Couple donate to Allerton Park

Allerton Park & Retreat Center has announced that Mark and Chris Golden, of Chillicothe, IL, have made a six-figure gift utilizing two different “lifetime income gift” methods through the U of I Foundation. The couple also established the Christine L. (’75) and Mark Q.

Treasurer touts state programs in trip to Monticello

Former State Senator Michael Frerichs became familiar with Illinois’ unclaimed property program as soon as he became the state treasurer just over two years ago.

And in a personal way.

Celebrating 70 years

Dwight Blythe has the secret to making a marriage last, and he’s willing to share it with anyone who will listen.

“I always have the last word,” he said, “and it’s ‘yes, dear.’”

Nine decades of ties to Cerro Gordo High School

Early on in recent Cerro Gordo school facilities discussion, it was determined the 1929 high school building should remain standing.

In the words of architects and school officials, it still had good “bones.”

Keith named vice chairman of CIRMA

Piatt County Board Chairman Randy Jo Keith was recently elected to serve a three-year term as vice chairman of the Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agency (CIRMA). Keith was nominated and selected by unanimous vote on Jan. 19 at the agency’s quarterly Board of Directors meeting in Bloomington.

Contract of Monticello administrator subject of special council meeting

Monticello City Administrator Bob Mahrt may be out after less than a year on the job. The city council has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m.

Mitchell reappointed House Assistant Republican Leader

The members of the 100th Illinois General Assembly were sworn into office in Springfield recently.

State Representative Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) will again serve as an Assistant Republican Leader for the Illinois House of Representatives.

Hero workout held for downed officer

CrossFit had not been founded when Monticello’s Virgil Lee Bensyl worked for the Illinois State Police, but family friend Dave McLearin thinks the downed Illinois State trooper would have been honored by the hero workout performed by fitness enthusiasts last week at CrossFit KMC in Monticello.

Doctor relocating to Monticello

Christie Clinic is pleased has announced Dr. Mitch Hammel will relocate his practice from 1801 West Windsor Road in Champaign to 107 West Main Street in Downtown Monticello. He will join personnel already practicing at that location.

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