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Canvas & Corks relaxes clients through art of painting

When Heather Kelly was 12-years-old, her first watercolor painting fetched $500 at a county fair auction in Texas.

She has been hooked on art ever since. But making a living at it? That’s a different story.


Jimmy Dell to perform at Lodge Church of God

In the 1950s, it was not unusual for Jimmy Dell to sing and play piano before rockabilly-crazed crowds of up to 30,000 people. These days, as a singing evangelist, there are sometimes under 20 in the audience.

But he wouldn’t have it any other way.


Sebens retires as Public Works Director

Even though he recently retired, you will still see longtime Monticello Public Works Director Gary Sebens around town.

Except when that white stuff starts falling from the sky next winter. He’s scooped enough of that since 1987, the year he began as an employee for the City of Monticello.


Cerro Gordo Auxiliary essay winners announced

A reception for the Americanism essay winners and their parents was held prior to the March meeting of the Cerro Gordo American Legion Auxiliary. There were 160 essays entered in this year’s contest.


Inspired to help

Cancer sufferers of all ages inspired Monticello fourth grader Logan Chupp to grow out his hair this school year. Now that it has surpassed the 8 inch minimum, he will have it cut this week and donate it to Children With Hair Loss, an organization that provides wigs to children.


Finet named assistant at nursing home

Some people like a set routine. Eryn Finet is not one of them.

The newly-named assistant executive director at the Piatt County Nursing Home said her desire to help people and to never be bored drove her to the healthcare industry.


Mansfield school reunion is April 11

The 125th Mansfield Community High School (MCHS) Annual Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 11 at the Blue Ridge Junior High School, formerly Mansfield Community High School in Mansfield. Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by entertainment provided by Jake Hoult, a singer/Elvis impersonator of Casey. A buffet meal will be provided by Bonnie Hammer and staff.


Enjoying life on an old farmstead

Scott and Callie Jo McFarland sometimes wonder whether they’re crazy for buying an old farmstead south of Monticello.

“We’ve had a couple of people including my parents tell us, ‘You bought that?’ “ Callie Jo related. “It’s hard to tell whether it’s surprise or shock.”


Encouraging Vietnam vets to tell their stories

Veterans who share stories about the Vietnam War are a rare breed.

Dick Fox is trying to change that, one soldier at a time.


Former NFL player speaks to local students

Keith Nord’s life changed in college when he started writing down a list of goals, a list that eventually included taking his NFL-weary body and running 26 miles at the age of 49.


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