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 …

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.

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RANTOUL — Like students everywhere, Lincoln’s Challenge Academy cadets will not be continuing classes/duties until at least the end of March. Whether cadets will have to wait to resume classes the next semester remains to be seen.

RANTOUL — An event to honor the Tuskegee Airmen in Rantoul this month has been postponed over concerns regarding the coronavirus.

FISHER — The Fisher Village Board voted to contribute $2,000 toward the membership of the Fisher Area Business Association in the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.  

RANTOUL — In an effort to improve student ownership of the school, Rantoul Township High School administrators are forming a 67-student leadership team drawn from this year’s freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

RANTOUL — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Gifford will sponsor a food distribution Saturday, March 28, at Community Service Center, 520 E. Wabash Ave., Rantoul.


RANTOUL — Rantoul village officials would still like to name a street Tuskegee Drive, but the original location was scrapped for now.

Keith C. Kesler, 95, of rural Urbana died Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Country Health Care & Rehab in Gifford.

James “Paul” Lafary, 102, of Paxton, formerly of Rantoul, died at 3:24 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020, at Accolade of Paxton Senior Living.

In the light of Gov. JB Pritzker’s order that all Illinois schools will be closed from March 17 through the end of the month, Rantoul City Schools and Rantoul Township High School will work together to provide meals for school children starting March 23.

RANTOUL — Effective Saturday morning, the village of Rantoul will be closing Forum Fitness Center and Rantoul Youth Center until further notice due to concerns over the coronavirus.

URBANA — A Rantoul man and Gifford woman who were in a stolen car that had a gun and other people’s debit cards and checks have been charged with a number of crimes.


THOMASBORO — Retired Champaign County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Shumate is back on the job as Thomasboro chief of police.


RANTOUL — Officer Jerry King spoke to the assembled multitude at The Linden Banquet Center about life as a police officer. Much of the time, his son, Raylan, showed the cranky side of a 2-year-old who was in need of a nap.

The 2018 Farm Leader of the Year banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Images from a rehearsal of She Loves Me, the musical that inspired the films "The Shop Around The Corner" and "You've Got Mail" in the Tryon Festival Theatre of Krannert Center. Peformances open Thursday, April 26, 2018.

The Champaign Center Partnership presents the 17th Annual Christie Clinic Parade of Lights, this years theme "Miracle on Neil Street" features family friendly fun with carriage rides, visits with Santa, the Parade of Lights and the lighting of the downtown Christmas Tree. Saturday, November …

At the Fisher Fair Queen and Little Miss pageant at the Fisher Fair on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Follow us on Instagram here

Rantoul High School's commencement ceremony at the school in Rantoul on Friday, May 26, 2017.