Diamond Sports Training facility open house set Saturday

RANTOUL — A little slice of spring training is coming to Rantoul this weekend. Sort of.

A new baseball-softball training facility — Diamond Sports Training — has opened at 1728 E. Grove Ave., next to Family Table restaurant in the Rantoul Plaza shopping center. The facility will hold an open house from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

Production facility coming

RANTOUL — A Taiwan-based company has purchased a large facility on the former Chanute Air Force Base to serve as its U.S. regional headquarters and as a manufacturing facility.

UAN Power Corp has purchased the former post office-community center at 815 Enterprise Drive from Amerinvest.

The property is located directly east of Lincoln’s Challenge Academy.

LEAP training for employers set Jan. 24

RANTOUL — LEAP (Leaders Employing All People), a free training resource and certification will be offered to employers in Rantoul and surrounding communities.

The training is scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Knights of Columbus building, 1001 Ohio Ave. in Rantoul.

Rubarts, face of Gifford bank Ag Department, retiring

GIFFORD — Gifford State Bank President Tony McLain called Darla Rubarts “the face of our Ag Department” at the bank.

McLain said Rubarts, who has been at the bank for 21 years, was employed there when he started.

“Many of our ag customers when they walked in the door, they went straight to Darla,” McLain said.

Opening day nears for Villas of Holly Brook

RANTOUL — A “bee hive” of workers were putting the finishing touches on the new Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care last week.

Resident move-in time is nearing for the 65,000-square-foot complex located in the Stone Bridge subdivision in west Rantoul that will include 50 assisted-living apartments and 28 memory-care units.

Thomas honored: Longtime Lincoln's Challenge director among those cited by Rantoul Chamber

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce doesn’t give out lifetime achievement awards every all that often. Friday night was one of them.

Lincoln’s Challenge Director Peter T. Thomas was presented the award by Executive Director Belynda Allen.

Allen said it is a “very special special award to a very, very special person.”

Pizza Hut closes, could reopen as another restaurant

RANTOUL — A longtime Rantoul restaurant on the community’s east side has closed up shop.

Pizza Hut, 2020 Lon Drive (U.S. 136) shut its doors, but the building’s owner said the building could be reopened as another restaurant.

New posts for 3 at Insurance Providers Group

Three people have been hired to new posts at Insurance Providers Group.

• Mikayla Wallace has joined the Rantoul office of Insurance Providers Group as a personal lines account manager.

She has a background in customer service. She also studied agriculture after high school.

It's finally here: Fisher Telepharmacy sets Oct. 14 grand opening

FISHER — The Fisher Telepharmacy, 102 E. Front St., will host a grand-opening celebration on Saturday Oct. 14.

Owner Adonis Ducre said he is grateful to be joining the community of Fisher. He said the staff looks forward to servicing the community and residents for many years to come.

Eatery/ice cream shop in Gifford continues in memory of husband

GIFFORD — After the death of her husband, Lenny, following treatment for throat cancer in December, Mary Sutherlin was glad for something to keep her busy.

The Sutherlins had given up operation of their business, Lenny’s Ice Cream Gallery, after his diagnosis. But Mary decided she would like to resume running the popular Main Street business in part as a tribute to her late husband.

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