Rantoul man faces up to 30 years in prison on molestation charge

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted having sexual contact with a child several years ago faces up to 30 years in prison when he's sentenced in about six weeks.

Police search for man in rural Potomac over stolen vehicle

RURAL POTOMAC — County and state authorities late Tuesday afternoon continue to scour a rural area near Potomac for a man who was driving a stolen vehicle.

Raminator, Hall brothers secure 11th monster truck Thunder Drag National Championship

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Raminator, a monster truck sponsored by the Ram Truck brand, claimed victory at the 2014 General Tire Monster Truck Thunder Drags, taking the national championship for the 11th time.

Charles Industries holds annual Think Pink Day

RANTOUL — Pink was the color of the day recently as Charles Industries of Rantoul held its annual Think Pink Day for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Car dealer to expand on U.S. 136

RANTOUL — A Rantoul car dealership will move and expand.

McMahon Auto Sales, currently located at 319 S. Century Blvd., will move about 2 blocks northeast to a location in the 400 block of East Champaign Avenue.

The site is the former home of a Garcia’s Pizza restaurant and is located directly west of a car wash.

Village signs new agreement with Mediacom

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul has signed a new cable television service provider agreement with Mediacom.

Under terms of the agreement, the company will pay the village 5 percent of its gross revenues “derived from the provision of cable or video service to households located within the village.”

The rate is the same as previous years.

FIVE YEARS LATER: Rudzinski remembered

RANTOUL — Family and friends marked the five-year anniversary of the death of SSgt. Christopher Rudzinski of Rantoul.

A balloon launch was held Thursday at Rudzinski Park.

SSgt. Rudzinski was killed by an improvised explosive device Oct. 16, 2009, in Afghanistan.

Gifford one-year anniversary events set at church, Gordyville

GIFFORD — Gifford will mark the one-year anniversary of its damaging tornado with a Gifford Strong tribute Sunday, Nov. 16.

A tornado sliced through the village in northeast Champaign County on a diagonal Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, leveling or damaging more than 80 homes and businesses but causing no loss of life.

Come out to Gifford Sunday

GIFFORD — The Rantoul Press and News-Gazette are celebrating Gifford’s battle back from last November’s tornado with an upcoming special section.

Stand up straight to save your life

Standing up straight could make the difference between an active, vibrant retirement and a limited, painful one.

“Posture was so important in the ‘50s and ‘60s,” said Carle physical therapist Laura Lyon, recalling stories about women balancing books on their heads. “It kind of fell out of favor, but it’s important. It’s really important.”

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