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Katelyn Blankenship said she spent a lot of time thinking about her grandmothers when competing for the title of Miss Georgetown Fair.

She was particularly close to them, both of whom are deceased.

“I thought about my grandmothers and how proud they would be of me,” Blankenship said.

She also stayed calm knowing she was ready to compete.

She said to herself, “You’ve prepared yourself as much as you can. There is nothing else I can do at this time.

His state of mind must have helped. Blankenship won the title.

The Oakwood resident, 20, said she was especially happy to wear the crown.

The fair means so much to the locals, she said, so winning the title was the pinnacle.

“I have participated in other competitions, but none were as important to me as the Georgetown Fair Queen, because that’s why my whole competition experience has led me,” Blankenship said. “For me, it’s a very prestigious competition. Georgetown does a lot in the community. I am proud to be from this region. I am really.”

Daughter of Bryan Blankenship and Heather Wheaton, she was one of seven women vying for the title. Meghan Simpson and Macy Hayes, both of Hoopeston, were named first and second finalists.

Blankenship will soon be starting her freshman year at the University of Illinois, where she is studying anthropology and criminology. She also works at Billy Barooz in Champaign.

“Studying humans and their biology and criminal science will hopefully open a lot of doors in the legal arena,” she said, noting that her goal is to become a criminal lawyer. Preferably a prosecutor.

Blankenship said preparations for the competition started about a month and a half before the event. Competitors participated in volunteer activities in the community.

“We also had practice learning to walk properly, to interview properly,” she said. “We helped with the Georgetown Family Fair dinner. We did a lot of preparation for various areas of the competition and had to write a speech and put our dresses and swimsuits together and practice modeling them.

Blankenship said to the practice, “I walked around my living room.”

The hardest part of the competition for Blankenship was the swimsuit competition.

“It takes a lot of self-confidence to walk on stage in front of 200 people in swimsuits,” she said, noting that they were “very respectable swimsuits.”

Blankenship said she was shocked to win.

“I was in a mix between smiling and crying,” she said. “I was proud of the first and second finalists. I wouldn’t have been shocked if either of them had won. They were all amazing.

Blankenship has entered several contests and was named Miss Junior of Vermilion County in 2015, which has helped her feel comfortable speaking on stage.

She calls public speaking “fun, but at the same time terrifying”.

Candidates had to answer four questions and also had to deliver a speech. His subject of speech: “Small strong town. “

Blankenship credited competition directors Corinn Thornsbrough and Jill Pipe with boosting contestants’ confidence with their encouraging words.

In addition to her studies at the U of I, Blankenship is a facilitator for the First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education program and is a member of the Traveling Illini, a group that travels the Midwest.


Serve on board an aircraft carrier

A native of Urbana, Riley Falletti serves aboard one of the largest warships in the world, the US Navy aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Falletti, a 2018 Rantoul high school graduate, joined the Navy three years ago.

He said he joined the Navy “to have a stable career and environment”.

The 4,500 sailor carrier is nicknamed “The Mighty IKE” and is based in Norfolk, Virginia. The crew launch and retrieve planes at sea every day. It is longer than three football fields and weighs over 100,000 tonnes.

Falletti said he sees the importance of the carrier’s mission.

“We are able to go where some branches cannot,” he said, “and we are able to support a mission with air defense.

“It’s a pride to know that no matter what I do, it helps someone in one way or another. When I was young I admired the military defending civilians in our country and now I do too.

Library Summer Book Sale Set

Urbana Friends of the Library is holding its summer book sale until Sunday in the Lewis Auditorium on the Library’s ground floor.

A preview will be reserved for members. Members can join or renew their membership online or pay a $ 10 annual membership at the door.

Membership fees allow members to attend three preview evenings (spring, summer and fall book sales).

Books are half price today and free on Sundays. The sale, which began Thursday, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

All visitors to the library must wear a mask that completely covers their nose and mouth at all times. Proceeds from the sale of books support the purchase of library materials and programs.

State representative opens second office

State Representative Mike Marron, R-Fithian, will expand his services to voters by opening a second office. It will be located in Rantoul.

The office will be located at 112 E. Sangamon Ave. and will have a phone number at 217-499-0011. Marron can be contacted using the contact form on its website at or through its Danville office at 3821 N. Vermilion St., 5 Danville, IL 61832 or by calling 217-477-0104.

Marron said he places great importance on voter service.

“Expanding the reach of my staff in the communities I serve by adding a second location will help even more voters access services and navigate the bureaucracy and red tape they face,” he said. . “I hope everyone will take a few minutes to drop by and say hello, meet my staff and know that my office is there to meet your needs.”

Urbana students obtain the seal of bi-literacy

Twelve graduates of Urbana High School in the class of 2021 have obtained the Illinois State seal of biliteracy.

Are recognized:

Spanish – Kenia Bravo, Kira Buford-Rucker, Diego Carrillo, Lucah Kloster and Michael Mendoza-Perez.

German – Kathryn Choate, Dimitrios Glaros and Caroline Thies.

Arabic – Foziea Garada and Banan Garada.

French – Theodore Johnson and Francky Maemble Ntomb.

The state seal of the literacy program recognizes high school graduates who have achieved a high level of proficiency in English and one or more foreign or world languages. The seal is designated on the student’s diploma and transcript.

In addition, five Urbana High graduates received a commendation for literacy.

They are Foziea and Banan Garada, Framiel Kashila, Armand Lubadi and Oceanne Mnyampara, all French.

The Commendation Towards Dual Literacy is awarded to students who demonstrate progress toward Dual Literacy but do not fully meet the requirements of the Dual Literacy Seal.

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During school enrollment recently, 100 laptops and hotspots were distributed to families at Georgetown-Ridge Farm.

Community effort pays off for G-RF families

More than 100 laptops and Internet access points were recently distributed to families in Georgetown-Ridge Farm during school enrollment.

The technology was a joint venture of Project Success, School District, University of Illinois Community Data Clinic, State of Illinois, and PCs for People to expand internet and technology access for families. .

Over one million Illinois homes do not have access to a home computer. Recent reports indicate that more than a third of Illinois cannot meet a basic survival budget, with about 11.9% of the state’s population in 2019 living at or below the poverty line, according to the US Census Bureau.

East-central Illinois shows an even greater need among its 331,000 residents, with four counties – Champaign, Vermilion, Ford and Iroquois – reported as “poverty watch” or “warning” counties.

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Champagne woman receives national recognition

Ellen Hook of Champaign, COO of Ashley HomeStores of Illinois, was named to the Home Furnishings Business 40 Under 40 Class of 2021, which honors innovative young leaders in the furniture industry.

The winners will be recognized, celebrated and inducted at a reception at the High Point, North Carolina Furniture Market in October.

Hook, 35, joined his family’s furniture business, Ashley HomeStores of Illinois, 13 years ago. She said running a business during last year’s pandemic was tough, but credited her parents Mike and Sheila Bruegge, who taught her ‘you can never give up’.

Since joining the company when it only had one store in Champaign, Hook has led the company to add three more HomeStores in Peoria, Bloomington and East Peoria as well as a distribution center. unnatural.

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Vanilla Ice, right, in a selfie when he stopped by Tilton’s house.

Vanilla Ice visits Vermilion County

The village of Tilton had a famous visitor this week.

Rapper Vanilla Ice visited the Vermilion County community.

The call was brief as it stopped at the Lupita family restaurant.

He posed for a selfie which was posted on Facebook. There was speculation that Vanilla Ice was heading to her next stop after appearing at the Illinois State Fair on Wednesday on the I Love the ’90s tour.

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