Champaign County

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.


2 hurt in wrong-way head-on collision at I-57/I-74 interchange

CHAMPAIGN — An Onarga woman has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol after state police said she drove the wrong way on Interstate 57, colliding head-on with a semitrailer at the Interstate 74 interchange and causing injuries to herself and the other driver.


Paxton-based Dogtown Heating & Air opens branch in Urbana

URBANA — A popular Paxton heating and air conditioning business has added a second location in Urbana.

Dogtown Heating & Air has been in business at 109 S. Railroad Ave. in Paxton for several years.

Dogtown repairs, replaces or serves anything involving heating and air and is a Lennox carrier.


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.”


IEPA fines Ludlow resident for alleged open dumping of wastes

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an administrative citation for $1,500 to the Brian Gerdes estate and executor Dana Marshall of Ludlow for alleged violations of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act.

The citation was for allegedly open dumping of wastes. Used tires had also allegedly been dumped.


Trials for 3 terrorism suspects delayed again

URBANA — The trials for three Ford County men charged with crimes committed as part of a homegrown terrorist organization, including an attempted bombing of a Champaign women’s health clinic, will be delayed until February.


Youngest of Clarence Four pleads; new details emerge about militia group

URBANA — The youngest of four Ford County men charged with crimes committed as part of a homegrown terrorist organization, including converting assault rifles into machine guns and committing robberies to finance their operation, has pleaded guilty.


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