Monticello Fighting Hunger seeking donations

The vision is cast and the volunteers are in place for the Monticello Fighting Hunger campaign, which aims to package 100,000 meals in a scant six hours on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Monticello native working in the Middle East

Monticello native Trena Montgomery is in her third stint of providing help to people in the Middle East, currently working for the Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem.

Monticello parade is Dec. 6

While many long for snow to set the scene during events such as this Saturday’s Monticello Christmas parade, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Denise Flaar would rather have the day remain sunny and dry, thank you.

Monticello earns another suburb honor

Monticello was recently ranked 43rd on a list of the top suburbs in America, but it ranked even higher when the same online publication figured out what it felt were the suburbs with the best value.

Topping the list was Peoria-area suburb Morton, and Monticello came in 21st, according to Business Insider, a business and technology news website.

Veterans Day services held in the county

Crowds lined the south side of the downtown square in Monticello to honor veterans at the annual Piatt County Veterans day service and parade on a chilly evening Nov. 11. And the fact that hundreds of onlookers would gather in frigid conditions for that purpose helps send a message to the world, according to DeLand American Legion Commander Marty Conatser.

Newspapers of the past now available online

In the spring of 2013, the Allerton Public Library began the process of digitizing county newspapers into a database the public could search online. The effort was made possible through a $100,000 donation from the Robert Millligan Trust.

Monticello a top suburb

Monticello has been named one of the top 50 suburbs in the United States by the business and technology news website Business Insider.

Animal Shelter has a home

The Piatt County Animal Shelter focuses on treating and finding homes for cats, but it’s not unusual to see the occasional dog, rabbit or guinea pig in the shelter, which is now located at 301-A S. Charter St. in Monticello.

Museum building going up

It will be a while before the Piatt County Museum is open, but progress over the last month on the barn-shaped structure that will house museum artifacts is encouraging to museum officials.

Attention squirrels: keep out of our grain

Squirrels in DeLand, you are warned: Stay out of grain that is stored in tubes at the local grain elevator.

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