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Applications available for Dixon scholarships

The Kirby Auxiliary invites qualified students to apply for the Thomas Dixon Memorial Scholarship. Applications are available at www.kirbyhealth.org. From the top menu, click on About>Community Services, then scroll down the page for the scholarship information and link to application.


Restaurant closing a week for remodeling, training

Monarch Brewing Co. in Monticello will be closed from Feb. 5-12 for a kitchen remodel and staff training. It will reopen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Owner Matt Miller said the main idea behind the work is to get food to customers more quickly.


Monticello could be set up for housing boom

The housing market in Monticello was similar last year to 2016, but local realtors and city officials are looking for a breakout year in 2018 with the availability of more than 100 single-family lots to the residential landscape.


Donation to benefit pets in need

The Cisco Fire Department now has equipment that can help pets in distress. Donated by the Invisible Fence of Mid-Illinois out of Charleston, the kit includes a trio of masks of varied sizes that can help administer oxygen to pets who experience difficulty breathing at the scene of a fire or other incident.


Business bootcamp resumes Feb. 27

A program that has been credited with revitalizing the Monticello business community over the last three years is gearing up for its sixth season.

The Monticello Bootcamp program will get under way for a new session beginning Feb. 27.


Museum hires marketing director

Progress towards a new Piatt County Museum campus in Monticello has taken place in fits and starts since it was announced nearly 20 years ago.

It’s the job of newly hired marketing and program director Courtney Groves to make sure progress is more consistent at 1 Heritage Lane.


A good year for new business starts

A business revival of sorts began in 2017 in Monticello, with several hanging out their shingle throughout the year. Among those featured in the Journal-Republican were JayDiz Fishing, The Golden Kitchen, Click Studio, Andrea Marcel Photography, Monarch Brewing Co., and The State Bank of Bement (new Monticello branch).


Top 10 stories of 2017

1. Murder conviction

After an eight-day trial, 57-year-old Gregory Houser of Mansfield was found guilty in the strangulation death of his 29-year-old wife 27 years ago in their rural Mansfield home. Houser was convicted of both first-degree murder and committing a sexual assault in the commission of murder.


Monticello teen dies in auto accident

Monticello residents were grieving last week over the sudden death of one of their own on a rural interstate highway.


The origins of Illinois

Travis Lott
The County Journal

No exploration of the 200 years of Illinois history would be complete without a look at what preceded those two centuries.


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