1:52 p.m. and blocked the highway for
about two hours.


Man in custody for attempted murder of Fisher woman

URBANA  - A Champaign man was arrested late Saturday morning in connection with the stabbing of a woman he knew that happened in a vehicle north of Champaign.


Contract awarded for White Hall abatement, demolition

By BRENDAN QUEALY
Rantoul Press assistant editor


RANTOUL — The fate of White Hall, on the former Chanute Air Force base, has been in limbo for more than two decades. Now, that fate has been decided.


Results are finally in: Gifford native Mike Frerichs to be Illinois state treasurer

SPRINGFIELD — In a stunning, one-day turnaround, Champaign Democrat and Gifford native Mike Frerichs grabbed the lead in the race for state treasurer from Republican Tom Cross on Tuesday — 14 days after Election Day.


Rantoul man sentenced to seven years on gun charge

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted possessing a gun at a time he was prohibited from doing so was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison.

Michael Haight, 29, whose last known address was in the 400 block of East Letchworth Avenue, pleaded guilty in October to a single count of unlawful use of weapons by a felon.


Rantoul men arrested after traffic stop yields guns, drug

URBANA — Two men were arrested Tuesday afternoon after police found guns and suspected drugs in their possession in east Urbana.

Urbana police Sgt. Dan Morgan said an officer stopped a car in the 1200 block of Lierman Avenue about 1:40 p.m. Tuesday for an alleged traffic violation.


Man treated for smoke inhalation after Thomasboro fire

THOMASBORO — One person was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation from a house fire Tuesday afternoon in Thomasboro.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation on Tuesday night.

According to a Thomasboro Fire Department report, firefighters were called to a single story home on fire at 404 Commercial Street shortly after 3 p.m.


Gifford finds strength in each other

By TIM MITCHELL
News-Gazette editor


GIFFORD — One year after a tornado ripped through the heart of their community, the people of Gifford gathered to pray, give thanks and celebrate how far they have come.

Church bells rang as folks packed St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Sunday morning for a community service.


Through a lens: From aftermath to recovery

GIFFORD – Paul and Lorraine Buenting had just finished remodeling their West Street home in Gifford a few months earlier. They had put on a 1,900-square-foot addition.

It took all of about two minutes for it all to be undone.

The Buentings, like so many others in the community, survived last November’s tornado.


Village to increase levy; tax rate will stay the same

By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor


RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul’s 2014 tax levy will increase by 4.98 percent.

Comptroller Scot Brandon reported to the village board that the library has requested a levy of $427,250 — an increase of $1,600 from last year. Also, the police fund request has increased $70,898 to a total of $662,883.


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