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.

Fun at the Winter Carnival

Nearly 200 people showed up to take part in the Allerton Public Library Winter Carnival, held Saturday morning, Jan. 31 in the Monticello Community Building.

Book Club signup deadline is Jan. 29

The Piatt County 4-H Book Club, in partnership with the Allerton Public Library will meet weekly at Washington Elementary School, 3 Sage Drive in Monticello beginning Thursday, Feb. 5. Meetings will be from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday through March 19. Reading materials will be provided.

Registration open for 2015 Kirby Derby

Online registration has begun for the annual Kirby Derby, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9 in Monticello. The race begins and ends at Forest Preserve Park and runs through scenic State Street and downtown Monticello.

Registrations can be made online at

She won the window!

Mary Kay Allman of Monticello was the winner of the Monticello Main Street Win the Window contest, which was held during the holiday shopping season. The goal was to encourage shoppers to purchase from local establishments. Businesses taking part donated the prizes seen here, estimated to be worth $1,500.

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