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Tackling the Appalachian Trail

Thomas Atkins of White Heath left for the Appalachian Trail to take care of unfinished business. When he completed it 2,185.4 miles later he was left with a restored faith in humanity and a master plan for his future.


Smith puts nursing skills to use overseas

By Danielle Kamp
Illinois Wesleyan University

Even though she had previously observed healthcare in a developing country, Illinois Wesleyan University  nursing  alumna Hannah Smith of Monticello was startled to see patients’ vital signs documented on a scrap of paper during an internship in Tanzania.


Alexander honored for lifesaving effort

Crystal Alexander was definitely the right person in the right place at the right time when she helped rescue a drowning boy at Clinton Lake on July 27.


Author tackles euthanasia in first fiction work

Already the author of several books on local history, Monticello author Maureen Holtz has decided to wade into the realm of novelized fiction with a heady subject: euthanasia.

Her latest release, “The Last Resort” focuses on an imaginary African country that decides to legalize physician-assisted death to encourage tourism.


Swango book a Habitat fundraiser

From the 1895 Sages football team that competed in Kratz pasture to the Monticello High School softball team that finished third at state this past spring, local author Lynn Swango lists some of the most notable sports feats and teams in MHS school history in his most recent book.


Mansfield pilot dies in copter crash

 A veteran helicopter pilot from Piatt County was killed Tuesday morning when his crop-duster clipped a power line and went down in a bean field not far from his home.


St. Jude run raises an estimated $34,000

Thirty runners took part in the Monticello to Peoria run on Aug. 1-2 to benefit the St. Jude Children's Hospital, raising an estimated $34,000 for the cause. The group left from Monticello Middle School at 6 p.m. Friday, then took turns running through the night, arriving in Peoria at 4 p.m. the next day.


4-H members attend Washington Focus

Piatt County 4-H members Bethany Burger and Sophie Remmert recently traveled to Washington D.C. as representatives of Piatt County and Illinois 4-H to Citizenship Washington Focus.


Army buddies reunite after six decades

When Vern Eggers, 83, of Indianapolis, Ind. hopped on his 2005 Yamaha Majesty scooter last Thursday to travel 148 miles to see his Army buddy Jerry Brazelton in Monticello, it was the first time they had seen each other since 1951.


Farmer City, Blue Ridge district loses key community member

The Blue Ridge School District has lost one of its greatest supporters.

On Monday, July 14, 2014, 67-year-old Mike Hendricks died unexpectedly, “leaving a hole in our city and our hearts,” a post from the Farmer City Mayoral page garnering over 180 “likes” reads.


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