Security cameras coming to Born Park in Cerro Gordo



Tom Overmyer of Phoenix Consulting Engineers spoke before the Cerro Gordo Village Board on June 18, filling them in the water main replacement project. Those have included:

–regrading at 427 N. Lincoln St. and 403 N. Lincoln St.;

Bement school district fills all open teacher positions

A shortage of teacher candidates posed challenges, but the Bement school district was able to fill all of its staff openings by June 1, which included four certified teachers and one classroom aide.

Handbook changes to address plagiarism at DeLand-Weldon

DeLand-Weldon schools have added verbiage to student handbooks they hope will tighten up plagiarism, tardiness, and who should be allowed to go on end-of-the-year field trips.

School officials say ever-expanding use of the internet for research is prompting a little too much copy and paste into class papers. 

Patriotic events scheduled in Piatt County

Piatt County will put its best patriotic foot forward with several events around Independence Day. They include the following:


Reds, Whites
and The Blues


Pastor donates kidney to save church member

Elaine Holloway was told in January 2016 she needed a new kidney to survive, and that it could take up to five years to find a suitable donor for the Monticello woman.

But less than a year after being placed on a national transplant list, a donor was found very close to home.

Cerro Gordo says goodbye to 3 longtime staffers



The Cerro Gordo school system said goodbye to three longtime staff members at the end of the 2017-18 school year. They are profiled below.


Pamella Grohmann

Hunt, Floyd win primary races

Piatt County voters overwhelmingly voted to give incumbent Sheriff David Hunt the Republican nod in the March 20 primary. The unofficial results point to a 3,047 to 672 win for Hunt over challenger Kyle Turngren, who serves as one of Hunt’s correctional officers at the county jail.

Monticello school referendum passes

After twice defeating calls to construct a new high school, Monticello school district voters have approved a $29.8 million referendum question that will fund renovations at the high school/Washington Elementary campus.

Keith resigns from county board

Randy Keith saw his second place showing in the March 20 101st District Republican primary as not only a defeat for his aspirations to serve in the Illinois House, but as a no-confidence vote in his current role as chairman of the Piatt County board.

Allerton Park's Prairie Sky Music Festival adds headliner

Champaign jazz bassist Viktor Krauss’ connection to Allerton Park has helped the venue attract five-time GRAMMY award winning country artist Marty Stuart to this year’s Prairie Sky Music Festival, planned for Sept. 7-8 in the Allerton mansion meadow near Monticello.

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