Fletcher nets Master Gardener award

On Friday, June 13 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers across the state came to Champaign to celebrate the success of their contributions to local communities

Krigbaum to keep busy as Piatt County Fair Queen

As the new Piatt County Fair Queen, Kristie Krigbaum will be plenty busy, but that’s nothing new.

The recent Cerro Gordo High School graduate played Bronco volleyball, basketball and softball for four years, in addition to competing in track for three years and cheerleading for two.

Monticello FFA nets Gold Emblem status

The Monticello High School FFA program was recognized as a Gold Emblem Chapter at the Illinois FFA convention June 10-12 in Springfield. FFA chapters submit their program of activities, along with goals and results and are judged. Gold is the highest honor that is awarded.

Farmer's Market back in Monticello June 19

The Monticello Main Street Farmer's Market returns this Thursday, June 19, and will continue from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday through Oct. 2 in front of the Community Building on North State Street (outside the Allerton Public Library).

Piatt County Fair starts June 17

Piatt County Fair Board President Don Ritchie has been involved with the local fair “pretty much since I could walk,” and is proud that the current-day offering keeps its agricultural roots while changing with the times.

Gardening for those on the go

The Piatt County Extension Service may have taken away your excuse to avoid gardening.

Changes proposed to mega-livestock siting rules


A bill introduced in the Illinois House would allow county boards to refuse the siting of large livestock operations within their borders.

Topflight to add storage at Monticello facility

Two motions approved by the Monticello City Council Monday will pave the way for an additional 125 foot high storage bin at Topflight Grain Cooperative, located at 420 W. Marion St.

Farm Bill update March 13

A University of Illinois Extension webinar will discuss the commodity program choices available in Title I of the 2014 Farm Bill at a webinar at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 13 at the Piatt, DeWitt and Macon County Cooperative Extension offices.

Land Conservation Foundation honors donors

The Land Conservation Foundation (LCF) held a reception at the Urbana Country Club on Dec. 12 to recognize donors who made generous in-kind or cash donations to the non-profit organization.

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