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Driver in fatal wreck had blood-alcohol level 3 times legal limit

RANTOUL — A 31-year-old Rantoul woman who died in a single-vehicle accident in rural Thomasboro last fall had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Kalyn D. Porter had a BAC of .245 at the time of her death.


Fire causes minor damage to Gifford residence

GIFFORD -- A Gifford apartment sustained an estimated $2,000 damage Saturday night from a fire that allegedly was set by a tenant.

Fire Chief Rich McFadden said a youth at the residence set fire to a towel in the bathroom at a home at 315 N. Park St. The fire had been extinguished when firefighters arrived about 7:30 p.m.


Rantoul man in custody for 107 pounds of suspected cannabis, meth, heroin, guns in his home

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man is in police custody following the discovery of more than 100 pounds of cannabis, a pound of suspected methamphetamine, several ounces of suspected heroin and guns in his home Friday.


18-year-old held on multiple charges

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly threatened a woman with a gun over social media remained in the Champaign County jail Thursday on harassment and weapons charges.


About half the snow, but twice the wind hits Rantoul area

RANTOUL — About half the amount of snow fell during the weekend compared to seven days earlier in Rantoul, but conditions were still plenty treacherous in the rural areas due to strong winds.

Public Works Director Greg Hazel estimated 3 to 3 1/2 inches of snow fell and called it a “fairly calm weekend.”


Martin Luther King observance postponed by weather

RANTOUL — Saturday’s Martin Luther King observance in Rantoul has been postponed due to the forecast of severe weather.

The event, planned by Concerned Citizens of Rantoul, was scheduled to be held at J.W. Eater Junior High School.

CCR President Wendell Golston said the group plans to reschedule the event, the time and date of which will be announced.


Failed underground cable leaves part of Rantoul without power

RANTOUL -- More than 4,500 Rantoul residential and commercial customers were without power for about 30 minutes Thursday afternoon due to a problem in the west part of town.

Public Works Director Greg Hazel said an additional 100 customers were affected "for a slightly longer period."


RTHS first semester honor roll announced

RANTOUL — First semester honor roll for the 2018-19 school year has been released at Rantoul Township High School.

High honor roll, honor roll and honorable mention lists are included.

High honor roll includes students who earned a grade point average of 5.0 and higher. Honor roll includes students who earned a GPA of 4.5 to 4.999.


Ludlow Grade School second quarter honor roll released

LUDLOW — Second quarter honor roll has been released at Ludlow Grade School.

SECOND GRADE
High honors — Stephanie Diego-Gonzalez.
Honors — Mason Brookwalter, Maxlyn Frank, Kayana Van Horn and Steven Wease.

THIRD GRADE
Honors — Brianna Hunter and Magali Sicajan Corona.


Victim relieved attacker won't be set loose

URBANA — An Urbana woman who thought she was going to die at the hands of a man who attacked her during a psychotic episode in rural Thomasboro  almost five years ago is greatly relieved that he won’t be released into the community any time soon.


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