Suspects sought in vandalism of rural Penfield cemetery

RURAL PENFIELD — Maureen Hughes felt only one thing — “disgust” — when she realized that large sections of a 200-year-old, ornate wrought-iron fence had been stolen from one of Champaign County’s oldest cemeteries late last month.

“It’s just uncalled for that somebody could desecrate a cemetery like that,” the retired one-time police officer said.

Paxton man critically hurt when hit by vehicle

PAXTON — A Paxton man remained hospitalized Saturday in critical condition after being struck by a car Friday night in Paxton.

Illinois State Police at Ashkum said Robert D. Knell, 55, was walking north on U.S. 45 near Pine Street when he was hit by a northbound car.

Police identified the driver of the car as Perry G. Chaney, 36, of Loda.

Potomac man indicted on drug, gun charges

URBANA — A grand jury has returned an indictment that charges Jesse Harper, 28, of Potomac, with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of pseudoephedrine.

The two-count indictment was returned Thursday. Harper will appear in federal court in Urbana for arraignment at a future date to be determined by the U.S. clerk of the court. Harper remains in custody.

Get the old Crayons out: Adult coloring book luncheon set Feb. 17

RANTOUL — Rantoul Public Library will host an adult luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17

At noon, Kathy Hughes of Kaleidoscope Art Studio, Rantoul, will speak about the calming effects of adult coloring books.

Register in advance at the children’s desk or by calling the library at 893-3955.

Rantoul man admits weapons possession

URBANA — If Department of Corrections officials agree, a Rantoul man who admitted possessing weapons he shouldn’t have had could be serving his sentence in boot camp.

Thomasboro: Named for young Englishman who settled in area

THOMASBORO — Thomasboro was once known as “Tomtown,” nicknamed such by its 60 residents in 1863.

“It’s very possible that someone still calls it that, but I don’t think it is,” longtime Thomasboro resident Jim Richardson said.

Harris named Exchange student of month

Ashley Harris was named the Rantoul Exchange Club student of the month.

Harris, daughter of William and Sherry Bergan of Rantoul, ranks eighth in her Rantoul Township High School class of 150 students with a 4.944 grade point average.

Her school activities have included cheerleading, volleyball, National Honor Society and fall play.

County board seeks to honor Tuskegee Airmen

URBANA — The Champaign County Board has approved a resolution in support of urging state legislators to order the Illinois Department of Transportation to place road signs at the entrances to Champaign County along interstate and U.S. highways that designate Champaign County as the “Birthplace of the Tuskegee Airmen March 1941.”

Gifford school ranks in the middle in operating expense, tuition

GIFFORD — Gifford Grade School ranks about in the middle in terms of operating expense per student and per-capita tuition charge among area K-8 schools.

The school’s per-pupil expense is $10,094 a year, according to figures supplied by the Regional Office of Education.

Ludlow to continue eighth-grade graduation ceremony

LUDLOW — Eighth-graders will continue to be recognized at a graduation ceremony at Ludlow Grade School.

At its monthly meeting, the Ludlow school board agreed to continue with the tradition of holding eighth-grade graduation.

“We discussed our graduation procedures, and the board decided they wanted to continue the graduation practice,” Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said.

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