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Woman's work saved calves' lives

RANTOUL — For Jan Allen, last week’s highway accident that put nearly 100 feeder calves in jeopardy was nothing new.

It was the fourth mishap involving animals in the last year that Rantoul Foods’ livestock-procurement manager responded to.

“Just like any other emergency, if it had been a bus, you look around, check to see if the driver is OK, and any passengers,” Allen said.


Nursing home will get back nearly $300,000 via appeal

GIFFORD — Eleven taxing districts will receive nearly $300,000 less in property tax money due to a Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board ruling regarding the assessed valuation of Country Health Care & Rehab, Gifford.

The total loss to the districts of $296,355 covers the past three tax years, including this year, according to County Clerk Dan Welch.


Nursing home wins appeal, and taxing districts will pay

GIFFORD — Country Health Care & Rehab will receive $296,355 back in property tax overpayments.


State budget impasse causing financial problems for RTHS

RANTOUL — State and federal funding for Rantoul Township High School could be in danger if a state budget is not passed soon.

As was revealed at last Monday’s board of education meeting, funds from both the Every Student Succeeds Act and Title I are currently unavailable to the district.


RTHS drops Twin Lakes appeal

RANTOUL — Enough was enough for Rantoul Township High School.

The district and board of education decided last Monday it would drop its property tax appeal against Twin Lakes Senior Villas that began in October.


Puente comes on board as RCS bilingual director, Eastlawn principal

RANTOUL — The search for a bilingual director for the Rantoul City Schools district finally came to a close June 16 when the board of education approved hiring Rudy Puente to fill the position that remained vacant for the 2015-16 school year.


Fisher firefighters use junk Fisher school bus for training

FISHER — Chief Eric Stalter of the Sangamon Valley Fire Protection District thanked the Fisher school board for the use of an old school bus for training.

Stalter said that on May 18, 22 members of the department, for the first time ever, trained for bus extrication. An outside instructor was brought in to train the department members.


PVO summer work projects outlined

ROYAL — Summertime, and the work involves building upgrades and cleaning at local schools.

The Prairieview-Ogden school board last week received an outline of a number of summer projects at all three buildings in the district.


Construction progresses on RTHS parking lot

RANTOUL — A project that is “a long time coming,” according to Rantoul Township High School Superintendent Scott Amerio, is now underway.

The construction of the concrete parking lot on the north end of the high school began last week, and Amerio said it could be completed by late July or early August.


Park district owns, operates several properties

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Park Board is proposing the village of Rantoul take over operation and taxing authority to maintain much of the property currently owned and operated by the park district.

Brookhill Golf Course and nearby Brookhill Park would not be included in the transfer, which must be approved by the village board.

The property that might be included:


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