Illinois State Scholars announced

The Illinois Student Assistance commission has announced it’s Illinois State Scholars high schoolers who will graduate in the spring of 2015.

Angel Trees a staple each holiday season

Angel Trees are becoming the norm at Piatt County Schools, as students and their families purchase gifts for those who cannot afford to buy them this holiday season.

Bement Chamber names executive director

here was a time when the Bement Area Chamber of Commerce had a paid executive director. That changed to a volunteer director and eventually gave way to board members and officers running the organization’s day to day operations.

Yeakleys retiring, Hammond grocery store to close

The 14 hour per day shifts will end this Friday when Bob and Peggy Yeakley close Yeakley’s Market in Hammond and go into retirement.

Christmas in Piatt County!

Area towns are gearing up for the holidays with events to usher in the season. That includes the Monticello Christmas Parade, Lunch with Santa on the Train, Cerro Gordo's Christmas on the Hill, A Christmas in Bement, and more.

Allerton Park and Retreat Center also held its first annual tree-lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 4. 

Monticello native working in the Middle East

Monticello native Trena Montgomery is in her third stint of providing help to people in the Middle East, currently working for the Lutheran World Federation in Jerusalem.

News-Gazette announces leadership changes

A number of top leadership changes are being announced at The News-Gazette, Inc.

Support for their favorite Cub fan

Monticello school administrators showed support for Clay Wiggins last Wednesday by wearing Chicago Cubs gear. Wiggins, a Monticello Middle School student and staunch fan of the Cubbies, passed away on Monday, Nov. 17.

Taylor set to march in Macy's parade

It’s her first time visiting the Big Apple, and Megan Taylor gets to have her experience showcased on national telev

Volunteers needed for Monticello Fighting Hunger

Monticello Fighting Hunger needs 450 volunteers for a food packaging event to be held Saturday, Feb. 28 at Monticello Middle School.

Individuals or groups wishing to volunteer can do so by going online to and clicking on the ‘Monticello Fighting Hunger’ link.

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