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Meraki Hair Studio opens in Monticello

It seems like Shelby Hardimon was destined to own a hair salon at 213 W. Washington St. in Monticello.

After all, her mother owned Karen’s Classics at the same location for some 15 years.


Monticello Shopko to close after all

The Monticello and Tuscola Shopko stores will close after all. The stores were not on the list of closures released by the company as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy announcement on Jan. 16, but were recently added to the list of ones that will be shut down.

The total number of stores to be shuttered nationwide has grown from 105 to about 250 on the latest list.


Despite bankruptcy, Monticello Shopko to remain open

The Monticello Shopko store is not on the list of 105 that will be closed as part of a bankruptcy filing and court-supervised financial restructuring filed by the company on Wednesday.

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed by Specialty Retail Shops Holding Corp., Shopko's parent company, along with 12 of its subsidiaries.


2018 Year in Review - Business

It was a busy business year in Piatt County, particularly in Monticello. The year included the opening of two medical establishments – Decatur Memorial Hospital’s local clinic and Preferred Medical and Chiropractic.

On a tastier note, the FroYo Factory also opened after remodeling a former gas station on Market Street in Monticello.


SNAP benefits to be mailed out early for February

The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced on Jan. 11 that February Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will be funded through the end of February, but they will be issued to Illinois customers on or before January 20th. Typically, benefits are issued in the first few days of the month.


Gift wrap event raises $4,400

Volunteers wrapped more than 1,200 gifts at Maple Point Supportive Living’s annual gift wrapping services on Dec. 12-13 and Dec. 19-20. About $4,400 was raised, which will benefit Maple Point’s activity program and also Piatt County Faith in Action. 


Football title is top story of 2018

As we begin our review of 2018 in Piatt County, here are the Journal-Republican’s top stories of the year. Do you agree? Did we miss anything? Let the arguments begin...

(See more coverage in this week's (Jan. 2) Journal-Republican)

1. Sages win state title


Early deadlines for Dec. 26, Jan. 2 editions

Due to the Christmas holiday, the Journal-Republican will observe early deadlines for next week’s edition.

All deadlines for the Dec. 26 edition will be 12 noon Thursday, Dec. 20.

Deadlines for the Jan. 2 edition will be 12 noon Thursday, Dec. 27.


Central Golf Cars opens in Mansfield

A couple recently moved from Champaign to Mansfield to open a new business there that features golf carts and golf cars.

Sandy and Leonard “Len” Sabato started Central Golf Cars at 109 E. Front St., also known as U.S. 150.


Mike Walsh Memorial Run/Walk is Dec. 8

The 9th Annual Mike Walsh Memorial Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Bement High School gymnasium. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Refreshments will be provided after the run/walk and you will receive a T-shirt.


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