Rantoul Tomorrow meetings set March 6

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Tomorrow Partnership, comprised of the village of Rantoul, Rantoul Township High School District 193 and Rantoul City Schools District 137, will update the community on activities since the last group meeting in April 2016.  

Church Women United to mark Friendship Day

RANTOUL — Church Women United will celebrate Friendship Day at 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at American Lutheran Church, Rantoul.

The program will be presented by Pam Cheek on “Friendships.”

All area women are invited to attend for a time of fellowship and refreshments.


Eddie Carter, Rantoul's first black police officer, longtime game official, remembered

RANTOUL — As a high school game official and a policeman, Eddie Carter was known to many as someone who enforced the rules. But more than that, he was a good man, according to those who knew him best.

Rantoul’s first black police officer was “a super human being,” retired Police Chief Allen Jones Sr. said.

Area artists' work displayed at college exhibition

CHAMPAIGN — Art work by Thomasboro and Paxton residents has been accepted into the 2017 Illinois Community College Juried Exhibition, on view through March 4 at the Visual Arts Gallery at Governors State University, University Park.

Sarah Calhoun of Thomasboro and Emily Goetting of Paxton are among the Parkland College art students whose work is being displayed.

Rantoul check forger free until sentencing

URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted taking part in a series of illegal financial transactions that deprived people of thousands of dollars faces the possibility of going to prison.

Over the objection of a prosecutor, Judge Roger Webber agreed to release Brandon Jackson, 30, of the 1500 block of South Pointe Drive from jail while he's awaiting his March 31 sentence.

Legislation seeks to memorialize I-57 shootout overpass

PAXTON — State Rep. Tom Bennett, R-Gibson City, has introduced legislation to memorialize an Interstate 57 overpass south of Paxton that was near the scene of a bloody Saturday night gunfight almost 38 years ago.

HJR 21 would designate the overpass at 200 North Road south of Paxton as the “McCarter-Caisse-Vice-Hale Memorial Overpass.”

Foster care to be film topic Saturday

RANTOUL — A film about the foster care experience will be shown this weekend featuring families living at Rantoul’s Hope Meadows.

“Fostering Connections will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Innovation Center at J.W. Eater Junior High School. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Four village board candidates present their views

RANTOUL — Four candidates for three open seats on the Rantoul Village Board in the April 4 election attended last week’s candidate forum.

Jack Gaffney, Rich Medlen, Ken Turner and Terry Workman gave opening and closing statements and answered prepared questions. Candidates Sam Hall and Merle Wilson were not present.

Four seek 3 spots on Rantoul library board

RANTOUL — Four candidates for three open seats on the Rantoul Public Library Board in the April 4 election  — Mike Flanagan, Anita Hochberger, Jessica Holmes and William Wagner — spoke at last week’s candidates forum at J.W. Eater Junior High School.

RTHS board hears about Early College, Career Academy

Rantoul Press correspondent

RANTOUL — Amanda Springer and Caleb Shields are getting a running start on their college careers.

The Rantoul Township High School students are enrolled in the Early College and Career Academy at Parkland College.

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