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Hazel not in favor of legalizing pot(holes)

RANTOUL — As the calendar creeps toward March, Rantoul area residents begin to yearn for warmer weather.  

Many view the seasons in a traditional manner, anticipating spring, followed by summer, then fall and winter. Or for sports enthusiasts, it’s baseball, football, basketball and track.


Winter can be tough time for animals

RANTOUL — Village Animal Control Officer Danny Russell said what he found early Wednesday morning was “painful,” but he is glad he doesn’t have to deal with such issues that often.

The painful part was finding two smaller dogs that had been left outside in subzero weather.


First major winter storm of '19 just a bad memory now

RANTOUL — Rantoul Airport was not the place to be last  Wednesday morning — as if anyplace outdoors was suitable.

A wind chill of minus 47 at the airport was the lowest recorded reading in Champaign County during the day’s bone-chilling storm that brought most of central Illinois to a standstill.


Rantoul airport hit minus 47 wind chill Wednesday morning, coldest in county

RANTOUL — Rantoul Airport was not the place to be Wednesday morning — as if anyplace outdoors was suitable.

A wind chill of minus 47 at the airport was the lowest recorded reading in Champaign County during the day’s bone-chilling storm that brought most of central Illinois to a standstill.


Warming centers to open in Rantoul

RANTOUL — Due to the inclement and dangerous weather conditions, the village of Rantoul has identified warming shelters for those who are in need.

Anyone seeking a place to warm should first go to the Rantoul Police Department station located at 109 E. Grove Ave. As that location begins to fill, additional shelters will be opened in the community.


About half the snow, but twice the wind hits Rantoul area

RANTOUL — About half the amount of snow fell during the weekend compared to seven days earlier in Rantoul, but conditions were still plenty treacherous in the rural areas due to strong winds.

Public Works Director Greg Hazel estimated 3 to 3 1/2 inches of snow fell and called it a “fairly calm weekend.”


Rantoul area gets 6-8 inches of snow. More on the way?

As the Rantoul area trudged through more than a half-foot of snow Sunday, meteorologists warned that more could be on the way in a matter of days.

“There’s a storm coming Friday night or Saturday morning that looks interesting,” said Ed Shimon, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Lincoln.


Committee to discuss Illinois Drive stormwater issues

RANTOUL — Stormwater drainage issues on Illinois Drive (Illinois Circle) are among the topics expected to come up for discussion at a meeting of the village of Rantoul storm drainage committee.


'Never the same again:' Gifford looks back 5 years after tornado

GIFFORD — Before the tornado, Carolyn Ross spent much of her time working as caregiver in Paxton.

“I went to work, came home, walked my dogs, then got up and did the same thing the next day,” said the longtime Gifford resident.

Since the tornado, Ross has grown closer to her neighbors and other residents.


A downpour of disagreement: Village, RCS at odds over responsibility to fix residents' flooding nightmare

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul and Rantoul City Schools district disagree on which is responsible for solving the flooding problem that has plagued a local neighborhood, leaving one home with black mold.


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