Mikala Grandfield is 2015 county fair queen

Mikala Grandfield of Cerro Gordo was crowned Miss Piatt County 2015 at the Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant held Tuesday night at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

Plenty of history on sesquicentennial farm

There’s a lot of history to be found at the Gilbert L. Quick homestead southeast of Bement. A bur oak tree there is one of the largest in the state, portions of Gilbert’s home date back to 1830, and an old barn on his property was built around a former one-room schoolhouse.

Farmer's Market returns June 18

The Monticello Main Street Farmer’s Market returns this Thursday afternoon, and for the first time will include food trucks in addition to the fresh produce, fruit and breads of prior years. The market runs from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday through Oct.

Ag Day held at high school

The Monticello High School FFA hosted its annual agriculture day for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students on Friday, May 8 at the high school.

MHS wins Envirothon contest

On April 2, the Monticello High School FFA competed in the Envirothon contest at Weldon Springs State Park.  This is a team contest where students rotate through five different stations including forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and a current issue.  At each station, students listen to a 15 minute presentation, then workin teams of five to answer a serious of qui

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.

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