Cornbelt sets forum on new hire

Officials at Cornbelt Fire Protection District have announced that the search for a new fire chief has begun.

Current chief Lloyd Galey plans to retire on September 30. He’s served with Cornbelt since the spring of 2012, taking over upon the retirement of former chief John Jay.

Remembering Lincoln

After 150 years, the shock of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination has faded into the pages of history, polished to a mythic sheen by the passing of years.

'Lincoln Tree' sapling puts down roots

For hundreds of years, a huge burr oak stood on what is now the east side of Mahomet, near the site of the historic Nine Gal Tavern.

“It was huge,” Jane Stubblefield, who owns the adjacent property with her husband Dennis. “Everybody called it the Lincoln Tree.”

Melchi, Park re-elected

Voters in the Mahomet-Seymour school district opted to return a slate of incumbent candidates to the board on Tuesday.

Three candidates were in the running for two seats representing townships in the district other than Mahomet Township.

Cornbelt looking to expand

After several years of discussion and planning, Cornbelt Fire Protection District is moving forward with plans to expand their facility on Main Street.

The plan approved last week by the board of trustees calls for construction of a new building north of the current station on Franklin Street.

Band headed back to Fiesta Bowl parade

Come January, members of the Mahomet-Seymour Marching Bulldogs will once again be ringing in the New Year in Phoenix, Arizona.

The band was selected to march in the Fiesta Bowl parade, which is held each year in late December.

'80s band to headline River Fest

Sangamon River Music Festival organizer David Parsons said last week that ‘80s rock band Jack Russell’s Great White will be a headliner at this year’s event, set for August 28 and 29 in downtown Mahomet.

The band will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

School board candidates weigh in

The crowd was sparse but there were still plenty of questions for office-seekers at the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce's Candidate Forum on Thursday night.

Water rates to see 2-cent increase

Water rates will be going up in Mahomet, following a vote by the board of trustees on Tuesday night.

The board looks at those rates annually. In February, they first saw a proposal to increase water rates by two cents to 38 cents per 100 gallons of usage.

In recent years, water rates have gone up about one cent per year in order to keep up with inflation.

Veteran's novel picked for reading event

Looking for a good book to read on these snowy winter days? Students at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High have a suggestion.

Each year, members of the school’s Read Across Mahomet-Seymour group pick a book that they hope will interest both young people and adults and challenge members of the community to read it.


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