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Backpack program gearing up

Starting Out Right is beginning its fifth year of backpack and school supply assistance for low-income and hardship families with children enrolled in a Piatt County public school district. The effort is also open to Mansfield families who send children to the Blue Ridge school district.


Relay for Life set for Saturday, June 16

The public is invited to attend the annual Relay for Life of Piatt County, being held from 4 to 10 p.m. this Saturday (June 16) at Kirby Medical Center.


Farmers' Market begins June 14

Monticello Main Street’s Farmers’ Market is set to host its season kick-off event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14 on State Street in downtown Monticello, in front of the Community Building, with expanded entertainment and education, thanks in large part to Market sponsor, Kirby Medical Center.


Special postmark for Cerro Gordo Zip Code Day

Peggy Thompson is glad to be the postmaster at the Cerro Gordo post office, especially since it has allowed her to be on staff when Zip Code Day is celebrated there on June 18 – 6/18/18, the same numbers that make up the town’s Zip Code.


Foodbank seeks food distribution site

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is looking for another site in Piatt County to host a Foodmobile. A June 2 distribution in Bement was canceled after a proposed location fell through.

EIF Partnership Coordinator Jarrod Rodgers said a new site would not necessarily need to be in Bement.


Library announces new e-book, e-audio platform

A new digital platform that allows instantaneous e-book and movie downloads is the latest service offered by the Allerton Public Library District.


Students make new flag pole for Bement library

The Bement Public Library Board joined forces with industrial technology students to provide a new flagpole for the library’s entryway at 349 S. Macon St.


Opioid abuse info night May 16

The Piatt County Mental Health Center’s Youth Advisory Committee will host a parent and community information night on prescription opioid use at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at Crossroads Church, 1602 North 1125 East Rd., Monticello.


Communicating through artwork

It’s difficult to tell who smiles wider when Heather Kelly of Canvas & Corks makes her monthly visits to the Piatt County Nursing Home: The Halcyon Unit residents, volunteers who help them paint, or Kelly herself, who has created artwork with patients there for about two years.


Easter Egg Lane on display through April 8

Rachel Gallivan of the State Bank of Bement enjoys posing with “Harvey" (which is in the bank window), one of the hundreds of decorations that make up Easter Egg Lane in Bement.


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