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Meeting set May 29 to discuss Rantoul bus route changes

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at the municipal building to discuss the new Eagle Express bus service fixed-route changes.

Champaign County Rural Transit System (C-CARTS) staff will also be available at that time to collect input and answer questions about the Eagle Express deviated fixed-route service.


Area towns set Memorial Day weekend services

Memorial Day weekend services have been scheduled in area communities.

RANTOUL

Beckman Cemetery
Beckman Cemetery Association will host its annual Memorial Day service at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, May 27, at the cemetery.

The Rev. Lynn Podoll will be the guest speaker.

Everyone is welcome.


Alcohol use cost Champaign police officer from Fisher his job

URBANA — A Champaign police officer from Fisher charged earlier this month with burglary had alcohol in his system while on the job, including at a firearms training event last fall.

Documents released by the department Wednesday show 43-year-old Justus Clinton was serving as an instructor Sept. 30, 2017, and was observed displaying erratic behavior and having an odor of alcohol.


Rantoul woman charged with DUI after train hits her SUV

SADORUS — A Rantoul woman was ticketed for misdemeanor driving under the influence after her sport utility vehicle got hit by a train late Saturday night.

Champaign County sheriff's Lt. Brian Mennenga said the accident happened about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on County Road 800 E near 650 N, about 2 miles east of Sadorus.


Residents can meet with Rantoul village trustees

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Village Board will hold a town hall meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in the cafetorium at Rantoul Township High School.

Village trustees will break into three stations, with two trustees at each, to speak with residents.


RTHS board hears gold-medalists

RANTOUL — Neoloni Franklin showed the Rantoul Township High School board last week the talent that won her a gold medal in performing arts/vocal at the April NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics in Urbana with a performance of “Homeward Bound.”


RTHS students earn awards; graduates surpass scholarship total by $200,000

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School Principal Todd Wilson opened last week’s awards night ceremony by noting that he had tweeted earlier in the day, “I can think of a million reasons why you should be at academic awards tonight.”

At the ceremony, Wilson amended that. “Actually, there are 1,078,722 reasons why you should be here tonight,” he said.


Fisher High graduates not afraid to get involved

FISHER — The 2018 Fisher High School graduating class that received their diplomas have forged new ground in several areas, and they did it with heart, according to their principal, Jon Kelly.

“This class has been a part of some new things the last four years,” Kelly said.


Tight-knit Armstrong senior class earns diplomas

ARMSTRONG — Hollianne Logue is valedictorian, and Delacie Singh salutatorian for the Armstrong Township High School class of 2018 that received diplomas during commencement ceremonies Sunday afternoon.

Senior class sponsor Steven Dunlavey said “enthusiastic” comes to mind when describing the class.


Get out the swim gear: Rantoul pool opens Saturday

RANTOUL — The swim season officially starts in Rantoul this weekend.

The Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center will open for 2018 at noon Saturday, May 26.

The pool will be open for the Memorial Day weekend — Saturday through Monday — from noon-7 p.m.

Normal hours are 1-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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