Chad Benedict joins us for our weekly chat

Chad Benedict is the assistant principal at Mahomet-Seymour High School. He and his family have lived in Mahomet for 13 years. Benedict and his wife, Becky, are both employed by the Mahomet-Seymour school district. The Benedicts live on a small farm, and their family is involved with raising and showing Hereford cattle.


It Takes a Village expands efforts, moves location

MAHOMET — Jackie Butler and Heather Denam had no idea they would be the difference makers in so many peoples' lives, but ever since they opened It Takes a Village, a not-for-profit organization offering free clothing and household items to central Illinois families in need, they've done just that.

One Winter Night: A 'humbling' experience for M-S counselor

CHAMPAIGN — All Tim Lybarger had to get him through 12 hours in 18-degree weather at the corner of Neil and Main streets was a cardboard refrigerator box and some duct tape.

"You do whatever you want to try and stay warm and make yourself as comfortable as possible on the street," he said of his home for the night.

Obituaries for Feb. 8, 2019

Roger Dotson

MAHOMET — Roger Dotson, 71, of Mahomet died at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Owens Funeral Home, 102 E. Dunbar St., Mahomet.


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Obituaries for Feb. 1, 2019

Wanda Elliott

MAHOMET — Wanda Elliott, from Mahomet, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home, Mattoon.

They're Bulldog Buddies: Joseph Stephen Dauwe, Adam Von Holten take friendship center stage

MAHOMET — Joseph Stephen Dauwe needed assistance from Bulldog Buddy Adam Von Holten entering Mahomet-Seymour's stage left during a Variety Show performance, but once seated behind the drum set, he was unstoppable.

Before Dauwe could waylay on the drums, Von Holten wanted to share his friend's story.

Sandy Beherns joins us for our weekly chat

Sandy Beherns is a Response to Intervention educator for the Gifford school district. Prior to this year, she was a third-grade teacher at Gifford Grade School for many years. Beherns also previously taught in the Urbana school district and is an educational consultant for Show-n-Tell Educational Consulting.

Obituaries for Jan. 25, 2019

Edward Armbrust

SEYMOUR — Edward J. Armbrust, 79, of Seymour died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at 6:40 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Dr. Armbrust was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Alhambra, Calif., a son of Earl and Bettie Armbrust.

Mahomet's David Ayre-Patten becomes firefighter of the year

MAHOMET — David Ayre-Patten often sees people on the worst days of their lives as a firefighter and EMT for Mahomet's Cornbelt Fire Protection District. But he doesn't let that stop him from being a go-getter.

"The first year I was on, I can't remember how many calls we ran. It was like 1,114, and I made 499 calls," he said. "I was just shy of half."

Obituaries for Jan. 18, 2019

Don Brown

URBANA — Richard Donald Brown, known all his life as Don, was surrounded by family and friends as he passed peacefully in his sleep Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at the age of 92.

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