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POTOMAC — Area residents got to watch art in motion as Nate Grice of Paxton and Rob Estes of Paducah, Ky., painted a mural at the butterfly garden in Potomac.

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RANTOUL — Belynda Allen, the executive director of Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly the past two years, has left the post to take a position in Hancock County in western Illinois.

GIFFORD – Unkempt yards was a major topic of discussion at the village of Gifford’s board meeting Thursday night, with the board deciding to first create a list of properties it wanted owners to clean up.

RANTOUL — The days of residents being alerted to approaching storms strictly by weather siren, TV or radio are long gone.

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RANTOUL — Bibles, podiums and hymnals will replace shoulder pads, footballs and wrestling equipment at the building that at one time housed the Camp Rantoul locker room.

RANTOUL — The four masked individuals who allegedly forced their way into a Rantoul home May 30 have all been apprehended, according to Rantoul police.

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It was all hands on deck at Dennis Riggs’ family farm late last week, when sons Darin and Matthew took the afternoon off work at Riggs Beer Company, which they own, to plant crops and finish a planting season that has gone much later than typical years.

PAXTON — “Wonderland! The Musical,” a screwball adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” will be presented by a group of junior high-age students next month at Market Street Theatre, Paxton.

RANTOUL — Christian Life Church of Rantoul will sponsor a food distribution Saturday, June  22, at the Community Service Center, 520 E. Wabash Ave.  

POTOMAC —  Potomac Public Library will have a storytime lunch from 12-12:30 p.m. every Thursday starting June 13. Bring your sack lunch to the David Judy Park pavilion to eat lunch and listen to a story.

RANTOUL — Four people — one armed with a hand gun and one with a bat — allegedly forced their way into a Rantoul residence, threatened an occupant and stole items Thursday evening.  

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RURAL DEWEY — Richard Tarvin said he has had the wind turn over a couple of semi trailers, but never before had a tree come down on one.

Hardin and Helen James are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the No. 10 Church of Christ, 27019 N. 470 East Road, Potomac.

RANTOUL — A blood drive is scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Rantoul Public Library, 106 W. Flessner Ave.

Learning how to use QuickBooks Desktop will be the second in the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce series, “Getting to Know Your Money Well.”

POTOMAC — Potomac Public Library will be closed from Monday, June 3, through Thursday, June 6.

FISHER — Members of the service committee of the Fantastic 4-Hers of Fisher club hung fliers at local businesses to promote donating extra garden produce to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.

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RANTOUL — The Rantoul City Schools board had a busy meeting Thursday night with presentations given on a number of topics. Among the subjects covered educational programming and facility safety improvements.