Steve Hoffman

Nursing Home rates to increase

Private-pay residents at the Piatt County Nursing Home will see a 3 percent increase in daily room fees on Aug. 1, a move officials say will increase revenue about $75,000 per year but still keep rates competitive with surrounding long-term care facilities.


City approves minor subdivision

The Monticello city council on June 11 approved a minor subdivision that will allow a land owner to split a 6.8-acre plat just outside the city limits into two lots and allow for two residences.


Riding to fight polio

The 50-pound barcalounger-style chair Ralph Zuke is hauling behind his bike from St. Louis to Toronto has just one purpose – to get people’s attention.


Latz appointed to county board

A rural White Heath man with extensive backgrounds in both agriculture and finance has been appointed to the Piatt County board.


Use permit request sent back to zoning board

A White Heath man who converted a place where an old shed stood into living space that can be rented will get a second chance to plead his case for a special use permit before the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals. The county board on June 13 tabled his use request, which was made after construction began.


Positive balances predicted for library accounts

The Allerton Public Library District should end its fiscal year with about $100,000 more in the bank than its budget projected.


Bement approves school resource officer

The Bement school board has become the third Piatt County entity to approve a contract that will likely bring a county-wide school resource officer on board, possibly by this fall.


Y-Zone coming to Monticello

The Clinton Community YMCA’s first effort in Monticello as it considers establishing a branch in the community will be a before and after school program for elementary school children at Lincoln Elementary School. The Y-Zone, modeled after one done in Clinton the past 12 years, will be open between 6:30 a.m.


Shonkwiler memorial could be scaled back

A memorial to honor one of Piatt County’s most distinguished judges is still likely, but may not include a gazebo on the courthouse lawn as originally planned.


Man stopped after being clocked at 129 mph on interstate

An Urbana man who Illinois State Police say was clocked driving 129 miles per hour through Piatt County on Saturday had his bond set at $35,000 in Piatt County Court on Monday.

Antonio Castillo was stopped by police near mile marker 172 (Route 10 exit) on Saturday evening.


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