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POTOMAC — A contagion of kindness has continued in community during this difficult and trying time. Last week it was reported that Tim Reardon of Lola’s Bar and Grill received notice from an anonymous man that he intended to purchase 30 spaghetti dinners for the first 30 patrons, and the sam…

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A male in his 80s with underlying health conditions is the first Champaign County resident to die from COVID-19, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde announced Monday afternoon in a video.

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The statewide death roll rose to 210 today following the announcement of 53 new fatalities by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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RANTOUL — During the shutdown of Rantoul Public Library due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is offering temporary cards to Rantoul residents who do not already have a library card.  

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CHAMPAIGN — A physician who wants to offer drive-thru coronavirus testing for the public is searching for a new location after his plans to hold it Wednesday at a Champaign church were scuttled.

K-12 schools will remain closed, and a stay-at-home order for Illinoisans will remain in place through April 30, as Gov. JB Pritzker announced during his daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday that he plans on extending those orders on Wednesday.

POTOMAC — The Potomac Food Pantry will still hold its distribution at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the old ambulance building, with a few modifications due to the stay-in-place order. It will be a drive-up pickup arrangement. Patrons will give their names and remain in their vehicle. The …

THOMASBORO — The Thomasboro Planning and Zoning Committee will recommend that the village board annex and zone the tract of land where construction of a Dollar General store has been proposed.

RANTOUL — PRO Ambulance personnel have responded to a “handful” of calls where the patients’ symptoms have mirrored those of COVID-19 in the past couple of weeks, Director Bob Holloway said, but to date none of those have tested positive for the virus.

Note: This column will have more news telling what is not happening in our area right now, due to you-know-what (if the word isn’t mentioned, maybe it will go away?!). Please note the e-mail address at the end of the column if there is something about which you’d like to notify our community…

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RANTOUL — Rantoul police have seen their calls and arrests drop substantially in the approximately two weeks since the threat of COVID-19 became more pronounced in this country.

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RANTOUL — Sue Pegues looks forward to her time volunteering at the Community Service Center food pantry.