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FISHER — The Fisher school board voted 5-1 to allow early dismissal twice monthly to allow teachers collaborative time to work on curriculum and school improvement.
URBANA — A Rantoul woman who was arrested after suspected drugs were found during a traffic stop has been sentenced to probation.
On Wednesday, Judge Heidi Ladd sentenced Susan Ruddy, 49, who listed an address in Rantoul, to 24 months of probation after she pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Rantoul Theatre Group will hold four open auditions for its September production of William Shakespeare’s love-tragedy play, “Romeo and Juliet.”
The auditions are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. May 23 and 24 and noon-5 p.m. May 25 and 26 at Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul.
Approximately 155 seniors in the Rantoul Township High School graduating class of 2013 will receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the high school.
The program will be held at Bill Walsh Field. In the event of bad weather, it will be held in the high school.
Rantoul Township High School students were honored May 14 at the academic honors awards program.
Memorial Day weekend services to honor those who have gone before will be held throughout the area.
The first memorial service of the weekend will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Lincoln’s Challenge Academy, Rantoul.
The ceremony includes a laying of the wreath service at the memorial monument at 205 Dodge Ave.
Excavation could begin within a month for a new motel to be built on Rantoul’s west side.
Joe Warner, who is part of the United Development Corp. of Rantoul that also includes Gene Warner, said plans for the 70-room Holiday Inn Express are “going forward.”
“I talked to the contractor who will do the work, and they can start in probably 30 days or less,” Joe Warner said.
The Rantoul Village Board last week approved wastewater rate increases that will pay for a $5.9 million phosphorous removal project.
The proposal passed unanimously. Trustee Tony Brown was not present.
Twenty years after the United States Air Force left Chanute Air Force Base, the Restoration Advisory Board is considering disbanding.
The board, which has worked with the Air Force and the Chicago Bridge and Iron group (formerly Shaw Environmental, Inc. before a February corporate merger), has overseen the land transfers and environmental cleanup since 1993.
GIFFORD — Gifford school board members this week approved fees for the 2013-14 school year.
None of the fees increased. The school board had hiked the fee amounts the previous year.
Fees for textbooks and athletics were set at $40 and $10 per student, per sport.
Student meal fees were set at $1.25 for breakfast and $2 for lunch.