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Eshleman closing up shop, joining BSN Sports

RANTOUL — Trent Eshleman has joined the sales staff at BSN Sports.

Eshleman has owned and operated Denny’s Sporting Goods in downtown Onarga for the past two years and said he accepted an offer from BSN to become a sales professional.

“BSN asked me if I wanted to join forces, and it seems this is the right time to do that,” Eshleman said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.


Little Wings center gets Silver Circle rating

RANTOUL — Little Wings Childcare and Learning Center received the Silver Circle of Quality designation from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s new quality rating and improvement system for early learning and development providers.


Mad City Money event helps Eater students learn fiscal responsibility

RANTOUL — It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world out there, and eighth-grade students at J.W. Eater Junior High School got a small glimpse into the unpredictable world of finance during a recent Mad City Money event.


Tboro farmer tilling land that will benefit United Way

CHAMPAIGN — It may never be home to a new high school, as originally planned, but 40 acres of fertile farmland the Champaign school district paid $1.6 million for will soon see some activity — growing soybeans.


Drug case results in 6-year prison term

URBANA — A 27-year-old Rantoul man who was in a home in Champaign where drugs were present was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison.

Judge Heidi Ladd agreed to recommend Desie Warren, 27, for the Department of Corrections’ boot camp program, a paramilitary setting, for 120 days.


Texas man arrested in Rantoul gets prison

URBANA — A multiple-convicted felon from Texas, arrested in Rantoul last fall for trafficking in methamphetamine, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.


Loda man dies in motorcycle wreck

EUREKA — A 21-year-old Loda man died in a motorcycle accident in Woodford County on Tuesday night.

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said the accident occurred around 10 p.m. when Zackary Thomas “Zack” Burtner, 21, struck a guardrail with the European-style Honda motorcycle he was riding east on U.S. 24, about a mile west of Eureka. No other vehicles were involved, Ruestman said.


Benefit held for Patterson

RANTOUL — A benefit was held Sunday at Rantoul Township High School for alum Tyler Patterson.

Patterson was recently diagnosed with stage four renal medullary carcinoma, an extremely rare and aggressive cancer.

The event was held to raise funds for his treatment.


Paxton church to host sports camp

PAXTON — Upper Room Bible Church, Paxton, will host a sports camp June 22-24.

The camp, which is open to students who will be entering fifth through eighth grades in the fall, will include coaching on fundamental skills and game play, praise and worship, and small group studies.


Knights award scholarships to pair of seniors

RANTOUL — Rantoul Knights of Columbus awarded two 2015 scholarships in early May.

Cylie Couch from Rantoul Township High School and Emily Oldham from The High School of St. Thomas More each received a $750 award to be used toward tuition or fees as they enter college this fall.


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