Fred Kroner

A look back: 2017's top 10 magical sports moments

Highlights include boys' cross-country team repeating as state champs, M-S leaving Corn Belt

Any time a list is compiled, it's seldom a series of cut-and-dried choices with no other options capable of inclusion.

The 10 greatest Mahomet-Seymour sports achievements during the 2017 calendar year is no exception.

Retiring assessor has no plans to leave the town she loves

LaDonna Kaiser has a more thorough knowledge of Mahomet than any current resident.

She has the community covered from the historical perspective, as well as from first-hand knowledge.

Kindergartner Elena Oertwig gets a helping hand

Elena Oertwig knows many people who deserve a hand.

She was at the top of the list.

The Mahomet-Seymour kindergarten student literally received a helping hand a few weeks ago.

The sounds of music paved way into Hall of Fame

Brian Haag's early years with music were ones of frustration.

"I took piano lessons," he said, "but I didn't enjoy it."

When he reached fifth grade, it was time to pick an instrument for band. Haag didn't get his first choice.

Edwards family children give gifts of time, love

Ella Edwards is 11 years old and in sixth grade.

Her two sisters are both younger.

They have already experienced more of life's hardships in their years than many have to face in their first 20 years.

Collectively, the Mahomet residents have also experienced and shared one of life's most rewarding lessons, one that many haven't achieved well into adulthood, if at all.

Lake of the Woods to host triathlons

The Lake of the Woods area will serve as a host for a triathlon next fall.

Jayne Deluce, from the Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau, told members of the Mahomet Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday that the 3 Disciplines Illinois State Championship will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23.

After-school class project benefits 'Nutcracker'

The heaviest roles in the Champaign Urbana Ballet Academy's Nutcracker performances often fall on the lightest shoulders.

Tiny ballerinas are dancing around stage with a 4-foot stick attached to a 7-pound horse head.

It's a weighty issue.

That was in the past.

Longtime Lincoln Trail P.E. teacher ready for new pursuit

Lu Rippy will soon transition from working with a building of children to focusing on one specific child.

On Dec. 20, the Lincoln Trail physical education teacher will retire from her classroom duties for a pursuit she is delighted to experience.

Students orchestrate Veterans Day ceremony

The big-picture items were impressive.

Mahomet-Seymour's high school student council put together a Veterans Day program on Nov. 10 that included a breakfast for those who served, followed by an all-school assembly where former Bulldog Anthony Wirth was the keynote speaker.

Woman gets a lift from charity after nine years without a vehicle

Kathryn Woodcock's life is far from perfect, but her attitude is exemplary.

A resident of Meadowview Apartments, Woodcock is a single mother of three who is on disability.

"For nine years," she said, "we were without a vehicle."

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