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Kindergartner Elena Oertwig gets a helping hand

Elena Oertwig knows many people who deserve a hand.

She was at the top of the list.

The Mahomet-Seymour kindergarten student literally received a helping hand a few weeks ago.


Obituaries for Dec. 8, 2017

Louise Joanne Connell

SEYMOUR — Louise Joanne Connell of rural Seymour died Sunday (Dec. 3, 2017) at Arbor Rose in Monticello, with her family at her side after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer's.


Village Christmas draws crowd for Santa, shopping and socializing

The spirit of Christmas is here at last. Mahomet blocked off Main Street last Friday at 5 p.m. to create a weekend of holiday glee.

Hosted by The Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce, Village Christmas included seasonal festivities from Friday through Sunday.


Obituaries for Dec. 1, 2017

Harold 'Gene' Branson

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. — Harold Eugene "Gene" Branson, 84, of Bullhead City, Ariz., formerly of Rantoul, passed away on Nov. 14, 2017, at Joshua Springs Assisted Living, Bullhead City, Ariz.


The sounds of music paved way into Hall of Fame

Brian Haag's early years with music were ones of frustration.

"I took piano lessons," he said, "but I didn't enjoy it."

When he reached fifth grade, it was time to pick an instrument for band. Haag didn't get his first choice.


Edwards family children give gifts of time, love

Ella Edwards is 11 years old and in sixth grade.

Her two sisters are both younger.

They have already experienced more of life's hardships in their years than many have to face in their first 20 years.

Collectively, the Mahomet residents have also experienced and shared one of life's most rewarding lessons, one that many haven't achieved well into adulthood, if at all.


Small Business Saturday big deal in Mahomet

Mahomet is certainly no stranger to Small Business Saturday, a national shopping trend that encourages consumers to shop local for holiday treasures the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day.


'Nutcracker' cast features Mahomet youths

The magic of Christmas begins early for all children in "The Nutcracker," including the eight from Mahomet.

"I like being in 'The Nutcracker' because of the feeling backstage," seven-year veteran Byla Chapman, 11, said. "It's magical just watching the other dancers in the lighting. It just all goes together. It's really amazing."


After-school class project benefits 'Nutcracker'

The heaviest roles in the Champaign Urbana Ballet Academy's Nutcracker performances often fall on the lightest shoulders.

Tiny ballerinas are dancing around stage with a 4-foot stick attached to a 7-pound horse head.

It's a weighty issue.

That was in the past.


Longtime Lincoln Trail P.E. teacher ready for new pursuit

Lu Rippy will soon transition from working with a building of children to focusing on one specific child.

On Dec. 20, the Lincoln Trail physical education teacher will retire from her classroom duties for a pursuit she is delighted to experience.


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