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.

Tenhouse named top hospital administrator

Steve Tenhouse – with more than a decade of experience in healthcare administration in a rural health organization – is seeing his years of hard work and dedication pay off, with recognition by the Illinois Rural Health Association as the 2016 Administrator of the Year.

For the second time, school's flag goes missing

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, Monticello school custodial staff raised a new flag up the Washington Elementary School flagpole, replacing one that had been stolen over the summer when the rope used to hoist up Old Glory was cut.

By the time students arrived for the first day of school Wednesday, the new flag was already gone, again the victim of vandals who cut the cord.

Atwood Armory raising money for domestic violence victims

Charidy Butcher may run a rural Douglas County gun shop, but she also cares deeply about helping the victims of domestic violence.

The store owned by Charidy and her husband Bryan, the Atwood Aromry. is raffling off a gun to help raise money for, BETHS Place, a domestic violence shelter in Tuscola.

Cim-Tek approaches 60th anniversary

Cim-Tek President Jim Ayers opened his presentation to the Bement Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 4 by reminding members the longtime Bement-based manufacturing business is “still family owned.”

Zybell House opens as boarding house

Samantha Koon has tweaked her plans since becoming the City of Monticello’s first business boot camp winner last fall, but in opening up a combination boarding house, bakery, and prepared meal service, has stayed true to two main goals: pursuing a dream on her own terms, and to help families stay together during their busy lives.

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