Interest in nursing home jumps

Interest in the Piatt County Nursing Home rose sharply in January, with inquiries from families interested in placing a family member there totaling 49 last month, well above the 19 registered for the same month in 2017.

Monticello a desired destination

Monticello City Administrator Terry Summers knew the city was a destination point, but was still surprised when it was named one of the most popular small cities in the country for people to relocate to by the online relocation website

The origins of Illinois

Travis Lott
The County Journal

No exploration of the 200 years of Illinois history would be complete without a look at what preceded those two centuries.

Senior holiday lights tour is Dec. 2

The annual bus trip taking Monticello-area senior citizens to tour Christmas lights and a live nativity is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2.

Monticello madrigals Dec. 8-9

Monticello High School madrigal singers presented a concert Sunday (Nov. 5) at the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello. Tickets for the Dec. 8-9 shows (6:30 p.m.) are available online by going to and clicking on the Monticello High School home page.

MTA's "Twelve Angry Women" opens Nov. 11

The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) will produce a play entitled “Twelve Angry Women” on Nov. 11, 12 and Nov. 17-19 at the Phoenix Theatre in Monticello.

This drama, written by Reginal Rose and directed by Carrie Brocksmith, involves the jury deliberation of a 19-year-old boy who has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father.

Kirby expansion project underway

Despite rain that began after Kirby Medical Center broke ground on a 16,500-square-foot addition to its Monticello Hospital in September, hospital officials feel the project is still on track for a Phase I completion by the end of next April.

Johnny Appleseed tree planted at museum

The first tree planted at the future site of the Piatt County Museum is a significant one, and it fits nicely with the historical nature of the organization.

On Saturday, museum members planted an apple tree that traces its roots to none other than John Chapman – more commonly known as Johnny Appleseed.

Five Wishes living will presentation

Maple Point Supportive Living is hosting a free, public workshop on completing the Five Wishes living will form. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 1.

Paint Piatt Pink fundraisers underway

The different departments at Kirby Medical Center are holding a light-hearted competition to help raise money for the annual Paint Piatt Pink breast cancer awareness effort. The public can vote for their favorite window decoration by dropping change into the department’s bucket. The winner will receive a goody basket from the Paint Piatt Pink committee.

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