St. Jude run is July 29

The fourth annual St. Jude Monticello to Peoria run is scheduled for July 29-30. Monticello is one of 39 other cities that will see participants from their local town run to Peoria, meeting at the Peoria Civic Center on July 30.

Kidd to step down as county clerk

Colleen Kidd will end her 38-year run in county government – the last six as county clerk – at the end of this year. She announced the decision at the July 13 Piatt County board meeting, citing health related issues in her family.

Reck wins state HCE award

Piatt County Home and Community Education members Jo Bauer, Nancy Carle, Nora Hanover, Martha Lynch, and Linda Swett attended the 92nd Annual Illinois Association for Home and Community Education (IAHCE) Conference being held at the Embassy Suites East Peoria—Hotel and Riverfront Conference Center in East Peoria on March 15-17.

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.

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