Village loan committee to hear 3 loan requests

RANTOUL — The village EDA loan committee will consider three requests at a meeting Monday afternoon, April 23.

• Pamela Henricks is seeking a $140,000 loan at 4 percent interest to be paid back over 10 years so she can expand her Nana’s Daycare from her home to the former Developmental Services Center on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Miller to retire at Gifford bank

GIFFORD — Roger Miller made it clear from the start where his first love lies.

“It’s something that we’ve been planning for, quite frankly, since Roger started,” Gifford State Bank President Tony McLain said of Miller’s retirement. “He even made the comment that ‘Farming’s my first love. You understand that?’”

Veselis, not Smiths, will operate Family Table restaurant

RANTOUL — The Family Table restaurant will open under new management, but not as originally expected.

Benny Veseli, who operates the Red Wheel restaurant in west Rantoul, will lease Family Table at 1724 E. Grove Ave. in the Rantoul Plaza.

$3.4 million purchase of hangars would be significant economic development

RANTOUL — A Los Angeles man has tentatively agreed to buy three of the four large hangars on the former Chanute Air Force Base for $3.4 million.

Firm brings fleet, workforce to Rantoul

RANTOUL — A village that has mammoth airport hangars at its disposal has options most communities don’t have.

That’s the case with Rantoul, where the village leased out the use of Hangar 1 to Donco Electrical Construction crews for the installation of more than 150,000 gas meters and nearly 140,000 gas modules in various parts of the state.

Updated: Committee recommends loan approval for Rantoul restaurant purchase

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul Revolving Loan Committee on Monday voted 5-1 to recommend approval of a $55,000 loan to a Rantoul couple who plan to buy an east-side restaurant.

Committee member Connie Nelson cast the lone “no” vote.

AT&T to hire 100 new Rantoul employees

RANTOUL — AT&T will hire 100 new customer service representatives for its Rantoul call center through the first half of 2018.

Company spokesman Phil Hayes said an open house hiring event is scheduled from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the call center, 1 Aviation Center Road, on  the grounds of the Rantoul airport.

Walk-ins are welcome.

Pleasant Acres library aide receives $500 EIEC grant

RANTOUL — Amber Stivers-Anders, a teacher Pleasant Acres Elementary School, has been awarded a $500 Empowering Education Grant from Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative.

Stivers-Anders plans to use the grant money to purchase books about Sept. 11, 2001, so students can learn about 9/11 and how it changed the nation.

Fisher grocery store up for sale

Rantoul Press correspondent

FISHER — Fisher’s downtown grocery store isn’t going anywhere, though it is on the market.

Two baseball junkies open new business

RANTOUL — When Andrew Cotner was a pitcher in the New York Mets minor league system, he tore his labrum for the second time in 1993, effectively ending his big league hopes.

The lefty said he wishes he knew then what he knows now about proper training techniques.

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