Governor signs "Gabby's Law"

In a ceremony filled with emotion, “Gabby’s Law,” a bill named in honor of a 5-year-old Monticello girl who died four years ago after a tick bite went undetected and developed into sepsis, was signed into law Aug. 18 by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Giving back: Business offers free haircuts for the start of school

Pat Tieman, the village president of Bement and the owner of Salon 101 in Bement, gives a free haircut to 5-year-old Haleigh Hatfill. 

For the second year, Tieman and other 101 Salon staff offered free haircuts for school children to help them give their best impression when they walk into area classrooms this week.

Zybell House opens as boarding house

Samantha Koon has tweaked her plans since becoming the City of Monticello’s first business boot camp winner last fall, but in opening up a combination boarding house, bakery, and prepared meal service, has stayed true to two main goals: pursuing a dream on her own terms, and to help families stay together during their busy lives.

Benefit Saturday for Dennis and Candy Wells

A benefit for Dennis and Candy Wells of Monticello is scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Piatt County Trail Blazers grounds in Monticello.

New mental health center director settling in

As soon as new Piatt County Mental Health Center Director Tony Kirkman walked in the door of the Monticello-based facility, he knew he was in the right place.

GUEST COLUMN: Ed Traub on a local treasure

By Edward Traub
Guest columnist


“But it’s a fact that knowledge comes to barbers, just as stray cats come to milking barns.”

Brown Bag in Monticello four decades

Opening up a deli had never entered Harlean Swing’s mind back in 1976. The former Los Angeles girl who had moved to Piatt County had much different goals.

“I had come into some money, and I was going to watch soap operas, travel and gets lots of plastic surgery,” said Swing.

St. Jude run is July 29

The fourth annual St. Jude Monticello to Peoria run is scheduled for July 29-30. Monticello is one of 39 other cities that will see participants from their local town run to Peoria, meeting at the Peoria Civic Center on July 30.

Kidd to step down as county clerk

Colleen Kidd will end her 38-year run in county government – the last six as county clerk – at the end of this year. She announced the decision at the July 13 Piatt County board meeting, citing health related issues in her family.

Reck wins state HCE award

Piatt County Home and Community Education members Jo Bauer, Nancy Carle, Nora Hanover, Martha Lynch, and Linda Swett attended the 92nd Annual Illinois Association for Home and Community Education (IAHCE) Conference being held at the Embassy Suites East Peoria—Hotel and Riverfront Conference Center in East Peoria on March 15-17.

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