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First Mid-Illinois reaches 150th birthday

When the U.S. national banking system was formed through legislation in 1863 through 1865, First National Bank of Mattoon immediately jumped on board and has been in continuous operation since just after the end of the Civil War.


Canvas & Corks relaxes clients through art of painting

When Heather Kelly was 12-years-old, her first watercolor painting fetched $500 at a county fair auction in Texas.

She has been hooked on art ever since. But making a living at it? That’s a different story.


Lincoln memorial held in Bement

Bement United Methodist Church minister Jeremy Lafary and Gary L. Shaffer took time Saturday to read excerpts aloud from a eulogy given after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.


Awning added to Phoenix Theatre

Not long ago, Monticello Theatre Association founding member Lana Ross was pretty sure a second-hand awning that had been salvaged from Ameren in Clinton would have no place at MTA’s Phoenix theatre in Monticello.


Volunteers package over 100,000 meals

Monticello Fighting Hunger started with a seed of an idea last summer, cultivated into a campaign that drew nearly 600 volunteers, and blossomed into an event Saturday that packaged more than 100,000 meals for the hungry.


HCE to hold tasty lesson on soup

What do soup and HCE have in common?

Home and Community Education will be warming up with a lesson on soup from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 3 at the Piatt Count Cooperative Extension Office on Market St. in Monticello, just behind Central Illinois Bank. Come enjoy as the group explores a favorite comfort food for many of us during the winter months.


Kirby receives stroke ready status

Kirby Medical Center, Monticello has received designation as an Emergent Stroke Ready Hospital (ESRH) from the Illinois Department of Public Health.


From florist to restauranteur

Kim Snyder is trading her florist scissors for a chef’s cap as she closes her downtown Petals & Porch Posts store to pursue a longtime dream of running a restaurant.


County Antique Day is March 7

The 3nd  Annual Piatt County Antique Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7 throughout the county.


Kirby prep begins Feb. 24

The 8th Annual Kirby Derby, 5K & 10K Run, 5K Walk and free Kids’ Race, will take place on Saturday, May 9. The entertainment at last year’s race was a huge success, so this year Kirby Medical Center is on the hunt for entertainers to encourage the runners and walkers along the race route.


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