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Council gets airport update

Mike Atwood is more confident these days that the City of Monticello airport can be saved, even though the facility will need to be moved in order to accomplish that goal.


Solar farm hopeful reapplies

A solar farm hopeful that was turned down for a Piatt County permit last month is trying again.

329 Frontier Piatt, the local subsidiary of Borrego Solar, has applied again for a special use permit to install 4 megawatts of solar panels on land owned by Herm Land, LLC southwest of DeLand.


County agency loses two staff members

The Piatt County Nursing Home is looking to hire staff for its Services for Seniors agency, which has gone from three employees to just one.

Former director Cara Marcum and case worker Chris Sanantonio “are no longer working for us,” said Piatt County Nursing Home Director Scott Porter on Dec. 6.


New county chair hitting the ground running

Ray Spencer admits he was surprised and “a little got” at being named chairman of the Piatt County board last week, but has jumped in with both feet to get up to speed prior to chairing his first county board session on Wednesday.


Last year for McIntosh Christmas Lights Show

Monticello’s most well known holiday light show began as a case of sibling rivalry about 20 years ago, but family members say the McIntosh Christmas Lights Show will end after this year’s display.


Peterson to perform at the Virginia Theatre

Christian musician and fantasy book author Andrew Peterson only spent his first seven years in Monticello, but he still remembers it as idyllic.


Eichelberger Hall dedicated at 4-H campground

Calling 4-H “the thread that holds my life together,” Lila Jeanne Eichelberger’s lifelong association with the group now includes Eichelberger Hall, a creative arts building that will serve participants of the 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello.


Committee recommends moving airport

A special committee studying the future of the City of Monticello’s airport has provided clarification on one major point: The facility will not be able to continue operations at its current location just south of town.


Shonkwiler memorial installed

Employees of Adams Memorial installed a commemorative marker in Monticello on Monday in honor of former Piatt County Judge John P. Shonkwiler.


Spencer is new county board chairman

On a third try, the Piatt County board elected Ray Spencer as its new chairman at an organizational meeting on Monday.

Spencer, a District 1 representative, had been serving as vice-chairman of the board.


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