Book Club signup deadline is Jan. 29

The Piatt County 4-H Book Club, in partnership with the Allerton Public Library will meet weekly at Washington Elementary School, 3 Sage Drive in Monticello beginning Thursday, Feb. 5. Meetings will be from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday through March 19. Reading materials will be provided.

Registration open for 2015 Kirby Derby

Online registration has begun for the annual Kirby Derby, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9 in Monticello. The race begins and ends at Forest Preserve Park and runs through scenic State Street and downtown Monticello.

Registrations can be made online at

She won the window!

Mary Kay Allman of Monticello was the winner of the Monticello Main Street Win the Window contest, which was held during the holiday shopping season. The goal was to encourage shoppers to purchase from local establishments. Businesses taking part donated the prizes seen here, estimated to be worth $1,500.

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.

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