Website touts local display on 'magical' lights tour

The Mcintosh Christmas Lights Show in Monticello continues to earn recognition for its 13-song multimedia show, with this year’s effort being one of 10 touted on an online recommendation of must-see displays in Illinois.

Downed tree provides wood for Bement bench

When a tree that had shaded Bement High School students for decades finally gave up the ghost, high school Industrial Technology teacher Dave Salefski decided to turn lemons into lemonade.

Cliches and metaphors aside, his class turned the dead tree into a maple bench that will be raffled off to benefit the school’s IT Club.

Gold medalists share stories in Monticello

Gold medals are really cool things to hold up at school assemblies and speaking engagements, but the process in getting to that point has meant more than the actual athletic accomplishment for a pair of Paralympic medalists who have appeared in Monticello in recent weeks.

Veterans plaque restored in Cisco

Until it was restored recently, you could say a plaque honoring World War II soldiers at the Cisco United Methodist Church represented how some veterans feel – overlooked.

Pastor Rick Pierce admits the 70-year-old bronze piece that is attached to the outside of the church had tarnished to the point it was easy to miss.

Ivesdale mourning village board member

An Ivesdale village trustee is being remembered as a community-minded person.

Billy Bailey died Nov. 1 at age 50. Originally from Kentucky, Bailey graduated from Monticello High School and worked for Advanced Filtration Systems Inc. for 18 years.

Author releases "The Domestic Guantanamo"

The title of his latest book is “The Domestic Guantanamo,” but for Monticello author Dick Fox it all goes back to Vietnam, where he saw action as a member of the Marine Corps. His most recent publication picks up where the first one – the fictionalized narrative entitled “The Domestic Vietnam” – left off.

Counseling service office opens in Monticello

The stereotype that bartenders also serve as counselors is somewhat accurate, according to Amanda Sheppard, who has done both. The 1999 Monticello High School graduate now uses those acquired listening skills, along with extensive training in art therapy and a technique dubbed theraplay, to help others through her counseling business.

Penguin Project welcomes all

After suffering a brain injury at the tender age of 10-days-old, life has been a struggle for nine-year-old Conlan Broyles of Monticello. Even after his parents were told he would never walk or talk, he bucked those odds.

Centenarians meet in Monticello

Monticello’s Bob Miller (at right) and Farmer City’s Vernelle Nixon seem to have a lot in common, even though they had never meet until last Friday (Oct. 7). Both are centenarians, with Bob being the elder statesman at 101. Vernelle will get to that mark when he celebrates his next birthday on Dec. 5.

Giesler, Finson named to MHS Hall of Fame

Jerry Giesler and Hugh Finson have been announced as the 2016 inductees to the Monticello High School Hall of Fame.

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