RANTOUL — A Rantoul man who was cited for cruelty to animals after his three dogs killed another dog last month said he is an animal lover and would never want to see a dog killed.

POTOMAC — Vermilion County teachers last week heard Elizabeth Smart, an author, activist for child safety and victim of kidnapping, speak at their professional development seminar in Bismarck.

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RANTOUL — Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” will be presented at 6 p.m. Oct. 17, 18 and 19 in the cafetorium at Rantoul Township High School.

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THOMASBORO — After nine months of wrestling to find the best solution for managing the water plant, the Thomasboro Village Board has hired a full-time public works superintendent.

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LUDLOW — Preparation work before bids can be let on the village water main replacement project is halfway completed, a new village clerk was introduced and the village board voted to approve accepting a gift of land to be used for a park.

RANTOUL — An aide to U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-15) will be available in Rantoul this week to meet with residents regarding any problems they may be having with federal government agencies.

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FISHER — Nine-year-old Jordynn Huskisson of Fisher, who won the title of Little Miss of the Midwest this summer, enjoys helping people as much as she does competing.

URBANA — A Rantoul woman who has written a periodic column for the Rantoul Press for years will undergo gallbladder surgery Thursday afternoon.

POTOMAC — Homework Club at Rantoul Public Library will be held from 3:15-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, and Thursday, Oct. 17.  

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RANTOUL — A hearing scheduled Thursday in which a Rantoul man was cited for dangerous or vicious dogs has been postponed.

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RANTOUL -- The village of Rantoul's attention now turns to land acquisition after the village board Tuesday night unanimously approved construction of an approximately $20 million artificial turf sports complex.

FISHER — Fisher Grade School welcomed two new teachers (Rhianna Doman and Tara Walters) and a new teacher aide (Amber Brugman) this school year.

RANTOUL — In recognition of National Cybersecurity Month in October, Bank of Rantoul and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) are reminding consumers of simple steps they can take to safeguard their sensitive data when making purchases online or via a smart device and what to …

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RANTOUL — Members of the public who spoke at last week’s village board study session said construction of a sports complex on Rantoul’s west side would provide a golden opportunity for growth.

URBANA — A Rantoul man on parole for a shooting that happened in that village almost six years ago has been charged by federal authorities with distribution of more than an ounce of crack cocaine.

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RANTOUL — The director of O’Fallon parks and recreation said the Rantoul Village Board faces a “hard decision” when it votes next week on whether to approve construction of an approximately $20 million sports complex. But she said it would be worth it.

RANTOUL — Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its inaugural trick or treating/trunk or treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. A costume contest is also planned.

THOMASBORO – The Thomasboro school board has adopted a deficit-reduction plan intended to eliminate a $127,942 budget deficit projected for the 2019-2020 fiscal year over three years.

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RANTOUL — Emily Knox said her favorite challenge of all time from a person wishing to have a book banned came from a man who didn’t like how a book on the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd portrayed the band and their native Alabama.  

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RANTOUL — As possibly a sign of an improved economy, Rantoul-based Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County has seen the number of people needing assistance decline in the past two years.

RANTOUL — The public will get another chance to give their opinions on a village proposal to build a $20 million sports complex and whether recreational cannabis should be allowed for sale in the community.

RANTOUL — Wrestlers in Rantoul won’t be homeless this fall. A location has been found where they can practice.

RANTOUL — Rantoul Police Department and the Chamber of Commerce will host Coffee with a Cop from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the chamber office, 120 E. Sangamon Ave.

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RANTOUL — After a conviction in a separate case, Champaign County prosecutors have dropped charges against an Indiana man who they said wrongfully sold two ejector seats from a plane he was tearing apart at the former Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul.