Parks and Recreation

Meeting set for Monticello master plan

A nine-month process has yielded a draft Comprehensive Plan for the City of Monticello, and the public will be able to hear more about it at a public open house scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 in the Monticello Municipal Building.


Tackling the Appalachian Trail

Thomas Atkins of White Heath left for the Appalachian Trail to take care of unfinished business. When he completed it 2,185.4 miles later he was left with a restored faith in humanity and a master plan for his future.


Medicine Show planned

Monticellobration will offer Dr. Cochran’s Traveling Medicine Show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 on the Courthouse Square in downtown Monticello. Gentlemen of good will and ladies of fine taste will not want to miss Dr. Cochran, the “people’s physician!”


Dog park to open Sept. 20

By Brian Murphy
Piatt County Journal-Republican

Local dogs around Monticello will soon have a place of their own to run and play outdoors. Robert Milligan Memorial Dog Park is set to open to the public following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.


Lincoln visits friends in Bement

Facebook users harken to the past on Throwback Thursday, but in Bement it was more like a ‘send us back Saturday’ when Abraham Lincoln shared stories with onlookers Sept. 6 at the Bryant Cottage State Historical Site.


Group bike ride returning to Monticello

Doug Lilly rides his bike 100 to 150 miles per week, but emphasizes you don’t have to be near that polished to take part in the first Monticello-based Ride for Recreation Oct. 11.


Tea with Mrs. Lincoln to be Sept. 20

Mrs. Abraham (Mary) Lincoln, as portrayed by Debra Miller, will host a tea at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 in the tea room of Out of the Blue Polish Pottery, 223 Livingston St., Monticello. It is being held in conjunction with Monticellobration.


Alexander honored for lifesaving effort

Crystal Alexander was definitely the right person in the right place at the right time when she helped rescue a drowning boy at Clinton Lake on July 27.


Legislators updated on Allerton Park plan

With the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in the midst of drafting a master plan, Senator Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) chipped in with input of his own at a meeting held with park and University of Illinois officials at the park near Monticello Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 27.


Lincoln interpreter in Bement Sept. 6

President Lincoln is taking a road trip across central Illinois, and everyone is invited to come along.


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