RANTOUL — Golfers were back in their element Friday morning as the state of Illinois lifted its restrictions that had closed gold courses due to the COVID-19 virus.


RANTOUL — Roger Campbell can’t wait. The avid Rantoul golfer who likes to golf even when most people are sitting at home by the fire has been missing his favorite pastime since golf courses were closed last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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.

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 — 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.