Area residents graduate from U of I

URBANA — The University of Illinois has released list of graduates from December. The following area students earned their degrees:

Dewey — Cody Patrick Flynn; Sarah Katherine Melchi

Fisher — Clinton Joseph Cender

Paxton — Amber  Kalla

Potomac — Trent K Hawker

Rantoul — Elizabeth L Armstrong; Chastity Terniece Cross; Kaleb Costa Lukens

J.W. Eater, RTHS put on soft lockdown Friday morning

RANTOUL — Both J.W. Eater Junior High School and Rantoul Township High School were put on a soft lockdown Friday morning after police received reports of an individual with a gun who may have been heading in the direction of the schools.

Paxton Park District sets formal wear event fundraiser

PAXTON — Paxton Park District will hold its first consignment formal wear event — A Formal Affair — from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Paxton Civic Center.

The park district is accepting formal wear in good condition. Sellers will keep 85 percent of the profit on items.

Women’s wear, men’s wear and children’s formal wear will be available.

PVO secretary, bookkeeper up for national award

ROYAL — If a student has a bloody nose, a teacher is waiting to be paid, the superintendent needs to file a report or the district office phone is ringing off the hook, the students and employees of the Prairieview-Ogden school district all turn to one woman: Debra Harms-Siuts.

Rantoul, area libraries to receive grants

SPRINGFIELD — Several public libraries in the area were recently awarded grants by Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.

White announced in a news release that he had awarded Illinois Public Library Per-Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $15.2 million to 635 public libraries.

Third food pantry to open in Rantoul


RANTOUL — A third food pantry will open in Rantoul.

Cultivators Latino Center in Rantoul and Stone Creek Church in Urbana will jointly open the food pantry at the Cultivators facility, 555 S. Maplewood Drive.

The first day of the new food pantry will be Monday, March 30. Hours are 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Volunteers needed for Saturday's Gifford tree planting

GIFFORD — Last April, close to 200 donated trees were planted in front of homes throughout tornado-raved Gifford.

This weekend, the Champaign County Farm Bureau will return to the village to finish the job.

Champaign County Farm Bureau Manager Brad Uken said Saturday's planting will partly target properties that were in too bad a shape last year to take on a new tree.

Brookhill Golf Course finances show some improvement

RANTOUL — Rantoul Park District has shown improvement in reining in costs of operating Brookhill Golf Course the last few years.

Absentee voting for April 7 election begins

Monday was your first chance in Champaign County to step into a booth and cast your vote for a new high school in Champaign, the next mayor of Catlin or Danville and a slew of contenders for school board, park board and village board seats throughout the area.

Forum of RCS board hopefuls set April 2

RANTOUL — A forum for Rantoul City Schools candidates in the April 7 election will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the J.W. Eater Junior High Annex, 400 E. Wabash Ave.

Four candidates are running for three seats on the RCS board — John Brotherton, Joan Fitzgarrald, Abbey Good and Bill Sweat.

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