Rising Christian band headed to River Fest

Organizers of the 2016 Sangamon River Music Festival have made their first band announcement of the year: contemporary Christian act I Am They.

I Am They, based out of Carson City, Nevada, is a six-piece ensemble that’s recently begun attracting nationwide attention with the release of their self-titled debut album.

Officials propose water rate increase

Village officials are proposing a water rate increase in order to help fund replacement of the community’s aging infrastructure.

The proposed hike would increase the Village of Mahomet water rate by three cents, to 41 cents per hundred gallons of use. Sewer rates, as well as connection fees, would remain the same.

Nominations sought for Hall of Fame

Who are Mahomet-Seymour’s most distinguished graduates? Who has had the greatest impact on local schools and the community?

Members of the board for the newly formed Mahomet-Seymour Alumni Hall of Fame hope that plenty of local residents take the time to answer those questions in the coming months.

Musical mission looking to expand

When Ally Sussman launched Band Together 4 Music over four years ago, she wanted to ensure that all students—no matter their family circumstances—were able to participate in Mahomet-Seymour's band program.

Silver smoke-free designation for local parks

At a brief meeting of Mahomet’s village board on Tuesday night, village officials were honored for their efforts to reduce smoking in local parks.

Tara McCauley, special projects coordinator with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, presented the village with a “Silver Smoke-Free Park Award” on behalf of the Champaign County Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

Charges filed in fatal stabbing

A Seymour woman has been charged with second-degree murder following the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend late last week.

Sarah Kijanowski, 25, was arrested at the Champaign home of relatives on Monday afternoon, only hours after a judge ruled that her three children will remain in the temporary custody of the Department and Children and Family Services.

Longtime volunteers honored at Chamber banquet

As members of the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce gathered to celebrate their achievements in 2015, they said they were also looking forward to the opportunities that 2016 will bring.

“As a Chamber, we had a very successful year,” Chairman Ryan Heiser said as the organization’s annual banquet got underway at Middletown Prairie on Monday night.

Young artists to headline gallery show

Some young artists from Mahomet-Seymour Junior High will display their work for a wider audience this month.

Students in MSJH’s Visual Art Applications course are getting reach for a show at the [co] [lab] gallery in Urbana. It’ll open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 23 and run through Feb. 6.

Summer projects planned at M-S schools

The weather Tuesday night was frigid, but school board members were already looking forward to this summer’s major maintenance and construction projects.

The board okayed a contract with BLDD Architects for summer projects at Mahomet-Seymour High School, including renovations of the auditorium, library and common areas.

Cornbelt razes Franklin Street homes

The new year is bringing a new look to Franklin Street in downtown Mahomet, as Cornbelt Fire Protection District gears up for a major building project.

Late last week, demolition began on three houses located behind the current fire station, site of a planned 10,200-square-foot storage facility for the department’s emergency apparatus.


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