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.

Goodyear Tire Center moving to new locale

RANTOUL — A longtime downtown Rantoul business fixture will move to another location in the community this month.

The Goodyear Tire Center will move from 211 E. Sangamon Ave. to 501 S. Tanner St.

New Rantoul Jimmy John's opens doors

RANTOUL — The village’s newest fast-food restaurant opened for business Tuesday morning.

Jimmy John’s, 710 W. Champaign Ave., began serving customers.

Patrick Wampler, a partner in Subwars, the company that developed the eatery, said it was scheduled to open about 11 a.m.

“The whole world’s welcome. Bring on everybody,” Wampler said.

Finders Keepers sidewalk sale set Aug. 23 in Rantoul

RANTOUL — The second Finders Keepers sidewalk sale in downtown Rantoul will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, on Sangamon Avenue.

Event coordinator Jasmyne Boyce said the July 26 event “was a huge success” with more than 200 shoppers coming out to browse the displays from 39 vendors, who reported sales of about $2,600.

'I love this town': New chamber of commerce director hits the ground running

RANTOUL — Belynda Allen can almost feel her sister, Winona Booth, nodding her approval and urging her on in Allen’s newest job.

Booth and Allen were the sisters in the former Sisters retail store in downtown Rantoul. Now Allen is the new Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

Job fair for Head Start bus drivers set Aug. 9 in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A job fair for potential bus drivers at the Rantoul and Savoy Head Start programs will be held 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd.

Champaign County Regional Planning Commission staff will conduct on-the-spot interviews with applicants for a number of available positions.

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