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Band no stranger to River Fest

The Sangamon River Music Festival will kick off this year with a band that's no stranger to Mahomet.

In fact, they were one of the groups that performed at the inaugural festival—and have returned several times since.

The Tons O' Fun Band will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22.


A unique tribute to the 1970s

At this year's Sangamon River Music Festival, 1970s tribute band Strung Out will get the opportunity to warm up the crowd for a genuine 1970s band: Head East.

"We're really excited about that," said Jeff Sismelich, who provides guitar, vocals and keyboards for the band. "I've always been a Head East fan, so I'm kind of excited just to be there."


A 'ten-year overnight sensation'

It's only in the past few years that Citizen Way has become a household name for contemporary Christian music fans nationwide.

But with a history stretching back to 2004, band members know how much hard work, persistence and inspiration went into creating what lead singer and guitarist Ben Calhoun calls a "ten-year overnight sensation."


Teen band ready for River Fest

As a young band, the members of the Flaming Churros know how difficult it can be to get their name out there.

Luckily for them, their name is pretty memorable.

Drummer Myles Jones said they spent several years trying out different names before guitarist Alex Maloney suggested "Flaming Churros."


Car wash for military personnel, veterans

By TERRY GREENE
Mahomet Citizen sportswriter

The Mahomet-Seymour volleyball program will be holding a free car wash for all current and former members of the military on Saturday, August 16, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the high school.


Remembering 'Bee'

When Mahomet resident Shirley Barnhart first started noticing back pain and flulike symptoms in the fall of 2012, she didn't make a fuss.

"She was very much of the generation that says, 'I'm not going to the doctor for a simple cold,'" her daughter Lindsay Ealy said.


Steeves honored for service

The Mahomet Lions Club presented the Duane Wagers Service Award to member Dick Steeves at their June 23 meeting.

Steeve has been a very active member of the club and has served on the board several years. He is active in the United Methodist Church and as a member of the Mahomet Area Youth Club board, as well as serving as a committee member on the Sangamon River Music Festival.


Third-grader a BMX star

For 8-year-old Ryken Kirby and his father Dave, BMX racing is in the blood.

Dave, who raced in his younger days in the 1980s, still has his old jersey, while Ryken dons the latest attire for the CCH racing team.


"She's definitely made her mark"

As she gets ready for retirement, former Mahomet resident Dianne Tennant-Rucker isn't looking for just one person to replace her on the job.

It'll take a half-dozen, at the very least.


Creating a special homecoming

By HOPE WEBB
For the Mahomet Citizen
 

On Friday, as her new home was dedicated, Gifford resident Margie Lewis stood among the volunteers from First Baptist Church of Mahomet who helped make the moment possible.


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