Emily Jankauski

New editor ready to tell stories from 'all walks of life'

MAHOMET — Penny Weaver grew up dreaming of being a comedian, but now she finds herself as a journalist in a bustling newsroom.

Meet Penny Weaver, The Mahomet Citizen's new editor.

Weaver is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1988.

Hard work pays off for M-S singers, musicians

MAHOMET — Music just happens to run in Ella Herriott's family. That tradition was one her grandmother, Barbara Herriott of Seymour, was elated to see on display during the Feb. 28 seventh- and eighth-graders' band and chorus concert.

"We've got a lot of music in our family," Barbara Herriott said.

Thank you for sharing the good in community

It's amazing what you can accomplish in one year and five months. Yes, that's the amount of time we've shared together.We've had 67 publications together. I have a hard time grasping that. Each week is spent trying to provide the best possible publication.

M-S jazz band shares the joy of music

MAHOMET — This year's Mahomet-Seymour High School Jazz Band is extra special to band director Michael Stevens.

M-S seniors garner academic honor

MAHOMET — Brisa McGrath and Nick Morrow are basking in the limelight and for good reason after being named to the 2018-19 All-State Academic Team and Honorable Mention Team, respectively.

For McGrath, the recognition was one that required an immediate phone call to her mom.

"I did not expect to be chosen," she said, "so I was really surprised and really happy when I found out."

Mahomet Girl Scout troop to use cookie money to help friend

MAHOMET — Girl Scout Troop No. 2941 may only be in its second year of cookie sales, but already the 13-member group is living out the Girl Scout Promise to help people at all times, including one of their own.

Meet Elena Oertwig, the troop's newest member. Unlike her fellow Girl Scouts, Elena arrives to troop meetings in a wheelchair.

A Valentine's she won't forget: M-S crossing guard 'blindsided' by surprise

MAHOMET — For Kristi Hart, last Thursday started out like any normal workday as a crossing guard for Lincoln Trail Elementary School, where she ensures students safely cross the intersection of Division and State streets each school day.

Learning about presidential leaders

MAHOMET — Henry Thomas, 5, was in a world of his own exploring the history of U.S. leaders past and present during Monday's Presidents Day celebration at the Museum of the Grand Prairie.

Henry Thomas tried on a colonial-style hat he'd just crafted out of construction paper — his best replica to the one that adorned our nation's first president, George Washington.

Mahomet Christian Church's play delivers message with loads of laughter

MAHOMET — Stephen Clarkson had no idea what his wife, Kathy, got him into when she agreed he would play a lead role in Mahomet Christian Church's first-ever dinner theater performance earlier this month.

"I said, 'OK, but I'm going to tell you something. I've never done anything like this before in my life, so you've got a lot of work on your hands."

Leaders of the pack: Two M-S seniors recognized as Good Citizens

MAHOMET — Ellen Bushell and Jordan Veldman have a good reason to be proud of themselves.

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