Updated: Rantoul man charged following wreck near Thomasboro that injured six

URBANA — A Rantoul man has been charged with driving under the influence after a rollover crash north of Urbana injured six people Saturday night, two of them seriously.

The crash happened about 7:40 p.m. on U.S. 45 just north of Leverett Road, which is about halfway between Urbana and Thomasboro.

Gifford detachment from RTHS taken off Nov. 4 ballot

GIFFORD — Gifford area residents who also live in the Rantoul Township High School district won’t be able to vote in a November advisory referendum on whether to detach from the district.

Fire destroys houseboat in Thomasboro

THOMASBORO — Fire destroyed an old houseboat in Thomasboro Thursday afternoon.

Mike Chereb, Thomasboro assistant fire chief, said the houseboat, which had sat abandoned for some time, had been sold, and the new owner was having it salvaged.

“Something caught fire, and that was it,” Chereb said. “It had been in storage. They worked on it for a while today and then left.”

Rantoul police, Metro SWAT team respond to crisis call

RANTOUL — At 10:50 a.m. on Monday, METCAD received a call from a crisis line indicating that an individual living in the 1500 block of Hobson Drive was armed with a shotgun and intended to harm himself.

Rantoul police and Metro SWAT responded to the call and were able to work with family family members to get the person out of the residence and away from the weapon.

Advisory board seeks to change perception of Rantoul schools

RANTOUL — The newly formed advisory board made up of members from Rantoul Township High School and its feeder schools met for the first time last week to discuss the challenges that lie ahead for the area’s education system.

Conference in Washington, D.C., helps students better serve their communities

RANTOUL — While Washington, D.C., is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, the members of the Rantoul Township High School FFA found there was more to the nation’s capital than just opportunities to snap pictures.

Gifford informational meeting on detachment question set Sept. 3

GIFFORD — Gifford school district will hold an informational meeting to explain an advisory referendum question on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the grade school gymnasium.

PVO school board turns down teacher contract

ROYAL — The Prairieview Ogden school board turned down, by a 5-2 vote, a tentative agreement with teachers, saying they thought the proposed raises were too high.

Get ready to swine, dine in Paxton

PAXTON — Bobby Davenport did it last year. So did Rebekah Morenz in 2012.

Beating the professionals in a barbecue cookoff as an amateur grilling enthusiast is not only possible, it has happened each of the first two years of the Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Cookoff.

Quick facts about BBQ contest, festival

Some quick facts about the third annual Paxton Swine ‘N’ Dine BBQ Contest and Festival:

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