Courts Police and Fire

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.


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.


How you can help

As news of the fire at Lake of the Woods Apartments spread on Friday, Mahomet residents began asking what they could do to help.

"Everybody wants to do something, and there's nothing more frustrating in a situation like this than just waiting," said Kelly Formoso, branch manager of the Champaign office of the American Red Cross.


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.


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.


New engine purchase centers on safety

When Cornbelt Fire Protection District officials purchased Fire Engine 2257 earlier this year, it wasn’t a matter of looking around the lot and taking a truck or two for a test drive.

It’s a big-ticket purchase, requiring planning and patience. Cornbelt took delivery of its newest engine this summer, 34 months after the purchasing process was first set in motion.


Cornbelt open house next Thursday

Cornbelt Fire Protection District volunteer firefighters will be holding an open house at the fire station on Main Street on Thursday, October 16, from 6-8 p.m.

The whole family is invited to enjoy free hot dogs, drinks, balloons, and the always popular fire truck rides.
Sparky the Fire Dog will also be on hand to greet children and for picture opportunities.


48 years of service

In the fall of 1966, former Cornbelt Fire Protection Chief Bud Lindsey was determined to convince his new neighbor, Delmer Castor, to sign up as a volunteer firefighter.


Preparing for the worst

At Lincoln Trail, Tuesday morning starts with a sound that no one wants to hear inside a school: gunshots.

Uniformed officers race down a hallway, prompted by cries from fleeing students, only to corner the gunman near the door to the gymnasium.


No injuries in bus collision

Nobody was hurt after a Mahomet-Seymour school bus collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Main and Lombard Street on Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. About 60 junior high and high school students were on board the bus, headed home at the end of the school day.


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