'I was just helping kids': Hometown hero Jason Seaman throws ceremonial pitch in St. Louis

MAHOMET — Very easily, Jason Seaman's story could have turned into a tragic one instead of the one that's ended with national recognition, on-field acknowledgment at professional sports games, and a happy life with his wife, 2-year-old son and 2-month-old daughter.

Obituaries for July 6, 2018

Barbara Frantz

ST. JOSEPH — Barbara Ann Frantz, 83, passed away on June 20, 2018, at The Bickford of Champaign.

Todd Lafond once again becomes The News-Gazette's All-Area Coach of the Year

For the second straight year, The News-Gazette selected Todd Lafond as the boys' track and field Area Coach of the Year.

Obituaries for June 22, 2018

Richard Hayden

MAHOMET — Richard Matthew Hayden, 90, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Glenwood Assisted and Supportive Living, Mahomet.

He was born Dec. 22, 1927, in Medford, Mass., to Matthew and Margaret (Curran) Hayden. Richard married Geraldine Marie O'Meara on Aug. 7, 1954, in Stoneham, Mass.

Mahomet area residents voice concerns to Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force

Jodi Eisenmann held a bottle of water up to members of the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force as she described the reality of daily living after a natural gas leak near the Mahomet Aquifer in December 2016.

"We get water delivered every Tuesday," she said.

It runs in the family: Cousins get creative in new Winderson's Creations crafting business

Mahomet residents Mary Pettenger and Marsha Prater are cousins, but that's not the only thing the pair have in common. The two share a love for crafting.

Obituaries for June 15, 2018

Marsha Bohn

BEMENT — Marsh D. Bohn of Bement, born Feb. 14, 1942, in Mulkeytown to Cora and Clearance Andrews, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

By her wishes, there will be no services.

'I'm gratified': Rev. John McIntosh gives his final sermon this Sunday after over 40 years in ministry

After more than 40 years of ministry, Rev. John McIntosh of Mahomet United Methodist Church will give his final sermon to his congregation on Sunday.

Though McIntosh has only been with the Mahomet-based church for the last five years, the Waynesville native has served six other locations in Illinois, including Bellflower and Foosland, Kewanee, Normal, Peoria, Pittsfield and Vandalia.

Mahomet Area Youth Club auction raises over $50K in annual fundraiser

"It's for the kids," said Andy Busch, one of two auctioneers at the annual Mahomet Area Youth Club's Boot Scootin' Auction.

Last Friday, approximately 250 people gathered in Doug and Stacy Schroeder's barn north of Mansfield for the youth organization's annual fundraiser.

Hometown hero: Community members create a large card to thank Jason Seaman

Like many Mahomet community members, Elizabeth VanHoutan, owner of Yellow & Company, was shocked when she heard the news of 2007 Mahomet-Seymour graduate Jason Seaman's efforts to stop a suspected student gunman at West Middle School in Noblesville, Ind., last Friday.

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