Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

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.

Finalist for Rantoul village administrator job withdraws

RANTOUL — One of the two top candidates for the Rantoul village administrator position has taken his name out of the running.

Mayor Chuck Smith said David Nord, a private consultant who previously served for 25 years as the village administrator in Cherry Valley, has withdrawn his name.

What needs changing at Champaign County's only beach?

PENFIELD — Plenty of campers and other visitors to the Middle Fork River Forest Preserve through the years have let officials know their opinions of the lake and beach — the only public swim beach in Champaign County.

Opinions such as the water level is too low, and there are too many geese that drop loads of unwanted "presents."

A Life Remembered | Gifford trucker had 'a lot of heart and willpower'

GIFFORD — Trucks and truckers were Tom Reitz's life. It was perhaps only fitting that Mr. Reitz — who drove a big rig for more than 40 years — died on the 12th anniversary of the TopGun LargeCar Shootout that he created in Rantoul.

Mr. Reitz, of Gifford, died on July 28 from leukemia. He was 62.