Jobless rate continues to drop

Unemployment rates continue to drop in east central Illinois when compared to the same period of 2014. Piatt County recorded a jobless rate of 5.8 percent in January, compared to 7.4 percent to January of last year. The lowest county-wide rate in the area was Moultrie at 4.8 percent.

Remembering the end of the Civil War

Although General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, the war was not over.   Scattered resistance continued for several weeks.  There were still Confederate armies in the field and the final battle of the war did not happen until May 12-13 in south Texas, at the battle of Palmito Ranch.  However, Confederate commanders did begin

Kirby takes part in Ebola drill

Are local health agencies and hospitals ready if an Ebola outbreak hits the area?

That was the key question hospitals such as Kirby Medical Center hoped to answer last week during a three-day mock disaster that included a number of health facilities and health departments in Emergency Medical Services Region 6.

Local Civil War commemorations scheduled

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site and Bement Elementary School are inviting residents to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with a bell-ringing at 2:15 p.m., April 9 at the elementary school.

Faith in Action gets Monsanto grant

Faith in Action has received a $2,500 donation from Piatt County farmer Ronald Meece and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization pay for this year’s volunteer recognition event.

Monticello Fighting Hunger is this Saturday

The money is raised and most of the volunteers are in place for this Saturday’s Monticello Fighting Hunger, an event that will package 100,000 meals for area food pantries.

Piatt County Relay for Life holds kickoff event

Tim Williams is a cancer survivor, but made it clear at the Piatt County Relay for Life kickoff meeting Jan. 28 there are plenty of other reasons he takes part in the annual relay event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society.

SWCD plat book photo contest

The Piatt County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking entries for its 2015 plat book photo contest. The SWCD will publish a new plat book this year. They are issued once every three years, and the SWCD is looking for landscape pictures that help represent Piatt County.

Free tax help offered in Monticello

Trained volunteers will once again offer free tax preparing help at the Allerton Public Library this tax season. Hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays from Feb. 5 through April 11. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 217-671-4588.

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.

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