Rock and roll all night — and bowl — at Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser

RANTOUL — Kiss, The Beatles and Aerosmith are expected to be represented when Rantoul Big Brothers Big Sisters hosts its Bowl for Kids’ Sake. At least the groups’ music will be.

The event will be held in two sessions — from 5 to 7 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. March 9 at Country Tyme Lanes, 1568 E. Grove Ave., Rantoul.

Walmart grant supplies new freezer to Peace Meal program

RANTOUL — Sarah Bush Lincoln’s Peace Meal program recently received a new cooler-freezer unit in its Rantoul kitchen thanks to a grant it received from the Walmart Foundation.

Sarah Bush Lincoln sought to replace an existing cooler-freezer at the program’s central kitchen in Rantoul. The existing unit had been use for at least 29 years and frequently needed repair.

Paxton enthusiastic about bringing large flag to town

PAXTON — In the month that has passed since Paxton Fire Chief Denny Kingren announced plans to raise funds to put up a gigantic American flag next to the city’s exit on Interstate 57, the idea has been welcomed with enthusiasm in the Ford County community.

Deaville: Honor guard experience one to remember for a lifetime

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chris Deaville of Rantoul called the experience “definitely something I’ll remember the rest of my life.”

The life-changing moment happened last week when Deaville was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ceremonial Honor Guard that stood watch over the casket of President George H.W. Bush at the Capitol Rotunda.

Potomac church to hold community Christmas Eve service

Rantoul Press correspondent

POTOMAC — Middlefork United Methodist Church in Potomac will be the host of a community Christmas Eve service.

It will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24.

Rantoul neighborhood a place to visit at Christmastime

RANTOUL — Ann Stubblefield said it isn’t unusual for Indian Hills residents to have to use their turn signal to get into their driveway this time of year. The traffic can be that heavy from people cruising the neighborhood to see the Christmas decorations — especially after a snowfall.

Open house set Sunday to honor Thomas

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce and the village of Rantoul will co-sponsor an open house for the public to honor Lincoln’s Challenge Director Peter Thomas.

Thomas is retiring as director effective Dec. 31 upon graduation of the current class of cadets.

'I know what it is to reshape your life:' Lincoln's Challenge Director Thomas to retire

RANTOUL — Peter Thomas loved basketball. As a 9-year-old playing on the streets of a New Jersey town, he thought he was going to be the next great pro roundball player.

But Thomas’ strong will and his reluctance to obey his parents befuddled his mother, who eventually decided the young man needed to head south. As in Darlington, S.C.  

FCA to hold annual free community Christmas dinner

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Township High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host the annual free community Christmas dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the high school cafetorium.

The event is open to everyone. No ticket is required.

Contact Trisha Freeman at 217-892-6035 or with questions.


A capella group to perform at Paxton church

PAXTON — The Federated Church, 221 W. Center St., Paxton, will host the University of Illinois men’s singing group, The Other Guys, in concert at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.

The group will perform for about 35 minutes.

The performers are a premier international men’s a capella singing group with a flare for comedy thrown in.

The public is invited to attend. Admission is free.

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