Animal Shelter has a home

The Piatt County Animal Shelter focuses on treating and finding homes for cats, but it’s not unusual to see the occasional dog, rabbit or guinea pig in the shelter, which is now located at 301-A S. Charter St. in Monticello.

Museum building going up

It will be a while before the Piatt County Museum is open, but progress over the last month on the barn-shaped structure that will house museum artifacts is encouraging to museum officials.

Attention squirrels: keep out of our grain

Squirrels in DeLand, you are warned: Stay out of grain that is stored in tubes at the local grain elevator.

Grant to help lake at 4-H camp

The 4-H Memorial Camp at Allerton Park has received a $40,000 to make sure there aren’t any more large fish kills in its lake.

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.

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