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Geary nearing end of first year at DeLand-Weldon

Amanda Geary is pleased with her first year as part of the DeLand-Weldon School District.

Geary, who is the pre-K-12 principal at D-W, joined the district this school year and says she has enjoyed interacting and communicating with all of the students.


50 years at First State Bank for Bealor

Marilyn Bealor has seen plenty of changes since she began her five-decade run at First State Bank in Monticello on April 4 of 1966. Technology has grown by leaps and bounds, along with continual changes in government regulations.

Modern banking is also easier on the ears.


Broyles Foundation member to speak in Monticello

When her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Betsy Broyles Arnold learned plenty about caregiving.


Monticello Stage Show

The Monticello High School Music Department will present Stage Show 2016 on Saturday, May 7.


Supportive Living Week

Balloon badminton was one of the many special activities scheduled for residents of Maple Point Assisted Living during last week’s Supportive Living Week. At left, Tillie Dannaman launches a serve in an opening round match. At right, Darlene Jensen shows good form during the same game.


Topher: Alpaca my bags!

Bement third grade student Sutton Koss pets Topher, a 1 1/2-year-old alpaca at Sundrop Alpaca Farms near Bement. Also pictured is Sundrop owner Stephanie Block. Students learned that alpacas are herd animals, that there are about 250,000 in the United States, and that the animal originated in South America. Their fleece is used to make textiles.


A circus in town!

DeLand-Weldon Elementary School students put on a circus in the district cafeteria on Friday, April 29. It included not only clowns like Drew Geary at left and strongmen like Karson Carter at right, but lion tamers, balance beam artists and martial arts presentations.


Monticello Theatre Association announces summer workshops

Monticello Theatre Association is pleased to announce summer workshops will be held for the sixth season. There are two sessions of the drama workshops for children. Workshop 1 for children entering grades 4, 5 and 6 in the fall will be held June 6-17. Workshop 2 for children entering grades 1, 2 and 3 in the fall will be held June 20-24.


Mahrt digging in as administrator

One word comes up often when you ask new Monticello City Administrator Bob Mahrt about his first few weeks in town.

Impressed.


Gabby's Law approved by state Senate

Tony and Liz Galbo of Monticello had just received a standing ovation from the Illinois Senate and were dabbing tears in the Senate gallery after passage of a bill known as “Gabby’s Law,” named in honor of the young daughter taken from them in May 2012.


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