Broyles Foundation member to speak in Monticello

When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Betsy Broyles Arnold learned plenty about caregiving.

Couple sponsors park trail

Allerton Park & Retreat Center is hosting a dedication ceremony to honor Ward and Diana McDonald’s recent financial commitment to the Park. The event, which will officially name the Ward and Diana McDonald Family Trails, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 21, near the Lost Garden Parking Lot, just east of the intersection of E 1300 North Road and Allerton Road.

Rabies clinic offered

Piatt County Rabies Clinics will be offered at several locations on April 16 and April 23.

Saturday April 16: Graham Vet Clinic at Atwood Maintenance Building 12 to 1 p.m., Bement Old Fire Station 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Cerro Gordo Village Shed 3 to 4 p.m., and Vet John Penning at Mansfield City Building at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Historic Mansfield home to become a bed and breakfast

Renovating a 126-year-old, 6,000-square-foot home into a bed and breakfast has its challenges, some of which revolve around people questioning the sanity of co-owner Evelyn Brown.

Brewpub to locate in Monticello

 A brewpub and restaurant has announced intentions to locate in the soon-to-be-vacant Monticello United Methodist Church building.

'From Vine to Wine' event at Allerton

Allerton Park & Retreat Center will host “From Vine to Wine” on March 12-13, featuring a five-course dinner with wine pairings, a wine tasting course, and educational seminars.

Kirby to place health clinic in Cerro Gordo

Kirby Medical Group, the physician and practitioner group of Kirby Medical Center in Monticello, announced last week it would expand to Cerro Gordo with a new building and attached retail pharmacy.

Monticello named fifth-safest Illinois city

The City of Monticello has cracked the top five in the annual survey of the safest cities in Illinois, conducted by Utah-based security firm SafeWise. Monticello was named 17th safest last year based on violent and property crimes as reported to the FBI in 2012. This year’s fifth-place ranking was based on 2013 FBI data.

Veterans Day events announced

Next week will feature several Veterans Day ceremonies throughout the county, from school assemblies to the 56th Annual Veterans Day celebration and parade on Nov. 11 sponsored by the Piatt County Council of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

CrossFit coming to Kirby

The push for wellness continues at Kirby Medical Center. Fresh off the opening of its 1-mile long Wellness Trail, the Monticello hospital has announced plans to open a CrossFit gym (known as a “box” within the CrossFit community).

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