'Truly special': Mahomet-Seymour madrigals bring the holiday magic

MAHOMET — Christina Nielsen knew from a young age she wanted to be in madrigals because of family tradition, but when she discovered she also had a passion for singing, there was no doubt about her auditioning for the 42nd annual madrigal dinner performances.

M-S chess team picking up key wins early

The Mahomet-Seymour chess team has jumped out to a strong start. The Bulldogs improved to 5-1 on the season by picking up a pair of wins over Mattoon last week and splitting a doubleheader with LaSalette Catholic Academy last month.


Against Mattoon

Little ones set the Bethlehem scene

MAHOMET — Emotions were running high last Thursday before Small Wonders Preschool's nativity performance.

"My mom is coming to see me!" said Colby Tobias, who played a shepherd.

More than a dozen 3- to 5-year-olds nervously put on their costumes to set the Bethlehem scene in front of their parents and a senior group, Older Adults Still in Service, at Mahomet Christian Church.

'He's my superhero': Mahomet's Linda Miller forever thankful to daughter's classmate after kidney donation

MAHOMET — Life can change in an instant, and for Mahomet's Linda Miller, it all changed with an unexpected phone call in early May. It was from Joel Shoemaker, the best friend of her eldest daughter, Sarah Miller, on the line. The two had graduated together from Mahomet-Seymour High School in 2002.

Saint Nick visits downtown Mahomet, hears children's wish lists

MAHOMET — Christmas comes but once a year, but Saturdays are good for research, and Santa knows that.

From his white chair in a building on Main Street, Saint Nick was polling kids about their top wishes, as well as handing out gift bags.

"I'm getting a lot of requests for Legos and LOLS," he said Saturday.

What's an LOL?

"I don't know," Santa admitted.

'A little secret hideaway': Sunset Christmas Tree Farm a place to make holiday memories

MANSFIELD — Sunset Christmas Tree Farm is easily Mansfield's best-kept holiday secret. It all began 14 years ago when owners Justin Lamb and Kevin Dyer of Mahomet were looking for a place to start a landscaping business.

They opened Sunset Landscaping and Trees after deciding to branch out on their own. They had previously worked together for a different landscaper.

Bill to safeguard aquifer awaits Rauner's OK

SPRINGFIELD — It's been two years since a natural gas leak was discovered near the Mahomet Aquifer.

In June, the Mahomet Aquifer Protection Task Force met with officials from the state's Environmental Protection Agency and Oil and Gas Resource Management office.

Village Christmas gets Mahomet holiday season underway

Gray skies were no match for the high spirits found during the joyous festivities of Village Christmas last weekend.

"God cooperated again with the weather," said Walter Pierce, director of Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce. "The low was 38 degrees that night and 48 when we started. That's pretty good."

M-S Christmas play 'Wake up Santa' a 'show for the kids'

The whole storyline of Mahomet-Seymour's Christmas play performances was in the title itself, "Wake Up Santa," but the show was far from a snooze-fest for the audiences.

For Carly Pogue, a senior co-director, the crowd-pleasing moments all came down to the holiday songs from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to "Jingle Bells" and much more.

"They have high energy," Pogue said.

Let the holiday season begin: Chamber prepares for Village Christmas

The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce will kick off the holiday season with Village Christmas in downtown Mahomet from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

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