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For the second time, school's flag goes missing

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Monticello school custodial staff raised a new flag up the Washington Elementary School flagpole, replacing one that had been stolen over the summer when the rope used to hoist up Old Glory was cut.

By the time students arrived for the first day of school Wednesday, the new flag was already gone, again the victim of vandals who cut the cord.


Atwood Armory raising money for domestic violence victims

Charidy Butcher may run a rural Douglas County gun shop, but she also cares deeply about helping the victims of domestic violence.

The store owned by Charidy and her husband Bryan, the Atwood Aromry. is raffling off a gun to help raise money for, BETHS Place, a domestic violence shelter in Tuscola.


Cim-Tek approaches 60th anniversary

Cim-Tek President Jim Ayers opened his presentation to the Bement Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 4 by reminding members the longtime Bement-based manufacturing business is “still family owned.”


Zybell House opens as boarding house

Samantha Koon has tweaked her plans since becoming the City of Monticello’s first business boot camp winner last fall, but in opening up a combination boarding house, bakery, and prepared meal service, has stayed true to two main goals: pursuing a dream on her own terms, and to help families stay together during their busy lives.


Brown Bag in Monticello four decades

Opening up a deli had never entered Harlean Swing’s mind back in 1976. The former Los Angeles girl who had moved to Piatt County had much different goals.

“I had come into some money, and I was going to watch soap operas, travel and gets lots of plastic surgery,” said Swing.


St. Jude run is July 29

The fourth annual St. Jude Monticello to Peoria run is scheduled for July 29-30. Monticello is one of 39 other cities that will see participants from their local town run to Peoria, meeting at the Peoria Civic Center on July 30.


Helping Habitat

Habitat for Humanity of Piatt County is honoring some of the tradesmen that make its home-building efforts possible by donating labor to the cause. One of those is Seevers Farm Drainage, which has prepared the sites and provided foundations for all 12 Habitat homes built in Piatt County, as well as 20 Habitat homes in Macon County.


Bement bank to locate branch in Monticello

State Bank of Bement issued a press release Monday announcing plans to locate a full-service branch in Monticello.


Lions hope Bement community center ready by fall

The Bement Lions Club hopes to have the Bement Communty Center ready to rent by this fall.

“We’ve got good bones and good structure to work with. It just needs a little facelift,” said Lions board member Bill Bell on the building that housed the Bement Country Opry until it closed in May of last year.


Relay for Life is June 18

The Relay for Life of Piatt County has a long, successful history, but organizers say they have always had trouble convincing people it is open to the public.


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