Horn marked 50 years in insulation business

RANTOUL — Rantoul business owner David Horn, owner of Horn Insulation, has marked his 50th anniversary in business.

Horn and his oldest brother, Jim, started insulating for Williams Insulation in 1968.

At the time, Williams was the largest insulation business in the country.

Rezoning approved, but special-use request continued for proposed new rural Gifford event center

URBANA — The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals recommended the rezoning of a rural Gifford property to allow the start of an event facility, but approval of a special-use permit for the site was continued.

Zoning board to hear proposal for rural Gifford event center

URBANA — The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals will consider a proposal Thursday evening to amend the zoning map to allow development of an event center in rural Gifford.

Arik and Kyli Miller are petitioning for a zoning change from the AG-1 to the AG-2 agriculture zoning district designation.

New businesses coming to Fisher

FISHER — The community’s business climate is looking up with the announcement two new businesses will be opening in the coming weeks.

A dental office will open in town March 11, and a bakery and ice cream shop later in the year.

New administrator has vision of west-side Rantoul economic boom

RANTOUL — Rantoul Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer said action by the city of Danville, where he served as mayor, helped to spur an economic boom in the north side of that city.

He would like to see the same thing happen in his new community.

Village committee recommends approval of 2 microloans, 1 facade grant

RANTOUL — The village board will vote on a recommendation to loan $30,000 to a local lawn care company and $10,000 to a local floral shop.

The micro loan committee, which met last week, also recommended the board approve a $10,000 facade grant.

Recommended for micro loan approval was Elite Pro Lawns, owned by Justin Walton.

New downtown dance fitness business to open

RANTOUL — Sarah Nuku Hills honored her father, Edward’s, native New Zealand culture when it came time to name her new business — Koru Fitness.

In the Māori culture, he traveled the world before establishing his roots in central Illinois. The circular shape of the Koru is the symbol in that culture that represents new life, growth, harmony and strength.

Downtown store adds men's formal hats

RANTOUL — Janet Brotherton, owner of Lindsey Lane Bridal, has added a new offering to her downtown Rantoul business — men’s hats.

Brotherton bought out the inventory of formal hats from Rumours Hat Shoppe in Champaign, which is moving to a new location in campustown and will feature a different inventory.

New restaurant opening downtown

RANTOUL — Eric Thompson’s original idea was to open a “barbecue joint” in Rantoul. But when he saw the building that would house his new eatery, he knew he “had to do more.”

ET’s Downtown Rantoul was scheduled to have a “soft opening” at 107 E. Sangamon Ave. in downtown Rantoul by the end of this week, but that had to be postponed.

At some point, ET’s will hold a grand opening.

Rantoul Rudolph Retail Rally ends Friday

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Rudolph Retail Rally is ongoing in which players are to travel to the 10 participating businesses in the village to find the “hidden” Rudolph.

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