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Mr., Mrs. Claus back for big annual Paxton Christmas parade Saturday

PAXTON — Somewhere along the line, the kids watching Paxton’s annual Christmas parade noticed something amiss: When Santa Claus came riding down Market Street on his sleigh, there was no Mrs. Claus to be seen.


Probation, jail time for Rantoul purse snatching

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted snatching the purse of a woman in Rantoul last month has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Jakeenya Evans, 20, who listed an address in the 1200 block of North Busey Avenue, was also sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in the county jail with credit for 38 days already served.


Two men charged in Rantoul home burglary

RANTOUL — Two men who allegedly forced their way into a Rantoul home and stole socks were charged Wednesday with residential burglary.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said officers were sent to a burglary in progress in the 1400 block of Pine Avenue about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.


Woman sentenced for stealing from sister's clients

URBANA — A cleaning woman with sticky fingers has been sentenced to five years in prison, with a recommendation that prison officials get her drug treatment


Man on parole for cannabis sentenced for additional cannabis case

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted having cannabis while on parole for another cannabis conviction has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Oscar Perez, 49, whose last known address was in the 1900 block of County Road 3000 N, was arrested Oct. 8 as part of a compliance check conducted by parole officials in conjunction with Rantoul police.


Official says businesses have interest in locating in Rantoul

RANTOUL — “Five years from now, we don’t want to realize we’re going in the wrong direction.”

That’s what village Trustee Chad Smith, chairman of the Rantoul Economic Development Advisory committee, had to say Tuesday evening. Nov. 18, during a presentation by The Retail Coach Vice President Aaron Farmer on what the village’s $100,000 investment has produced to date.


Rantoul to contribute to attempt to recruit IHSA tourney to Champaign

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith said the village of Rantoul has committed $5,000 a year for the next five years to recruit the Illinois High School Association to bring its boys basketball tournament back to the University of Illinois.

The tourism group Visit Champaign County, the University of Illinois and several other groups are trying to lure the tournament back to Champaign in 2016.


Gifford resident Angie Cox holding event in Urbana to help more than 150 abused children receive Christmas gifts

URBANA — As an abused and neglected foster child growing up in England, Angie Cox, along with her twin brother David, never had a true Christmas.

“We were shut in our bedroom every year,” Cox said. “We could smell the sausage rolls, smell the Jello and trifle and hear the Christmas music.”


Fisher requests 17 percent levy increase

FISHER — The Fisher school board looked at its proposed tax levy and set a truth-in-taxation hearing for 6:15 Dec. 15 prior to the regular board meeting. They will pass the levy then.


Ludlow school board sets proposed tax levy

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School Superintendent Dru Lobmaster set the proposed 2014 tax levy at $544,030, which is a 4.98 percent increase from the 2013 levy of $518,205.


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