Friendship makes her an advocate for her neighbor

Eight-year-old Emerson Snook of Monticello will be running in Wade’s 5K for 5P on Oct. 8. It’s the least she can do for neighbor and friend Wade Jones, a three-year-old who has a syndrome called Cri du Chat, also referred to as 5P- (five-P-minus).

Lunch hour artistry on display at U of I

"Coming Home"
What: Art by Kirk Branch
When: Through Sept. 30

Rose now assistant Republican leader

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) will serve as Assistant Republican Leader after being appointed by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) Sept. 15. Rose previously served as Senate Republican Whip.

CrossFit fundraiser for suicide awareness

Most people do not want to talk about suicide, especially those who have lost a family member in that manner.

But Tammy Workman is not most people.

Monticello guardsman an elite marksman

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recognized the Illinois National Guard’s top marksmen during a ceremony following The Adjutant General’s Pistol and Rifle Marksmanship Competition at Marseilles Training Center in Marseilles, Illinois, Aug. 21.

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.

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