Champaign County

A brighter tomorrow: Village to examine future of downtown Mahomet

MAHOMET — Village officials have their sights set on creating a vision for downtown Mahomet. Earlier in October, the village selected a professional consultant, SmithGroup of Chicago, to form a 20-year vision with a downtown master plan.

Lakeida Nichols a key cog in coach Nathan Seals' team

MAHOMET — Lakeida Nichols was at war in her own head. The Mahomet-Seymour senior is the fastest player in the Apollo Conference — she proved that on the track last spring when she became the conference champion in the 100-meter dash.

Despite her supreme athleticism, the senior forward has never been wired to score.

Mahomet's David Ayre-Patten becomes firefighter of the year

MAHOMET — David Ayre-Patten often sees people on the worst days of their lives as a firefighter and EMT for Mahomet's Cornbelt Fire Protection District. But he doesn't let that stop him from being a go-getter.

"The first year I was on, I can't remember how many calls we ran. It was like 1,114, and I made 499 calls," he said. "I was just shy of half."

'They deserved this': Bulldogs overcome four-game skid

MAHOMET — After Mahomet-Seymour's crushing 73-67 overtime loss to Mattoon just seven days earlier, Mahomet-Seymour coach Ryan Bosch knew he had to make a change. After consulting the team captains and the rest of his coaching staff, he inserted sophomore Braden Finch and senior Connor Kamphaus into the starting lineup, replacing Dawson Finch and Kobe Essien.

Obituaries for Jan. 18, 2019

Don Brown

URBANA — Richard Donald Brown, known all his life as Don, was surrounded by family and friends as he passed peacefully in his sleep Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at the age of 92.

Top news from 2018

That’s a wrap. Another year is in the books. As 2018 rides off into the sunset, let’s recap last year’s top 10 news events, listed in no particular order. Without any further ado:


No. 1: Arrest made in 2009 murder of Mahomet's Holly Cassano

Mahomet's Samantha Hurt opens up about daughter's disorder

Samantha Hurt was taking in the joys of motherhood with 10-month-old daughter Anna Hurt until she noticed something just wasn't quite right.

"She just kind of started doing some things I would call concerning," Hurt said.

The Mahomet mother of three, including son Jacob, 15, and daughter Emerson, 7, watched as her daughter's "personality changed a little bit."

Village approves $1 million reconstruction project

MAHOMET — Residents will see the reconstruction of Sunny Acres Road from South Mahomet Road to Oak Street beginning in April.

In Tuesday's board meeting, trustees approved funding the $1 million project with $800,000 in federal funding from the 2018 Urban Surface Transportation Program and another $200,000 in local funds. Construction is expected to be completed by August 2019.

Mahomet-Seymour Junior High basketball teams start off strong

The Mahomet-Seymour junior high boys' basketball teams have continued their strong starts to the season. The seventh-graders sit at 8-3 after wins over Rantoul Eater and Clinton.

The eighth-graders are a sparkling 11-0. They have won seven of their 11 games by more than 11 points.


Seventh grade

M-S 42, Rantoul Eater 32.

Special requests: Mahomet-Seymour elementary students write letters to Santa

MAHOMET — Beth Musgrove tasked her third-graders with writing letters to Santa last week, but the Lincoln Trail Elementary School teacher had no idea the assignment would bring her to tears.

"It just made her cry when she read it," said third-grader Kasia Francom of her letter to Santa.

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