Finding her niche: Cammie Meerdink's Piper Pottery provides local artistry

Everyone thinks about falling in love when they are in high school.

And Cammie Meerdink did.

"I have been doing (pottery) since high school," she said. "I've always liked art, and been an artsy kid. But then I had a teacher in high school who let me focus on the wheel. I kind of had a natural aptitude for it."

Exploring East Central Illinois: Alison Johnson embarks in the great outdoors

Encouraging parents to step out into the great outdoors, Alison Johnson started a local initiative in Champaign County stemming from a national, nonprofit organization known as Hike it Baby to inspire parents and their children, ages birth to 5 years old, to get active in local nature areas.

STEPing out of the classroom: M-S special-ed students get involved in businesses

Pushing a broom with a smile on her face, Mahomet-Seymour High School student Kara Januzik, 15, meticulously cleans one area and then another in Kelsie Briggs' hair salon, Salon 105, for one hour, four days a week.

"I'm Kara Vader," Januzik said as she chuckled. "I have Star Wars nicknames, too. The nickname is fun and silly."

Obituaries for Feb. 16, 2018

James Breedlove

DEWEY — James B. Breedlove, 59, of Dewey died at 10:06 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Carle Foundation Hospital.

"Jim" was born Dec. 31, 1958, in Urbana, the oldest son of William B. and Dorothy (Peterson) Breedlove. He was raised in rural Dewey with his younger brother Carl. Jim was a 1977 graduate of Mahomet-Seymour High School.

Capturing the moment: Wanninger's photography business inspires

Refusing to look back, Heather Wanninger, owner of Sweet Lemonade Photography, was faced with a difficult situation and an even more difficult question when the former stay-at-home mother of three boys suddenly became a single mother.

"In 2011, my husband left me," Wanninger said. "I asked myself, 'What does our future look like now?'"

A heart for ministry: Kings travel to Dominican Republic

When Mahomet's Mike and Brandy King went on their first mission trip to the Dominican Republic in 1999, they did not expect their lives to be changed.

"Brandy and I never saw ourselves as international foreign ministry types of people," Mike King said. "In fact, I was more like, 'Look at all the need around here.'"

Obituaries for Feb. 9, 2018

Darrell Dalton

CHAMPAIGN — Darrell F. Dalton, 81, of Champaign died at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, (Jan. 28, 2018) at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

He is survived by five brothers, Jack Dalton, Gary Dalton, Don Dalton, Dan Slade and Jim Slade; and three sons, Joe Dalton, Tim Dalton and Jason Dalton.

Rose proposes transparency legislation after natural gas leaks

Conveying his frustrations in the relaying of communication between companies, state government and area residents impacted in last year's natural gas leak, Illinois Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, introduced legislation in an attempt to strengthen transparency in last Friday's press conference held at the Mahomet Village Administrative Building, 503 E.

Mother-daughter boutique keeps Mahomet in style

If you want to feel like you're shopping through your best friend's closet, look no further than Scarlett Moon Boutique.

Lincoln ambassador: Randy Duncan inspires area students

Making history come to life, Randy Duncan, an Abraham Lincoln presenter, inspired both audiences of young and old during Monday's school assemblies at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School, First School and the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.


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