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.

Shop Rantoul First Program brunch set Saturday; this year's event to feature Rantoul Rudolphs

The 2018 -19 Shop Rantoul First Program will be rolled out for the year on Saturday, Nov. 24, with a Shop Rantoul First kickoff brunch At the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Early ad deadlines for Nov. 21 edition

RANTOUL — Rantoul Press will have early deadlines for retail, classified display and classified line ads for the Wednesday, Nov. 21, edition due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Retail and classified display ad deadline — 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Classified line ad deadline — 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

Chamber names Holmes citizen of the year

RANTOUL — Jessica Holmes was named citizen of the year at Friday night’s annual Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce banquet held at The Linden Banquet Center.

This marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of the chamber of commerce.

Going west: Construction starts on auto dealership's new digs

RANTOUL — For several years, Shields Auto Center has periodically moved its vehicle inventory to its property in west Rantoul next to Walmart.

The strategy has boosted sales.

In a few months, it will be permanent.

Site preparation began last week for a new Shields Auto Center facility. All Rantoul operations will be moved from the company’s location at 225 S. Meyers St.

Auto sales, repair shop opens

RANTOUL — Jose “Manuel” Hernandez has opened Auto Mart at 102 S. Century Blvd. in Rantoul.

Hernandez is co-operating the car sales and service business with Angel Sanchez.

Hernandez, who will focus on sales, is no stranger to the business world. He has owned and operated Woody’s 50s Diner in LeRoy for several years.

New billboards tout shopping in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Two new billboards have sprouted on the north and south sides of Rantoul along Interstate 57, trumpeting local shopping.

The village of Rantoul sponsored the cost of the billboards.

$5.1 million deal: L.A. businessman to buy AT&T building and 3 airport hangars from village

RANTOUL — Village trustees could find no evidence of questionable business affiliations by a Los Angeles businessman who plans to buy three hangars and other property at the Rantoul airport.

Also, the hangars won’t be housing a bioengineering technology company as originally indicated.

Plant cited for inhumane treatment of hogs

RANTOUL — Two hogs that were supposed to be unconscious on a slaughter line narrowly missed being placed in a scalding tank while awake at a Rantoul hog processing plant, according to a USDA inspection report.

Employees question village plans to sell AT&T building

RANTOUL — The village board continued until Thursday evening its monthly meeting to allow for the gathering of more information about the possible sale of the building that houses the AT&T call center.

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