Blood drive July 28 at center

RANTOUL — Multicultural Community Center will host a community blood drive from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at 1126 Country Club Lane.

To donate, contact Christie Deer at (217) 892-4466 or visit and use code 70841 to locate the drive.

By donating, people can help the center earn a $250 grant for Head Start.

Federal government files suit against Rantoul store

URBANA — The federal government is suing a Rantoul store for allegedly discriminating against a former worker due to her sexual orientation.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit Thursday in U.S. District Court, Urbana, against Rent-A-Center, 1404 E. Grove Ave.

The suit alleges the former assistant manager of the store was fired because she is transgender.

A life remembered: Personal contact made Darius Harms tick

FLATVILLE — It was always about people.

That’s what made Darius Harms tick, whether it was evident with his family, his faith or farm life.

Harms had a deep interest and love for his fellow man, according to some of those who knew the man who was big in the area farm community, including helping to start the mammoth Half Century of Progress farm show in Rantoul.

Probation given for inducing teen to send lewd photos

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted he engaged in “grooming” a Rantoul teenager to get her to send him lewd pictures has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Judge Heidi Ladd on Wednesday confirmed the terms of a plea agreement that Jeremy Holladay, 35, who listed an address on Potawatomi Trail, entered into in June.

Fisher 5-minute shopping spree to fight cancer

FISHER — Fisher Bunnies will host a five-minute shopping spree as a fundraiser to fight cancer.

Raffle tickets of $10 apiece are being sold for the shopping spree at Ingold’s Grocery Store, Fisher.

Tickets are available at the store and from team members.

The winning ticket will be drawn Wednesday, Sept. 7. The winner will be able to come back Saturday, Sept. 10 to shop.

Rantoul church to host Neighborhood Bible Tim Rallies

RANTOUL — Maranatha Baptist Church, 122 S. Chanute St., will again be hosting Neighborhood Bible Time Rallies Monday, July 25-Friday, July 29.

Booster rallies will be held for K-fifth grade from 9 a.m.-noon. Teen rallies will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. each day.

Stabbing victim had been held at least 4 hours

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man who was stabbed in a robbery attempt earlier this week had been held at a local apartment for about four hours, according to village police.

Police released the victim’s name and additional details of the incident that occurred on Harmon Drive.

It will take more than 8,000 volts to stop Marvin Scherbring

RANTOUL — Marvin Scherbring hadn’t been back to the site where an electrical accident on New Year’s Eve Day nearly took his life.

He’d driven by the place but had never gotten close to the electrical transclosure where the line foreman for the village of Rantoul sustained serious burns when he was hit with nearly 8,000 volts.

Stone Creek Church food giveaway July 25

RANTOUL — Stone Creek Church will hold its monthly food pantry giveaway at 6 p.m. Monday, July 25. (Note the date change).

Bring a photo ID.

The church is located at 3105 N. Maplewood Drive.

Monster truck show rescheduled to Aug. 14

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Rumble on the Runway Monster Truck Show has been rescheduled for Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Rantoul National Aviation Center.

Current ticket holders simply need to present the tickets they have already purchased the day of the event for entry.

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