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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.


Power plant closure would be felt in Piatt County

If the Clinton nuclear power station is shut down next year, it means 16 Piatt County residents could be without a job. That is out of a total of 700 employees, but still a significant number, according to local government officials.


Habitat ground breaking June 5 in Bement

The official ground-breaking ceremony for Habitat for Humanity Piatt County’s 12th build is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, at the site of the next home to be constructed – 764 N. Piatt St., Bement.

All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.


Running out of space on military recognition signs

The 60 spots on the Monticello military recognition signs that greet those driving into town have filled up quickly. The four signs were erected in 2012 with a total of 44 plaques in place.


Piatt County Memorial Day services

Dates for Memorial Day services have been announced, and include the following:


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