Youth welcomed home after brain surgery

Eleven-year-old Kade Nichols and his mom Kelly had not seen their hometown of Farmer City for 82 days, so they received quite the warm welcome when they finally made it back to the DeWitt County community on Thursday afternoon.

County hires supervisor of assessments

A woman who has nine years of experience in the McLean County assessor’s office has been hired as the new Piatt County Supervisor of Assessments.

Jennifer Bryant, a deputy assessor in the McLean County office, was approved by the Piatt County board on July 11.

Cerro Gordo medical 'legend' retires

By Christy Jankowski
Journal-Republican correspondent

Dr. William Shackelford opened a small family practice in Cerro Gordo in 1956 where Susan Lange’s hair salon currently sits on Madison Street. He started out with $100 worth of equipment bought from Dr. Lamb, a colleague of his from Decatur Memorial Hospital.

Riding to fight polio

The 50-pound barcalounger-style chair Ralph Zuke is hauling behind his bike from St. Louis to Toronto has just one purpose – to get people’s attention.

Latz appointed to county board

A rural White Heath man with extensive backgrounds in both agriculture and finance has been appointed to the Piatt County board.

Shonkwiler memorial could be scaled back

A memorial to honor one of Piatt County’s most distinguished judges is still likely, but may not include a gazebo on the courthouse lawn as originally planned.

Full house honors fallen soldier

It was a full house in the Monticello High School auditorium on May 17 as friends, family, military and legislative representatives came together to honor Private First Class Robert C. Burke, an 18-year-old Monticello Marine who was gunned down in the Vietnam War 50 years ago to the day.

New Piattran director sought

Piatt County is looking for a new transportation director after the resignation of Eileen Sierra-Brown. Her resignation was reluctantly accepted by the county board on May 9.

A great 125-year run for Monticello Woman's Club

Women’s Suffrage? Yep, they were right there, fighting for their right to vote.

Hungry children after the stock market crash of 1929? They hosted lunches that fed 95 kids each Wednesday during those tough times.

Memorial service planned for PFC Burke

Most people in Monticello have heard of Private First Class Robert C. Burke. The local American Legion post bears his name, as does the park that surrounds the town swimming pool. His photo and brief but distinguished military record are spelled out in a display at the Piatt County Courthouse.

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