Art show for mental health

Amy McDermith was able to get back to her artistic roots recently when she led participants of the Piatt County Mental Health Center’s developmental disabilities program through a day-long art seminar. It resulted in 29 pieces of art that will be on display this Sunday (March 18) at the Monticello Christian Church.

Democrat awaits winner of three-way GOP primary

Jen McMillin is waiting in the wings as three Republicans battle it out for their right to represent the party in the general election in November for the 101st Illinois House District.

As the only Democrat on the ballot, she will face the GOP victor.

Sebens appointed to city council

Tammy Sebens was approved Monday as a new Monticello city council representative for Ward II. The appointment was made by Mayor Larry Stoner and ratified unanimously by the council.

She replaces Seth Melton, who resigned in January after moving out of his ward. She will serve until the spring of 2019 election.

Blue Ridge band holds fundraiser

The Blue Ridge high school marching band held “A Knight to Remember,” a fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 16 at the high school in Farmer City. Dollars raised will help fund the band for its trip to Washington D.C. this spring to take part in Memorial Day ceremonies at the nation’s capital.

Jackson Dunn is spelling bee champ

DeLand-Weldon sixth grader Jackson Dunn is known for always having a smile on his face, but his ever-present grin got a little wider when he correctly spelled “grotesque” to win the Piatt County Spelling Bee on Feb. 15 at Atwood-Hammond Elementary School.

Brocksmith chooses health

For 49 years of her life, Carrie Brocksmith was a caterpillar.

“I was a fat caterpillar, and now I am a beautiful butterfly,” she said, as she exposed her butterfly tattoo she adorns as a sign of her evolution into a healthier lifestyle.

Interest in nursing home jumps

Interest in the Piatt County Nursing Home rose sharply in January, with inquiries from families interested in placing a family member there totaling 49 last month, well above the 19 registered for the same month in 2017.

Volunteer efforts of junior high schooler recognized

Sophie Happ, 14, of Monticello was named a state Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards for 2018.

Happ, an eighth-grader at Monticello Middle School, started a drive four years ago that has collected nearly 15,000 books for children in need.

Area competitors excel at national rodeo event

Fifteen-year-old Laney Felter, daughter of Mark and Tracey Kaufman of Cisco, and 14-year-old Cal Spence, son of Kendra Spence and Bob Spence of Monticello, competed at the International Miniature Rodeo Association World Finals the week of January 15-21 at Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City.

Restaurant closing a week for remodeling, training

Monarch Brewing Co. in Monticello will be closed from Feb. 5-12 for a kitchen remodel and staff training. It will reopen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Owner Matt Miller said the main idea behind the work is to get food to customers more quickly.

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