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.

Grant to help lake at 4-H camp

The 4-H Memorial Camp at Allerton Park has received a $40,000 to make sure there aren’t any more large fish kills in its lake.

Artist to hold show in Monticello

The stereotypical scene of a painter out in the wild with their easel looks quite serene, but the artistic method – known as en plein air – is not that easy. Painters sometimes have long hikes with their equipment in getting to the right spot, and at that point need to get cracking to take advantage of the light of the moment.

Large crowd turns out for Paint Piatt event

A crowd of about 150 turned out for Paint Piatt Pink's Zumba and Fun Run event Friday, Oct. 17 in downtown Monticello. Youth started things off with a Zumba session, followed by a cancer survivor lap around the courthouse, a 1-mile fun run and more Zumba to close out the evening.

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