Volunteers needed for Monticello Fighting Hunger

Monticello Fighting Hunger needs 450 volunteers for a food packaging event to be held Saturday, Feb. 28 at Monticello Middle School.

Individuals or groups wishing to volunteer can do so by going online to and clicking on the ‘Monticello Fighting Hunger’ link.

Haworth is Citizen of the Year

Bill Haworth has traveled the world as a flight attendant. He’s been from Mumbai to Shanghai, and most points in between.

With that kind of resume, you would think it would be difficult for the Monticello business owner to pin down his most preferred destination. But his answer is always the same when he is asked where he would most like to go.

Added tax cost kept some from voting for new school

Some of those who voted ‘no’ on the ballot issue that would have funded a new Monticello High School aren’t necessarily anti-new school, but instead seem to be anti-higher taxes.

MHS fall play set for this weekend

For any high school thespian director, the decision on what type of play to present is never an easy one.

A comedy? A mystery?

Monticello High School’s Carrie Brocksmith decided to do both with “The Groom Has Cold Feet” by Martin A. Follose, which will be presented Nov. 14-15 in the high school auditorium.

Helping document her alma mater

Charylene Taylor has grown very passionate regarding her alma mater – DeLand-Weldon High School – to the point she spends hours each day scanning websites to catalog the fate of those who attended the schools that have served those two communities.

City names new public works director

A current Army Corps of Engineers employee was introduced as the new Director of Public Works for the City of Monticello at the city council meeting on Oct. 27.

Small Wonders scholarships given in memory of student

If you met Ian Wagner, chances are you wouldn’t forget him. Whether it was his obsession with superhero Buzz Lightyear or dancing at the swimming pool, he was a Monticello youth that was hard to forget.

Neighbor concerned about potential high school sites

A Kratz Road resident is expressing concern about south-side sites being considered for a new Monticello High School.

Ken Peacock, who lives east of some of the proposed sites, told the Monticello School Board Oct. 15 that he feels the sites could present traffic and drainage issues.

Artist to hold show in Monticello

The stereotypical scene of a painter out in the wild with their easel looks quite serene, but the artistic method – known as en plein air – is not that easy. Painters sometimes have long hikes with their equipment in getting to the right spot, and at that point need to get cracking to take advantage of the light of the moment.

Brachial Plexus Injury doesn't slow this five-year-old

Five-year-old Hunter Baker is awfully excited about the start of wrestling season. His face lights up when his mom tells him practice starts this week, just as he does when he goes to play baseball, compete in gymnastics or head to the pool for a swim.

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