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.

HCE annual meeting Oct. 26

The Annual Meeting of the Piatt County HCE will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Argenta Community Building. State President of IAHCE (Illinois Association of Home and Community Education) Jane Chapman will be the special guest and speaker, and new Piatt County officers for 2018 will be installed.

Curves now 25 years old, Monticello gym now at 15 years

Less than a year after the Monticello Curves opened in 2002, Izola Goodrich made the decision to get fit.

“I worked at K’s and on the way home decided to do it,” said Goodrich, as she walked into the local Curves.

She hasn’t stopped, logging some 2,750 workouts since that time.

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