Rantoul request to retain 3 planes doesn't fly with Air Force

RANTOUL — The Air Force has turned thumbs down to a village of Rantoul request to be allowed to retain three vintage aircraft currently housed at the Chanute Air Museum.

Two of the planes will be exhibited elsewhere, and a third will be decommissioned due to safety concerns.

Shimkus, Hays to help with veterans memorial fundraiser Sunday

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Veterans Memorial committee is bringing in some big guns Sunday to help raise funds for construction of the memorial.

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collins) and State Rep. Chad Hays (R-Catlin) will be on hand to help with a fundraiser from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at Brookhill Park.

Rantoul Township Supervisor Jim Rusk is also helping with the planning.

RTHS, RCS begin phase 2 of Rantoul Tomorrow project

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School and Rantoul City Schools are moving forward in the next part of Rantoul Tomorrow, a project meant to improve the community through several avenues, one of those being education.

The project is a partnership between the village, RTHS, RCS and Concord Net/Werks.

Event to provide school supplies to needy kids

RANTOUL — The Future Business Leaders of America organization at Rantoul Township High School will hold a Stuff the Squad Car benefit to provide school supplies for students who can't afford it.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the entrance to Rantoul Wal-Mart.

Gifford school registration Aug.5, 6

GIFFORD — Gifford Grade School district will conduct registration for the 2015-16 school year from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, and Thursday, Aug. 6.

Awana registration set at Rantoul church

RANTOUL — Registration for the Awana children’s program at First Baptist Church is scheduled at 6 p.m. Sept. 2.

Three age levels are offered — Cubbies for ages 3 and 4; Sparks for kindergarten through second grade; and Truth and Training for grades three through five.

Jungle Safari event Aug. 5-9 in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Jungle Safari will return to Rantoul Plaza this week.

The event, which is free for the public to attend, will be on hand from Wednesday, Aug. 5-Sunday, Aug. 9.

Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 5-8 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9.

Photos can be taken with the animals. Camel rides and pony rides will be available.

Out of this world: Even NASA has taken notice of local Scout event

RANTOUL — Word of mouth about the annual Boy Scout Space Jam event is spread in a variety of ways. Even NASA is getting into the act.

Denny Anderson, Space Jam event coordinator, said people who enter Space Center Houston view a 15-minute film on the anniversary of the International Space Center. One segment of the film is about the Boy Scout event held every August in Rantoul.

Updated: Ambulance leaves standoff scene

An ambulance has left the scene of a standoff in Rantoul, with lights and siren on, and the incident there appears to be over. News-Gazette photo editor John Dixon, who has been at the scene for much of the morning, said media were moved to the back of the nearby Circle K parking lot at 10:25 a.m. and the lot closed to others at 10:31.

Jesus is the Way fundraiser banquet set Aug. 28

RANTOUL — Jesus is the Way Prison Ministry will host its annual fundraiser banquet from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Fluid Event Center, 601 N. Country Fair Drive, Champaign.

Jesus is the Way is a local outreach that ministers to the incarcerated, ex-offenders and their family members.

This year’s fundraiser theme is “Lovin’ Life.”

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