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36! Perfect ACT score for Tate

Eric Tate was confident after taking the ACT test for the second time on Feb. 11.

But he didn’t expect a perfect score, the first in at least a decade for a Monticello High School student.


Spanish students go old school with snail mail

It’s unique in the digital age to see high school students excited about snail mail.

But when hand-written letters arrived from their pen pals, it was a like a party for Monticello High School third-year Spanish students.


Helping others face the realities of drug addiction

When Connie Gyorr started setting up a drug abuse education effort to help others avoid issues that led to the death of her daughter last year, she wanted to make sure information reached all ages throughout all of Piatt County.


Golden Kitchen is newest restaurant in Monticello

The Golden Kitchen restaurant in Monticello has quickly filled the void left by the closure of the China Star establishment last fall.

Owner Jing Gao and his daughter and restaurant manager Annie Gao opened at 402 W. Center St. on Dec. 7, and early reports are positive.


Governor to speak in Monticello

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will be guest speaker at the Piatt County Republican Lincoln Day dinner at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21.

The dinner will be held in the ballroom of the Monticello Community Building, 201 N. State St. and will also feature area State Senator Chapin Rose and Representative Bill Mitchell.


Happ wins national community award

Sophie Happ took on her first volunteer effort in fourth grade, when at the tender age of 10 years old organized a book drive that collected 4,000 volumes for youth who could not afford to buy their own.


Sheehan to become MHS assistant principal

Several aspects of the Monticello High School assistant principal/director of activities opening appealed to Dan Sheehan, the current Argenta-Oreana High School AP/DA who will take on the MHS post on July 1.


DeLand-Weldon hires search firm

The Illinois Association of School Boards was hired by the DeLand-Weldon school board on Feb. 21 to help in its search for a new superintendent, but the board has yet to decide when that search will commence.


Couple donate to Allerton Park

Allerton Park & Retreat Center has announced that Mark and Chris Golden, of Chillicothe, IL, have made a six-figure gift utilizing two different “lifetime income gift” methods through the U of I Foundation. The couple also established the Christine L. (’75) and Mark Q.


Treasurer touts state programs in trip to Monticello

Former State Senator Michael Frerichs became familiar with Illinois’ unclaimed property program as soon as he became the state treasurer just over two years ago.

And in a personal way.


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