Carpenter: Parents, for the love of everything that is holy, chill on the jeering at games

Easily my least-favorite part about high school sports is overhearing fans and parents relentlessly complain that the umpires/officials are why their team is losing.

Nowlan: Is sun setting on rural Illinois?

I gave a talk recently about the future of rural Illinois to a gathering of presidents of Illinois community foundations.

Never above getting a twofer out of a talk, I penned this column. I write because I believe rural communities have contributed much to the development of America and of Americans.

Poremba: Prayers, donations needed for young man in Rantoul

I learned today that a young man in our town (born and being raised in Rantoul) has a large hole in his heart. He is 14 years old.

Area hospitals cannot perform the surgery he needs, so he was directed to St. Francis in Peoria.

Carpenter: My anniversary gift to you ... 23 facts about your sports editor

Aug. 29 will mark my one-year anniversary as the sports editor of the Rantoul Press. Officially my second job as a professional sports writer, being the sports editor here has been a good ride so far — though undoubtedly a bumpy one to begin with.

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for support of Mackinzie Peters

To the editor:

We would like to thank the family and friends of Mackinzie “Kinzie” Peters for all the prayers, flowers, food, cards, many trips to the hospital, overall support and love shown to us in our time of need.

G-Pa and G-Ma Tom and Pam Browning and great G-Ma Norma Sowell and her brother Gage Peters


Dey: Lucky defendant won’t push his luck any further

The longer Eddie S. Ramirez extended his tour through the federal and state criminal justice system, the shorter his prison sentence got.

Fogal: Donations important to keep horse rescue facility running


Rantoul Press columnist

August is always a busy time for the volunteers at Society for Hooved Animals Rescue and Emergency.

It’s the time many of us are involved in getting things ready for our dinner/auction fundraiser.

Poremba: Pets are smarter than you think

I have heard that supposedly our pets don’t understand anything — they are just dogs or cats or whatever your fancy

That comment is really unjust. Our pets are smart and loving. I say this because my son and daughter-in-law who live in South Carolina had two chickens, and they were treated like pets.

Visel: Mark solar eclipse at library

The public is invited to join Rantoul Public Library to celebrate the solar eclipse from noon-2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21.

A program has been designed for all ages, and will be presented by Doug Rokke.

Letter to the editor: Time to set aside party loyalties

To the editor:

Our political landscape has become totally dysfunctional, and it’s sad that both Republicans and Democrats refuse to move past party loyalty to do what’s best for the American people.

These elected officials must come to realize that their allegiance should be to the people, not the party.

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