Politics and Government

Scholarship to honor former D-W student

Honoring a former DeLand-Weldon student and creating a scholarship fund in his memory took place at the August 15 DeLand-Weldon School Board meeting.

Governor signs "Gabby's Law"

In a ceremony filled with emotion, “Gabby’s Law,” a bill named in honor of a 5-year-old Monticello girl who died four years ago after a tick bite went undetected and developed into sepsis, was signed into law Aug. 18 by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Nick's Park plan endorsed by council

A refurbished Nick’s Park with added green space, treehouse and connection to local bicycle trails was officially endorsed by the Monticello city council on Monday.

Facilities to be discussed at board retreate

Monticello School Superintendent Vic Zimmerman said two of the three main topics scheduled for the board’s annual retreat Wednesday will focus on continuing facilities improvement and BLDD Architects will share various options for remodeling the high school.

Cripe resigns from Cerro Gordo school board

The Cerro Gordo school board is looking for a new board member after the resignation of Barry Cripe. Cripe, who has served on the board for five years, submitted his resignation by letter, which was approved by the school board at its Aug. 17 meeting. District Superintendent Brett Robinson said Cripe indicated it would be difficult to attended meetings due to changes in his job.

Counties break ground with combined assessment post

If you are a glass-half-full person, you could look at the state funding crisis as an opportunity for more collaboration between local entities.

County could pursue more mental health collaboration

With uncertainty surrounding the DeWitt County Human Resource Center, the Piatt County Mental Health Center has already stepped in to administer grant-funded substance abuse prevention efforts in the neighboring county.

Bement zoning changes discussed

At the monthly Bement village board meeting Aug. 9, Bement Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Mark Henderson suggested some changes in the proposed fence ordinance that the village board asked him and the ZBA to look over.

Mayor pies chief after fundraiser bet

Monticello Police Chief John Carter (left) raised about $600 for Shop With a Cop on the downtown square Friday, but it wasn’t quite enough to beat the fundraising efforts of Monticello Mayor Larry Stoner, who raised dollars for A Small Hand-Piatt County Infant and Diaper Pantry.

D.C.: More than election headlines

Area U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) made headlines two weeks ago for urging Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump to “grow up,” but would rather people be talking about what he feels is progress being made in Congress on several issues.

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