United Methodist Men to present 'The Last Supper'

RANTOUL — Rantoul First United Methodist Church will present the play, “The Last Supper,” at 7 p.m. March 29 (Maundy Thursday) in the church’s Gathering Place.

Men of the church will re-enact Jesus’ last meal with his disciples prior to his crucifixion.

Villas to host art projects, Easter Bunny visit

RANTOUL — Art projects and an Easter visit are on tap this month at the Villas of Holly Brook in Rantoul.

An art display by some students at Rantoul Township High School will be set up from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Four Seasons Room.

Refreshments will also be served.

A breakfast with the Easter Bunny is also on tap for 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 24.

Rantoul library to host Easter Eggstravaganza

RANTOUL — Rantoul Public Library will host its annual Easter Eggstravaganza for children 8 years old and younger.

The event is set from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 24.

There will be stories, crafts and a hunt for eggs in 50-minute programs.

Registration is required in advance at the children’s desk or by calling the library at 893-3955.

Food pantry set March 27 at church

RANTOUL — Stone Creek Church will hold its monthly food pantry giveaway.

The event is scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Participants must bring a photo ID.

The church is located at 3105 N. Maplewood Drive.

About 300 at RTHS take part in walkout

For Rantoul Press

RANTOUL — Wednesday’s student walkout at Rantoul Township High School in support of ending gun violence and in memory of the 17 students killed in Parkland, Fla., was peaceful and respectful.

Veselis, not Smiths, will operate Family Table restaurant

RANTOUL — The Family Table restaurant will open under new management, but not as originally expected.

Benny Veseli, who operates the Red Wheel restaurant in west Rantoul, will lease Family Table at 1724 E. Grove Ave. in the Rantoul Plaza.

Residents learn more about Potomac library proposal

POTOMAC — About 20 members of the public turned out to get answers about the proposed creation of a Potomac Public Library district that could result in the library’s own taxing authority and save the library. More were on hand at a meeting at a Potomac church.

'Charlie Brown' set March 15-17 at RTHS

RANTOUL — Most everyone knows Lucy of “Peanuts” comic fame is a grumpy girl. Ocean Beard, who plays the famous football-pulling character in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” said she is nothing like Lucy.  

Armstrong FFA Alumni set meal, auction Saturday

ARMSTRONG — The recently formed Armstrong FFA Alumni Association will host its first barbecue/chili dinner and auction Saturday, March 10, to raise funds to support chapter activities, generate scholarship funds and to renovate the high school’s greenhouse.

The dinner will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. At the same time, a silent auction will be held.

'This could really be something'

RANTOUL — When Brandon Crouch began teaching Lincoln’s Challenge Academy cadets at Grissom Hall 6 1/2 years ago, at first he was impressed by the size of his “huge” classroom.

But then reality set in.

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