Library marking 50 years

Mahomet Public Library has come a long way in 50 years.

The institution, founded in 1966, started out with 3,000 books, art prints and phonograph records. Today, it boasts over 36,828 books, 2,654 DVDs, 3,687 music CDs and audiobooks, plus more than 30,000 digital titles available through membership in various consortia.

Bank hosting toy drive

First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust in Mahomet is collecting new toys and teen-appropriate gift cards for Mahomet Helping Hands' annual holiday giveaway.

The giveaway provides some Christmas gifts and seasonal cheer for families in need in the Mahomet-Seymour school district.

Unwrapped toys and gift cards can be dropped off now through Dec. 16 at First Mid.

Sangamon River Music Festival 2015 schedule

All events in downtown Mahomet unless otherwise noted.

Friday, Aug. 28

5 - 10 p.m. Carnival rides
5 - 10 p.m. Crafters’ Village, vendors, food court
5 - 11:30 p.m. Lions Club Beer Tent
6- 9 p.m. Bingo
6:10 p.m. Kinnamon Brothers
6:45 p.m. Discount Rhythm Dukes
7:45 p.m. Jury’s Out
9:30 p.m. Jack Russell’s Great White

Saturday, Aug. 29

MAYC run marks two decades

For the Mahomet Citizen

For two decades, runners across Central Illinois have been marking their calendars for mid-August.

This Saturday marks the 20th annual Mahomet Half-Marathon and 5K, a fundraiser for Mahomet Area Youth Club that draws competitive and casual runners alike to the streets of Mahomet.

Museum part of "selfie" promotion

For the Mahomet Citizen

School may be out, but local kids and families are still learning—and having fun at the same time—at local museums.

Attendance at the Museum of the Grand Prairie has increased steadily this summer, drawing guests in with numerous free programs and a few technological incentives.

Busy summer at Camp Kiwanis

For the Mahomet Citizen

Girl Scouts are out in full force at Mahomet’s Camp Kiwanis again this year, and with the summer comes some changes for participating young women.

The day camp program has continued to grow, with over 300 girls in first through fifth grade enrolled, a 17 percent increase from last year.

Local Little Miss crowned at Fisher Fair

Mahomet hung onto a prestigious title at this week's Fisher Fair, as resident Haylee Vallowe was crowned Little Miss Fisher Fair 2015.  The 2014 title belonged to another Mahomet resident, Lacie Bushman.  2015 Miss Fisher Fair Queen is Karson Pacunas of Fisher.

Independence Day weekend 2015

Celebrations in Mahomet and Seymour marked the Fourth of July.

Car show set for July 5

After the fireworks have faded, auto enthusiasts from across the area will descend on downtown Mahomet for the annual Mahomet Auto Fest.

Last year’s event boasted 135 cars on display, “so we’re hoping for at least that many” at this year’s show, set for July 5,  said Theresa Berry of the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteers sought for Freedom Fest

If you enjoy the Fourth of July celebration at Lake of the Woods each summer, organizers hope you’ll take it a step further and join them in making the event possible.

“This is really a community event,” said Pat Simpson, volunteer coordinator for the Champaign County Forest Preserve District.


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