Porter named director at nursing home

After being interviewed on Tuesday, Scott Porter was named executive director of the Piatt County Nursing Home. Porter, who had been serving as interim director since the Oct. 6 firing of Gary Coulter, has worked at the Monticello nursing home since 2013, serving as social services director then assistant to the executive director.

Cross named to Ivesdale village board

A new member has joined the Ivesdale village board.

The board voted 4-1 on Nov. 20 to approve Village President Danny Bates’ recommendation for Justin Cross to replace Gary Jean, who resigned because he was moving outside of the village limits. Kym Somers voted against the appointment.

Local contingent to man DMH clinic

When Decatur Memorial Hospital opens its clinic on Bridge Street in Monticello, possibly in January, it will feature a strong local contingent.

DMH hospitalist Dr. Zachary Shipp and nurse practitioner Megan Shelton will man the family practice clinic there, and both are residents of Monticello.

Libertyville youth speaks as part of Choose Kind

Pete Dankelson has not had the easiest life. But you couldn’t tell by his upbeat demeanor during a talk the Libertyville High School junior gave to Monticello students Friday (Nov. 3). Born with serious birth defects that resulted in some craniofacial issues and 29 surgeries in his 17 years, he used insight and humor in his presentation entitled “Make Kindness Your Superhero.”

County fires nursing home director

Piatt County Nursing Home Executive Director Gary Coulter was fired this morning. He was seen being led out of the building just prior to the county board's 7:30 a.m. nursing home committee meeting, with his dismissal announced at the beginning of that session.

German earns principals association award

Sean German, principal of Argenta-Oreana High School in Argenta and a resident of Monticello, has received the 2017 Herman Graves Award from the Illinois Principals Association.

McMillin announces for 101st District

Democrat Jen McMillin of Decatur, a first-time candidate, said on Oct. 17 that she will run for the Illinois House seat being vacated by longtime state Rep. Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth.

McMillin, 32, said she’s a candidate in the 101st House District, an area that includes all or parts of Champaign, Macon, DeWitt, Piatt and McLean counties.

Bement honors former village board member

By Christy Jankowski
Journal-Republican correspondent

The Bement village board last week said goodbye to former trustee Steve Rittenhouse, honoring him with a moment of silence at their meeting on Oct. 10.

Village Board President Pat Tieman stated, “we thought as a board he deserved that. I already miss him.”

Local man finalist for Parkland trustee

George Johnson of Monticello is one of four finalists for the vacant Parkland College Board of Trustees position.

Other finalists are Charles Young of Champaign, and Scott Tapley and Jonathan Westfield of Savoy.

The Board of Trustees was scheduled to interview the finalists at a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Monticello native to perform at Virginia

Monticello native Andrew Peterson will present the 18th annual “Behold the Lamb of God” tour at the Virginia Theater, 203 W. Park Ave. in Champaign, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Returning to Champaign for the second straight year, Peterson’s Christmas concert features original music that tells the story of the coming of Christ.

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