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Monticello looking to fill downtown vanancies

With vacancy rates rising in Monticello’s historic downtown business district, local city and economic development officials are working to encourage building owners to spruce up their properties – and to make sure owners are available to answer questions when prospective tenants come calling.


It's time for sunscreen

With balmy temperatures that are just starting to hit the low-80s, the thought of sunscreen doesn’t enter most people’s minds.

But it should.


Relay for Life fundraisers planned

Several fundraisers are being planned for Relay For Life-Piatt County. They include the following:


Economic indicator on the rise

The University of Illinois flash index rose in April to 107.1, its second-highest reading since the 2007-09 recession ended, the UI’s Institute of Government and Public Affairs reported.


Museum update to be given May 19

History buffs who want to hear a progress report on the new Piatt County Museum building are invited to attend the museum’s annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19.


Kirby announces Quick Care option

In an effort to keep health costs down for its customers, Kirby Medical Center has replaced its Convenient Care service with “Kirby Quick Care.” The service is available within the Kirby Medical Group at the hospital from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.


Lions celebrate 50th anniversary

The Monticello Lions Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at a meeting and banquet held Monday, April 27 in the Monticello Community Center. About 60 club members and guests took part in the banquet and awards ceremony.


Volunteer recruitment event in Monticello

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), along with the Waukegan and Monticello Main Street programs and Donna Ann Harris – the principal of Heritage Consulting Inc. – will host a “Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Strategies” Workshop at Urban Edge 220 W.


Kirby Medical Center rated one of the cleanest

Kirby Medical Center is one of the cleanest hospitals in the nation – just ask its patients.


Lincoln memorial held in Bement

Bement United Methodist Church minister Jeremy Lafary and Gary L. Shaffer took time Saturday to read excerpts aloud from a eulogy given after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago.


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