Rantoul-based ministry reaches out to homeless in Puerto Rico

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico — Ten years after Cultivadores (Cultivators) was started in Rantoul to reach out to the local Latino population, the ministry has expanded to aid the homeless in Puerto Rico.

Partnering with Sentro de Vida Church, Cultivadores has quickly increased the number of homeless individuals it is serving each week, according to Cultivadores founder the Rev. Nelson Cuevas.

Let there be light: New LED lights approved for Fisher school parking lots

FISHER — The Fisher school board authorized the replacement of all 26 lights in the parking lots of both district schools with more efficient LED units.

Springfield Electric Supply CO., Champaign, will do the work AT a cost between $15,500 and $17,071. The final cost will depend on how many motion-activated lights

Duckworth trial date moved to February

URBANA — The trial of a Rantoul man accused of not paying numerous contractors who worked on his property has been rescheduled for February in Champaign Circuit Court.

Chuck Duckworth, who was charged last March with 14 counts of felony theft, is scheduled to go to trial Feb. 21-23.

Bids to go out to remodel PVO Junior High School

ROYAL — Bids will go out in February for remodeling/new construction at Prairieview-Ogden Junior High in Flatville.

The school board last week approved final plans for the project.

The work includes converting the office into a special education room and changing the current special education room into a teacher supply room. A new office will be built in front of the school.

Free income tax prep program to resume

RANTOUL — A free income tax return preparation program will continue in Rantoul beginning Feb. 1.

The AARP Tax Aid program will be open from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Rantoul Public Library.

Call the library to make an appointment at 893-3955.

Three local tax preparers will be doing taxes.

Downtown Association coffee set Wednesday morning

RANTOUL — A Downtown Association coffee is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce office.

“We have quite a bit to update the association on and will be sharing plans for 2017,” chamber Executive Director Kellie Wahl said.

The meeting is open to everyone.

To raze or to save: Village must decide fate of Sangamon Avenue property

RANTOUL — After the great fire of 1901 that decimated downtown Rantoul, the old Rantoul bank building was the first structure to be built.

The fate of the building that sits at the corner of Sangamon Avenue and Garrard Street, which is now owned by the village of Rantoul, remains uncertain.

Special food distribution set Jan. 28 in Rantoul

RANTOUL — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Gifford, will sponsor a food distribution Saturday, Jan. 28, at Community Service Center, 520 E. Wabash Ave., Rantoul.

Distribution will begin about 9 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. or when the food runs out.  

Low-income residents of Champaign County are eligible for the program.  

Blevins resigns as Rantoul police chief

RANTOUL — Rantoul’s police chief resigned his position on Friday, effectively immediately — less than a year after starting the job.

Erman Blevins turned in his equipment and said he was resigning for personal reasons.

Blevins was unavailable to comment Friday afternoon.

Village Administrator Jeff Fiegenschuh said the move caught everyone in the village by surprise.

Acclimation graduation set Sunday at Lincoln's Challenge Academy

RANTOUL —  Lincoln’s Challenge Academy will hold its Class 48-17 acclimation graduation at 2 p.m. Sunday Jan. 22, at the academy gymnasium, 18 Borman Drive, Rantoul, marking the transition of status for 160 youth from candidates to cadets.

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