'Addicts are not bad people; they're sick people'

“Addicts are not bad people; they’re sick people.”

Signs of the times: Walls now house inspirational quotes

Perched on the top rung of a ladder and composing a 12-foot high piece of artwork freehand had Cerro Gordo High School gr

'Wizard of Oz' set for Phoenix Theatre

At 14 years of age, Emmie German is already a veteran of local youth theatre, but feels she has found the perfect part this summer in the rubber-legged, frequently falling Scarecrow from “The Wizard of Oz,” which opens this Friday with a young presenters version at Monticello’s Phoenix Theatre.

Expansion underway at Tatman Village

There is plenty of dirt being moved at Monticello’s Tatman Village as preparations are being made to construct an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse at the east side assisted living facility.

Possibility of dementia care expansion discussed

A possible expansion of the memory care unit at the Piatt County Nursing Home will be researched after an interested party told the county board nursing home committee he would be willing to help pay for it and even construct a majority of it if state and federal laws allow.

Inadvertent test of library fire alarm

The Allerton Public Library fire alarm was tested recently when a toddler pulled an alarm switch, setting off the sights and sounds of the system. Although it was a false alarm, it provided staff with a test of procedures, and some changes that may be needed.

Patriotic events scheduled in Piatt County

Piatt County will put its best patriotic foot forward with several events around Independence Day. They include the following:


Reds, Whites
and The Blues


Farmers' Market begins June 14

Monticello Main Street’s Farmers’ Market is set to host its season kick-off event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 on State Street in downtown Monticello, in front of the Community Building, with expanded entertainment and education, thanks in large part to Market sponsor, Kirby Medical Center.

Sage musicians visit the Big Apple

On March 22-27,the Monticello High School band and choir traveled to New York City. The choir had the opportunity to perform at St. John’s Cathedral of the Divine and the band performed on the USS Intrepid.

Population at the nursing home still on the rise

Tweaks continue to be made at the Piatt County Nursing Home to meet the new director’s goals of becoming more community minded.

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