Bill to safeguard aquifer awaits Rauner's OK

SPRINGFIELD — It's been two years since a natural gas leak was discovered near the Mahomet Aquifer.

In June, the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force met with officials from the state's Environmental Protection Agency and Oil and Gas Resource Management office.

'A little secret hideaway': Sunset Christmas Tree Farm a place to make holiday memories

MANSFIELD — Sunset Christmas Tree Farm is easily Mansfield's best-kept holiday secret. It all began 14 years ago when owners Justin Lamb and Kevin Dyer of Mahomet were looking for a place to start a landscaping business.

They opened Sunset Landscaping and Trees after deciding to branch out on their own. They had previously worked together for a different landscaper.

M-S Christmas play 'Wake up Santa' a 'show for the kids'

The whole storyline of Mahomet-Seymour's Christmas play performances was in the title itself, "Wake Up Santa," but the show was far from a snooze-fest for the audiences.

For Carly Pogue, a senior co-director, the crowd-pleasing moments all came down to the holiday songs from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to "Jingle Bells" and much more.

"They have high energy," Pogue said.

Saint Nick visits downtown Mahomet, hears children's wish lists

MAHOMET — Christmas comes but once a year, but Saturdays are good for research, and Santa knows that.

From his white chair in a building on Main Street, Saint Nick was polling kids about their top wishes, as well as handing out gift bags.

"I'm getting a lot of requests for Legos and LOLS," he said Saturday.

What's an LOL?

"I don't know," Santa admitted.

Village Christmas gets Mahomet holiday season underway

Gray skies were no match for the high spirits found during the joyous festivities of Village Christmas last weekend.

"God cooperated again with the weather," said Walter Pierce, director of Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce. "The low was 38 degrees that night and 48 when we started. That's pretty good."

Let the holiday season begin: Chamber prepares for Village Christmas

The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off the holiday season with Village Christmas in downtown Mahomet from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Mahomet-Seymour's fall play shines a light on 27-member cast

Last weekend, Mahomet-Seymour High School's 27-member performance of "I Don't Have a Clue" left audience members rolling in laughter. The comedic murder-mystery dinner plot left the crowd guessing who were the good guys and who were the bad guys up until the very end.

Keeping tabs on visitors: M-S' new kiosks scan IDs, alert officials with concerns

Out with the old and in with the new.

Earlier this month, Mahomet-Seymour schools implemented School Safe ID, a new visitor management and student hall pass system. With the swipe of a driver's license or state ID, a visitor's name and sign-in time is noted by the system and a sticker pass with the visitor's photo, sign-in time and a barcode prints out.

Helping in the healing: Comfort Dogs assist Lincoln Trail students cope with loss of classmate

Mahomet is mourning the loss of Joel Roberts, an 11-year-old Lincoln Trail student who passed away during a flag football game at Barber Park on Saturday. Parents David Roberts and Carrie Livesay Roberts told WCIA on Tuesday their son had a rare heart defect that went undiscovered until his autopsy.

Those who served: Mahomet veteran Gary Reid 'proud' of 22-year military career

Heroes are ordinary people who do the extraordinary. The definition is one Denise Reid of Mahomet feels best suits husband Gary Reid, who served more than 22 years in the military.

But the Navy, Army Reserves and Army National Guard veteran rejects the title.

"I'm just an average guy," Gary Reid said. "I'm no different than anybody else."

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