Bement High School taking hall of fame nominations

The Bement Board of Education began its annual Bement High School Hall of Fame Award in 1991, with the naming of Sereno Bodman and Gary Gallagher as it first members. Since its inception, fifty-five Bement High School graduates have been named to the Hall of Fame. Last year the Hall of Fame honorees were: Wilma Fendley and Dana Foran.

Despite bankruptcy, Monticello Shopko to remain open

The Monticello Shopko store is not on the list of 105 that will be closed as part of a bankruptcy filing and court-supervised financial restructuring filed by the company on Wednesday.

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed by Specialty Retail Shops Holding Corp., Shopko's parent company, along with 12 of its subsidiaries.

HCE plans Cultural Enrichment Day

The letters HCE stand for Home, Community an Education. The Piatt County HCE is starting the new year by inviting all to come on in and see what HCE is all about. Participants will enjoy the program and learn a bundle from the guest speaker.

2018 Year in Review - Business

It was a busy business year in Piatt County, particularly in Monticello. The year included the opening of two medical establishments – Decatur Memorial Hospital’s local clinic and Preferred Medical and Chiropractic.

On a tastier note, the FroYo Factory also opened after remodeling a former gas station on Market Street in Monticello.

County board chair happy with board unity

After several split votes in 2018 – particularly when it came to solar energy farm proposals – Ray Spencer is encouraged by the trio of 6-0 votes to approve solar special use permits last week.

Bement approves volleyball co-op

Volleyball will be added to the list of high school sports teams that Bement and Cerro Gordo combine forces for.

The Bement school board unanimously approved the addition at its meeting on Jan. 9. Pending approval by the Little Okaw Valley Conference and Illinois High School Association, the co-op will begin with the 2019-20 season.

Bement FCCLA service project

Bement High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members made blankets and collected hats, gloves and mittens as a service project last month.

A majority will be donated to A Small Hand: Piatt County Infant and Diaper Pantry, with some remaining at the school for students in need.

Rose sworn into office

State Sen. Chapin Rose (R-Mahomet) was sworn into office Jan. 9 at the Statehouse during the Illinois Senate Inauguration.

A tribute to a former J-R editor

By Chris Slack
Former editor, PCJR

Maggie Schwarzentraub was many things to many people — a devoted wife to Les, a mother to two outstanding young men, Chip and Brian, a grandmother of five and a sister to three siblings.

Students nominated to service academies

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) announced on Jan. 4 he has nominated 15 area students for admittance to the U.S. Service Academies. The nominations for these students were made following an application and interview process. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.

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