Parks and Recreation

Trustees approve Allerton Park master plan

Allerton Park and Retreat Center officials are ready to start planning park improvements now that the University of Illinois Board of Trustees has approved a three-phase master plan for the Monticello-area facility. Trustees approved the plan at their meeting Thursday (Jan. 15) in Chicago.


Trucks cause damage near Sun Singer

Facebook posts helped Allerton Park and Retreat Center officials net information on vandalism done to the circular yard around the Sun Singer statue last week.


Sangamon River Trail – Phase 2 – now open

The second phase of the Sangamon River Trail in Monticello is open for walkers, joggers and bikers, and it did not take long for enthusiasts to hit the trail last week.


Allerton Park planners 'dreaming big'

In an idealistic world where money is no object, the Allerton Park and Retreat Center could eventually have more conference space, a 300 to 500-seat indoor music venue, artists in residence, interactive children’s areas, even a footbridge over the Sangamon River connecting the north and south porti


Bement celebration is this Saturday

Santa is coming to Bement for the Annual Christmas in Bement, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13.


Allerton hosts tree-lighting event

About 150 people gathered to take part in natural ornament making and the first-ever courtyard tree lighting at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center mansion last Thursday.


Christmas in Piatt County!

Area towns are gearing up for the holidays with events to usher in the season. That includes the Monticello Christmas Parade, Lunch with Santa on the Train, Cerro Gordo's Christmas on the Hill, A Christmas in Bement, and more.

Allerton Park and Retreat Center also held its first annual tree-lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 4. 


Polar Express is underway

When the train started to chug away from the Wabash Depot, snowflakes slowly started to fall from the cold and brisk November sky.

Train cars filled with parents and children, dressed in their favorite winter pajamas, quickly forgot they were in Monticello and started to head to the North Pole.


Long-range plans again the focus at city council

The Monticello City Council approved several ordinances on its agenda during Monday’s regular meeting, and council members also considered some major proposals looking ahead to the future.


MHS fall play set for this weekend

For any high school thespian director, the decision on what type of play to present is never an easy one.

A comedy? A mystery?

Monticello High School’s Carrie Brocksmith decided to do both with “The Groom Has Cold Feet” by Martin A. Follose, which will be presented Nov. 14-15 in the high school auditorium.


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