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.

U.S. 45 to be closed to traffic between Paxton, Rantoul

LUDLOW — U.S. 45 will be closed to traffic between Paxton and Rantoul from April 2 until Sept. 28.

The two-lane highway will be closed to all traffic starting about three miles south of Paxton as workers repair a bridge over the Big Four drainage ditch.

Drivers are advised to use an alternate route.

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.

Marc Miller hired as Ludlow's attorney

LUDLOW — A new village attorney has been hired by the Ludlow Village Board.

The board last week approved the hiring of Marc Miller of the Miller & Hendren law firm, Champaign.

Miller spoke to the board, discussed his credentials and said he charges $175 per hour for municipalities.

Ludlow looking to replace village attorney

LUDLOW — Longtime Ludlow village attorney Jack Waaler is stepping down, and the village board might approve hiring a new attorney at its Oct. 2 meeting.

Waaler, who is in his 80s, has said for several years that he wants to retire from the post, and now it appears it’s going to happen.

Ludlow saves on costs by using manlift

LUDLOW — Village officials made use of a manlift that was already in town for another project to take care of some tree work in the community.

Mayor Steve Thomas said five trees were cut down using the manlift. The equipment had been brought to town to paint the United Methodist Church. To save a rental and delivery fee, village officials worked a deal.

Ludlow home's front room 'totally gutted' by fire

LUDLOW — Two occupants of a Ludlow home were transported to an Urbana hospital early last Wednesday morning following a fire that heavily damaged the dwelling.

Ludlow fire Capt. Matthew McCallister said the residents, Thomas and Yvonne Paul of 233 Katie Ave., were transported for treatment due to smoke inhalation. A report of their condition was unavailable.

$54,000 in HLS work approved by Ludlow Grade School board

LUDLOW — The Ludlow Grade School board last week approved a 10-year health and life safety report that calls for a little more than $54,000 worth of work on the school building.

Architect David Henebry prepared the report, which draws attention to three areas.

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