4-H members attend Washington Focus

Piatt County 4-H members Bethany Burger and Sophie Remmert recently traveled to Washington D.C. as representatives of Piatt County and Illinois 4-H to Citizenship Washington Focus.

Army buddies reunite after six decades

When Vern Eggers, 83, of Indianapolis, Ind. hopped on his 2005 Yamaha Majesty scooter last Thursday to travel 148 miles to see his Army buddy Jerry Brazelton in Monticello, it was the first time they had seen each other since 1951.

Farmer City, Blue Ridge district loses key community member

The Blue Ridge School District has lost one of its greatest supporters.

On Monday, July 14, 2014, 67-year-old Mike Hendricks died unexpectedly, “leaving a hole in our city and our hearts,” a post from the Farmer City Mayoral page garnering over 180 “likes” reads.

Benefit for Chelsea Schofield

Family and friends of Chelsea Schofield will celebrate her life with live music, food and fellowship from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at First Christian Church, 1699 N. State St. in Monticello.

Libraries keeping kids busy during summer

Area libraries have ramped up activities during the summer to help youth who have time on their hands since the school year ended. Several are taking part in the Paws to Read program, which has meant visits by animals and the making of masks.

Fletcher nets Master Gardener award

On Friday, June 13 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers across the state came to Champaign to celebrate the success of their contributions to local communities

DeLand Legion hall dedicated

By Brian Murphy
The Journal-Republican

Krigbaum to keep busy as Piatt County Fair Queen

As the new Piatt County Fair Queen, Kristie Krigbaum will be plenty busy, but that’s nothing new.

The recent Cerro Gordo High School graduate played Bronco volleyball, basketball and softball for four years, in addition to competing in track for three years and cheerleading for two.

Three-year-old donates to Locks of Love

Jamie Walker of Monticello said her three-year-old son Abram has always liked long hair, but didn’t mind giving up six inches of it recently for Locks of Love.

“He was brave. He didn’t cry,” said Jamie of her son’s first haircut in two years June 3 at Danielle Renee Salon and Spa, also in Monticello.

Monticello FFA nets Gold Emblem status

The Monticello High School FFA program was recognized as a Gold Emblem Chapter at the Illinois FFA convention June 10-12 in Springfield. FFA chapters submit their program of activities, along with goals and results and are judged. Gold is the highest honor that is awarded.

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