Official: Don't call 9-1-1 to ask about sirens

It was a first-ever for Piatt County 9-1-1 Director Jim Cripe, but it wreaked havoc at the Piatt County Dispatch Center Wednesday morning (July 20).

Floodwaters are receding

It wasn’t a white Christmas in Piatt County, but that didn’t keep Monticello Township Road Commissioner Charlie Montgomery from manning a snow plow recently.

Former and current mayor remember Katrina

Ten years ago then Monticello Mayor Bill Mitze was watching the reports about the devastation from Hurricane Katrina and glanced at a map of the areas that were damaged.

Latest storm drops 6 inches of snow on Monticello

A winter storm that dropped about 6 inches of snow on Monticello made for slick roads over the weekend, causing some accidents in the area.

Bement woman involved in I-74 accident

A two-vehicle accident on I-74 in Champaign shut down the westbound lanes of the interstate for about 45 minutes earlier this morning (Jan. 7). There were only minor injuries.

Mansfield trying to get grants to help flood victi

The Village of Mansfield is looking into ways of helping residents whose homes have been heavily damaged by flooding this summer, and they are exploring Federal Emergency Management Agency grants through the Blue Acres program as an option to do so.

Weather alert siren coming to White Heath

An old siren that in the past alerted Mid-Piatt firefighters to emergency calls will be repurposed to serve as an emergency weather siren for the White Heath area.

Students learn to prepare for disasters

Red Cross Mid-Illinois Chapter intern Morgan Tarter has seen firsthand the damage a tornado can cause in central Illinois, and spent the morning of April 16 helping Monticello fourth graders prepare for possible disasters that could also include fire, floods, earthquakes and winter storms.

Last of the snow?

Although it is mid-March, snow still fell on Piatt County last week, covering roads as well as Monticello's Sangamon River trail (pictured). It may be the last snow of the season, as forecasts are for temperatures in the 60's by Friday and for the highs to be at least in the 40's for the next week.


Maintenance men trying to outlast tough winter

Village of Mansfield maintenance man Bob Henderson has just one regret about retiring this May.

“I wish I’d done it a year earlier,” said Henderson, a one-person department in charge of many tasks that include snow removal in one of the worst winters the area has ever seen.

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