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From Cahokia to Bement: dream job for history buff

In his post as the new site supervisor of Bement’s Bryant Cottage State Historic Site, Benjamin Pollard will continue to pursue his lifelong love of history. 


Schedule of Bement holiday events this Saturday

The Annual Christmas in Bement is scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 10 throughout the Village Event. Highlights will include:

8 a.m. – Mike Walsh Memorial 5K Walk/Run

8 to 11 a.m. – Pancake and sausage breakfast at the Bement United Methodist Church 


Businesses coming back to downtown Monticello

Monticello city official Callie Jo McFarland doesn’t care who gets the credit; she’s just enjoying a resurgence of positive business movement in the city’s downtown area.


Veterans plaque restored in Cisco

Until it was restored recently, you could say a plaque honoring World War II soldiers at the Cisco United Methodist Church represented how some veterans feel – overlooked.

Pastor Rick Pierce admits the 70-year-old bronze piece that is attached to the outside of the church had tarnished to the point it was easy to miss.


Counseling service office opens in Monticello

The stereotype that bartenders also serve as counselors is somewhat accurate, according to Amanda Sheppard, who has done both. The 1999 Monticello High School graduate now uses those acquired listening skills, along with extensive training in art therapy and a technique dubbed theraplay, to help others through her counseling business.


Ayers to retire after 31 years at Bryant Cottage

For the past 31 years, Marilyn Ayers has been able to combine her love of teaching, history and community as site manager at the Bryant Cottage State Historic Site in Bement,

State officials are looking for someone to take over that mission when she retires at the end of November.


Progress being made on brewpub

There’s still plenty to do, but steady progress is being made on the conversion of the former United Methodist Church building in Monticello into a microbrewery and restaurant.


Early voting underway

Early voting is underway in Illinois, including Piatt County. Registered voters who wish to cast ballots between now and Nov. 7 (the day before the election) can do so at the Piatt County Clerk’s office, located in the courthouse in Monticello.


Kirby Medical celebrates 75 years

There have plenty of changes in the healthcare industry over the last five years, much less the past 75. And Kirby Medical Center has lived through them, survived and for the most part thrived.


Kirby hosting picnic banquet

Kirby Medical Center will hold a special community celebration to celebrate its 75th year in business on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the hospital, 1000 Medical Center Drive, Monticello.


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