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Shooting investigation at standstill; victim refuses to cooperate

RANTOUL — A shooting incident on Rantoul’s east side last month appears to be at a dead end due to a victim’s unwillingness to cooperate.

Anthony Washington, 21, of the 1200 block of Aspen Drive, Rantoul, sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the June 1 incident when a gunman walked up to an apartment in the 1100 block of Falcon Drive and began firing a gun.


Rantoul man convicted of violently attacking ex-girlfriend

URBANA — It took three tries, but a Champaign County jury on Wednesday convicted a Rantoul man of violently beating the mother of his children.

Tommy Johnson, 35, whose last known address was in the 100 block of South Ludlow Street, faces up to six years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug. 27 by Judge Tom Difanis.


Marron selected to interim role to succeed Hays in Illinois Legislature

Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron doesn’t think he will have an unfair advantage in November’s election by taking over for Republican State Rep. Chad Hays when Hays steps down in September.


Crawfords to perform at Bellflower Country Opry

BELLFLOWER — Ron and Cindy Crawford will perform at the Saturday, July 21, show of the Bellflower Country Opry. Show time is 7 p.m.

The husband-and-wife team  brings to the stage years of country music performing experience.  The Bellflower Country Opry band will also perform.

A pulled pork or Italian beef sanwich dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m.


Rantoul man allegedly threatens woman with rifle

By RANTOUL PRESS

RANTOUL — Police arrested a 59-year-old Rantoul man Wednesday after he allegedly threatened a woman with a rifle.

Ralph Holt of the 300 block of South Steffler Street was charged with domestic battery, aggravated assault, unlawful possession/use of a weapon by a felon, unlawful restraint and interfering with the report of domestic violence.


Man gets probation for molesting 3 children

URBANA — A former Thomasboro man who admitted he molested three girls under the age of 13 almost three years ago has been conditionally sentenced to probation.


257-acre transportation center expansion proposed

RANTOUL — Road pavement, heal thyself.

Some day, potholes, the bane of all motorists, might fix themselves — causing far fewer vehicle-damage and safety issues. No hypnosis or miracles will be needed. Just technology.

Self-healing roads is just one of the innovative areas where the Illinois Center for Transportation is in the vanguard. And it’s all happening in Rantoul.


Neighborhood participants sought for Community Night Out celebration

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul is looking for neighborhoods interested in participating in the annual Community Night Out celebration.

This year's event is set for Wednesday, Sept. 19.


Motley receives $500 IMUA scholarship

RANTOUL — Jared Motley, a 2018 graduate of Rantoul Township High School, has been awarded a $500 college scholarship by the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association.

Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith presented the scholarship money to Motley at last week’s village board meeting.

Motley is a son of Patricia and Jeremy Motley of Rantoul.


Fundraiser for Reardon set Aug. 18 at Potomac bar, grill

By ANGIE WALSH
Rantoul Press correspondent


POTOMAC — Lola’s Bar and Grill in Potomac will host a fundraiser beginning at noon Saturday, Aug. 18, until 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, for John Reardon, a longtime Potomac resident and U.S. Army veteran, who is battling a serious illness.


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