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Faith in Action fruit sale

Faith in Action of Piatt County kicked off its latest fundraising drive Oct. 29. During this year’s drive, churches in Piatt County will make available fresh citrus fruit from California and Texas. The drive, themed “Great Fruit For A Great Cause,” is expected to raise much-needed funds for operational needs for Faith in Action.


Early deadline for Nov. 22 issue!

Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday, the Journal-Republican will observe early deadlines for the Nov. 22 issue. They are as follows:

News – 12 noon Thursday, Nov. 16

Display ads – 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16

Classified ads – 12 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17


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.


Piatt County Veterans Day observances

Piatt County schools are holding Veterans Day events this Friday, Nov. 10. They are open to the public, and are as follows:

Atwood-Hammond Grade School – A Veterans Day program is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the school.


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.


Bement Chamber looking for leaders

For the second time within a year, the Bement Area Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director and president.

Heidi and Clayton Ahlden, the couple who took on those two positions in December of last year, resigned on Oct. 2, citing a busy schedule that includes their role as Bement village board members that began in May.


Opry returning for concert in Bement

Activity at the Bement Lions Club Community Center is picking up, with the organization announcing a Comedy Night with Tim Cavanagh at 8 p.m. on Nov. 4 and a trivia tourney on Dec. 9. The center has also hosted its share of weddings, parties and other events since the structure was purchased by the Lions in 2016.


Help needed for Irma victims

Donations are being accepted until Oct. 1 to help those who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Irma. Monticello area churches, with the help of Sheriff David Hunt, are collecting supplies for Graces Place, a food pantry in Naples, Florida that serves 30,000 people in a 4-mile wide area. The pantries shelves are depleted and the facility was without power for several weeks.


Donations being taken for Toy & Gift Program

The Piatt Count Toy & Gift Program is receiving donations for its 33rd year of helping low income families by buying requests Christmas gifts for their children.


Scan Day Friday at Allerton Public Library

Now that the new Allerton Public Library building has been open for a full year, Library Director Lisa Winters has been


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