Fire causes major damage to Gifford home

GIFFORD — A Gifford home suffered significant damage Monday morning from a kitchen grease fire.

3 incumbents, 1 newcomer in race for RCS board

Rantoul Press

RANTOUL — Three incumbents (John Brotherton, Joan Fitzgarrald and Bill Sweat) and one newcomer (Abbey Good) are running for three seats on the Rantoul City Schools board in the April 7 consolidated election.
All four candidates responded to telephone questions posed by Rantoul Press.

At least 1 newcomer assured in race for RTHS school board

Rantoul Press

RANTOUL — Four candidates are running for three seats on the Rantoul Township High School board in the April 7 consolidated election.

Several area races on tap for school board, village government

Several contested races dot the ballot in next Tuesday’s consolidated election, most of them school board races.

Voters will have choices for Rantoul City Schools board, where four contestants are seeking three seats — John Brotherton, Joan Fitzgarrald, Abbey Good and William Sweat Jr.

Here's where to vote April 7

Polling places will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, April 7.

Here’s a list of area polling places with precinct name, polling place and address.

Compromise, Gifford, Gifford Community Building, 101 S. Main St.

Compromise, Penfield, I&I Antique Tractor Club, 401 Busey, Penfield.

Donovan named Rantoul police officer of the year

RANTOUL — Kyle Donovan got one of his first close-up looks at a police dog in action when he was a deputy with the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office.

A manhunt was under way in the Monticello area for a suspect nicknamed “Bigfoot,” who was wanted for a Mansfield-area murder.

Downtown business owners told: Work together for change

Downtown village business owners got a clear message last Wednesday: They have a difficult road ahead, but they’d better work together if changes are going to happen.

Senior Survivor competition begins at RTHS

RANTOUL — The annual Senior Survivor competition is back at Rantoul Township High School.

Volunteers team up for mass Gifford tree planting

GIFFORD — The lawns were still mud, but trees came back to hard-hit Plumb Street on Saturday, sometimes in as little as 10 minutes at a time.

It looked like the tree fairies had already made it there by noon; the trees lay horizontal and ready to be vertical, and many of the holes had already been dug by about 7:30 a.m. by tree augurs.

Congressman to go 1-on-1 in Rantoul

RANTOUL — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, will be available to meet with his Champaign County constituents Monday, April 6, in Rantoul.

Shimkus, now serving his 10th term in Congress and representing the 34-county 15th Congressional District, will be available for one-on-one meetings from 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. at the Rantoul Municipal Building, 333 S. Tanner St.

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