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.

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.

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