Open house set Sunday to honor Thomas

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce and the village of Rantoul will co-sponsor an open house for the public to honor Lincoln’s Challenge Director Peter Thomas.

Thomas is retiring as director effective Dec. 31 upon graduation of the current class of cadets.

Air Force plane salvage operator charged

RANTOUL — The Indiana man who was contracted to dismantle a number of vintage Air Force planes on the former Chanute Air Force Base might be out more than $100,000 after allegedly selling two ejector seats from a fighter plane.

Airsoft event on former Chanute base to bring in about 160 participants

RANTOUL — People wearing military-style uniforms will be firing at each other on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Not to worry, though. The weapons will be firing biodegradable plastic pellets.

Rantoul pastor leads sermons in historic Wittenberg, Germany

RANTOUL — For many Lutherans, a trip to Lutherstadt (Luthertown) Wittenberg Castle Church in Germany is a pilgrimage.

Cancer survivors heap praise on St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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.

Expert renowned as livestock consultant, autism spokesperson

Actress Claire Danes portrayed her in an HBO movie. She has the rare distinction of being an expert in the livestock industry and an internationally famous spokesperson on autism — but only after surmounting many obstacles.

From publisher to pen guy, News-Gazette leader did it all

CHAMPAIGN — At 6-foot-2 with broad shoulders and a full beard, John Foreman cut an imposing figure, especially to one cub reporter whose desk sat just outside the glass wall of his office, putting her in his line of sight.

Certainly, Cheryl W. Thompson was grateful to The News-Gazette’s then-managing editor for giving her a job out of graduate school.

Rasmus always had Rantoul's best interests at heart

RANTOUL — Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd remembers Wayne Rasmus for his class and his humor.

Mr. Rasmus was a bailiff at the Champaign County Courthouse for 16 years, and Ladd said one incident early in their working relationship might have best summed up the man’s wit.

Assistance to blind Gifford native evidence of Lions Club's caring attitude

GIFFORD — When Mike Busboom was born premature 60 years ago, he was placed in a hospital incubator. But he received too much oxygen, which caused him to go blind.

Gifford Lions Club members took it upon themselves to help Busboom however they could.

Roy Roemer: A life remembered


Rantoul Press correspondent

GIBSON CITY — Every game, every practice. Every team banquet, gathering and event. Roy Roemer attended them all.

Roemer, 67, a longtime Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley sports fan, died Thursday night after a short battle with esophageal cancer.

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