Steve Hoffman

The Tamed Mane opens in Monticello

Jake Tucker’s first attempt to own a barber shop ended in a business deal that eventually fell through, but it led to the opening of The Tamed Mane Barber Co. at 121 E. Livingston St. in Monticello.

In retrospect, he said it all worked out for the best.


Energy savings touted at Bement school board meeting

The Bement school board learned last week that it could save about $2,200 per year on energy costs by signing on with the Future Green Energy Consortium, a not-for-profit group initiative led by four Illinois school groups.


Meraki Hair Studio opens in Monticello

It seems like Shelby Hardimon was destined to own a hair salon at 213 W. Washington St. in Monticello.

After all, her mother owned Karen’s Classics at the same location for some 15 years.


Business booming at mental health center

Business is booming at the Piatt County Mental Health Center, according to a report given to the Piatt County board by PCMHC Director Tony Kirkman on Feb. 13.


New reporting system being researched for sheriff's office

Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt is eyeing the purchase of a new records management system that would update various portions of the department’s reporting system, some of which are currently in their third decade of operation.


Six to run as write-in candidates

Six candidates have filed to run as write-ins for Piatt County elected offices, including two people who are currently Bement school board members.


BRHS retires jerseys of fallen state trooper

Blue Ridge High School officially retired the football and basketball jerseys of fallen Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin at a boys basketball game held Saturday at the high school in Farmer City. Albin, a 1998 graduate of BRHS, died in a vehicle accident near Farmer City on June 28, 2017.


BRHS retires jerseys of fallen state trooper

Blue Ridge High School officially retired the football and basketball jerseys of fallen Illinois State Trooper Ryan Albin at a boys basketball game held Saturday at the high school in Farmer City. Albin, a 1998 graduate of BRHS, died in a vehicle accident near Farmer City on June 28, 2017.


ZBA votes against Dollar General zoning request

Bement’s zoning board of appeals voted unanimously on Monday to not recommend a re-zoning of property needed for a 9,100-square-foot Dollar General to be constructed in town.


Monticello Shopko to close after all

The Monticello and Tuscola Shopko stores will close after all. The stores were not on the list of closures released by the company as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy announcement on Jan. 16, but were recently added to the list of ones that will be shut down.

The total number of stores to be shuttered nationwide has grown from 105 to about 250 on the latest list.


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