Politics and Government

Porter named director at nursing home

After being interviewed on Tuesday, Scott Porter was named executive director of the Piatt County Nursing Home. Porter, who had been serving as interim director since the Oct. 6 firing of Gary Coulter, has worked at the Monticello nursing home since 2013, serving as social services director then assistant to the executive director.


Rec site support discussed by council

As money becomes tight, some Monticello city council members are having a crisis of faith when it comes to the city’s proposed 30-acre recreation complex.


Cost cutting as nursing home looks for administrator

Piatt County officials are cutting costs at the county-owned nursing home while at the same time looking for the facility’s next director.


Fundraising to start for Shonkwiler memorial

The next step in erecting a memorial gazebo for late county judge John Shonkwiler will be for the Piatt County Board to approve the use of a portion of the courthouse lawn for that purpose.

It is likely just a formality due to the amount of respect the 40-year judge has in Monticello, but Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt felt it was the logical next step.


County approves opioid litigatin

Piatt County board members decided last week that litigation should be the next step in fighting opioid addiction issues in the county.


Candidates file for March primary

Two countywide elected offices will be contested on the March 20 Republican primary in Piatt County.

Two-term Sheriff David W. Hunt of Monticello will be challenged by Kyle R. Turngren of Cisco, both of whom filed nominating petitions last week.


County permit approved for DeLand well project

With a promise from the Village of DeLand that neighbors of the new town wells will be taken care of if the wells affect their water supply, the Piatt County Board on Wednesday approved a special use permit for the village to operate its two wells on one acre of agriculturally-zoned land.


Cross named to Ivesdale village board

A new member has joined the Ivesdale village board.

The board voted 4-1 on Nov. 20 to approve Village President Danny Bates’ recommendation for Justin Cross to replace Gary Jean, who resigned because he was moving outside of the village limits. Kym Somers voted against the appointment.


County could file opioid lawsuit

Now that the opioid drug addiction crisis has been declared a national public health emergency, governmental agencies see a window to come up with some solutions – and the funds needed to pay for those efforts.


Preliminary budget likely to be trimmed

A preliminary budget presented to the Monticello city council Monday showed a $500,000 deficit in the general fund, but city aldermen and City Administrator Terry Summers both agreed that number would be brought down prior to final budget approval next month.

Budget work is set to continue at a special council work session Monday night (Dec. 4) at 6 p.m.


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