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.

$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.

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.

Production facility coming

RANTOUL — A Taiwan-based company has purchased a large facility on the former Chanute Air Force Base to serve as its U.S. regional headquarters and as a manufacturing facility.

UAN Power Corp has purchased the former post office-community center at 815 Enterprise Drive from Amerinvest.

The property is located directly east of Lincoln’s Challenge Academy.

Diamond Sports Training facility open house set Saturday

RANTOUL — A little slice of spring training is coming to Rantoul this weekend. Sort of.

A new baseball-softball training facility — Diamond Sports Training — has opened at 1728 E. Grove Ave., next to Family Table restaurant in the Rantoul Plaza shopping center. The facility will hold an open house from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20.

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