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).

Monticello a top family-friendly community

Online publication recently ranked Monticello sixth in 2015 Best Towns to Raise a Family in Illinois. The Piatt County community ranked 58th nation-wide. We asked some local families why they located – and stayed – in Monticello. Here are their responses:


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Kirby set to build wellness trail

Construction on the Kirby Wellness Trail, a one-mile paved trail around the Kirby Medical Center campus is set to start in June, according Kirby Medical Center chief executive officer, Steve Tenhouse.

Relay for Life changes to earlier start time

The thrust for the 2015 Relay for Life of Piatt County is the same as every other year since 1999 – to raise money for the American Cancer Society, applaud cancer survivors and remember friends and loved ones who have been taken by the disease.

New Peace Meal supervisor for Monticello

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Mattoon has announced Shelly Tolly as the new Peace Meal site supervisor for Monticello, as of April 13.

Be on alert for insect-borne diseases

David Remmert, public health director for the DeWitt/Piatt Bi-County Health Department, is reminding residents to take precautions against insects that might spread disease.

CG coaches honored as Heartsaver Heroes

Cerro Gordo Middle School teacher and basketball coach Jason Jacobs learned CPR as a part of lifeguard training when he was just 16 years old.

First Mid-Illinois reaches 150th birthday

When the U.S. national banking system was formed through legislation in 1863 through 1865, First National Bank of Mattoon immediately jumped on board and has been in continuous operation since just after the end of the Civil War.

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