A third solar farm permit voted down by county board

For the third time in three tries, the Piatt County Board has voted down a special use permit request for a solar farm, citing concerns of taking farmland out of production.

Airport ground to go back into crop production

If the City of Monticello wants to keep its public airport, it will apparently need to do so at a different site.

Lunchtime help for farmers

Piatt County Nursing Home Admissions and Marketing Director Lisa Buehnerkemper delivered meals to farmers at grain elevators in Pierson Station, Milmine, Monticello, Bement and Cisco recently It amounted to about 300 meals, which were sponsored by the Piatt County Nursing Home, Maple Point Assisted Living and Piatt County Faith in Action.

Good soil + timely rain = 801-pound pumpkin

Mike Nepereny tried growing large pumpkins when he lived in Georgia, but a move to the fertile soil of Piatt County three years ago got him a 122-pound increase in his personal record.

The new mark is an Atlantic Giant he picked on Sept. 22 that weighed in at 801 lbs.

Wells named soybean challenge coordinator

Bob Wells of Bement has been announced as the Illinois Soybean Association’s (ISA) new Yield Challenge coordinator, effective Sept. 1.

Crop estimates similar to 2017 yields

This year’s Piatt County corn yields should be similar to 2017, according to preliminary results from a crop tour conducted by Topflight Grain Cooperative, which has 15 locations including several in Piatt County.

ZBA turns back pair of requests

Piatt County’s Zoning Board of Appeals recommended that a pair of housing requests be denied, but allowed the issues to be referred to the plats committee, which will gather more information before the full county board makes a final decision.

Middle schoolers extend garden club into the summer months

A pair of Monticello Middle School teachers are cultivating a love for gardening with a newly formed garden club.

CGHS student named Farmer City Fair Queen

Mia Brandenburg is only 17 years old, but she’s already been waiting a decade to get to the Illinois State Fair Queen pageant as a competitor.

She will get her chance in January after winning top honors at the Farmer City/DeWitt County Fair Queen Pageant on July 17.

Poverty and hunger: On the rise locally?

Poverty figures for Piatt County are well below state averages, but at least one service agency sees food insecurity on the rise, and a recent study seems to confirm those suspicions.

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