Urbana police investigate armed robbery

URBANA — Police are investigating an armed robbery Sunday afternoon in Urbana.

According to a police report, at 1:50 p.m., a man walked into the Family Video store at 805 N. Lincoln Ave., took money from a cash drawer and threatened a 29-year-old Thomasboro woman who worked there with a handgun.

The man then ran out of the store with the money. No one was injured.

Champaign County National Day of Prayer Task Force meets Saturday

The Champaign County National Day of Prayer Task Force will hold its monthly breakfast/prayer meeting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, in the private  dining room of Denny’s Restaurant, 702 West Town Center Blvd. in Champaign.

Order from the menu or just enjoy a cup of coffee   while fellowshipping with Christians from all across East-Central Illinois.

No decision made on switching to single-hauler system in Rantoul

RANTOUL — No decision has been made on whether Rantoul will change to a single waste-hauler system.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh emphasized last week that seeking proposals from garbage haulers for a single-hauler system does not mean the village board has made up its mind to make the switch.

Rantoul currently has two haulers.

Rantoul Village Board opts not to change meeting schedule

RANTOUL — The village board has decided to keep its meeting schedule the same as in previous years.

Study sessions and monthly meetings will continue to be held at 6:15 p.m. the first and second Tuesdays of the month, respectively, at the municipal building, 333 S. Tanner St.

Several scenarios had been discussed at the December study session about meeting date changes.

Area candidates pick up petitions for village office

Monday was the first day for candidates to file nominating petitions for the April 7 election.
Candidates have until Dec. 22 to file petitions with the minimum number of signatures with the proper election authority.

Up for election: Trustees Gary Wilson (two-year term), Hank Gamel, Chad Smith and Jennifer Fox (four-year terms).

RTHS to look into intergovernmental agreement with Armstrong Township High School

RANTOUL — Expecting a large crowd last Monday, the Rantoul Township High School board of education moved its December meeting from the small board room, which can seat about 20 people comfortably, to the cafetorium, which can seat more than a couple hundred.

State advisory council OKs RCS plan to withdraw from special ed co-op

RANTOUL — While the withdrawal has not been approved, the Rantoul City Schools District 137’s comprehensive plan to leave the Rural Champaign County Special Education Cooperative has been.

Ludlow trustees to pick top decorated homes

LUDLOW – Village trustees will judge which Ludlow house is the fairest of them all. At least in terms of holiday cheer.

Members of the board will cruise the community and select their top choices for best-decorated home for Christmas.

The trustees are to pick their top four homes and get the results to Mayor Pete Walker.

Ice princess visits downtown Rantoul

Java Connection, downtown Rantoul, hosted an ice princess tea party themed after the movie “Frozen” on Saturday. Kara Kidwell dressed as the ice princess.

Thirty children attended, accompanied by a parent. Kiefer Photography took photos, there was a free pancake breakfast, children decorated a cookie that they were able to take home, and they made gift bags and other crafts.

Updated: Fisher hears pitch for affordable housing facility in village

FISHER — For the second time this year, representatives from the Housing Authority of Champaign addressed the Fisher Village Board about bringing affordable housing to the village.

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