Residents report shots fired on Rantoul's east side

RANTOUL — Rantoul police responded to citizen reports of shots being fired on the village’s east side Thursday night.

Sgt. Justin Bouse said police received several phone calls from residents who reported shots being fired in the 1300 block of East Harmon Drive.

Bouse said when officers arrived on the scene they “received little cooperation from the bystanders in the area.”

Fisher man arrested on sex charge hours after his release from jail

URBANA — A Fisher man who allegedly forced a teenage girl to have sex with him, hours after having been released from jail for a similar offense, has been arrested again.

Cody Drinkwalter, 20, was charged Friday in Champaign County Circuit Court with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old girl in rural Mahomet against her will July 25.

School district continues to replace items lost to tornado

GIFFORD — The school district continues to pay for items damaged or destroyed in last November’s tornado.

At its July meeting last week, the board approved the purchase of a school bus. Later it is expected to approve a bid to build a new bus barn — replacing the one flattened by the twister.

4-H Spin Club program brings agriculture to area children

RANTOUL — Dr. Kirsten Fantom pulled out a long metal device and asked children in the Community Room at Rantoul Public Library if they had any idea what it was.

They had no clue.

It was a device to help veterinarians give animals — particularly large animals —  their pills. Yes, even four-legged creatures must take their medicine.

Congressman recognizes Thomasboro's 150th anniversary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-15) has recognized the village of Thomasboro for its 150th birthday by entering a statement in the permanent record of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The statement makes note of  the village’s celebration, which occurred the weekend of June 13 and 14.

Shimkus added in the statement:

Upgrades ongoing at PVO schools

ROYAL — The Prairieview-Ogden school board last week received an update on summer work projects in the district’s buildings.

Registration dates set for PVO

Dates and times have been set to register children for the 2014-15 school year in the Prairieview-Ogden school district.

Registration is set in all three buildings from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 7, and from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at PVO North and South Elementary buildings.

Armed robbery charges dismissed

URBANA — Felony charges lodged against a Rantoul man more than a year ago have been dismissed because the alleged victim couldn’t be found.

Assistant State’s Attorney Scott Bennett said he dismissed armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm charges against Deandre D. Thomas, 30, who last lived in the 1100 block of Falcon Way, on Monday.

Two Rantoul convenience stores to be sold

CHAMPAIGN — Two Rantoul convenience stores will  come under new ownership.

Champaign-based Tri Star Marketing has agreed to sell its chain of Super Pantry convenience stores to Alimentation Couche-Tard, one of the world’s largest operators of convenience stores, the Quebec-based company announced Tuesday.

Rantoul man charged with burglary

URBANA — A Rantoul man is due back in court in September after being charged Monday with breaking into a home in Rantoul during the weekend.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said a person checking on a relative’s home in the 1000 block of Bel Air Drive discovered Sunday evening that a back window had been broken and entry made.

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