Emily Jankauski

Cornbelt Fire adds another record year in the books

MAHOMET — The Cornbelt Fire Protection District had yet another record year in 2018. Chief John Koller said of the 1,146 calls, 67 percent were EMS medical calls.

As for the remaining 33 percent? Those calls represented working fires, automobile accidents, building alarms, gas leaks and much more.

Mahomet's David Ayre-Patten becomes firefighter of the year

MAHOMET — David Ayre-Patten often sees people on the worst days of their lives as a firefighter and EMT for Mahomet's Cornbelt Fire Protection District. But he doesn't let that stop him from being a go-getter.

"The first year I was on, I can't remember how many calls we ran. It was like 1,114, and I made 499 calls," he said. "I was just shy of half."

A brighter tomorrow: Village to examine future of downtown Mahomet

MAHOMET — Village officials have their sights set on creating a vision for downtown Mahomet. Earlier in October, the village selected a professional consultant, SmithGroup of Chicago, to form a 20-year vision with a downtown master plan.

Top news from 2018

That’s a wrap. Another year is in the books. As 2018 rides off into the sunset, let’s recap last year’s top 10 news events, listed in no particular order. Without any further ado:


No. 1: Arrest made in 2009 murder of Mahomet's Holly Cassano

Mahomet's Samantha Hurt opens up about daughter's disorder

Samantha Hurt was taking in the joys of motherhood with 10-month-old daughter Anna Hurt until she noticed something just wasn't quite right.

"She just kind of started doing some things I would call concerning," Hurt said.

The Mahomet mother of three, including son Jacob, 15, and daughter Emerson, 7, watched as her daughter's "personality changed a little bit."

Village approves $1 million reconstruction project

MAHOMET — Residents will see the reconstruction of Sunny Acres Road from South Mahomet Road to Oak Street beginning in April.

In Tuesday's board meeting, trustees approved funding the $1 million project with $800,000 in federal funding from the 2018 Urban Surface Transportation Program and another $200,000 in local funds. Construction is expected to be completed by August 2019.

Special requests: Mahomet-Seymour elementary students write letters to Santa

MAHOMET — Beth Musgrove tasked her third-graders with writing letters to Santa last week, but the Lincoln Trail Elementary School teacher had no idea the assignment would bring her to tears.

"It just made her cry when she read it," said third-grader Kasia Francom of her letter to Santa.

Power couple: Schoonovers make the holidays brighter in Mahomet

MAHOMET — A mother and her son stood side by side in front of Mahomet's Christmas display along Timberview Drive, taking in the wonder of it all — a twinkling Ferris wheel, a row of trees coated in colored holiday lights and Alvin and the Chipmunks leading all who passed by in Christmas cheer.

Meet George and Dixie Schoonover, the legends of it all.

'Truly special': Mahomet-Seymour madrigals bring the holiday magic

MAHOMET — Christina Nielsen knew from a young age she wanted to be in madrigals because of family tradition, but when she discovered she also had a passion for singing, there was no doubt about her auditioning for the 42nd annual madrigal dinner performances.

Little ones set the Bethlehem scene

MAHOMET — Emotions were running high last Thursday before Small Wonders Preschool's nativity performance.

"My mom is coming to see me!" said Colby Tobias, who played a shepherd.

More than a dozen 3- to 5-year-olds nervously put on their costumes to set the Bethlehem scene in front of their parents and a senior group, Older Adults Still in Service, at Mahomet Christian Church.

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