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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.


Local health, hospital officials working on Ebola plan

Ebola is far from being a pandemic at this point in the United States, but Piatt County health officials are taking the issue seriously. DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department and Kirby Medical Center representatives have been meeting to have a plan in place should the situation get more serious.


Memory Care facility coming to Monticello

Teresa Crawford has constructed a pair of 12-unit memory care facilities in central Illinois, but the thought of renovating an existing structure for that purpose had not entered her mind. Then she got a call from Tim Yow, who owns a building in Monticello that formally housed developmentally disabled adults.


Cyclists travel to Monticello for first Ride for Recreation

Monticello’s first Ride For Recreation kicked off Saturday morning with temperatures in the 40s, but that didn’t stop between 80 and 90 cyclists from traveling from across the state to take part in rides from 10 to 60 miles in length through Piatt and Macon Counties.


Monticello city-wide food drive Oct. 17

During the summer months, “a lot more food goes out than comes in,” said Sandy McCormick of the Piatt County Ecumenical Food Pantry. For that reason, food drives like the City of Monticello’s on Friday, Oct. 17 comes at a perfect time.


Spikers raise awareness on organ donation

The Monticello High School volleyball team helped encourage over 160 people to register or reaffirm their decision to be organ and tissue donors last week during Donate Life Week. The Sage spikers donned green uniforms at their match Thursday, Oct. 2 to draw attention to the cause.


'On Golden Pond' next for MTA

 The Monticello Theatre Association will host a stage production of the classic movie “On Golden Pond” on Oct. 11, 12, 17, and 18.


Sign designating historic district now at courthouse

A Courthouse Square National Register Historic District sign was erected this summer by the Monticello Historic Preservation Commission, with the help of the Piatt County Board, the county Building and Grounds Committee, and county maintenance employees Scott Stephenson and Doug Winder. It was placed at the northwest corner of the courthouse property.


Faith in Action auction this Saturday

There will be a Charity Auction for Faith in Action of Piatt County on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Cisco Center in Cisco. Auction items will be available for preview starting at 9 a.m., and the auction will begin at 11 a.m. with area auctioneers conducting the sale.


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