Fred Kroner

Fred Kroner

Vote set on selling Sangamon School for above list price

MAHOMET — Sangamon Elementary School has a buyer — and one willing to pay more than the current list price of $600,000.

At a special meeting Monday, Mahomet-Seymour school board members will vote on whether to accept an offer of $750,000 from 1000 Churchill LLC for the 3.6-acre property.

Methane found in two more Mahomet-area private wells

MAHOMET — A Peoples Gas representative said Friday that "trace amounts" of methane gas were found in two more private wells near a leak that occurred about 6 miles north of Mahomet last December.

That brings to seven the number of private wells that had confirmed levels of methane.

Price is right for Sangamon School site

MAHOMET — Deals like this aren't on the table every day.

A property appraised at $2.2 million in 2015 is now for sale at the reduced price of $600,000.

The parcels in question are part of a 3.6-acre lot along east Main Street in Mahomet, site of the Sangamon School.

State EPA to test Mahomet-area wells for gas next week

MAHOMET — Starting next week, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will conduct its own testing of wells around an area north of Mahomet where an underground natural-gas leak occurred.

Forty homes will be tested near where a Peoples Gas employee noticed a leak, setting off a flurry of legal action in recent weeks.

Tests of Mahomet's water supply show no natural gas

MAHOMET — A test of two samples from Mahomet's drinking-water supply performed after a natural-gas leak near the village showed no evidence of the gas or its indicators, the village board was told Tuesday night.

Farmers rely on dependable drivers to get crops to elevator

Seasonal workers aren't just valuable for retail stores during the holiday shopping blitz. They're also imperative for farmers during the harvest season, which started in Champaign County several weeks ago.

A Life Remembered: Mahomet loses a lifelong public servant

MAHOMET — Lee Jessup was one of Mahomet's most prominent and influential residents.

He devoted 33 years to the Corn Belt Fire Protection District, starting as a volunteer firefighter and retiring last spring as a trustee.

He spent 24 years as the principal at Lincoln Trail Elementary, retiring in 2005.

'Expert' parents

Charlotte Colella is, in many ways, a typical 3-year-old.

"She runs, jumps in your lap and knocks you over," said Alexa Colella, her mother. "We call her 'The Tank' or 'The Linebacker.' "

The youngster has dreams and ambitions, too.

"She loves animals and wants to be a doctor," Alexa said.

Olympic trials: Urbana's Sands, 53, faster than ever on ice

URBANA — For most folks over 50, there are two realistic ways to get to the Olympic Trials:

— as a coach or with the support personnel staff;

— as a spectator.

Urbana's 53-year-old Theron Sands is attempting to demonstrate there's a viable third way.

Sands is in an odds-defying venture to earn a berth on the United States speedskating team for the 2018 Winter Games.

Prep Year in Review: Spartans fired up

In 2005, we asked sports writer Fred Kroner to come up with a formula to fairly evaluate all of our area schools against one another, whether they competed in five sports or in 20.