How to get a piece of Middletown

Mahomet-Seymour administrators said Monday that local residents can claim bricks from the old Middletown school starting later this week.

Crews from Razmus Excavating have begun demolishing the exterior walls of the school.

Fire destroys Mahomet home

An early-morning fire this weekend left a Mahomet resident homeless.

Cornbelt firefighters reported to a house fire in the 100 block of Carroll Street in Candlewood Estates around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. The home was fully engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.

Jump Rope for Heart drive underway

Students at Lincoln Trail and Sangamon are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation's no. 1 and no. 2 killers.

On Feb. 19 and 20, the schools will host their annual Jump Rope for Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth.

Its days are numbered

The old Middletown school is scheduled to come down this month—but Mahomet-Seymour officials say that local residents will have a chance to keep a piece of it.

Superintendent Rick Johnston said at Tuesday night’s school board meeting that asbestos removal from the 95-year-old building is now complete.

More street work coming this summer

This week, village officials got a first look at plans for this summer’s street maintenance projects.

Public Works Director Gary LaForge characterized those plans as a continuation of work done in previous years. During the past several summers, staff and contractors have resurfaced a number of Mahomet’s older streets.

Vandals strike over holidays

The holiday season brought havoc to some residents in Mahomet's Hunter's Ridge subdivision.

Mahomet police received three reports of residents whose car tires were "cut or otherwise deflated" during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, Police Chief Mike Metzler said. All those incidents occurred on Timber Wolf Lane in the hours after midnight.

A lot of PB&J at MSJH

Any way you add it up, a recent food drive at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High was a big success.

Students and staff collected 880 pounds of peanut butter, jelly and nut spreads like Nutella, amounting to 545 jars.

That, said Kristen Costello, development relations manager with Eastern Illinois Foodbank, is enough to make just over 19,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Family donates park to village

In what Mahomet Parks and Recreation Director Dan Waldinger called a “pretty monumental moment in Parks and Rec history,” Mahomet’s Taylor family signed the park bearing their name over the village.

Taylor Field, located along Hickory Street behind the railroad tracks, has been the site for many decades’ worth of baseball and softball games.

Recycle trees at Lake of the Woods

The Champaign County Forest Preserve District will again accept used Christmas trees to be recycled after the holiday season.

Trees may be dropped off at three forest preserve locations in the county through January 18.

Forest preserve staff use the trees to create habitats for fish in lakes around Champaign County. They’re also mulched for landscaping use.

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.


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