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.

Benefit for Chelsea Schofield

Family and friends of Chelsea Schofield will celebrate her life with live music, food and fellowship from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at First Christian Church, 1699 N. State St. in Monticello.

Libraries keeping kids busy during summer

Area libraries have ramped up activities during the summer to help youth who have time on their hands since the school year ended. Several are taking part in the Paws to Read program, which has meant visits by animals and the making of masks.

Fletcher nets Master Gardener award

On Friday, June 13 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteers across the state came to Champaign to celebrate the success of their contributions to local communities

DeLand Legion hall dedicated

By Brian Murphy
The Journal-Republican

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