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On the Beat with the Chief: Paul's pointers to stay safe this winter

Rantoul Press columnist

Old Man Winter is starting toward us. Here are annual safety tips for you.

Indoor safety
• If possible, stay indoors and dress warmly.
• Close off unused rooms.
• Seal drafts from doors and windows.
• Avoid unnecessary opening of doors or windows.

Pauline's Corner: My apologies for the bad information

Rantoul Press columnist

This will be another strange ending to a week of bizarre happenings.

Spotlight on Learning: Focus on improvement at Rantoul City Schools

By Mike Springer
Rantoul Press guest columnist

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” This quote from Albert Einstein may seem like an odd way to start an article about Rantoul City Schools’ vision for improving student learning, but stick with me.

Letter to the Editor: School board members put in long hours, provide valuable service to district

To the editor:
Nov. 15 marks the sixth official statewide observance of Illinois School Board Members Day. This is the community’s opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to your local school board.

Theatre Review: "Laughing with the Lord" encores this weekend

For Rantoul Press

RANTOUL — People expecting a run-of-the-mill religious experience when they view the Rantoul Theatre Group plays that are part of “Laughing with the Lord” plays may be in for a surprise.

The studio plays will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 at Grissom Hall Theatre.

Art = Life: Art exhibit seeks to foster greater understanding

Each year on the fourth Thursday in November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family.

According to an article of the National Geographic, today’s Thanksgiving celebrations would likely be unrecognizable to attendees of the original 1621 harvest meal, which consisted of deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat, far from today’s traditional Thanksgiving feast.

Pauline's Corner: It was a full moon, and it showed

Have any of you ever had a “full moon day?”

Last Wednesday was mine all day long. Every minute and into the night, something happened to shock me into more prayers.

My husband went to pick up our granddaughter from school, and as he waited to pull into the road, a school bus tore off the front of our truck.

Expressions: Looking back on a half century

The first Illinois snow fall of 1964 occurred on the day that I was born, Nov. 19, and that year’s highest sustained wind speed of 41 mph happened Nov. 20, so I guess you could say I blew in like a storm, and maybe that’s why I’ve always been long-winded, though easily an inherited trait.

Statehouse Reeder: Good conscience: Many politicians don’t have it

SPRINGFIELD – I’ve never quite understood the mindset of people who live it up on someone else’s dime

Whenever I’ve been on a business trip, I try to be frugal. I don’t spend more than if I was paying for it myself.

It’s just the way I was raised.

The Library Corner: Write your inspirations this month

It’s November, and that means Rantoul Public Library and the Writers Group are celebrating National Novel Writing Month with special arrangements for all aspiring authors.