Fisher school honors veterans

FISHER — Fisher Grade School honored three veterans in November in its annual all-school assembly where students show respect through song, skits and essays.

This year’s honorees were Norman Elwood, Rick Elwood and Henry Rappleyea.

The students spend the weeks leading up to the program learning about the sacrifices military veterans make for the country.

Rantoul police officers help children shop for Christmas

RANTOUL — Thirty youngsters went shopping Saturday in Rantoul.

There’s nothing unusual about that, but these children had help from Rantoul police officers through the Shop with a Cop program.

Bellflower Country Opry Country Christmas show set Saturday

BELLFLOWER — Bellflower Country Opry will hold its annual family Country Christmas show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

The show will feature the Bellflower Country Opry band, singing their favorite country and Christmas songs. Santa Claus will also be present.

Night Before Christmas puppet party Friday at library

RANTOUL — Rantoul Public Library will host a Night Before Christmas puppet party.

The event is scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

The show will star The Clothespin Puppets.

There will also be refreshments and a special visitor.  

Registration is required by Dec. 6 by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 893-3955.

Preserving farming's past: I&I club has grown to more than 350 members

RANTOUL — Years ago, nearly everyone had someone in their family who was a farmer. Those days are no more.

Chuck Stelter, president of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club, said that’s why members of the I&I club want to preserve farming’s past.

A house for books: Local residents have another option for reading material

RANTOUL — There’s a new place for book worms to check out some reading options.

Chris and Robin Kaler have put up a Little Free Library along the driveway entrance to their home at 400 W. Champaign Ave.

Chris Kaler calls it “little house for books.” Equipped with a front door and two shelves, it has books for children and adults.

More than 130 coats collected for the needy

RANTOUL — Rantoul County Market collected 137 coats in the third annual Warming Hearts with Coats drive during November.

The coats will go to the clothing center of Northern Champaign County, which is operated by Church Women United and located at Bethany Park Christian Church.

Lunch with Santa set Saturday in Ludlow

LUDLOW — Santa will be in Ludlow Saturday, Dec. 9, and wants area residents to stop by.

The North Pole native will be at Ludlow Fire Department for the annual Christmas lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Donations will be accepted.


Senior holiday luncheon, breakfast with Santa planned

RANTOUL — Rantoul Rec Department is ramping up to celebrate the holiday season.

At noon Thursday, Dec. 14, a senior holiday luncheon will be held at the Rantoul Youth Center.

The event is for seniors age 55 and older. Those planning to attend should contact the department by Dec. 11 at 893-5700.

Book Exchange in Fisher offers books as well as rummage items

FISHER — The Fisher Book Exchange will be open twice in December — Monday, Dec. 4 and Monday, Dec. 18.

Doors are open from 3-6:30 p.m., or phone 217-897-6544 for special consideration. A large selection of books is available for all ages.

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