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Band no stranger to River Fest

The Sangamon River Music Festival will kick off this year with a band that's no stranger to Mahomet.

In fact, they were one of the groups that performed at the inaugural festival—and have returned several times since.

The Tons O' Fun Band will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22.


A unique tribute to the 1970s

At this year's Sangamon River Music Festival, 1970s tribute band Strung Out will get the opportunity to warm up the crowd for a genuine 1970s band: Head East.

"We're really excited about that," said Jeff Sismelich, who provides guitar, vocals and keyboards for the band. "I've always been a Head East fan, so I'm kind of excited just to be there."


A 'ten-year overnight sensation'

It's only in the past few years that Citizen Way has become a household name for contemporary Christian music fans nationwide.

But with a history stretching back to 2004, band members know how much hard work, persistence and inspiration went into creating what lead singer and guitarist Ben Calhoun calls a "ten-year overnight sensation."


Teen band ready for River Fest

As a young band, the members of the Flaming Churros know how difficult it can be to get their name out there.

Luckily for them, their name is pretty memorable.

Drummer Myles Jones said they spent several years trying out different names before guitarist Alex Maloney suggested "Flaming Churros."


Community dedicates new school

Local residents gathered on Sunday afternoon to dedicate the new Middletown Prairie Elementary, which opens its doors this week to pre-K and kindergarten students.


You're invited to Middletown Prairie

Local residents are invited to check out the new Middletown Prairie Elementary School before the first bell rings later this month.

A dedication ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17, followed by an open house until 4 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and tour the building, which is located just off Churchill Drive on the east side of Mahomet.


Starting with the basics

By HOPE WEBB
For the Mahomet Citizen

Music filled the air of State Street last week as the Marching Bulldogs jump-started their season with their annual band camp.

194 students, 40 hours, 12 sections, two directors and one week is all it takes for the band to learn half of their competition show, starting with the very basics of marching.


Car wash for military personnel, veterans

By TERRY GREENE
Mahomet Citizen sportswriter

The Mahomet-Seymour volleyball program will be holding a free car wash for all current and former members of the military on Saturday, August 16, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the high school.


Remembering 'Bee'

When Mahomet resident Shirley Barnhart first started noticing back pain and flulike symptoms in the fall of 2012, she didn't make a fuss.

"She was very much of the generation that says, 'I'm not going to the doctor for a simple cold,'" her daughter Lindsay Ealy said.


Equipment sale falls short

Bids for sale of several pieces of surplus Village equipment came in significantly lower than expected this month.


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