Stephen Douglas expert speaks at Bement

For nearly three decades, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas sat on opposite sides of an ideological fence, but their disagreements did not prevent them from having a high degree of respect for each other.

Boat making business launches in Monticello

You might be surprised to learn there is a boat making shop in Piatt County, but for owner Pete Bergstrom, it’s much more than that. What started as a youth mentoring project at Crossroads Church has grown into a full-time occupation for the former model airplane maker.

No stone goes unturned for Bement restorer

 On a muggy Saturday, Angie Johnson is putting in physical labor to save a historic headstone in one of the area’s oldest cemeteries.

She chops back vegetation from one of the oldest tombstones. Bushes and flowers, placed there deliberately or otherwise, have come to endanger history.

Earnhardt daughter on midwest rodeo circuit

As the daughter of the late Dale Earnhardt and the half-brother of current NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Junior, Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam could already be considered racing royalty.

But her need for speed comes on four hooves instead of four wheels.

Grandfield a thankful fair queen

Mikala Grandfield was an honor roll student at Cerro Gordo High School, but had the district feeling she did not come off that way during the interview segment of the Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant competition, held June 16 in Cerro Gordo.

Retracing a trail 'of lament'

Pastors and professors alike were part of a Potawatomi Trail of Death re-enactment that traveled through the area last week, giving the six-day exercise both a spiritual and academic feel as the group wound its way from Indiana through Illinois and Missouri into Kansas.

Bike ride to recognize Bensyl

The annual Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) ride is always an emotional roller coaster for those who mount their bicycles to ride from Alton to Chicago.

PCJR award winner!

The Piatt County Journal-Republican is proud to announce Assistant Editor Andrew Helregel’s recognition at the Illinois Press Awards earlier this month. Helregel won first place in Division A for his sports feature on the 2014 Monticello boys’ cross-country team entitled “State symphonies.”

Mikala Grandfield is 2015 county fair queen

Mikala Grandfield of Cerro Gordo was crowned Miss Piatt County 2015 at the Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant held Tuesday night at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

Fair Queen pageant set for June 16

The Piatt County Fair Queen pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the Piatt County Fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

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