Nurse honored for 'heart of gold'

When Mahomet resident Marie DesChamps' granddaughter asked the retiree if she was "still a nurse," DesChamps had a quick answer.

"I told her, 'Once you're a nurse, you're always a nurse,'" said DesChamps, whose nursing career has continued long past her official retirement as director of patient care at the Carle Cancer Center.

Mayor resigns; appointed administrator

Mahomet Village President Patrick Brown resigned on Tuesday night—only to be appointed to the vacant post of village administrator less than an hour later.

The appointment was made by trustee Sean Widener, who stepped into the role of acting village president after Brown's resignation, and confirmed by the board.

Brown declares intent to resign

At a special meeting of the village board on Tuesday night, Village President Patrick Brown declared his intention to resign—and set in motion the process to find his successor.

Businesses collecting for those in need

First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust is collecting new and gently used toys this month for donation to Helping Hands.

Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the bank through Friday, Dec. 12. That’s also the date of the bank’s Holiday Open House.

Board hires interim at MPE

On Monday night, the Mahomet-Seymour school board hired Mahomet resident Ralph Leffler as interim principal at Middletown Prairie Elementary.

Students highlight distracted driving dangers

Last week, Cornbelt firefighters responded to an accident in the Mahomet-Seymour High School parking lot. An ambulance stood by as emergency personnel extricated a teen in the passenger's seat from the car, which had suffered a front-end collision.

Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday

The Mahomet Ministerial Alliance, a group of ministers from local churches, invite all local residents to the annual Community Thanksgiving Service at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the Mahomet-Seymour High School Auditorium.

The MSHS Madrigals will perform, and Andrew Powell will be the guest speaker. A free-will offering will benefit Mahomet Helping Hands.

Playground fundraising goal reached

At Monday night’s school board meeting, Board President Terry Greene accepted a check from local businessman Brooks Marsh representing the proceeds from a fundraising effort on behalf of the new playground at Middletown Prairie Elementary.

Weekend of holiday events starts Dec. 5

A weekend of holiday-themed events will help get Mahomet residents in the Christmas spirit as December begins.

The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce will host three celebrations during the weekend beginning Dec. 5, with the aid of local businesses and the Mahomet Town and Country Women's Club.

New engine purchase centers on safety

When Cornbelt Fire Protection District officials purchased Fire Engine 2257 earlier this year, it wasn’t a matter of looking around the lot and taking a truck or two for a test drive.

It’s a big-ticket purchase, requiring planning and patience. Cornbelt took delivery of its newest engine this summer, 34 months after the purchasing process was first set in motion.


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