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Village Wardrobe to close in Monticello

A change in how people purchase used clothing caught up to The Village Wardrobe in downtown Monticello, which will close its doors Feb. 21.

“There’s been a real shift in shopping habits,” said co-owner Kate Boyer of Homer, adding it is getting hard to battle online methods of buying and exchanging used clothing.


Registration open for 2015 Kirby Derby

Online registration has begun for the annual Kirby Derby, which is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, May 9 in Monticello. The race begins and ends at Forest Preserve Park and runs through scenic State Street and downtown Monticello.

Registrations can be made online at www.kirbyderby.org.


2014 YEAR IN REVIEW – Business

Jan. 22 – Law enforcement officials were investigating a robbery that occurred at knifepoint at the Subway sandwich shop in Bement at 8:43 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. Cash was taken. There were no injuries.


Sleigh among museum artifacts that could soon be on display

“Dashing through the snow in a one horse open sleigh” are popular lyrics during the Christmas season, but as early as the 1700s, it was a way of life.


Medical Cannabis Job Summit Saturday

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 881 in conjunction with prospective cultivator, Monticello Pharmaceuticals, is hosting the Central Illinois Medical Cannabis Job Summit from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at Parkland Community College, Tony Noel Agricultural Technology Applications Center, 2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, room W115.


Robotics club in its first year

Participants in Monticello’s inaugural Lego robotics team have to think in a myriad of ways as they ready themselves for a state qualifier Dec. 13 at Hope Academy in Decatur.


Paint Piatt Pink events underway

The amount of breast cancer awareness – especially each October – has increased to the point where medical professionals need to make sure those efforts don’t fade into the background and become, well, pink noise.


Mansfield library now automated

The Blue Ridge Township Library in Mansfield has gone online with the Illinois Heartland Library System, giving patrons access to over 10 million items that span the system’s 525 libraries throughout the state.


DeLand Legion hall dedicated

By Brian Murphy
The Journal-Republican


Relay for Life is this Saturday

You don’t have to be a cancer survivor to attend the Piatt County Relay for Life event this Saturday in Monticello. Organizers say anyone who has been impacted by the disease can attend.

In other words, everyone.


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