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Early voting to start in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — Early voting for next month’s general election kicks off Monday.

In Champaign County, registered have a choice of eight sites to cast ballots before Election Day on Nov. 4:

— The county clerk’s office at the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana.

— The Federal Room of the Illini Union.

— Spalding Recreation Center in Champaign.

Fisher board steps back from selling old community center

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board has had to step back after agreeing last month to sell for $20,000 the old community center/police department and maintenance area downtown to R. & M. Rentals LLC for a preschool.

Maria Rasche plans to open a curriculum-based preschool for 3-5-year-olds by August of 2015.  Rocky and Mia Thomas own the company, and Rasche is their daughter.

Pork plant to expand again

RANTOUL – Rantoul Foods pork processing plant will build a 48,000-square-foot expansion.

Dan Culkin, village inspector, told the village board last week that the addition will go up on the northwest side of the plant’s property west of Rantoul.

Ludlow may send landlords water bills to curb delinquent list

LUDLOW — In an effort to pare the number of delinquent water bills, the village board could begin sending bills to landlords rather than renters.

The village board will study the idea and may send it to the village attorney for consideration.

The issue remains in the discussion stage, Mayor Pete Walker said.

Gifford gets update on water tower

GIFFORD—Last Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Gifford village board lasted around a half hour, enough to cover two important topics.

Dave Atchley of MSA provided an update for the board on the progress of a new water tower. Atchley said the Federal Aviation Administration had approved the new tower, and the project had progressed to the bidding stage.

Thomasboro to reduce speed limits on many streets

THOMASBORO—Vehicles should be moving a little slower around the village of Thomasboro soon.

Board members approved a motion Monday directing their attorney to draft an ordinance to amend the village code regarding speed limit restrictions. The ordinance would be approved at next month’s meeting.

Chanute was prime center for Minuteman missile training

Mark Hanson, Chanute Air Museum curator, said the missile that has stood at the corner of Borman Drive and Doolittle Boulevard in Rantoul since the mid-’60s was never an active missile.

Village officials are considering dismantling the missile and want public comment.

Will the missile go missing? Village wants to take it down, wants public input

RANTOUL ­— Kaye Heath remembers her father, Earl “Squirrel” Cheek, telling her about the Minuteman missile he had just helped to install on Chanute Air Force Base.

It was 1966, and Cheek told his daughter the missile wasn’t going anywhere.

The bottom was anchored in 20 tons of concrete.

Restaurant to get liquor license; interest in gaming parlors growing in Rantoul

RANTOUL — A new restaurant and bar will be granted a liquor license, and three companies have expressed an interest in opening gaming parlors in Rantoul.

That’s what came out of a meeting of the Rantoul Liquor Advisory Committee last week.

Liquor advisory committee meeting scheduled Monday

RANTOUL — A meeting of the liquor advisory committee of the Rantoul Village Board will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the conference room of the municipal building, 333 S. Tanner St.

The meeting will be to discuss increasing the number of liquor licenses and to discuss business plan consulting.