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RANTOUL — Parkland College is marking its 50th anniversary this year, and college officials came to Rantoul last week to help celebrate.
Dr. Tom Ramage, Parkland president, led a dinner meeting at The Linden Banquet Center and highlighted the school’s history, its accomplishments and celebration plans.
THOMASBORO — All of the trash and recycling in the village of Thomasboro will soon be disposed of using a single company.
That decision came at the village board meeting last Tuesday, when trustees voted to hire Republic Services to haul the garbage and recycling of every Thomasboro household.
GIFFORD — In the end, village-sponsored recycling in Gifford was not worth the trouble.
At its meeting last Thursday, the Gifford Village Board voted to discontinue the service, which began early this year.
The large recycling receptacle, which was open for residents’ use, was costing the village around $200 per month.
LUDLOW — Like the swallows that return to San Juan Capistrano, the senior citizens will return to the Ludlow Community Center.
Senior citizen meals and activities were moved to the United Methodist Church after the April 2015 arson fire that destroyed the former community center.
Now they will return to the community center — the new one — when it is completed.
FISHER — The Fisher community came together to support long-time village employee Ron Nelson.
Nelson has been ill and last week underwent two surgeries. Village and school staff, football players, coaches and other students conducted a clean-up day at Nelson’s home. They did yard work, tree-trimming and gutter clean-out.
RANTOUL — An 8 1/2-acre field will be developed in south Rantoul, but the produce won’t be fruits and vegetables. It will be solar energy.
The solar field will be part of a demonstration project for the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency.
The Rantoul Village Board was expected to approve the project at a special meeting Tuesday night.
RANTOUL — The sound of silence.
That’s what came out of last Tuesday’s village board meeting in regard to a proposal by the park district for the village to assume operation of many parks operated by the park district.
Mike Madigan, candidate for Illinois State Senate, will be the guest speaker at the Saturday, July 16, meeting of the Rantoul Republicans.
The meetings are held at 8 a.m. the third Saturday of each month in the east room of the Red Wheel Restaurant, Rantoul.
The meeting is open to everyone, and input is welcome.
RANTOUL — Residents have 30 days to turn in comments on a proposal to name the Maplewood retention pond after former Mayor Joe Brown.
Village trustee Ken Turner said the village naming committee has set an Aug. 5. deadline to receive comments.
Turner is part of a committee established by Mayor Chuck Smith that also includes residents Ken Calhoun and Herm Fogal.
RANTOUL — State Sen. Scott Bennett (D–Champaign) and his staff will be at the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce building on Tuesday, July 12.
Bennett’s office holds office hours the second Tuesday of every month to assist residents with state and local issues.