Community-wide garage sales set in mid-May

RANTOUL — Rantoul’s community-wide garage sales will be held Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16.

Rantoul Press will run a full-page ad denoting sale locations the week of the event.

Deadline to buy an ad for the page is 4 p.m. Friday, May 8.

Call the Press at 892-9613.

Peace Lutheran Church plans mother-daughter salad supper

THOMASBORO — Peace Lutheran Church LWML of Thomasboro will host a mother-daughter salad supper at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the Thomasboro Community Building, 600 N. Commercial St.  

The theme is “Stepping Out In Style.”  

Barbara Leach will sing, accompanied by pianist Eernie Hoffman. There will also be a style show by Christopher Banks.

Arbor Day ceremony in Rantoul planned April 24

RANTOUL — An Arbor Day ceremony is scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday, April 24, near the shared-use path beside Taylor Studios, U.S. 136 east, Rantoul.

A Cleveland pear tree will be planted next to the Norfolk maple tree that was planted at the site last year.

Updated: All lanes open on I-57

RANTOUL - State police report that all crashes on I-57 in the Rantoul area have been cleared, and traffic is open in both lanes.

A lane on the interstate north of Rantoul was closed due to buckling, backing up traffic.

In addition, a crash site on Illinois 130 at Curtis Road has also been cleared, and that highway is once again open.


Updated: Fire destroys Champaign Avenue house in Rantoul

RANTOUL – Fire of an undetermined origin destroyed a home in Rantoul early Sunday morning.

The single-story frame house at 1109 E. Champaign Ave. was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived about 3:20 a.m.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said Rantoul police were able to get the occupants out of the house safely.

Church Women United set Friendship Day

RANTOUL — Church Women United will celebrate Friendship Day at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, at St. Malachy School’s community room.

Donna Lord will present the program, “The Journey of a Caregiver.”

She will have information on different kinds of caregiving and places to find the kind of help people need.

There will be a time for questions and discussion.

Community Night Out moves to fall

RANTOUL — Rantoul will continue its Community Night Out program, but the event will be held in the fall.

The event will be coordinated by the Rantoul Police Department and will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16. Times will vary by neighborhood.

Judge rejects plea agreement in child's death

URBANA — A Champaign County judge Friday rejected as too light a proposed plea agreement for a Rantoul man accused of the murder of an infant foster child in his care.

Two arrested for burglaries in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Rantoul police have arrested two people in connection with some recent burglaries in that village.

As part of an investigation of several residential and vehicle burglaries and a commercial burglaries, Rantoul police obtained a search warrant for a home in the 600 block of Birdie Drive.

OVC honors choir to perform at RTHS April 23

RANTOUL — The Okaw Valley Conference honors choir will perform in the Rantoul Township High School cafetorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23.

The choir, which will be accompanied by Maroa-Forsyth director Christopher Weisenborn, includes 75 of the top students from RTHS, Maroa-Forsyth, Monticello, St. Joseph-Ogden, St. Thomas More and Unity.

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