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Ludlow benefit event raises about $15,000

RANTOUL — A Saturday evening benefit to raise funds for a new Ludlow community building raised about $15,000.

Paula Hopkins, a Ludlow native who helped to organize the event at The Linden Banquet Center, Rantoul, said the total included money raised Saturday and donated ahead of time.


Fundraiser trip set to aid Ludlow seniors

LUDLOW — When arson destroyed the Ludlow Community Building, it displaced many activities.

Among them was the senior noon meals, which are now served at the United Methodist Church.

To assist with the additional cost to qualify for senior meals, a fund raiser is planned — a trip to the Jewelry and Accessories Show Friday, Oct. 16, at Rosemont.


A tough way to start a legislative career

RANTOUL — Illinois State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) said it hasn’t been the easiest first few months since being sworn into office in January

“It’s a tough year to get involved,” said Bennett, who was selected from among 12 hopefuls to succeed Gifford native Mike Frerichs, who was elected state treasurer. “I think it’s been a tough year for everyone.”


Balanced budget for Ludlow Grade School

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School is expected to have a balanced budget for the 2015-16 school year.

The school board has approved the tentative budget and is expected to vote on the final budget at its Sept. 24 meeting. A budget hearing at 6:45 p.m. will precede the meeting.

Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said all four main operating funds are in the black.


Fisher hires part-time water/wastewater employee

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board met in special session Thursday to hire an employee.

The board hired Wade Lagle part time because he holds the Class 2 license that is needed for the wastewater plant to be operated legally.


Former airman returns to see a different base

RANTOUL — Things have changed dramatically since Paul May served at Chanute Air Force Base.

Last week, vintage farm equipment traveled the runways formerly frequented by military aircraft.
May, of Kingsburg, Calif., wanted to be there to see it.


One-fourth of redwood tree big enough for home

It might not be one of the oldest surviving homes, but it’s built from some of the oldest material.

Allen’s Original Redwood Log Home — built by a former logger from a section of redwood tree — is estimated to be more than 1,900 years old. At least the tree is that old. The home has a more modern beginning.


Amish ice cream a popular treat at farm show

RANTOUL — Visitors to last week’s Half Century of Progress farm show in Rantoul had their choice of a wide range of food selections, including pizza, corn dogs, barbecued pork and hamburgers.

One selling homemade ice cream was among the busiest.

Electric motors turning the ice cream buckets made the ice cream an easy sell.


Plow man peddles his parts

RANTOUL — Steve Smith of Republic, Ohio, sat at his stand at last week’s Half Century of Progress farm show with a “Plow Peddler” sign nearby

“To me, plowing is a lost art,” Smith said.


Ag exhibitors galore descend on Rantoul

RANTOUL — Marshall Martin was wiping down his Farmall 706 tractor on Thursday — the first day of the Half Century of Progress farm show.


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