Encouraging Vietnam vets to tell their stories

Veterans who share stories about the Vietnam War are a rare breed.

Dick Fox is trying to change that, one soldier at a time.

Former NFL player speaks to local students

Keith Nord’s life changed in college when he started writing down a list of goals, a list that eventually included taking his NFL-weary body and running 26 miles at the age of 49.

Rep. Davis aide named to state General Assembly

Tim Butler, the district chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has been selected as the 87th House District representative for the Illinois General Assembly. He was named by Republican leaders in Sangamon, Logan, Menard and Tazwell counties on Feb. 28.

Winners of Bement Science Fair announced

Bement seventh grade student Tyler Upton explains how different shooting positions change the percentage of basketball shots made at the Bement Middle School Science Fair, held Feb. 18 at the school. Upton worked with partner John Watzlawick on the entry.

Kirby hires Cindy Lord for Atwood clinic

Kirby Medical Group welcomes Cindy Lord, Advanced Practice Nurse/Family Nurse Practitioner, to the Kirby Medical Group Atwood Family Practice Clinic. She specializes in family practice care of all ages, pediatric to geriatric care. Cindy is now accepting patients.

Technology to be celebrated at March 7 Gala

Technology will be at the forefront at the annual Monticello Area Education Foundation Gala, scheduled for March 7.

“Let’s celebrate! Because of you, MAEF has accomplished many great things this past year! And our speakers are top notch. Come and be inspired by them!” said Gala event co-chairwoman Mindy Donahue.

From florist to restauranteur

Kim Snyder is trading her florist scissors for a chef’s cap as she closes her downtown Petals & Porch Posts store to pursue a longtime dream of running a restaurant.

Atwood named President of First State Bancorp

John W. Corley, Chairman of First State Bank, First State Bank of Bloomington, and First State Bancorp of Monticello, Inc, announced that Michael W. Atwood has been named President of the First State Bancorp of Monticello, Inc. He has also been named to the company’s Board of Directors.

Bement student a Gold Key winner

Elaina Smith, a junior at Bement High School, has been named a National Gold Key Finalist from the Scholastic Art Awards for her watercolor painting. The Scholastic Art Awards has been in existence since 1923. Its goal is to recognize and encourage students with exceptional artistic talent.

Red Cross looking for heroes

The American Red Cross serving Central Illinois needs help in identifying and recognizing heroes among us. Every day people in Central Illinois do heroic things that make our communities a better place to live. These humble heroes collect food items for the local pantry, shovel sidewalks for elderly neighbors or use their CPR training to save a life.

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