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.

ISP releases travel advisory as 'Maximus' rolls through

With up to 4 inches of snow plus the possibility of freezing rain tonight, the Illinois State Police have issued the following travel advisory for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Bement to hire part-time help for snow removal

The Bement Village Board decided on Jan. 14 that removing snow from village streets is too much for one man to handle – especially this year. With that in mind, board members voted to find village Maintenance Supervisor Chuck Guyot some help.

Severe winter storm paralyzes central Illinois

A winter storm that started with 6 to 8 inches of snow, continued with winds topping 40 miles per hour and culminated in record low temperatures Monday (Jan. 6) extended the holiday break for Piatt County schools by two more days and closed many area roads. It added to a 3 inch snowfall that occurred Jan. 1-2.

Winter storm drops 5 to 7 inches of snow in area

A winter storm that dumped 5 to 7 inches of snow across Piatt County prompted the cancelation of several events, including a majority of the Christmas in Bement activities on Saturday.

Go online and learn about fall foliage!

Ron Wolford
U of I Extension Advisor

LIHEAP applications being taken

The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois announced that Sept. 3 marked the beginning of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Community Action administers the program that provides a one-time benefit toward utilities to eligible households in DeWitt, Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt Counties.

Expect August to be cooler than normal

The state climatologist said it's shaping up to be a cooler than normal August.

Jim Angel said in the first week of the month, the statewide average temperature was 72 degrees, which is 1.5 degrees below normal.  This follows a July where Angel said the state was two degrees below average.

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