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By Terry Greene
MAHOMET CITIZEN SPORTSWRITER
For those who make the annual trip to Wrigley Field to watch the Chicago Cubs chase their National League pennant hopes, wisdom and advice flows freely from the seats high above the field. Managing, umpiring, and most importantly, playing, is much, much easier in the bleachers than it is on the field.
Local residents are coming together to support a Monticello native who was injured in a bull riding accident in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 25.
Griffin Strode, 20, is now starting down the long road to recovery from a traumatic brain injury—but making such rapid progress that even his doctors are amazed.
His mom, Michele Strode, calls it "nothing short of a miracle."
Eleven-year-old Mark Harpst got a special gift this month: an AmTryke from Greater Champaign County AMBUCS.
AmTrykes provide a set of wheels for individuals whose physical challenges may not allow them to ride a traditional bike.
Three years ago, Mahomet resident Brundy Marron never could've imagined that someday she would go kayaking.
At that time, she was undergoing extensive therapy after being hospitalized with severe gallbladder problems, relearning how to walk and even eat. Since that time, she's lost about 140 pounds and gained the confidence to get out and try new things—like kayaking.
A community of supporters continues to grow for a Mahomet family after their 7-year-old son, Jeremiah King, was hit by a car two weeks ago.
That community is called “Team Jeremiah,” and close friends say the amount of people who have stepped forward wanting to help this family has “snowballed.”
The Champaign County Farm Bureau auditorium was alive with the whirr of sewing machines on Friday, as members of the Mahomet unit of the Home and Community Education group banded together with Mahomet 4-H'ers to create unique blankets for local children with autism.
In Hans Waters’ Mahomet home is a display case containing a pretty impressive curio: a gleaming gold Emmy statuette, placed next to his son’s Pinewood Derby trophy.
It was presented by mail rather than at a red-carpet ceremony, but it was no less exciting.
News-Gazette staff photos from central Illinois in July of 2012.
On a rainy Monday afternoon, relatives and friends of 16-year Air Force veteran Matt Mueller gathered in a garage in Mahomet to assemble 125 care packages to send to him in the Middle East.
All 125 weren't for Mueller himself, of course—he'll hand them out to his fellow soldiers, in order to spread a little Independence Day cheer.
Organizers of Mahomet Area Youth Club's celebration and charity auction are trying to get the word out early this year, reminding local residents to mark their calendars for the annual event.
This year's celebration will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Lake of the Woods pavilion.