In Baker's world, nothing is wasted

Rantoul Press correspondent

The bricks beneath Gary Baker’s feet aren’t just any regular bricks.

Airsoft Challenge coming to Rantoul Aviation Center

RANTOUL — Airsoft Republic, a Midwest-based event organizer for airsoft enthusiasts, will take over Grissom Hall at the Rantoul Aviation Center, Sept. 8 and 9, for its Sleeping Giant event.

The D.C. Seven: A half-dozen-plus one local FFA members attend leader event in nation's capital

RANTOUL — Seven members of the Rantoul Township High School FFA chapter flew to Washington, D.C., in July to attend the Washington Leadership Conference.

They were accompanied by RTHS Principal Todd Wilson and his wife, Tammy.

Students who made the trip were seniors Rachel Klimas, Josie Amerio, Rachel Curtis and Landry Ludwig and juniors Kaitlyn Miles and Lexie Wilken.

Three area men sworn into Army prior to Adkins concert

URBANA — Three local residents were among the soldiers sworn in to the U.S. Army before the start of the Trace Adkins country music concert at Champaign County Fair.

TJ Starkey, Adam Delaney and Alan Riley were among the group

Rantoul native Ackerman receives Carbondale Bright Spot Award

CARBONDALE — A 2002 graduate of Rantoul Township High School — Darren Ackerman — received the Keep Carbondale Beautiful’s Bright Spot Award for July.

Ackerman earned the award for the work he has done on the house that he owns at 804 W. Cherry in Carbondale.

Elvis, health wellness fair, Sparks concert set at villas

RANTOUL — Several upcoming events are scheduled at The Villas of Holly Brook.

Elvis will be in the building Thursday, Aug. 9. A 2 p.m. live music concert is scheduled.

A health wellness fair will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.

Auditions set in Paxton for 'Windy Hollow'

PAXTON — Tri-County Players will hold auditions for “Windy Hollow” by Ian McCutcheon.

The auditions will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, and 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Market Street Theatre, 120 N. Market St., Paxton.

'He lived for that show': Tom Reitz's life remembered

GIFFORD — Trucks and truckers were Tom Reitz’s life.

It was perhaps only fitting that Mr. Reitz — who drove a big rig for more than 40 years — died on the 12th anniversary of the TopGun LargeCar Shootout that he created in Rantoul.

Mr. Reitz, of Gifford, died Saturday, July 28, from leukemia. He was 62.

"He lived for that show," Mr. Reitz’s wife, DaVeda, said.

Hit the road, cancer

CHAMPAIGN — Last year, 8-year-old James Walters of Rantoul was walking around with a 20-inch tumor in his body.

This year, he’s cancer-free, courtesy of the care he received through St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Midwest Affiliate hospital in Peoria.

Dealing with bullies, racists to be topic

RANTOUL — Erika Harold, Miss America 2003 and a candidate for Illinois attorney general, will present addresses in Rantoul about her personal experiences as a student facing bullying and racism and how she dealt with it.

Harold, a Champaign County resident and Harvard Law School graduate, will speak on three occasions Friday, Sept. 7.

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