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Rantoul teen charged with breaking into two homes

URBANA — A Rantoul teen was ordered held in the Juvenile Detention Center Thursday after being charged with break-ins to two homes in Rantoul.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said she filed juvenile charges against the 17-year-old alleging a residential burglary Wednesday in the 1000 block of Briarcliff Drive and one Tuesday in the 1000 block of Bel Air Drive, about two blocks away.


Park board, village reps to talk about future of golf course

RANTOUL – The Rantoul Park District Board has appointed a three-member committee to sit down with village of Rantoul representatives to discuss the future of Brookhill Golf Course.

The committee includes board members Rich Thomas and Ron Luna and the district’s attorney, Bill Scott.


Rantoul woman charged in nursing home incident

URBANA — A Rantoul woman who allegedly punched a Champaign County Nursing Home resident in the arm two months ago has been criminally charged with misdemeanor battery.

Judge John Kennedy on Tuesday told Christina Laney, 25, who listed an address in the 300 block of North Drive, that she faces a maximum of up to 364 days in the county jail if convicted.


Request for RCS to leave co-op could be decided Thursday

RANTOUL — The nearly year-and-a-half-long process for Rantoul City Schools to withdraw from its special ed co-op will most likely come to an end Thursday night.


Fisher school board supports educational reform initiative

FISHER — As other area boards have done, the Fisher school board adopted a resolution in support of the new educational reform plan for Illinois known as Vision 20/20.

Superintendent Barb Thompson said it was a way for districts to get the attention of the state legislature and the governor.


Gifford Grade School to field scholastic bowl teams

GIFFORD — Gifford Grade School will field two scholastic bowl teams this year.

“We added it as a conference sport,” Superintendent Rod Grimsley said. “This year is the first year in the Three Rivers Conference, and they offered it as an opportunity.”

Grimsley said there was enough student interest to fill a team for grades 5/6 and one for 7/8.


Rantoul man jailed, charged with home invasion

URBANA — A Rantoul man who allegedly attacked an ex-girlfriend because he was apparently upset over a Facebook post is being held in the Champaign County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Donnell D. Edwards, 23, who listed an address in the 600 block of Perimeter Road, was charged Monday in Champaign County Circuit Court with home invasion.


PVO South Elementary getting new bleachers

ROYAL — The gym at Prairieview-Ogden South Elementary School is getting a makeover this summer.

A Grand Rapids, Mich., firm has been contracted to install handicapped-accessible bleachers for the school in Ogden.

The cost to the school is $34,071.

Superintendent Vic White said the current bleachers hold 300 people but do not have aisles or are not handicapped accessible.


Penfield bar, grill fails health inspection

By CLAIRE EVERETT
For Rantoul Press


PENFIELD — A Penfield bar and grill has failed a Champaign-Urbana Health Department inspection.

Last Call for Alcohol, 105 N. Main St., failed the inspection Dec. 3.


Items stolen from rural Dewey storage building

DEWEY — More than $300 worth of items were stolen from a rural Dewey storage building within the last month.

Champaign County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Brian Mennenga said between Dec. 16 and Jan. 19, someone broke into a storage building in the 700 block of County Road 3300 N, about 3 miles northwest of Dewey, by cutting off the lock on a storage unit.


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