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Park board might place its own question on ballot

RANTOUL — Rantoul voters could face more than one tricky issue come November. In addition to whether to elect Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton president, voters could also face two questions pertaining to the park district.

An organization calling itself Friends of Rantoul’s Parks has filed to place an advisory referendum on the ballot asking if the park district should be dissolved.


Playground donated to Knights of Columbus

RANTOUL — The Knights of Columbus Hall has a new set of playground equipment thanks to the Rantoul Park District and a number of volunteers.

The equipment was dismantled last year to make way for new, safer equipment in Wabash Park.

A group of volunteers dismantled the old equipment in 2015 and reassembled it this year.

But it wasn’t easy.


Good news, bad news: Fisher schools to get more from state, but less from feds

FISHER — The Fisher school district will see additional money from the state in the new fiscal year, but that good news is tempered by the fact it will receive fewer federal dollars.


Gifford school registration Aug. 2, 3

GIFFORD — Gifford school district will hold registration for the 2016-17 school year.

Sign-ups are set for 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, and Wednesday, Aug. 3.


Neighborhoods sought to participate in Rantoul's Night Out

RANTOUL — Rantoul Police Department is looking for neighborhoods to participate in Rantoul’s Night Out.

The event is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Rantoul’s Night Out is an opportunity for neighbors to meet and establish connections with one another and relate with local first responders under non-emergency circumstances.


Polio eradication almost complete, Rotary governor tells Rantoul club

“We’re that close,” Rotary District 6490 Governor Kevin Yonce told members of the Rantoul Rotary Club last week, showing his thumb and index finger only a half-inch apart.


Gifford school to receive more state money

GIFFORD — Gifford Grade School will receive an estimated $53,357 more in state aid for fiscal year 2017 compared to the previous year.

Superintendent Rod Grimsley told the school board last week the grade school would receive $204,775. That compares with $151,375 received in fiscal year 2016.


Here come the trucks: TopGun show set this weekend

By RANTOUL PRESS

RANTOUL — Rantoul Aviation Center will be the site for the annual TopGun LargeCar Shootout this weekend — a time for owners to show off their big rigs to the public.

The free event will run Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31.

A parade of lights in which lighted trucks drive to Thomasboro and back on U.S. 45 begins  at dusk Friday.


School work just one of upgrades at RCS

RANTOUL — Rantoul City Schools Superintendent Michelle Ramage gave an overview of ongoing work paid as a result of $10 million in bond money, student test scores and the planned development of an afterschool program.

Ramage spoke last week to members of the Rantoul Exchange Club.


Fisher church VBS July 31-Aug. 5

FISHER — River Valley Church of Christ, Fisher, will hold vacation Bible school Sunday, July 31-Friday, Aug. 5.

Hours are 6:15-8:30 p.m.

The VBS is for ages 4 through sixth grade.

With a “Cave Quest” theme, it will include Bible lessons, music, recreation, snacks and crafts.

Call 897-1260 to preregister.


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