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When Brian Dougherty moved in with Mahomet residents Robin and Travis Vandiver this spring, he was confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak even his own name. Most of his communication was limited to hand motions.
Longtime Mahomet resident Mervin Parrett passed away this week, at the age of 100. Here, in a story published in the Citizen in October 2013, he talks about his memories of the community.
Mervin Parrett has seen a lot of changes in his 100 years.
But as a lifelong resident of rural Mahomet, one of the biggest changes has been the way that people get around.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.