Dave Hinton

Dave Hinton

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.

Rantoul mayor orders pond at former Chanute hospital drained

RANTOUL — Rantoul Mayor Chuck Smith has ordered a large section of standing water to be pumped out by village crews and fencing erected to keep people away from a portion of the former Chanute Air Force Base hospital.

Rantoul Township High School custodian charged with sex abuse of teen girl

RANTOUL — A Rantoul man who has worked as a custodian at Rantoul Township High School is due in court Saturday morning for the setting of bond on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Rantoul police Sgt. Justin Bouse said Aron R. Nash, 45, of the 1400 block of Southpointe Drive was arrested Friday morning after admitting he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female.

Ludlow's well-known feral dog likely to be put down

LUDLOW — Patches, the elusive dog that captured the fancy of many in the community for his escapability, is likely to be put down.

Officer Rebecca Eubig of Champaign County Animal Control said the dog, which was captured last week in Ludlow, is considered unadoptable.

Eubig said the village has no say in the matter.

UPDATE: Arrest made in Rantoul credit union robbery

UPDATE, 5:15 p.m.:

RANTOUL — Police arrested a 41-year-old Rantoul man Monday afternoon in connection with a robbery at a local credit union that morning.

Stabbing victim's brother arrested at vigil for having knife

URBANA — A Rantoul man arrested for allegedly having a knife while attending a vigil for his slain brother earlier this month is due back in court later this week.

Gifford superintendent under fire for lapses with safety drills

GIFFORD — A group of Gifford area residents was angry. Angry about the Gifford Grade School superintendent's lack of compliance with state safety requirements and angry over the school board's failure to fire him following a special meeting this week.

A Life Remembered: Bailiff, businessman served community, others

RANTOUL — Champaign County Judge Heidi Ladd remembers Wayne Rasmus for his class and his humor.

Mr. Rasmus was a bailiff at the Champaign County Courthouse for 16 years, and Ladd said one incident early in their working relationship might have best summed up the man's wit.

Rantoul fire causes $50,000 in damages

RANTOUL — Fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to a home on Winding Lane in Rantoul early Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said heavy smoke was showing, and flames were coming out of the north wall of the home at 137 Winding Lane when firefighters arrived at 12:05 a.m.

Those Who Served: Marching with mules

RANTOUL — Raymond James' early World War II training involved some mule-headed comrades.

The 97-year-old Rantoul resident was assigned to a 75-mm pack artillery company that would use mules to transport the guns.

In 1942, he received his draft notice not long after he became engaged to Betty Weber.

The couple got married before he went overseas.