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School custodians typically work behind the scenes. But this fall, Mahomet-Seymour Junior High Head Custodian Don Rogers is in the spotlight.
Rogers is the recipient of a "Those Who Excel" award from the Illinois State Board of Education, selected for the honor after a nomination by MSJH administrators.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.