Agriculture

Entries open for Fair Queen pageant

The 2015 Miss and Junior Miss Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant and 2015 Parade of Princesses will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

The fair is currently seeking contestants for Miss, Junior Miss and Parade of Princesses divisions.


Ag education line item could be cut

The possibility of the state Agriculture Education line item going away is resonating with those in farm-friendly Piatt County.


Piatt County tops state soybean yields

Piatt County farmers led the state in average soybean yields in 2014, according to figures released Thursday by the United States Department of Agriculture.


Heath's Inc. sells to large Deere dealer

Longtime Monticello John Deere dealer Heath’s, Inc. has sold to Dwight, Illinois-based AHW LLC, but besides the new name, customers will see the same familiar faces when they walk into the business, a local mainstay since 1924.


Business receives permit to allow residential use

After years of use as a museum then as an art gallery, a downtown-area building in Monticello may revert back to its residential roots.

The city council on Monday also discussed the progress of a community garden, approved changes to its waste hauling ordinance, and heard a complaint from an employee who was dismissed in October.


New Gaitros RLA proposal approved by ZBA

The on again, off again airstrip proposal for rural property north of Cerro Gordo is apparently on again. After getting approval Thursday (Jan.


Piatt County maps now online

Piatt County’s plat map has officially gone digital.


Topflight 'adoptees'

Jennifer Kinsella’s second grade class at Bement Elementary School toured Topflight Grain in Bement on Oct. 17.


Attention squirrels: keep out of our grain

Squirrels in DeLand, you are warned: Stay out of grain that is stored in tubes at the local grain elevator.


Farmers get break with Meals in the Field

Like a lot of farmers last week, the Monticello-area Wilkin family had its share of late nights, so getting a little time off through the Farm Credit Illinois Meals in the Field program on Oct. 2 was a welcome diversion.


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