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Restaurant to get liquor license; interest in gaming parlors growing in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A new restaurant and bar will be granted a liquor license, and three companies have expressed an interest in opening gaming parlors in Rantoul.

That’s what came out of a meeting of the Rantoul Liquor Advisory Committee last week.


Tornado damage to blame for drop in Gifford school's EAV

GIFFORD — Gifford school district experienced a nearly $2.5 million drop in equalized assessed valuation in 2014 over the previous year, and the November tornado is the primary cause.

The EAV dropped from $41,344,059 in 2013 to $38,859,029 in 2014. Property taxes on the 2014 EAV will be paid next year.

Superintendent Rod Grimsley said school officials knew the drop was coming.


Volo to begin offering cable TV in Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — Volo Broadband will begin offering cable television service over its fiber optic network in Thomasboro — about a year after going live with Internet and phone service in the community.

The company also announced plans to expand Internet services in Urbana.

CEO Peter Folk said TV service will be available in Thomasboro in November.


Horsch, Cochran crowned Fisher homecoming royalty 2014

FISHER — Wearing the crowns at Fisher High School as homcoming king and queen were Isaac Horsch and Delaney Cochran.

They presided over the weekend's activities that included a football win over Lexington and the homecoming dance.

The parade was held earlier in the week.


Louis Guerra: A regular kind of guy who lived an extraordinary life

Jennifer Chochola Tan helped father Louis Guerra iron his uniform before he headed to work in Army intelligence at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium. She was 11 years old.

“My dad, the Army hero, heading off to do top secret work,” she said. “I was so proud of him.”


Rantoul in midst of felling hundreds of trees that are victims of emerald ash borer

RANTOUL — The village is about halfway finished on a years-long project that involves the removal of dead and dying ash trees.

The culprit: The emerald ash borer.

The solution: Remove affected trees on public rights-of-way and gradually replace them with a variety of other tree species.


Taking a walk on the dark side

RANTOUL — The subject was morbid, but the atmosphere at the Dark History Con on Saturday was upbeat, and the crowd made up of ordinary people.

What they had in common was an interest in true crime, serial killers and horror.


Paxton rolls out red carpet for 'picker' Frank Fritz

PAXTON — “American Pickers” co-star Frank Fritz was greeted by a bevy of fans Saturday in downtown Paxton as he stepped out of the driver’s seat of a van splattered with Workshop Hero advertising.

Wearing tinted shades and a black Workshop Hero T-shirt, Fritz stood for a moment on the street in front of Robin McNish’s antique shops.


Benefit set for cancer victim

A former Paxton man who rarely got sick is in the fight of his life.

David Lackey of Rossville has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His family has scheduled a benefit for him from 3-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Hubbard Trail Country Club, rural Hoopeston. A golf tournament will precede the fundraiser at 9 a.m.


Mild summer was good for growing gardens as well

CHAMPAIGN — This year’s mild growing season with plenty of rain and moderate temperatures wasn’t just a boon to area corn and soybean crops. It also benefitted area flower and vegetable gardens.

At least those plants that don’t like hot, humid weather.

Dianne Noland, a horticulture lecturer at the University of Illinois, said the weather allowed her flowers to thrive longer.


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