Bement holds meeting to address drugs (FULL STORY)

A meeting to discuss drug abuse in Bement on April 2 ended up being part group therapy, part brain-storming, and a healthy dose of realization.

But most of all, it was a good start as the community comes to the conclusion that hard drugs such as heroin are more common than most had thought.

Monticello Bus Service closes doors

Monticello Bus Service, which dates back to 1946, closed down Thursday (March 20) in Monticello as well as other locations that include Litchfield and St. Louis.

Bement Community Council ceases activities for 2014

Bement’s Fourth of July celebration and Christmas Parade are at risk of not being held in 2014 with the announcement that the Bement Community Council will suspend activities for the year.

Relationship tips

Eleven Tips for Improving Your Relationship
From Doug Edwards

Cornerstone Christian Counseling, Monticello

Free tax help at Allerton library

For the first time in at least a decade, free tax preparing help will be available at the Allerton Public Library beginning Feb. 1. AARP Tax Aide volunteers will be on hand between 4 and 8 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 12.

Some hospitals restricting visitors

At least two area hospitals have placed restrictions on visitors to their facilities due to flu sweeping across the area.

IMPACT releases survey to parents, community

The Piatt County IMPACT Coalition is asking community residents to spend some time on a community assessment survey they hope will help them in efforts to keep local children away from drugs and alcohol.

Chili cookoff to benefit food pantry

A chili cook-off scheduled for Feb. 1 will benefit the Piatt County Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Rachel Crutcher new Neighbor House program director

A path that began with a 2003 missions trip to Haiti has led Rachel Crutcher into a leadership position at the Neighbor House domestic violence shelter in Monticello.

Storm limits blood donation across area

As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations.

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