Club hopes to fund long-term recovery in Nepal

A local service organization is hoping to help the earthquake-stricken country of Nepal—not with immediate disaster relief, but with long-term aid in rebuilding.

Nurse honored for 'heart of gold'

When Mahomet resident Marie DesChamps' granddaughter asked the retiree if she was "still a nurse," DesChamps had a quick answer.

"I told her, 'Once you're a nurse, you're always a nurse,'" said DesChamps, whose nursing career has continued long past her official retirement as director of patient care at the Carle Cancer Center.

Local veteran part of Honor Flight

Last week, one Mahomet veteran got the chance to experience the trip of a lifetime — all in one action-packed day.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Floyd Doenitz joined over 80 other Central Illinois veterans on an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C.

“It was a fabulous trip,” said Doenitz, who is now retired after farming in the Mahomet area for over 45 years.

Sculpture a testament to mother's legacy

Anybody passing by can enjoy “Cross Pollination,” a metal sculpture now on display outside Bridle Brook in Mahomet.

But its creator had a specific audience in mind when she chose the location. It’s right outside the window belonging to her mother, Bridle Brook resident Grace Rojek.

“It wasn’t really built for her, but I knew she’d love it,” artist Christine Rojek said.

Trunk or Treat event canceled

A "Trunk or Treat" event planned for Friday on Mahomet's Main Street has been canceled after several businesses slated to participate saw their plans fall through.

Organizers say that they hope to hold the event next year.


A second chance

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.

Looking back at 100 years

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.

Band no stranger to River Fest

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.

A unique tribute to the 1970s

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."

A 'ten-year overnight sensation'

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."


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