Environment

Wood burning demo planned

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois will hold a free demonstration of a waste wood-powered commercial heating system from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Country Arbors Nursery, 1742 County Rd. 1400 N., Urbana.


Ground breaking held for Deland water project

A four-year effort to bring cleaner water to DeLand officially got underway with a ground breaking Saturday at the well site of the project, located about five miles south of the village near the intersection of County Farm Road and the DeLand-Monticello Road (County Highway 5).


EPA lawsuit against city officially settled

With a $12,500 check sent, the state’s lawsuit against the City of Monticello over sanitary sewer overflow violations has officially ended.


Ground breaking for DeLand water project

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Village of DeLand’s new water system will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. It is open to the public and will be held at the well site, located approximately five miles south of the village, on the west side of County Highway 5 (DeLand-Monticello Road) just north of the intersection with County Farm Road.


Grand opening for Hannon Levee Trail

Bruce Hannon often states that he has experienced an ongoing struggle to keep any semblance of humility since he heard a new 2.3-mile walking trail in Monticello would bear his name.


Eagles a more common sight around Monticello

This bald eagle (pictured) was spotted flying near its nest in rural Monticello last week. It is a sight that is more common in recent years as the national bird makes a comeback, according to Nate Beccue, the natural areas manager at Allerton Park & Retreat Center near Monticello.


Cropsmith in running for $1 million prize

Tim Smith was ahead of the curve when he quit his crop science job at the University of Illinois in 2005 and started his own business to advise farmers on more efficient nitrogen application. Since then, farmers have warmed to the services of Farmer City-based Cropsmith, with his two-person business expanding to nine over the past decade.


Surprise snowfall

After 60-degree temperatures in mid-February, winter came roaring back with the worst winter storm of 2015-16 on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Monticello received around 3.5 inches of snow, but it was the high winds that prompted all county school districts to cancel classes for the day.


County board endorses consent decree

The Piatt County Board on Sept. 9 voted in favor of a consent decree to limit Clinton Landfill, Inc.’s (CLI) ability to accept toxic waste. They joined the cities of Champaign, Monticello, Tuscola, Decatur, Village of Normal and McClean County in approving the compromise which could end a nearly 7-year legal battle.


DeLand looks to aquifer for water help

Water from the Mahomet Aquifer is one step closer to coming to homes in the Village of DeLand.


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