Dave Hinton

Rural Ludlow shed destroyed by fire

LUDLOW — A mail carrier delivering to a rural Ludlow residence alerted the occupants of the home that their machine shed was on fire Thursday morning.

The blaze, fed by strong winds, destroyed the pole building located about 5 miles west of Ludlow at 3539 Champaign County Road 1200 East.


Details for $2.8M Ludlow grant outlined

LUDLOW — Village trustees heard more details on a 70 percent USDA grant that will help pay for replacing the town’s water mains and water plant.

Meeting earlier this month, the board spoke with engineer Matt Johnson of Fehr Graham in Champaign.


Cold dogs’ owner charged

RANTOUL — A 68-year-old Rantoul woman is facing animal-cruelty charges for allegedly leaving her two dogs outside all night last Wednesday, when temperatures were well below zero.

Police assisted the village’s animal-control officer, who retrieved the two small dogs from the backyard of Vennie “Que” Broadnax’s property in the 1100 block of Briarcliff Drive.


Cardboard boxes catch fire outside Rantoul's Walmart

RANTOUL — Rantoul fire officials were planning to view video footage later in the day in an attempt to determine what caused a fire next to the Rantoul Walmart store early Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said several bales of cardboard boxes caught fire.

Firefighters responded at 7:56 a.m. and were still on the scene two hours later.


Leaking roof causes damage to Ludlow school

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School officials are frustrated.

When a new roof is installed, leaks are supposed to be nonexistent — at least for several years.

That has not been the case. One leak caused “quite a bit of damage in the sixth-grade classroom,” Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said. “We lost textbooks, which our insurance had to cover.”


Ludlow Grade School receives grant for new playground equipment

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School has received a $25,918 Healthy Community Investment Grant for new playground equipment, and community members will help install the equipment.

Superintendent Dru Lobmaster said the community build is tentatively scheduled for Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18.


Solar farm proposed southwest of Ludlow

LUDLOW — Work continues on a Champaign County zoning ordinance by the Zoning Board of Appeals that would regulate solar farms.

A rural Ludlow Township site is one of two that a Washington, D.C-based company hopes to turn into a community solar farm.


Diamond Sports Training open in Rantoul

RANTOUL — When Andrew Cotner was a pitcher in the New York Mets minor league system, he tore his labrum for the second time in 1993, effectively ending his big league hopes.

The lefty said he wishes he knew then what he knows now about proper training techniques.


Ludlow man hit and killed by a train

LUDLOW — A 26-year-old Ludlow man was killed when he was struck by a passenger train in Ludlow on Sunday evening.

Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said Eric Morales was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:20 p.m.

Northrup said a pedestrian reported seeing Mr. Morales attempting to cross the railroad tracks just north of the intersection of Thomas and North Chestnut streets.


$6,000 worth of textbooks lost in water leak

LUDLOW — Ludlow Grade School lost about $6,000 worth of textbooks from a recent classroom water leak.

Superintendent Dru Lobmaster told the school board at last week’s meeting that faulty gutters were blamed for the problem. The room where the books had been kept has a relatively new roof.

Lost were My Math curriculum and reading curriculum books.


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