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Visit Champaign County to help promote Monticello

The City of Monticello, in a new regional marketing partnership with Visit Champaign County, looks to promote the community as a destination to visitors.


Coffee house to show off renovations

The bricks that were used 109 years ago to construct what is now the Steeple Gallery Coffee House in Monticello are from the same batch that highlight the Allerton Park mansion and Monticello Community Building, according to Steeple Gallery owner Jim Gortner.


Jobless rate rises in area

For the first time in 20 months, unemployment rates increased in a majority of metropolitan areas of Illinois in November of 2015 when compared to the same month in 2014.


Hot Spot Tanning Salon opens in Monticello

Stephanie Cafin has an entrepreneurial spirit but always thought her first foray into business ownership would be a restaurant. But after the opportunity to own a tanning salon in Monticello came her way, she jumped at it.


Museum settles mechanics' lien

Litigation and legal settlements will likely hold up further construction at the new Piatt County Museum site in Monticello for at least two years, but the museum board is looking at ways to display artifacts at a temporary location next year.


Aviary, waterfall new additions to nursing home

Residents of the Piatt County Nursing Home are enjoying several recent additions that include an indoor bird aviary, along with new patio furniture, and a pondless waterfall outdoors to go along with a concrete walk trail and accessible whisper gliders.

The $48,000 in purchases were funded by the local Robert Milligan Trust.


First Mid-Illnois moves to new building

First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust has officially moved into its new banking center at 219 W. Center St. in Monticello. The facility is located adjacent to its previous drive-up facility. The property was purchased from Armsworth Appliance earlier this year.


Kirby wins Guardian of Excellence award

Kirby Medical Center has been named a 2015 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc for Outpatient Surgical Services.


FieldHouse 219 open in Monticello

A new sports bar has opened in the location of the former Lucky Goat and owner Michelle Murphy couldn’t be more excited about her first solo business adventure.


Paint party kicks off Paint Piatt Pink

Paint Piatt Pink breast cancer awareness events kicked off with a Canvas & Corks painting party Oct. 1 at Steeple Gallery in Monticello.


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