Potomac area seniors to strut their stuff at adult prom

Rantoul Press correspondent

POTOMAC — The Potomac Sons of the American Legion will sponsor an adult prom with a Goodwill theme (feel free to shop at or wear used dress attire).

It will be from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Legion.

Ticket holders will also be eligible for a TV drawing.

Sixty years on the job: Armstrong High School honors Stagen

ARMSTRONG — Don Stagen kind of sticks out like a sore thumb in public gatherings. He’s the one wearing the orange hat.

Unless he is dressed up in a suit.

Stagen did get all dressed up for the Armstrong-Potomac High School boys basketball game on Feb. 1. But he left the hat in his golf cart that he uses to travel to the school.

Cool dunkings: Firefighters train in frozen Rudzinski Park lake

RANTOUL — Fire Chief Ken Waters remembers it well. A boy fell through the ice into the freezing water of Glenwood Lake about 25 years ago.

Rantoul firefighters rescued the lad.

“We had a boat at that time that we used that would break the ice (and get) out to him,” Waters said.

Potomac school's Jameson, Crull receive Illinois Principals recognition

Rantoul Press correspondent

POTOMAC — Lily Jameson and Cadence Crull, eighth-grade students at Potomac Grade School, were honored at a recent Illinois Principals Association recognition breakfast.
Students throughout Vermilion County were invited, based on their character, academics, attendance and citizenship.

Harden challenges community: 'We all have to count'

RANTOUL — To an audience that included village officials, Rantoul residents, his friends and family members, James C. Harden III spoke boldly.

“I am going to say some things that might be on the edge, and I need you to walk to the edge with me. If I step on your toes, know I am stepping on my toes too,” Harden said.

Winter can be tough time for animals

RANTOUL — Village Animal Control Officer Danny Russell said what he found early Wednesday morning was “painful,” but he is glad he doesn’t have to deal with such issues that often.

The painful part was finding two smaller dogs that had been left outside in subzero weather.

Saturday's MLK speaker Harden credits Rantoul educational experience

RANTOUL — Dr. James Harden III marvels at the “phenomenal teachers” he had three decades ago at J.W. Eater Junior High School — and credits much of their influence for his academic success.

Four generations: ‘Our family, we love our country’

CHAMPAIGN — Mattie Gray is one of five in her family to serve over the course of four generations.

She was in the Air Force from 1979 to 1983 and worked as a firefighter for a time at Chanute Air Force Base.

Staff Sgt. Gray, 66, doesn’t know much of her father’s history beyond that Sherley Young was a corporal in the Army in World War II.

He passed in 1995, she said.

Rantoul MLK observance rescheduled to Feb. 9

RANTOUL — An event to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King has been rescheduled to Saturday, Feb. 9.

The program, originally scheduled for Jan. 19, had to be postponed due to bad weather.

It will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gymnasium at J.W. Eater Junior High School.

The event is sponsored by The Concerned Citizens of Rantoul

Paxton man renovating historic downtown building

PAXTON — Of the 40 or so people who toured the newly renovated second floor of Ford County’s oldest commercial building on Thursday, not one of them had to duck when walking up the stairs leading to it.

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