Education

Small Wonders scholarships given in memory of student

If you met Ian Wagner, chances are you wouldn’t forget him. Whether it was his obsession with superhero Buzz Lightyear or dancing at the swimming pool, he was a Monticello youth that was hard to forget.


Neighbor concerned about potential high school sites

A Kratz Road resident is expressing concern about south-side sites being considered for a new Monticello High School.

Ken Peacock, who lives east of some of the proposed sites, told the Monticello School Board Oct. 15 that he feels the sites could present traffic and drainage issues.


Okaw Valley football alliance discussed with western Illinois schools

Okaw Valley Conference officials have had preliminary talks with three schools from the West Central Conference about forming a new, football-only conference.

Both leagues will have just five members in two years, not enough to net an automatic playoff berth for conference winners.


Another successful homecoming!

A large crowd gathered in downtown Monticello Friday, Oct. 10 to view the annual Monticello High School homecoming parade. Several alumni floats took part, as well as entries from current MHS classes.


Three for three: Marching Sages on a roll

After rehearsing through the summer, including two weeks in the searing heat of band camp, and after eight hours of rehearsal each week once school starts, there is one more thing the Monticello High School marching band needs before taking the field for Saturday competitions.


White Heath Elementary earns national honor

When White Heath Elementary School Principal Emily Weidner says her school has always “been great,” she is probably qualified to make that assessment. Not only is she in her seventh year as the facility's principal, but in her childhood attended White Heath through eighth grade.


Monticello Homecoming Oct. 10-11

Monticello High School announces that Homecoming 2014 – with a theme of “Nights of Olympus” – will be celebrated the week of October 6-11.

Activities kick off Thursday, Oct. 9 with the Championship Powder Puff game at 8:30 p.m. The Pep Rally and Bonfire will begin immediately following the Powder Puff game.


Smith a Teacher of the Year finalist

As a third-grader at Sidney Grade School, Jennifer Smith didn’t just know she wanted to be a teacher.

She already had a few ideas on how she would run her classroom, which she noted in an assignment on her career aspirations.


Mansfield library now automated

The Blue Ridge Township Library in Mansfield has gone online with the Illinois Heartland Library System, giving patrons access to over 10 million items that span the system’s 525 libraries throughout the state.


DeLand-Weldon finishing up $2 million building rehab

DeLand-Weldon students received a cool reception when they returned to school Aug. 20 – but in a good way.


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