Cha-cha-changes: Rantoul village administrator makes recommendations in budget address

RANTOUL — The Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center would be closed earlier in the year, two Rantoul Rec Department employee positions would be consolidated into one, an urban planner would be hired, and beautification work in the community would be contracted out.  

Thomasboro hires second part-time officer

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Village Board voted to expand its police force by a second part-time officer at the March 4 regular board meeting.

On a 5-1 vote, trustees approved the hiring of Janeen Henderson, who is currently employed by the Metamora Police Department, at a rate of $17 per hour for up to 30 hours a week.

Panel endorses barn's reuse as events center

URBANA — A rural-Flatville couple wants to convert a former dairy barn into an events center to host weddings and receptions.

Arik and Kylie Miller plan to renovate a burgundy and white barn on their 10.3-acre property at 2079 County Road 2600N, less than a mile from Flatville, into an event center with a capacity for 300 guests.

RTHS spring musical, 'Working,' set this week

RANTOUL — The 2019 spring musical, “Working” will be staged March 14-16 at the Rantoul Township High School cafetorium.

Show time is 7 p.m.

“Working” is a celebration of the American working class.  

Potomac students already surpass charity's penny goal

Rantoul Press correspondent

POTOMAC — Potomac Grade School students are participating in Pennies for the Pantry, a fundraiser for The Dwelling Place — a Vermilion County agency, the first of its kind, that provides free hygiene and household care products monthly to homeless and in-need individuals throughout the county.

It's not Gandalf, but Armstrong students get to see a wizard and his arch enemy

ARMSTRONG — Nearly two in five Illinois children had at least one cavity in the past year. Oral health issues like tooth decay can cause children to miss school and negatively impact school performance.

In fact, 38 percent of Illinois parents say their 6- to 12-year-old children had to miss school because of an oral health problem last year.

Horn marked 50 years in insulation business

RANTOUL — Rantoul business owner David Horn, owner of Horn Insulation, has marked his 50th anniversary in business.

Horn and his oldest brother, Jim, started insulating for Williams Insulation in 1968.

At the time, Williams was the largest insulation business in the country.

Preaching is in Wilkerson's blood

Mark Wilkerson comes by his pastoring ability naturally.

When asked where he is from originally, he responds, “All over.”

That’s what happens when you are the son of a Baptist minister, who served churches in a number of locales.

You just come to accept that you won’t be in one place for very long.

Maranatha Baptist Church to head east to new facility

RANTOUL — A longstanding Rantoul church will be moving to a new home.

Maranatha Baptist Church, 122 S. Chanute St., will begin services at its new digs on North Maplewood Drive beginning in April.

The church will be located in the building that, until last fall, housed Stone Creek Church, which has closed.

Seventh amendment: Village board says this is last time it will change hangar sale agreement

RANTOUL — The village of Rantoul has agreed to amend its agreement one more time to allow a Los Angeles businessman to buy four hangars and the AT&T call center at Rantoul Airport.

But this will be the last time.

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