Dahl presides over his last school board session

In some ways, it was an easy decision for Jim Dahl to resign from the Monticello school board after 13 years. His main reason was to avoid any possible conflict of interest once his wife Marlise becomes an official employee of the school district.

Haworth earns "Save the Day" award

Bill Haworth is a respected business owner in Monticello, and in 2014 was named Citizen of the Year by the Piatt County Journal-Republican, a News-Gazette weekly newspaper.

Inspiration for play attends local performance

At a rehearsal leading up to Monticello Theatre Association’s most recent presentation, “A Week at Mercy Falls,” a director encouraged actors to bring more energy to the stage.

Grabarczyk is new associate

Tara Grabarczyk knew there would be a time when she would step back into the courtroom as a litigator, and that time has come as the new associate at the Law Offices of Suzanne Wells in Monticello.

MakerGirl steering girls toward the sciences

One thing stood out to Stephanie Hein when she started attending science classes at the University of Illinois.

All of her teachers were men.

Brown Bag memories? We'd love to hear them!

The manager of the Brown Bag Deli-Restaurant wants customers to walk down memory lane as the iconic Monticello restaurant nears its 40th anniversary.

“I want people to send their favorite memories of the Brown Bag,” said Leslie Glickman, the manager of the downtown restaurant. Memories will be included in a future J-R story.

Building rehab leads to Loft Hair Salon in Bement

Once Shelby Thomas decided on a life goal, it did not take her long to get there. Less than three years removed from cosmetology school, she has opened her own business, Loft Hair Salon in downtown Bement.

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.

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