Paslay to headline at River Fest

Sangamon River Music Festival organizers have announced that rising country music star Eric Paslay will headline this year's Saturday night lineup.

Planning a park

On Monday night, Mahomet-Seymour Superintendent Rick Johnston gave members of the school board an update on the future of the Middletown site.

The school, located at Division and Main, was demolished last fall after the new Middletown Prairie opened its doors on the east side of Mahomet.

Video gambling issue reignites

An effort to legalize video gambling in Mahomet failed to gain traction this week, nearly a year to the day after the issue first ignited debate.

A standing-room-only crowd turned out to protest the measure, which foundered after a vote to move the issue to next week’s agenda for further discussion failed.

UPDATED: Cornbelt seeking new fire chief

As they begin the search for a new fire chief, members of the Cornbelt Fire Protection District board of trustees say they’re looking to build on their strengths.

“Chief Galey has really taken us to a new level,” Trustee Lee Jessup said, noting Cornbelt’s strides in the areas of training, equipment and personnel retention.

Remembering Lincoln

After 150 years, the shock of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination has faded into the pages of history, polished to a mythic sheen by the passing of years.

'Lincoln Tree' sapling puts down roots

For hundreds of years, a huge burr oak stood on what is now the east side of Mahomet, near the site of the historic Nine Gal Tavern.

“It was huge,” Jane Stubblefield, who owns the adjacent property with her husband Dennis. “Everybody called it the Lincoln Tree.”

Melchi, Park re-elected

Voters in the Mahomet-Seymour school district opted to return a slate of incumbent candidates to the board on Tuesday.

Three candidates were in the running for two seats representing townships in the district other than Mahomet Township.

Cornbelt looking to expand

After several years of discussion and planning, Cornbelt Fire Protection District is moving forward with plans to expand their facility on Main Street.

The plan approved last week by the board of trustees calls for construction of a new building north of the current station on Franklin Street.

Band headed back to Fiesta Bowl parade

Come January, members of the Mahomet-Seymour Marching Bulldogs will once again be ringing in the New Year in Phoenix, Arizona.

The band was selected to march in the Fiesta Bowl parade, which is held each year in late December.

'80s band to headline River Fest

Sangamon River Music Festival organizer David Parsons said last week that ‘80s rock band Jack Russell’s Great White will be a headliner at this year’s event, set for August 28 and 29 in downtown Mahomet.

The band will take the stage at 9:30 p.m. on Friday.


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