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.

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.

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