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Earnhardt daughter on midwest rodeo circuit

As the daughter of the late Dale Earnhardt and the half-brother of current NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Junior, Taylor Earnhardt-Putnam could already be considered racing royalty.

But her need for speed comes on four hooves instead of four wheels.


Grandfield a thankful fair queen

Mikala Grandfield was an honor roll student at Cerro Gordo High School, but had the district feeling she did not come off that way during the interview segment of the Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant competition, held June 16 in Cerro Gordo.


Retracing a trail 'of lament'

Pastors and professors alike were part of a Potawatomi Trail of Death re-enactment that traveled through the area last week, giving the six-day exercise both a spiritual and academic feel as the group wound its way from Indiana through Illinois and Missouri into Kansas.


Bike ride to recognize Bensyl

The annual Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) ride is always an emotional roller coaster for those who mount their bicycles to ride from Alton to Chicago.


PCJR award winner!

The Piatt County Journal-Republican is proud to announce Assistant Editor Andrew Helregel’s recognition at the Illinois Press Awards earlier this month. Helregel won first place in Division A for his sports feature on the 2014 Monticello boys’ cross-country team entitled “State symphonies.”


Mikala Grandfield is 2015 county fair queen

Mikala Grandfield of Cerro Gordo was crowned Miss Piatt County 2015 at the Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant held Tuesday night at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.


Fair Queen pageant set for June 16

The Piatt County Fair Queen pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at the Piatt County Fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.


Plenty of history on sesquicentennial farm

There’s a lot of history to be found at the Gilbert L. Quick homestead southeast of Bement. A bur oak tree there is one of the largest in the state, portions of Gilbert’s home date back to 1830, and an old barn on his property was built around a former one-room schoolhouse.


Ring was lost, now is found - 21 years later

One day over two decades ago in Bement, Nathan Butterick searched for hours to find his father’s wedding ring, which had been gifted to him after his father’s death. Lost underneath a porch, he eventually ended the search.


Lyons publishes book on 'Driftless'

If you fly American Airlines this month you will be able to read some of the latest from the pen of local author Stephen Lyons, who outlines the cultural changes of “Chicago’s Magnificent Melting Pot” on Devon Avenue.


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