Rabies clinics announced

The Piatt County Animal Control Department will host rabies clinics throughout the county on April 6 and April 27. Piatt County tags will be sold only when getting a vaccination. Clinics will be held at the following locations:

High schooler doing part to fight substance abuse

By Theresa Laumann
The I.M.P.A.C.T. Coalition

We are up against a time where JUULs are finding their way into the hands of our kids, alcohol consumption by teens is still heavy, and many parents are unsure of what to say. It’s tough. And this is where prevention efforts come into play.

School board approves personnel changes

The following personnel moves were made by the Monticello school board following a closed session at its Feb. 20 meeting:

–The board approved the hiring of Shayla Fountain as a kindergarten teacher, and Natalie McDowell as a personal aide and nurse at the high school;

D-W approves school improvement agreements

The DeLand-Weldon school board has approved two measures aimed at helping the district improve its educational opportunities – and its state report card test scores. The agreements with the Regional Office of Education lay out plans that are required because two of its schools received under performing grades from the state.

ZBA votes down Riverbend variance

Piatt County’s Zoning Board of Appeals last week voted down a White Heath area man’s second attempt to break off and sell a 2.4 acre portion of his property and sell it as a homesite.

Caulkins pleads financial restraint

State Rep. Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) launched what he hopes will begin a series of presentations on the House Floor to highlight some of the financial challenges facing Illinois.

Nursing home concerned about minimum wage impact

The new $15 per hour state minimum wage law would increase the payroll of the Piatt County Nursing Home by a minimum of $28,000 per month if it was implemented immediately.

Illinois employers will see about $1 per year increases in order go from the current $8.25 per hour minimum to a $15 requirement by 2025.

News-Gazette announces '70 Over 70'

Several people with Piatt County connections are among the inaugural class of News-Gazette Media’s Seventy Over 70 award winners.

New Monticello city clerk named

City of Monticello Administrative Assistant Jill Potts was given the dual role of city clerk and city collector by the city council on Feb. 25, shortly after aldermen approved the new position of collector in order to allow a current employee to assume the elected clerk duties.

Scholarship started honor of fallen soldiers

Hamm-Burke American Legion Post 101 and Piatt County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5346—both in Monticello—have announced the creation of a memorial scholarship in honor of Monticello native and United States Marine Corps PFC Robert C. Burke, who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam.

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