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.

Taylor Studios promotes Bonebrake

Taylor Studios in Rantoul recently promoted Bobbie Bonebrake to senior exhibit designer.

Bonebrake joined TSI in 2012 as an exhibit designer, bringing her hands-on experience in theater design and fabrication to provide innovative design solutions for diverse clients.

Gifford bank official reappointed to association committee

GIFFORD — Les Hoveln, chief lending officer of The Gifford State Bank, recently was reappointed to the Illinois Bankers Association 2017-2018 Agricultural Advisory Committee by IBA Chairman Dan Watts of Forest Park National Bank & Trust in Forest Park.

Rantoul man starts bus service to Chicago

RANTOUL — When many Chicago public housing tenants moved to Danville and Rantoul after their Chicago housing was torn down, a large number of them had no way to travel back and forth to the Windy City. A bus system operated by a Rantoul man offers them and other residents a way to make the trip.

Arias operates clothing alterations business

RANTOUL — Irene Arias of Rantoul has started a clothing alterations business in the community.

Abby’s Alterations and Repairs is located at 202 S. Garrard St.

Arias, who said she learned to do alterations in high school, originally had her own business in DeKalb doing the same kind of work.

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