Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

No rest for the 'undead': Thomasboro woman survives Six Flags' Coffin Challenge

ST. LOUIS — Rest in peace? There wasn't much chance of that for Stacey Wagner as the Thomasboro resident spent 30 hours in a coffin last weekend at Six Flags St. Louis.

Any thoughts Wagner and five other "undead" contestants in the Coffin Challenge would get much shut-eye were quickly dispelled. There were too many ghouls, goblins, even a monkey playing cymbals during the ordeal.

Danville man accused of dragging woman into car at Rantoul gas station

RANTOUL — Police arrested a 36-year-old Danville man after he allegedly dragged a woman into his vehicle against her will at a Rantoul gas station late Thursday and sped off.

Ronald K. Poke was arrested on charges of aggravated stalking, unlawful restraint and domestic battery. He is being held in the Champaign County Jail.

Duckworth sentenced to probation, ordered to pay back $95,331 in Rantoul fraud case

URBANA — A Rantoul man found guilty a year ago of nine counts of felony theft related to services and goods he took from eight contractors has been sentenced to probation.

Rantoul OKs Eisenhauer deal

RANTOUL — The village board Tuesday night voted to accept Mayor Chuck Smith's choice of Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer as Rantoul's next village administrator.

The approval came on a 5-0 vote. Trustee Hank Gamel was absent.

Eisenhauer will start his duties in less than a month. His first day on the job is set for Nov. 5.

Eisenhauer: 'My interest is to finish my career in Rantoul'

RANTOUL — Mayor Chuck Smith has selected Danville Mayor Scott Eisenhauer as Rantoul’s next village administrator. 

The Rantoul Village Board will vote on the selection at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting. 

Rantoul ranch honors state's 200th

RANTOUL — This year’s Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch corn maze celebrates Illinois’ bicentennial.

Julie Hardy, who with husband Mark operates the reindeer ranch southwest of Rantoul, said the Illinois Bureau of Tourism contacted them to see if the Hardys would create a maze to honor the state’s 200th birthday.

Julie Hardy credits her husband’s artistic ability for creation of the maze.

Hiring process for Rantoul administrator still in negotiation phase

RANTOUL — The hiring of a new Rantoul village administrator remains "in the negotiation phase."

The new hire would fill the position currently held by Rick Snider, whose contract runs through this month.

No one hurt in Rantoul house fire that destroys car, garage

RANTOUL — No one was injured in an early-morning fire Wednesday that destroyed a garage and car and damaged a home.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said the fire caused an estimated $60,000 damage to the home of Bill and Martha Brown, who escaped with their pet dog. No one was injured.

Firefighters were called to the house in the 700 block of Juniper Drive at 1:38 a.m.

No one hurt in Penfield house fire that causes extensive damage

PENFIELD — A Penfield home and its contents sustained an estimated $100,000 damage when it caught fire late Tuesday morning.

Gifford Assistant Fire Chief Brodie Crozier said the fire caused extensive damage to the basement of the home at 401 Elm St., and smoke and heat damage to the rest of the house.

The owner, Teresa Bice, was not home when the fire was discovered.

Chanute shootout: 160 armor-clad enthusiasts to converge on Rantoul airsoft event

RANTOUL — People wearing military-style uniforms will be firing at each other on the former Chanute Air Force Base.

Not to worry, though. The weapons will be firing biodegradable plastic pellets.

The Sleeping Giant airsoft event will be held Saturday and Sunday at Grissom Hall. The event is sponsored by Airsoft Republic, an Iowa City-based event organizer.