Emily Jankauski

Those who served: Mahomet veteran Gary Reid 'proud' of 22-year military career

Heroes are ordinary people who do the extraordinary. The definition is one Denise Reid of Mahomet feels best suits husband Gary Reid, who served more than 22 years in the military.

But the Navy, Army Reserves and Army National Guard veteran rejects the title.

"I'm just an average guy," Gary Reid said. "I'm no different than anybody else."

An emotional salute: Mahomet Christian's Living Flag performances honor local veterans

Ron Ross, a Navy veteran, waved an American flag during a salute to the armed forces atop Mahomet Christian Church's four-tiered U.S. flag lined with 29 singers during last Friday's 14th annual Living Flag performance.

The song honors all five military branches, asking veterans who served to stand for their respective branch as the choir sings each theme.

Putting talent on display: M-S' fall chorus concert a fun evening of music

\Mahomet-Seymour High School put its fine arts programs on display once again Tuesday with a fall choral concert. With more than 135 students taking to the new choir risers, it was easy to see why many came to snag the perfect seat early.

Rolling in the dough: M-S students raise funds for community holiday help

Last week, Mahomet-Seymour High School students were rolling in the dough — literally.

More than 100 students spread across four sections of economics classes were knee deep in cookie dough for the course's Cookie Project.

Students baked dozens upon dozens of cookies to sell at the junior high and high school all for a good cause.

Amy Cunningham finds her rhythm as leader of drumming exercise class

As a college student, Amy Cunningham had no desire to exercise regularly. She always enjoyed public speaking, but she never pictured herself doing so as a fitness instructor.

Now Cunningham leads Mahomet Parks and Recreation's Pound, a group fitness class that uses drumsticks to exercise to the tune of upbeat pop music.

Burgwald Eye Center's Trunk or Treat pulls Mahomet together

With Main Street's businesses decked out in Halloween hoopla in celebration of Burgwald Eye Center's fourth annual Trunk or Treat last Friday, it's easy to see why Mike and Kayla Smith decided to plant their family roots in Mahomet.

Melinda Edwards creates lasting memories with photography business

Melinda Edwards never got to meet her sister, Nicole Dean, who passed away at the age of 3 before Edwards was born. But with family photos, Edwards was able to form a connection with the girl she never met.

An unforgettable experience: M-S FFA officer team attends National FFA Convention

Ask any leader in their chosen field about the moment they realized their passion and many will recall the so-called lightbulb moment.

Museum of the Grand Prairie’s Halloween celebration is just good old-fashioned fun

The Museum of the Grand Prairie was all abuzz with more than 200 visitors for its annual Old Timey Halloween event last Friday. Mahomet resident Stan Stafford said he discovered the event while searching for Halloween activities for daughters Bianca, 9, and Daisy, 6.

"This was the first thing that popped up," he said.

'Practicing for Halloween': Treats in Town a fun dress rehearsal for early trick-or-treating

Mahomet kicked off the first of its Halloween festivities with Mahomet Parents Network's Treats in Town Saturday. The event had businesses in the Commercial Drive, Eastwood Commons, Main Street and Oak Street areas opening their doors to trick-or-treaters and their families.

"It's kind of like a walk through for trick-or-treating," Christopher Whelchel of Mahomet said.

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