Bement

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.


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.


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.


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.


Flower farm gets zoning approval

A flower farm that would also host workshops on backyard agriculture and carpentry got the endorsement of the Piatt County zoning board of appeals at its meeting on March 22.


Q&A with candidates for sheriff

Two-term Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt is being challenged in the Republican primary by Kyle Turngren, who serves as one of Hunt’s correctional officers at the Piatt County jail in Monticello.


Q&A with circuit clerk candidates

The two-way race for Circuit Clerk on the Republican Ballot March 20 features Laurie Birch, who was appointed to the post last April, and challenger Seth Floyd, currently a correctional officer at the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office.

There is no candidate on the Democratic primary ballot.


High schoolers take part in 4-H Food Challenge

It was a race to the finish in kitchen in the 4-H Food Challenge hosted Feb. 22 at Monticello High School. Four teams from Monticello, Clinton and Cerro Gordo high schools went head to head in an cooking competition that challenged their newly learned cooking and nutrition skills and encouraged teamwork.


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