'Our kids are our future'

“Our kids, our children, are our future. Let’s not ignore our children; they’re our future.”

That’s what Monica Reynolds-Wollmer had to tell Rantoul Rotarians last week at their regular meeting held at the First Baptist Church, saying she’s “making my peace with Rantoul. It’s always been a part of me.”

Christmas musical to be presented in Gifford, Potomac

GIFFORD — “Fantasia Noel,” a Christmas musical, will be presented in two performances on successive weekends at churches in Gifford and Potomac.

The musical will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 E. Church St., Gifford.

It will then be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Potomac Nazarene Church, 206 E. State St., Potomac.

Swap of golf courses tabled

RANTOUL — A proposed swap of golf courses in Rantoul will be put on hold for now.

Bill Scott, secretary and attorney for the park board, announced that he had discovered that when the park board accepted a $56,300 federal grant in 1967, regulations prohibited the exchange of the golf courses without first receiving government approval.

Rural Ludlow woman wins $46,100 on 'Wheel of Fortune'

LUDLOW — Now, Brenna Schluter can tell everyone about her big pay day on “Wheel of Fortune.”

The rural Ludlow woman was sworn to secrecy until her episode aired. That happened Tuesday night, when millions of television viewers watched her win a whopping $46,100 in cash and prizes in less than a half-hour’s work.

Madrigal dinner Dec. 4, 5 at RTHS

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School will host its annual madrigal dinner at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4 and 5, in the high school cafetorium.

High school students will be performing 10 musical numbers.

Seating is capped at 100 per show.

To make reservations or for more information, contact Adam Hawthorne, RTHS music director, at 217-892-6049.

Press office closed for the holiday

The Rantoul Press front office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Editorial personnel, however, will be working Friday and may be reached by phone.

Editor Dave Hinton may be reached at 217-249-2404 or at

Sports Editor Brendan Quealy may be reached at 708-623-9555 or

Ring-a-ding-ding: Salvation Army volunteer loves helping with the cause

RANTOUL —  On Friday, Salvation Army workers were out for the first time this Christmas season to raise funds for the needy, and Ike Hatter was where he always wants to be this time of year — ringing the bell.

The 64-year-old from Mattoon loves doing it.

Fisher resident urges schools to grow their own

FISHER — A local resident would like to add locally grown food to the schools’ lunch menu.

Tax increase planned by Ludlow school board

LUDLOW — The Ludlow school board in December is expected to approve its 2015 levy of $552,770 — a 4.98 percent increase over the 2014 levy of $526,525.

A truth-in-taxation levy hearing will not be required because the increase does not exceed 5 percent.

The levy was discussed at the board’s monthly meeting last week.

Gifford school board to raise taxes 14.5 percent

GIFFORD — Gifford school board plans to increase its tax levy by 14.5 percent over last year.

The levy would bring in $1,161,392 — $147,259 more than last year.

Superintendent Rod Grimsley said the primary reason for the higher tentative levy is a higher equalized assessed value in the district, which has climbed following rebuilding after the November 2013 tornado.

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