Several businesses interested in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The vice president of a firm hired to recruit retail business to Rantoul said seven companies have expressed interest in locating in the village.

Speaking to members of the Rantoul Economic Development Committee, Aaron Farmer of Retail Coach said the businesses include restaurants, clothing stores and a hair-styling business.

Rantoul City Schools registration Aug. 4-6

RANTOUL — Rantoul City Schools will hold district-wide registration for prekindergarten through eighth-grade students new and returning to the district.

Sign-up is set from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 5-6 at J.W. Eater Junior High Annex, 400 E. Wabash Ave.  

Rantoul leaders planning for future

RANTOUL — Rantoul leaders are planning for the future.

Individuals from a variety of sectors gathered Saturday at The Linden Banquet Center to discuss their vision for moving the village forward through the Rantoul Tomorrow program  —  an initiative involving the village of Rantoul as well as Rantoul City Schools and Rantoul Township High School.

Health, life safety work progresses at Gifford school

GIFFORD — Health and life safety work are nearing completion at Gifford Grade School.

Superintendent Rod Grimsley said work by Adkins Concrete is nearly finished for two entry doors.

The north set of doors will be removed, and new ones installed before the start of school.

Grimsley said several interior doors will also be replaced.

Nigh makes dean's list at Millikin

DECATUR — Heather Nigh of Thomasboro, a junior and a James Millikin Scholar double majoring in accounting and information systems, was named to the spring 2015 high dean’s list at Millikin University.

Students who attempt 12 graded credits during a fall or spring semester and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher earn dean’s list honors.

Shelton named production director of The News Gazette Inc.

Champaign — Bob Shelton of Gibson City has been promoted to the position of production director of The News-Gazette, Inc., effective June 1.

As production director, Shelton is responsible for all phases of the newspaper production and commercial printing processes of The News-Gazette Inc.

Pink Heals pays visit to Rantoul

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith last week formally presented the deed to a 1978 Ford pumper to Tim Cahill, president of the Central Illinois Chapter of Pink Heals.

 Pink Heals was set up last Wednesday near The Gathering Place at Rantoul First United Methodist Church.

One-room schoolhouses were located every 2 miles

RANTOUL — By Virlon Suits’ estimation, there were about 50 one-room schoolhouses in northeastern Champaign County.

Preserving a bygone era: One-room schoolhouse moved from near Rantoul to I&I site in Penfield

RANTOUL — Students who attended the Maplewood one-room schoolhouse had it pretty good — at least for that era.

They had indoor “plumbing.”

Indoor as in that they didn’t have to go to an outhouse to relieve themselves. The outhouse was actually an “inhouse,” although not in the modern terms of today.

Rantoul man arrested on weapons, drug charges

CHAMPAIGN — A Rantoul man was arrested Monday morning on weapons and drug charges.

Aaron Jake, 26, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a firearm without FOID card, possession of ammunition without FOID card, defacing ID on a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis and driving while license revoked.

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