Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

UPDATE: Tuesday's tornado near Gifford was an EF-1

UPDATE, 3:26 p.m. Wednesday:

GIFFORD — The National Weather service said the tornado that touched down Tuesday night between Rantoul and Gifford in rural Champaign County had wind speeds of 90 miles per hour.

Next stop for Rantoul administrator: North Carolina

Six months after RICK SNIDER left his job as Champaign County administrator for a similar role in Rantoul, the village has begun the search for his replacement.

Rantoul organization bracing for massive influx of migrant workers

RANTOUL — About three times more migrant workers than usual are expected to spend the summer working in Rantoul, leaving the leader of a local center scrambling to try to meet some of their needs.

'Weary' Rantoul administrator headed to East Coast

RANTOUL — The search for a new village administrator will resume again after Rick Snider tendered his resignation from the post, effective July 30.

Snider just began his duties Dec. 1 and was being paid an annual salary of $135,000.

UPDATE: Rantoul police release 2 people after questioning them in shooting

RANTOUL — Two suspects detained for questioning in a shooting Friday morning at an apartment in east Rantoul have been released.

Police Chief Tony Brown said the man and woman were released while police continue investigating the case.

A Life Remembered: 'I've never met anyone who did not like my dad'

RANTOUL — Bonnie Henderson was a young girl, but she remembers it as if it were yesterday. Her father, Wilbur Flessner, climbed up the steps of his combine, ready to harvest.

Nothing special about that. Normally.

But this was different.

Rantoul's Minuteman missile to be torn down

RANTOUL — The famed Minuteman missile, the most visible vestige of Rantoul as the former home of an Air Force base, will be dismantled.

Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith said he has been told by the Air Force that the village will not be able to buy the Cold War-era relic and keep it intact.

Rantoul eighth-graders learning to spot bad behavior in 'Dating 101'

RANTOUL — Dating is not like reading Consumer Reports, where you can sniff out a lemon ahead of time.

It's not like buying a car or a television. There are no guarantees or warnings.

Rantoul hog-processing plant cited for treating animals inhumanely

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.

Fire destroys plane at former Rantoul museum

RANTOUL — Rantoul Fire Department Capt. Dewey Shreves remembers training for aircraft fires at the former Chanute Air Force Base many years ago.

Twenty-five years after the base closed, he and other members of the department got to put that training into practice Monday morning.