Lincoln's Challenge shutdown frustrates workers

RANTOUL — The past two days have been nothing short of scary for Emily Blue, who normally spends her nights working as a head discipliner at Lincoln’s Challenge Academy.   

Rantoul 18-year-old arrested for allegedly firing BBs at bicyclist

RANTOUL — A young Rantoul man is in the Champaign County Jail for allegedly shooting a BB gun at a bicyclist Thursday afternoon.

Creighton Ayers, 18, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Bihler, Rantoul, was arrested for aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said officers were called to the 600 block of Willow Pond Road at 2:27 p.m.

Appeal of case's dismissal considered

URBANA — The Champaign County state’s attorney is considering an appeal of a judge’s dismissal of felony charges against a Rantoul man who the judge said was denied his right to a speedy trial.

On Tuesday, Judge Jeff Ford dismissed home invasion and armed robbery charges against Anthony Goodwin, 29, whose last known address was in the 1200 block of Sycamore.

Convicted drug dealer can't be retried

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday ordered the formal release of convicted Paxton drug dealer Eddi “Migo” Ramirez and barred prosecutors from trying to retry him.

Ramirez’s court-appointed trial lawyer, Diana Lenik of Urbana, said the appeals court ordered that Ramirez be released immediately from the Peoria County jail.

Man pleads guilty to reduced charge of theft against Rantoul woman

URBANA — A Danville man who had been charged with armed robbery for allegedly robbing a Rantoul woman in her own home pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor theft.

Fire, police commissioners meeting changed to July 8

RANTOUL — The regular quarterly meeting of the Rantoul Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, which was scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, has been rescheduled to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8.

The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd.

Gifford fourth quarter honor roll announced

GIFFORD — The honor roll for the fourth quarter at Gifford Grade School has been announced.

High honors
Fourth grade — Kallie Evans, Austin Johnson, Dylan Rigg, Bryce Sjoken and Lindsay Suits.

Fifth grade — Luke Gordon and Rowdy Hannagan.

Sixth grade — Reece Adkins, Mikayla Evans and Madelyn Roseman.

Seventh grade — Natalie Schluter.

Budget impasse shuts down Lincoln's Challenge

SPRINGFIELD — About 90 staff members of the Lincoln’s Challenge program for troubled youth are being asked not to report for work as a result of the state budget impasse.

Woman found unfit to be tried for boyfriend's murder

URBANA — A 34-year-old Rantoul woman with a history of mental illness has been found unfit to stand trial on charges she murdered her boyfriend almost two months ago in the Rantoul home they shared.

Heavy rains cause sinkhole at wastewater treatment plant

RANTOUL — With this being the wettest June on record in Illinois, there were bound to be consequences other than flooding.

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