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.

Sidewalk Prophets returning to Riverfest

The Sangamon River Music Festival Committee announced last week that popular Christian band Sidewalk Prophets will be returning for a second appearance.

The band’s first show at River Fest, in 2012, drew one of the largest crowds in the festival’s history.

How you can help

As news of the fire at Lake of the Woods Apartments spread on Friday, Mahomet residents began asking what they could do to help.

"Everybody wants to do something, and there's nothing more frustrating in a situation like this than just waiting," said Kelly Formoso, branch manager of the Champaign office of the American Red Cross.

Countdown to Polar Plunge

The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois, will return to Lake of the Woods on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Hundreds of hardy souls are expected to brave the icy waters to support the over 21,000 athletes who participate in Special Olympics programs throughout the state.

Food trucks in Mahomet?

If a pilot program proposed by village leaders moves ahead, food trucks could soon be seen around Mahomet.

On Tuesday night, Village Planner Kelly Pfeifer told the board of trustees that staff have been approached by a business owner interested in operating a food truck.

Kindergarten round-up March 12

Children who will be five years old on or before by September 1, 2015, are eligible by state law for enrollment in public kindergarten.  

In order for the Mahomet-Seymour School District to accommodate student needs for the 2015-2016 educational year, the district needs an accurate estimate of the number of students eligible for enrollment.

Event to benefit "sister churches"

Next weekend, members of the Lutheran Church of Mahomet will gather to celebrate a 16-year partnership with two "sister churches" in Belarus.

Over the years, many LCM members—as well as some who now attend Mahomet's New Beginnings Lutheran Church—have helped forge a longstanding relationship between the far-flung congregations.

How to get a piece of Middletown

Mahomet-Seymour administrators said Monday that local residents can claim bricks from the old Middletown school starting later this week.

Crews from Razmus Excavating have begun demolishing the exterior walls of the school.

Fire destroys Mahomet home

An early-morning fire this weekend left a Mahomet resident homeless.

Cornbelt firefighters reported to a house fire in the 100 block of Carroll Street in Candlewood Estates around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. The home was fully engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.

Jump Rope for Heart drive underway

Students at Lincoln Trail and Sangamon are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's no. 1 and no. 2 killers.

On Feb. 19 and 20, the schools will host their annual Jump Rope for Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.


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