Rantoul man charged with aggravated DUI for role in fatal wreck

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with the death of a friend who was riding with him earlier this summer.

On Tuesday, Assistant State’s Attorney Elizabeth Dornik filed two counts of the Class 2 felony against Brent D. McCullough, 36, who listed an address in the 600 block of Heath Drive.

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Sworthwoods to retire after more than 50 years in hair care business

RANTOUL — Gary and Carole Sworthwood likely have the largest “second family” of anyone in Rantoul.

They treated the people who worked for them as kin. And the feeling was mutual.

Just ask Ann Stubblefield, Anna McElhoe and Joni Tadlock. The “family” word quickly formed on the lips of anyone when asked what it was like to work with the Sworthwoods.

RCS holds teacher orientation for 42 new staff members

RANTOUL — Rantoul City Schools recently welcomed 42 new teachers during its New Teacher Orientation sessions led by Assistant Superintendent Mike Springer.  Of the 42 new teachers, 19 were due to newly created RCS positions as part of the district’s vision for improving student learning and achievement.  Springer said he was excited about the orientation sessions.  

RTHS to look at more effective use of study halls

RANTOUL — After meeting as a group and looking at data about study halls, the Rantoul Township High School educational leadership team has come to the conclusion that those 30-minute periods are not being used as effectively as they can be by both students and teachers.

Fisher school district again dips into reserves to balance budget

FISHER — Fisher schools Superintendent Barb Thompson presented the current fiscal year budget to the school board Monday night. For the fourth straight year it is being balanced by using district reserves in the education and operations and maintenance funds.

The jungle comes to Rantoul

Rantoul Plaza became a jungle last week.

Jungle Safari, complete with exotic animals from another world, set up a tent in the parking lot of the plaza.

St. Malachy School celebrating its centennial

RANTOUL — St. Malachy School will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year with a variety of activities.

The first of the activities includes a centennial homecoming weekend the first weekend of September.

People can cheer on the Tigers at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at Knights of Columbus baseball field in Rantoul.

New dentists formally open renovated clinic on Grove Avenue

RANTOUL — Dr. Bob Robinson practiced dentistry for 49 years in Rantoul before retiring late last year.

Robinson is likely glad to see the building at 700 E. Grove Ave., where he practiced for so many years, remain a dentist’s office.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the sparkling remodeled facility Friday afternoon — home to Dr. Benjamin Scott and Dr. Robert Schorsch.

Breaking the ice: Rantoul Township High School holds ice cream social for faculty, staff

RANTOUL — Members of the Rantoul Township High School faculty and administration gathered at the Youth Center last Wednesday for an ice cream social as a way to kick off the new school year.

“We just wanted to get everybody together and get the school year started off on a positive note and hit the ground running,” RTHS Principal Todd Wilson said.

Rantoul Theatre Group sets auditions for three shows

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Theatre Group will hold auditions for the final three shows of the season.

Auditions for “Acting Can Be Murder,” are scheduled 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 6 and noon-4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Grissom Hall Theatre, 914 Arends Blvd., Rantoul.

Director Tina Killeen is seeking adults to fill six male and eight female roles.

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