King takes part in inauguration

The Illinois National Guard supported the inauguration of Governor Bruce Rauner, Jan. 12, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois.

Taking part in the event was Sgt. Jacob A. King, a member of the 233rd Military Police Company in Springfield and member of the color guard at the inauguration.

Filmmaker set to tackle police strife issue

For filmmaker Robin Christian Peters, watching the strife between police and the public brings back painful memories of his youth in St. Louis.

"Miracles Happen Every Freaking Day"

After a year-long journey that saw him lose 100 pounds, Chris Striegel of Monticello finished 12th overall in the Kirby Derby 5K race in 2014, crossing the finish line in just over 21 minutes and 26 seconds.

She won the window!

Mary Kay Allman of Monticello was the winner of the Monticello Main Street Win the Window contest, which was held during the holiday shopping season. The goal was to encourage shoppers to purchase from local establishments. Businesses taking part donated the prizes seen here, estimated to be worth $1,500.

Tribute song earns award for local musician

Lee Schofield was going through his daughter’s laptop last May after she had died, and discovered some haunting lyrics that 18-year-old musician Chelsea Jean Schofield had composed.

Illinois State Scholars announced

The Illinois Student Assistance commission has announced it’s Illinois State Scholars high schoolers who will graduate in the spring of 2015.

Angel Trees a staple each holiday season

Angel Trees are becoming the norm at Piatt County Schools, as students and their families purchase gifts for those who cannot afford to buy them this holiday season.

Bement Chamber names executive director

here was a time when the Bement Area Chamber of Commerce had a paid executive director. That changed to a volunteer director and eventually gave way to board members and officers running the organization’s day to day operations.

Yeakleys retiring, Hammond grocery store to close

The 14 hour per day shifts will end this Friday when Bob and Peggy Yeakley close Yeakley’s Market in Hammond and go into retirement.

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. 

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