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.

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.

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.

Opening day nears for Villas of Holly Brook

RANTOUL — A “bee hive” of workers were putting the finishing touches on the new Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care last week.

Resident move-in time is nearing for the 65,000-square-foot complex located in the Stone Bridge subdivision in west Rantoul that will include 50 assisted-living apartments and 28 memory-care units.

Thomas honored: Longtime Lincoln's Challenge director among those cited by Rantoul Chamber

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce doesn’t give out lifetime achievement awards every all that often. Friday night was one of them.

Lincoln’s Challenge Director Peter T. Thomas was presented the award by Executive Director Belynda Allen.

Allen said it is a “very special special award to a very, very special person.”

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