Easter egg hunts set March 31 in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Two Easter egg hunts are scheduled for Saturday, March 31, in Rantoul.

CORE Group of Rantoul will host its annual Easter egg hunt at noon at  the south end of Wabash Park.

The area will be divided into four age groups. Prize slips will be placed in some of the plastic eggs.

The Easter Bunny will be on hand.

Coach: 'I still can't believe he's gone'

Francis Edelen, killed in a Wednesday night hit-and-run accident on Interstate 57 about 3 miles north of Rantoul, saw his most action as an Illini as a true freshman in 2015-16. He was the starter at 125 pounds, winning two matches. He competed at the Big Ten meet, but did not place.

Search on for 3 vehicles after I-57 fatal wreck near Rantoul

Updated 3:35 p.m.

RANTOUL — Illinois State Police say a member of the University of Illinois wrestling team was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run accident on Interstate 57 3 miles north of Rantoul.

Trooper Tracy Lillard said Francis Edelen, 21, of Manhattan, Ill., had been involved in a two-car accident around mile marker 253.5 at around 9:37 p.m. on I-57 southbound.

United Methodist Men to present 'The Last Supper'

RANTOUL — Rantoul First United Methodist Church will present the play, “The Last Supper,” at 7 p.m. March 29 (Maundy Thursday) in the church’s Gathering Place.

Men of the church will re-enact Jesus’ last meal with his disciples prior to his crucifixion.

Rantoul's Jones likely to become next Champaign County sheriff

URBANA — Decades after working his way up through the ranks of Champaign County law enforcement, Rantoul resident Allen Jones is likely on his way to becoming the next sheriff.

The county's chief deputy, Jones easily defeated his opponent for sheriff, Greg Worrell of Thomasboro, in the Republican primary, getting three-quarters of the votes.

St. Malachy School honor roll, PAC awards announced

RANTOUL —  Third quarter honor roll and Principal Academic Challenge awards have been released at St. Malachy School.


Highest (all As)

Third grade — Hiliana Luster, Nora Leng and Addyson Sherrick.

Fourth grade — Emma Martin and Joel McCallister.

Fifth grade — Jacob Fox.

Upgrades on tap at Ludlow Grade School

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School will get upgrades this summer.

The school board last week approved seeking bids for replacement of doors on one wing of the  school to meet safety code and hired a firm to replace windows in another area.

Ludlow board approves water improvement study

LUDLOW — The village board last week approved contracting with Fehr Graham, Champaign, at a cost of $10,000 to undertake an engineering study for a water system improvement project.

The village was recently awarded a $10,000 United States Department of Agriculture grant to undertake the study.

Potomac library tax vote passes by large margin

POTOMAC -- Voters in the Potomac area Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to establish a taxing district to keep the Potomac Public Library alive.

The measure passed 202-98

Central maintenance department started after closure of Air Force base

RANTOUL — Prior to the opening of Rantoul’s central maintenance shop to service village vehicles and other equipment, local police had their vehicles maintained by a retired policeman or at a professional shop.

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