Neighbor concerned about potential high school sites

A Kratz Road resident is expressing concern about south-side sites being considered for a new Monticello High School.

Ken Peacock, who lives east of some of the proposed sites, told the Monticello School Board Oct. 15 that he feels the sites could present traffic and drainage issues.

Artist to hold show in Monticello

The stereotypical scene of a painter out in the wild with their easel looks quite serene, but the artistic method – known as en plein air – is not that easy. Painters sometimes have long hikes with their equipment in getting to the right spot, and at that point need to get cracking to take advantage of the light of the moment.

Brachial Plexus Injury doesn't slow this five-year-old

Five-year-old Hunter Baker is awfully excited about the start of wrestling season. His face lights up when his mom tells him practice starts this week, just as he does when he goes to play baseball, compete in gymnastics or head to the pool for a swim.

Large crowd turns out for Paint Piatt event

A crowd of about 150 turned out for Paint Piatt Pink's Zumba and Fun Run event Friday, Oct. 17 in downtown Monticello. Youth started things off with a Zumba session, followed by a cancer survivor lap around the courthouse, a 1-mile fun run and more Zumba to close out the evening.

Cyclists travel to Monticello for first Ride for Recreation

Monticello’s first Ride For Recreation kicked off Saturday morning with temperatures in the 40s, but that didn’t stop between 80 and 90 cyclists from traveling from across the state to take part in rides from 10 to 60 miles in length through Piatt and Macon Counties.

Community leader dies at 99

Whenever there was an opportunity for public service in Monticello, Charles “Chick” Finson usually took it. The former Monticello school board, city council, and Kirby Hospital board member died on Oct. 6 at the age of 99.

Ebola cuts short Peace Corps stint

An Ebola scare short-circuited Kayla Freemon’s efforts to teach for the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, but she hopes to try the Corps again after getting a little more schooling in.

Zagorsky takes flight to D.C.

Ed Zagorski of Cerro Gordo is quite spry for a man of 93. He works out at least three times a week and still does his own grocery shopping, but a recent day-trip to Washington, D.C. was enough to wear him out.

Nationally-known chef visits Monticello

Chef Daniel Verati has taught chefs at Le Cordon Bleu cooking schools how to come up with tasty dishes for restaurants, but he says the magic of cooking – at least healthy cooking – starts at home.

Smith a Teacher of the Year finalist

As a third-grader at Sidney Grade School, Jennifer Smith didn’t just know she wanted to be a teacher.

She already had a few ideas on how she would run her classroom, which she noted in an assignment on her career aspirations.

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