Two men walking with rifle arrested

URBANA — Two men walking in a northwest Urbana neighborhood with a rifle Tuesday night were criminally charged Wednesday with weapons offenses.

Gordyville back open after facility disinfected

GIFFORD — A local auction and event facility is opening again after horses that performed there earlier this month tested positive for a contagious virus.

Probation violation nets man prison on indecent solicitation of child charge

URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he violated his probation for indecent solicitation of a child by looking at pornography and using the Internet inappropriately has been resentenced to five years in prison.

Probation, restitution ordered over Dewey woman's postal thefts

URBANA — A Dewey woman who admitted stealing thousands of dollars from the U.S. Postal Service has been sentenced to probation and ordered to make restitution.

Brittany Hudson, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to theft over $500 and was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to make restitution of $8,428.

Gifford school board discusses amended budget

GIFFORD — The Gifford school amended budget for the 2014-15 year was discussed at the May meeting of the school board.

The only major change was adding $145,000 to the building fund to cover the cost of the bus barn.

RTHS, Fisher high schools hold graduation ceremonies

Students from the 2015 graduating classes at Rantoul Township High School and Fisher High School were honored at commencement ceremonies Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Allison Jordahl was named RTHS valedictorian, while salutatorian was Aleah Combs.

Area Memorial Day services conducted

Veterans groups and individuals from across the area turned out during the weekend to mark Memorial Day.

A number of services were conducted.

Lincoln's Challenge Academy is traditionally the first to mark the occasion — holding its services on a Friday afternoon.

Ceremonies were then conducted in various area cemeteries on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

RTHS sees decrease in money from county sales tax

RANTOUL — At the Rantoul Township High School monthly school board meeting, Superintendent Scott Amerio told the board the district only received $38,271 this month from the county sales tax, which is about a $2,000 decrease from the same month last year.

Danish study group visits Rantoul

RANTOUL — Five members of a Rotary group study exchange from Denmark got a chance to see what life is like in Rantoul when they attended a Rantoul Rotary meeting, visited Lincoln’s Challenge Academy, Chanute Air Museum and Rantoul Township High School before going to Parkland College.

A deeper hole: State skipping 2 payments, increasing Fisher school debt

FISHER — When the Fisher school board amends its current fiscal year budget next month, it will find itself further in the hole than anticipated.

Superintendent Barb Thompson said the state is skipping a general state aid payment and one for transportation, and that increases the deficit. The education fund will be short an extra $65,000 and the transportation fund, $25,00-$30,000.

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