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Organizers of Vietnam Wall visit seek volunteers

After over a year of planning, the Wall that Heals is on its way to Mahomet—and organizers of the effort are now looking for volunteers to lend a hand.

“We want this to be a county-wide event,” said Bill Jones, chair of the “Bring the Vietnam Wall to Champaign County” committee. “We want to involve as many people throughout the county as possible.”


Family bearloom

Longtime Mahomet resident LZ Reece passed away this week at the age of 82. Here's a story he told us in 2014 about a unique hunting trip.

Thirty-four years ago, over coffee at the Hen House, Mahomet residents L.Z. Reece and Bud Taylor decided to go on a bear hunt.


Dragon boat team on maiden voyage

It’s a windy 28 degrees on the shores of Homer Lake—hardly ideal conditions for mid-April—but a group of novice boaters are anticipating their maiden voyage.

This is the first launch of the Prairie Dragon Paddlers, a team of breast cancer survivors about to learn the basics of the sport of dragon boating.


Honoring the cancer fight in Mahomet

Organizers of this year’s Mahomet Mini-Relay know that most people in the community have been touched — in one way or another — by cancer.

So they’re hoping Mahomet residents will come out to celebrate hope and the search for a cure.


Registration underway for Community-Wide Garage Sale

The spring Community-Wide Garage Sale will be held Thursday, May 5, through Saturday, May 7. 

The registration deadline is noon on Thursday, April 28. To register, drop by the Mahomet Citizen office on Main Street or contact Molly Scott at mscott@news-gazette.com or (217) 373-7426.


Nominations sought for Hall of Fame

Who are Mahomet-Seymour’s most distinguished graduates? Who has had the greatest impact on local schools and the community?

Members of the board for the newly formed Mahomet-Seymour Alumni Hall of Fame hope that plenty of local residents take the time to answer those questions in the coming months.


Musical mission looking to expand

When Ally Sussman launched Band Together 4 Music over four years ago, she wanted to ensure that all students—no matter their family circumstances—were able to participate in Mahomet-Seymour's band program.


Longtime volunteers honored at Chamber banquet

As members of the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce gathered to celebrate their achievements in 2015, they said they were also looking forward to the opportunities that 2016 will bring.

“As a Chamber, we had a very successful year,” Chairman Ryan Heiser said as the organization’s annual banquet got underway at Middletown Prairie on Monday night.


New shop sparking nostalgia

When longtime friends Sara Terry and Valerie Jesswein opened their new shop, Daydreaming Vintage, just before Christmas, it was the culmination of their dream of turning a hobby into a business.

“We’ve always been junkers,” Jesswein said, referring to their love of hunting down hidden treasures at flea markets, garage sales and resale shops.


Marching Bulldogs ringing in New Year in Phoenix

By the time the Mahomet-Seymour Marching Bulldogs get to the Fiesta Bowl Parade on Jan. 2, they’ll have plenty of marching miles behind them.

Since Nov. 1, the group has practiced two mornings a week before school, making between 14 and 18 laps around the track in the high school fieldhouse in order to simulate the parade route.


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