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.

URBANA — The Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals will consider a proposal Thursday evening to amend the zoning map to allow development of an event center in rural Gifford.Arik and Kyli Miller are petitioning for a zoning change from the AG-1 to the AG-2 agriculture zoning district designation.

FISHER — The community’s business climate is looking up with the announcement two new businesses will be opening in the coming weeks.A dental office will open in town March 11, and a bakery and ice cream shop later in the year.

RANTOUL — Rantoul Village Administrator Scott Eisenhauer said action by the city of Danville, where he served as mayor, helped to spur an economic boom in the north side of that city.He would like to see the same thing happen in his new community.

RANTOUL — The village board will vote on a recommendation to loan $30,000 to a local lawn care company and $10,000 to a local floral shop.The micro loan committee, which met last week, also recommended the board approve a $10,000 facade grant.Recommended for micro loan approval was Elite Pro…

RANTOUL — Janet Brotherton, owner of Lindsey Lane Bridal, has added a new offering to her downtown Rantoul business — men’s hats.Brotherton bought out the inventory of formal hats from Rumours Hat Shoppe in Champaign, which is moving to a new location in campustown and will feature a differe…

RANTOUL — Sarah Nuku Hills honored her father, Edward’s, native New Zealand culture when it came time to name her new business — Koru Fitness.In the Māori culture, he traveled the world before establishing his roots in central Illinois. The circular shape of the Koru is the symbol in that cu…

RANTOUL — Eric Thompson’s original idea was to open a “barbecue joint” in Rantoul. But when he saw the building that would house his new eatery, he knew he “had to do more.”ET’s Downtown Rantoul was scheduled to have a “soft opening” at 107 E. Sangamon Ave. in downtown Rantoul by the end of …

RANTOUL — The Rantoul Rudolph Retail Rally is ongoing in which players are to travel to the 10 participating businesses in the village to find the “hidden” Rudolph.

RANTOUL — Before long, a large share of the area’s business IT data could be processed and distributed in a facility that will be opened in Rantoul.Prominic.NET plans to open a  data center — ColocationPLUS — later this year at Rantoul Business Center.

RANTOUL — Rantoul Press will have early deadlines for retail, classified display and classified line ads for the Wednesday, Nov. 21, edition due to the Thanksgiving holiday.Retail and classified display ad deadline — 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.Classified line ad deadline — 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

RANTOUL — Jessica Holmes was named citizen of the year at Friday night’s annual Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce banquet held at The Linden Banquet Center.This marks the 95th anniversary of the founding of the chamber of commerce.

RANTOUL — For several years, Shields Auto Center has periodically moved its vehicle inventory to its property in west Rantoul next to Walmart.The strategy has boosted sales.In a few months, it will be permanent.Site preparation began last week for a new Shields Auto Center facility. All Rant…

RANTOUL — Jose “Manuel” Hernandez has opened Auto Mart at 102 S. Century Blvd. in Rantoul.Hernandez is co-operating the car sales and service business with Angel Sanchez.Hernandez, who will focus on sales, is no stranger to the business world. He has owned and operated Woody’s 50s Diner in L…

FISHER — After 92 years, Ingold’s Meat and Deli is returning following a several-month “vacation.”It’s back and reopens for business this week under new ownership.The new owners are Brandon and Carissa Chandler of rural Fisher.Brandon Chandler said the grocery, located at the corner of Front…

RANTOUL — Community Plus Federal Credit Union celebrated its 75th anniversary July 23 with refreshments and prizes at the credit union.Mayor Chuck Smith presented a proclamation recognizing the occasion on behalf of the village of Rantoul. State Sen. Scott Bennett and Patrick Voss also prese…

Actress Claire Danes portrayed her in an HBO movie. She has the rare distinction of being an expert in the livestock industry and an internationally famous spokesperson on autism — but only after surmounting many obstacles.

RANTOUL — Officials at a Rantoul hog-slaughtering plant hope the addition of a second carbon dioxide tunnel will prevent a reoccurrence of an incident earlier this year when two hogs were awake on a line that was taking them to a scalding tank.

RANTOUL — Eric Jeon has opened Rantoul Beauty Supply at 1710 E. Grove Ave. in the Rantoul Plaza.Jeon, who has also operated a beauty supply store on North Neil Street in Champaign for 10 years, opened his Rantoul store on Friday.The store will offer a variety of discounts for seniors, colleg…

RANTOUL — Two new billboards have sprouted on the north and south sides of Rantoul along Interstate 57, trumpeting local shopping.The village of Rantoul sponsored the cost of the billboards.

RANTOUL — Two hogs that were supposed to be unconscious on a slaughter line narrowly missed being placed in a scalding tank while awake at a Rantoul hog processing plant, according to a USDA inspection report.

RANTOUL — The village board continued until Thursday evening its monthly meeting to allow for the gathering of more information about the possible sale of the building that houses the AT&T call center.

RANTOUL — The village EDA Revolving Loan Committee said more time is needed before considering one loan, and more information is needed for another in tabling two loan requests last week that totaled nearly $300,000.

By ROSS BROWNRantoul Press correspondentFISHER — For the first time in Fisher’s history, residents now have to drive out of town to buy groceries.After a month-long sale for customers, Ingold’s Grocery closed on Friday after 92 years in business.

RANTOUL — The new Fire House restaurant will open its doors Friday morning, April 27, in Rantoul.The eatery will do business in the building that formerly housed Hardee’s at 326 S. Century Blvd., which closed in January.Owner/operator Tareq Abuserieh of Chicago said this is the third Fire Ho…

RANTOUL — An east-side Rantoul restaurant that is under new ownership will open after it is inspected by the health department.Lisa Veseli, who will manage the restaurant — East Side Red Wheel — said the eatery is ready to go except for the inspection by the Champaign County Public Health De…

GIFFORD — Roger Miller made it clear from the start where his first love lies.“It’s something that we’ve been planning for, quite frankly, since Roger started,” Gifford State Bank President Tony McLain said of Miller’s retirement. “He even made the comment that ‘Farming’s my first love. You …

RANTOUL — The Family Table restaurant will open under new management, but not as originally expected.Benny Veseli, who operates the Red Wheel restaurant in west Rantoul, will lease Family Table at 1724 E. Grove Ave. in the Rantoul Plaza.

RANTOUL — A village that has mammoth airport hangars at its disposal has options most communities don’t have.That’s the case with Rantoul, where the village leased out the use of Hangar 1 to Donco Electrical Construction crews for the installation of more than 150,000 gas meters and nearly 1…

RANTOUL — AT&T will hire 100 new customer service representatives for its Rantoul call center through the first half of 2018.Company spokesman Phil Hayes said an open house hiring event is scheduled from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the call center, 1 Aviation Center Road, on  the…

RANTOUL — Amber Stivers-Anders, a teacher Pleasant Acres Elementary School, has been awarded a $500 Empowering Education Grant from Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative.Stivers-Anders plans to use the grant money to purchase books about Sept. 11, 2001, so students can learn about 9/11 and how…

By ROSS BROWNRantoul Press correspondentFISHER — Fisher’s downtown grocery store isn’t going anywhere, though it is on the market.

RANTOUL — When Andrew Cotner was a pitcher in the New York Mets minor league system, he tore his labrum for the second time in 1993, effectively ending his big league hopes.The lefty said he wishes he knew then what he knows now about proper training techniques.

RANTOUL — A Taiwan-based company has purchased a large facility on the former Chanute Air Force Base to serve as its U.S. regional headquarters and as a manufacturing facility.UAN Power Corp has purchased the former post office-community center at 815 Enterprise Drive from Amerinvest.The pro…

RANTOUL — A little slice of spring training is coming to Rantoul this weekend. Sort of.A new baseball-softball training facility — Diamond Sports Training — has opened at 1728 E. Grove Ave., next to Family Table restaurant in the Rantoul Plaza shopping center. The facility will hold an open …

RANTOUL — LEAP (Leaders Employing All People), a free training resource and certification will be offered to employers in Rantoul and surrounding communities.The training is scheduled from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Knights of Columbus building, 1001 Ohio Ave. in Rantoul.

GIFFORD — Gifford State Bank President Tony McLain called Darla Rubarts “the face of our Ag Department” at the bank.McLain said Rubarts, who has been at the bank for 21 years, was employed there when he started.“Many of our ag customers when they walked in the door, they went straight to Dar…

RANTOUL — A “bee hive” of workers were putting the finishing touches on the new Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care last week.Resident move-in time is nearing for the 65,000-square-foot complex located in the Stone Bridge subdivision in west Rantoul that will include 50 assiste…

RANTOUL — A longtime Rantoul restaurant on the community’s east side has closed up shop.Pizza Hut, 2020 Lon Drive (U.S. 136) shut its doors, but the building’s owner said the building could be reopened as another restaurant.

Three people have been hired to new posts at Insurance Providers Group.• Mikayla Wallace has joined the Rantoul office of Insurance Providers Group as a personal lines account manager.She has a background in customer service. She also studied agriculture after high school.

FISHER — The Fisher Telepharmacy, 102 E. Front St., will host a grand-opening celebration on Saturday Oct. 14.Owner Adonis Ducre said he is grateful to be joining the community of Fisher. He said the staff looks forward to servicing the community and residents for many years to come.

GIFFORD — After the death of her husband, Lenny, following treatment for throat cancer in December, Mary Sutherlin was glad for something to keep her busy.The Sutherlins had given up operation of their business, Lenny’s Ice Cream Gallery, after his diagnosis. But Mary decided she would like …

RANTOUL — A longtime downtown Rantoul business fixture will move to another location in the community this month.The Goodyear Tire Center will move from 211 E. Sangamon Ave. to 501 S. Tanner St.