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.

Monticello lineman restores power in Puerto Rico

Ameren Illinois lineman/troubleman Mark Gortner helped restore power to 2,700 residents of hurricane impacted Puerto Rico as part of a team of 60 who spent three weeks in the island recently.

That may sound like a lot of customers, but stateside the same work can sometimes be accomplished with the flick of a tripped breaker.

Bluhm takes reigns as Mayor For a Day

As Monticello’s Mayor For a Day on May 3, White Heath Elementary School student Steven Bluhm had difficulty narrowing down his favorite part.

“My favorite part was all of it,” said Bluhm, whose father Jason Bluhm purchased the activity at a Willow Tree Missions fundraiser in March.

Advanced French students compose children's books

Monticello High School French instructor Madame Erica Bryant admits a “perfect storm” led to a very successful student-led effort that saw her fourth-year French students writing children’s books and reading them to Lincoln Elementary first graders.

Book and gift store planned by latest bootcamp winner

The City of Monticello is pleased to announce Nicole Stewart as the winner of the 2018 Spring Monticello Bootcamp Grant. Stewart presented her business plan for the Hartfield Book Co., a book and gift store she hopes to open up in downtown Monticello.

Communicating through artwork

It’s difficult to tell who smiles wider when Heather Kelly of Canvas & Corks makes her monthly visits to the Piatt County Nursing Home: The Halcyon Unit residents, volunteers who help them paint, or Kelly herself, who has created artwork with patients there for about two years.

Schlosser stepping down as Piatt assessor

DeWitt and Piatt counties’ experiment to share one supervisor of assessments will end after one year.

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