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Village studies banquet center proposal

RANTOUL — The village liquor advisory committee is considering options that would allow start-up of a banquet facility in east Rantoul.


Melissa Zamora of Rantoul wants to open the facility — Salon Fiesta Events Center — in Rantoul Plaza shopping center.

Thomasboro man announces bid for county sheriff

THOMASBORO — Greg Worrell of Thomasboro, who said he has more than 40 years in law enforcement, announced Tuesday that he is running for sheriff of Champaign County.

Sheriff Dan Walsh is retiring, and so far only his chief deputy, Allen Jones, has announced that he is a candidate.

Rantoul residents have more chances to comment to village board

RANTOUL — Change was an underlying theme at last week’s Rantoul Village Board session — changes in the public comment policy at meetings, change in the location of a new fish market and a change in the scope of work on a water tower project.

Mayor Chuck Smith said the public will be able to comment during two separate times at village board meetings.

Fisher approves 10-year tree-removal plan

FISHER — Village of Fisher officials have compiled a tree-removal wish list that will likely take 10 years to fulfill based on the funds the village plans to spend.

Ludlow officials do tree work

LUDLOW — Village officials made use of a manlift that was already in town for another project to take care of some tree work in the community.

Mayor Steve Thomas said five trees were cut down using the manlift.

The equipment had been brought to town to paint the United Methodist Church. To save a rental and delivery fee, village officials worked a deal.

Wrecking ball awaits for old Rantoul Motel

RANTOUL — A contract to demolish the Rantoul Motel, modifying the Housing Incentive Program and changes in village zoning code were among the topics discussed at last week’s Rantoul Village Board study session

Motel demolition
Owens Excavating and Trucking was the lowest of 10 bidders to demolish the Rantoul Motel on north U.S. 45.

Thomasboro to seek full-time police chief

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Village Board reached a consensus at its Aug. 7 board meeting to advertise for a full-time police chief rather than contract with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office to meet policing needs.

Thomasboro archivist Martin honored

THOMASBORO — Linda Martin hopes someone will step into the role she has been filling for about 10 years as Thomasboro’s volunteer archivist.

“If they can find someone to take it over then I can rest easy,” she said. “I had to let it go at the end of 2016 because I couldn’t do it anymore.”

New police chief sworn into office

RANTOUL — His first day on the job wasn’t until Monday. Even so, new Rantoul Police Chief Tony Brown was sworn into office six days before — last Tuesday at the village board’s study session.

With his wife, Beth, and his three sons, Tyler, Justin and Austin, on hand, Tony Brown took the oath of office from Mayor Chuck Smith.

Search process starts for new village administrator

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith said the village will begin advertising “almost immediately” for someone to fill the position Jeff Fiegenschuh will vacate as village administrator.

In 2014, it took about six months to fill the job after former Administrator Bruce Sandahl was fired and Fiegenschuh was hired.