Parks and Recreation

Bement wants to make park family-friendly


The Village of Bement wants to bring a family-friendly atmosphere back to its downtown-area park, and is considering a list of prohibitions aimed at getting illegal activities out of the space that includes a veterans memorial, large playground and band pavilion.

Public meeting set for Allerton Park master plan

A public meeting to obtain input on the Allerton Park and Retreat Center Master Plan is scheduled fort 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 in the auditorium of the Visitor’s Center.

Cerro Gordo Civic Center getting plenty of use

Activities are pouring into the Cerro Gordo Civic Center, which began operations earlier this year after the village officially took ownership of the former Cerro Gordo Community Ambulance Service building.

It has been a nice fit for a town that longed to provide more activities for its 1,400 residents.

Camp Corral returns to Monticello

It’s close to lunchtime, and the aroma of barbecue chicken wafts through air at 4-H Memorial Park, making campers’ stomach growl.

Ashley Audo sits on a picnic table outside the dining hall with 19 other 11- and 12-year-olds. She’s hungry.

Independence Day events

With Fourth of July celebrations in danger of being canceled for Bement, a new group stepped up to fund and organize the summer event which now has a full schedule of attractions for

Camp Invention held at White Heath

Camp Invention: if it sounds space age, that’s because it is.

Trail Blazers host 60th annual rodeo

The Piatt County Trail Blazers hosted its 60th annual rodeo on June 26-28 at the club grounds near Monticello. The event included nightly rodeo action, along with stunt-riding, a Saturday morning parade, and a special Kids and Clowns Lunch, also on Saturday. 

Corvettes return to Monticello

Over 1,000 Corvettes went on a Central Illinois tour as part of the Bloomington Gold event on Saturday, June 28. The tour began in Champaign and twisted through country roads to Monticello, where it was greeted by spectators throughout the city. The classic cars made their way to the downtown square, waving to onlookers before heading back to Champaign.

Toast of Champaign chorus honored

The Toast of Champaign, a Sweet Adelines International barbershop chorus, was the Audience Choice Award winner at the recent regional convention held on May 15-17 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Thirty-two members appeared on stage at this year’s contest, competing in the new “open division”, which considers the entertainment quality of the performance in addition to

Krigbaum to keep busy as Piatt County Fair Queen

As the new Piatt County Fair Queen, Kristie Krigbaum will be plenty busy, but that’s nothing new.

The recent Cerro Gordo High School graduate played Bronco volleyball, basketball and softball for four years, in addition to competing in track for three years and cheerleading for two.

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