The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

July 28, 2013

Future veternarian off to good start

COVINGTON, Ind. —

To a casual visitor, the eight alpacas — and one newborn — at Carli McMahan’s home might all look alike with their fuzzy heads, slender necks and long legs.

But the teenager knows them apart.

“They all have different temperaments and personalities,” she said. “It’s interesting to see how they mix.”

Sometimes, she just grabs a book and reads nearby, while an alpaca sniffs her hair. Or she and other family members will simply watch them as they graze or interact in their corral. The animals communicate with various sounds.

At times, the alpha male will attack another male, and the two will rear up, spit at each other (nasty stuff, usually made up of regurgitated food), and wrestle for dominance.

“They’re fun to watch,” her father, Chad McMahan said.

The family, which also includes mom, Nicole, and brother, Alexander, 14, lives near Covington, Ind.

Taking care of the four females, four males and a newborn male is preparing Carli for her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She graduated in January from Seeger High School and finished a semester at Danville Area Community College. She’ll continue at DACC in the fall, and later transfer to Purdue or the University of Illinois.

“I’ve always loved animals,” said Carli, who’s almost 18.

She’s had a lot of practice, having grown up around animals, including dogs, ducks, rabbits, goats and chickens. She used to spend summers on her grandparents’ horse ranch near Williamsport, Ind.

She even learned how to raise newborn Labrador puppies after the mother died.

Carli decided to raise alpacas in order to earn an FFA state degree through the Supervised Agricultural Experience (which she didn’t finish). Last summer, she saved the money she earned detasseling corn, and bought six in August. She bought two more in March.

Text Only
Local News
  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 31, 2014

  • Fun Days this weekend

    July 31, 2014

  • Three face robbery charges DANVILLE — Three men were booked without bond Tuesday in connection with the robbery of a downtown jewelry store.Donovan Wheeler, 29, of the 300 block of Bradley Lane; John Billips Jr., 23, of the 200 block of East Roselawn Avenue; and Jabari O’Conno

    July 31, 2014

  • Georgetown Fair ready for annual run DANVILLE — One of the big fair attractions of the summer kicks off this weekend in Vermilion County.The annual Georgetown Fair begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 9.Don Hackler is president of the Georgetown Fair Board. Both he and the group of 24

    July 31, 2014

  • NWS-CN 7-31 VA employee photo Jaycees select VA employee for award DANVILLE — Bryan Stewart, coordinator of the Veterans Transportation Program for the Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System, was selected as one of the Outstanding Young People of 2014 by the Junior Chamber International Senate with the Jaycees.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Tuesday, 11:23-11:32 a.m. — A medical call in the 200 block of West Voorhees Street.Tuesday, 1:30-1:45 p.m. — A natural gas leak at 107 S. Jefferson St.Tuesday, 1:41-1:59 p.m. — An accident on Interstate

    July 31, 2014

  • Police Report Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleMonday:Theft in the 100 block of North Logan Avenue.Tuesday:A man and woman arrested for domestic battery at Fairchild and Moore streets.Retail theft at Meijer, 3649 N. Vermilion St.Wednesday:A man arreste

    July 31, 2014

  • Group to help Mission

    July 30, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    July 30, 2014

  • Fire Calls Firefighters responded to the following calls:Monday, 11-11:04 a.m. — An unintentional alarm activation at 1714 E. Fairchild St.Monday, 1:01-1:10 p.m. — A medical call in the 1200 block of Cleveland Street.Monday, 3:59-4:16 p.m. — A carbon monoxide i

    July 30, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob
Must Read