Special village board meeting set Thursday to vote on new administrator

RANTOUL — A special meeting of the village board has been called for a vote on the selection of a new village administrator.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the municipal building, 333 S. Tanner St.

Rural Mahomet homeowners worried about health effects of gas leak into wells

MAHOMET — Nearly a year since the discovery of a natural-gas leak that contaminated several private wells in rural Mahomet, one affected homeowner who is still battling the problem worries about long-term health issues and impacts on property values in the area.

Fisher school library book fair set Oct. 18, 19

FISHER — The Fisher Grade School Library is sponsoring a book fair this year with the theme “Wild West Book Fair: Saddle up and Read!”

The book fair will be open from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 19, during parent-teacher conferences.  

Parents are welcome to come and purchase books anytime the fair is open.

Man gets 34 years for sex ad robbery

URBANA — A Champaign County judge said public-safety concerns largely contributed to her decision to sentence a Rantoul man to 34 years in prison for the armed robbery of a man who answered an online sex ad.

Administrator selection announcement next week

RANTOUL — Officials expect the selection of a new village administrator to be announced next week.

Rebecca Motley, public outreach official, said the village and the selectee have been going through contract language discussions before an announcement is made.

Rantoul church to mark pastor's anniversary

RANTOUL — Greater New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 Sheppard Place, will celebrate the second anniversary of its pastor, Otis Evans, and his wife at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the church.  

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Frank McSwain of Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, Bloomington.

New posts for 3 at Insurance Providers Group

Three people have been hired to new posts at Insurance Providers Group.

• Mikayla Wallace has joined the Rantoul office of Insurance Providers Group as a personal lines account manager.

She has a background in customer service. She also studied agriculture after high school.

Suits trio joins American Angus Association

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Tanna, Connor and Logan Suits of Rantoul are new members of the American Angus Association.

The American Angus Association, with more than 25,000 active adult and junior members, is the largest beef breed association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on over 18 million registered Angus.

Food distribution set Oct. 14 at CSC

RANTOUL — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will sponsor a food distribution Saturday, Oct. 14, at Community Service Center, 520 E. Wabash Ave.  

Distribution will begin at approximately 9 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. or when the food runs out.  

Rantoul man arrested for home invasion

URBANA — A Rantoul man is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $50,000 bond after being arrested for home invasion and other charges.

Shakeem Laron Holt, 23, who listed an address in the 1000 block of Clark Street, was charged on Tuesday with home invasion, aggravated battery, domestic battery and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

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