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Bryant Cottage could be added to national register

The Bryant Cottage State Historic Site will be considered for addition to the National Register of Historic Places when the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council meets at 10:30 a.m.


New owners enjoying life at Steeple Gallery

Marti Gortner couldn’t be happier about her decision to purchase and run Steeple Coffee House.


Couple fills two Bement Chamber openings

Except when at their day jobs, Clayton and Heidi Ahlden are doing nearly everything together these days. 

The Bement couple started volunteering for the Bement Community Council shortly after moving to town two years ago, and recently took on two local Chamber of Commerce positions. 


Free rides to library touted

Local businessman Pat Hoss is impressed with the new Allerton Public Library building, and wants to make sure its move to the west side of town doesn’t keep others from enjoying it.


Brown Bag in Monticello four decades

Opening up a deli had never entered Harlean Swing’s mind back in 1976. The former Los Angeles girl who had moved to Piatt County had much different goals.

“I had come into some money, and I was going to watch soap operas, travel and gets lots of plastic surgery,” said Swing.


Helping Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Piatt County is honoring some of the tradesmen that make its home-building efforts possible by donating labor to the cause. One of those is Seevers Farm Drainage, which has prepared the sites and provided foundations for all 12 Habitat homes built in Piatt County, as well as 20 Habitat homes in Macon County.


New Allerton library could open in late August

A tentative date for the opening of the new Monticello library has been discussed: Monday, Aug. 22.

Details of the Allerton Public Library’s move from the community building in downtown Monticello to Green Apple Lane was the main topic of discussion at the library board meeting on July 6.


Lions hope Bement community center ready by fall

The Bement Lions Club hopes to have the Bement Communty Center ready to rent by this fall.

“We’ve got good bones and good structure to work with. It just needs a little facelift,” said Lions board member Bill Bell on the building that housed the Bement Country Opry until it closed in May of last year.


Relay for Life is June 18

The Relay for Life of Piatt County has a long, successful history, but organizers say they have always had trouble convincing people it is open to the public.


Brown Bag memories? We'd love to hear them!

The manager of the Brown Bag Deli-Restaurant wants customers to walk down memory lane as the iconic Monticello restaurant nears its 40th anniversary.

“I want people to send their favorite memories of the Brown Bag,” said Leslie Glickman, the manager of the downtown restaurant. Memories will be included in a future J-R story.


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