Prairie North 2013 Disaster Drill

More than 15 local and state agencies took part in the first day of a three-day emergency response exercise April 11 to 13 called Prairie North 2013.They were at the  empty Abbott Acres apartment complex in Rantoul on Thursday, April 11, 2013.The agencies included local fire and police departments, area hospital and ambulance services, and Illinois emergency agencies.

Farm Leader Banquet 2013

News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year Jack Murray was honored at a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

Photo Gallery: RTHS and FIsher Jr. High winter awards winners

Both Rantoul Township High School and Fisher Junior High had their winter awards ceremonies the past week. Here are some photos from the events.

Two Fisher residents die after driver loses control

For Rantoul Press

Two Fisher residents were killed Tuesday afternoon in a weather-related wreck in rural Fisher.

The accident happened during the snowstorm that hit the area.

Uni High vs. Georgetown Notre Dame de La Salette


Uni High vs. Georgetown Notre Dame de La Salette, February 4th, 2013 at Uni High School Kinney Gym

Sangamon Valley Boy's Basketball Tournament Semi-finals

St. Thomas More vs. Cissna Park-Crescent-Iroquois and St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Clifton Central at the Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament semifinals at PBL in Paxton on Friday, February 1, 2013.

Girls basketball: Bunnies, Trojans top dogs in own regionals

The ultimate goal of winning a state championship for all high school girls basketball teams in February has settled into a pretty normal routine.

— Playing at Redbird Arena on the campus of Illinois State University.

— Having their school send fan buses and hold pep rallies.

Number to watch

That’s the seed the Fisher and Armstrong-Potomac girls basketball teams will try to live up to when Class 1A regional action begins next week for both teams.

This week's Top Five - key February dates

The final day of January is about to hit, flipping the calendar to February, the most critical month of the winter high school sports season.

Here’s a list of five dates to keep in mind once our shortest month of the 12 arrives.

Girls basketball: Bunnies sting Hornets behind production of Cole, Varner

FISHER — Shot fakes.

Use of the backboard.

Two old-school basketball elements players tend to blank on in the closing minutes of a tense game.

Two facets Fisher forward Hannah Varner performed like they were in vogue during Monday night’s 52-46 home win against Heart of Illinois Conference foe Heyworth.

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