New Peace Meal supervisor for Monticello

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System in Mattoon has announced Shelly Tolly as the new Peace Meal site supervisor for Monticello, as of April 13.

It's time for sunscreen

With balmy temperatures that are just starting to hit the low-80s, the thought of sunscreen doesn’t enter most people’s minds.

But it should.

Business start aimed at pet owners

A decade ago, most people had never heard of a social network. Today large social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are everywhere and part of every day vocabulary.

Monticello group takes missions trip to Belize

Despite some struggles they don’t normally face in central Illinois, some Monticello residents who spent spring break in Belize would go back in a minute.

“I think we would love to go back – oh my gosh, yes,” said Sheila Lanker on her first missions trip outside of the United States.

Discovery recount requested for Ward IV

A candidate from the April 7 election has taken the first step toward a possible challenge of the Ward IV Monticello city council vote totals.

Brian Fulton, who lost by just three votes, has asked for a discovery recount, which Piatt County Clerk Colleen Kidd said will occur on May 6.

New D-W principal to be announced soon

DeLand-Weldon could name a new principal within a matter of days, if not hours.

Superintendent Gary Brashear said Wednesday morning that a candidate has accepted the district's offer.

"We are in the contract phase and once they sign, we will make a general announcement," Brashear said.

Exchange students winding down year in Monticello

Monticello High School’s current exchange students agree on most things.

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.

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