Technology

Wood burning demo planned

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) at the University of Illinois will hold a free demonstration of a waste wood-powered commercial heating system from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Country Arbors Nursery, 1742 County Rd. 1400 N., Urbana.


Local robotics team nets state crown

Coaches usually don’t like to admit it. But in the case of Lisa Altan’s Ulti-Mat 4-H robotics team, she said “this year was a rebuilding year.”


Action on Bement cell tower tabled

The Bement school board last week tabled consideration of a contract with Verizon that would place a 110 to 150-foot-highcell phone tower on school property.


City approves fiber optic sale

Monticello’s city council approved the sale of a majority of the town’s fiber optic system in an effort to expand higher-speed internet service to businesses and residences.


Fiber optic sale approved by library board

The Allerton Public Library Board has become the first of a four-entity coalition to approve the sale of most of a fiber optic data network the consortium installed in Monticello two years ago.


3D mammography arrives at Kirby Medical Center

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis is quite the technical term, but it basically means taking mammographies to a new, three-dimensional level.


High speed fiber starting to reap benefits

A four-year process to upgrade and interconnect phones at Piatt County government buildings has finally been declared complete.


Bement staff training on Chromebooks

Staff in the Bement school district will be learning the ins and outs of Chromebooks during five training sessions this semester. A total of 37 Lenovo ThinkPads were purchased – one per teacher – so that staff can get used to them before they are implemented with students as part of the district 1:1 initiative.


School technology infrastructure discussed

The technology infrastructure throughout the Monticello school district needs help, according to technology coordinator Wendy Stokowski.


Robotics club in its first year

Participants in Monticello’s inaugural Lego robotics team have to think in a myriad of ways as they ready themselves for a state qualifier Dec. 13 at Hope Academy in Decatur.


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