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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


Expansion project set to start at Kirby Medical Center

Kirby Medical Center has announced that Phase I of a hospital building expansion is expected to start on or around Sept. 11. Phase I will include new space for the hospital therapy department, added exam rooms for the Kirby Medical Group, a new, larger classroom for hospital and hospital-related community events, and another parking lot at the front of the campus.


Pies by Inge adds party room

For the longest time, Pies by Inge used to be only about pie.

That hasn’t been the case in a while, but owner Tracy Bodine continues to keep thinking of ways to improve upon what is already a Monticello staple.


Early deadlines for Sept. 6 Journal-Republican

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Journal-Republican will observe early deadlines for the Sept. 6 edition. Deadlines for that issue will be:

News and sports – 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31

Display advertising – 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31

Classified advertising – 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1


Kirby warns of Caller ID scam

When Mark Fred’s wife informed him she received a call from Kirby Medical Center asking for financial information, he knew it was time to get up to speed on Caller ID spoofing.

Especially since he is the Chief Operating Officer of the Monticello-based hospital.


Museum artifacts on display in Monticello

By Blanche Stoller
The Piatt County Museum

The Piatt County Museum collections have been in storage many years awaiting completion of the new museum located adjacent to the Monticello Railroad Museum. In an effort to keep the public aware of the museum, an exhibit of museum artifacts has been placed in a historic building in Monticello.


Rotary District Governor speaks in Monticello

Rotary District 6490 Governor Larry J. Howell spoke to the Monticello Rotary Club on July 19, and passed around a modified post office box to collect money for polio eradication, one of Rotary’s big pushes. Polio is down to about 40 new cases this year. Howell also presented other challenges for the district that include the goal of planting at least one tree for each Rotary member.


Mound system at Allerton Park studied

State archaeologists received a rare opportunity to study a Native American mound system as they conducted a field school recently in the forests of Allerton Park. The two-week project that ended last Friday was operated by the Illinois State Archaeological Survey along with students from Parkland College.


State Bank of Bement opens Monticello branch

A week-long grand opening celebration kicked off Monday with a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the new building for the Monticello branch of the State Bank of Bement.


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