Keys to Monticello's first football championship

Fourth down stops

State title appearance brings everyone to Champaign

Sage fans large and small, young and old, Monticello natives and transplants alike united to fill Memorial Stadium the day after Thanksgiving, standing the entire game in rainy conditions to root the Sages football squad to victory.

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.

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.

Last meeting scheduled for Monticello Woman's Club

The Monticello Woman’s Club, a group established in 1893 that helped drive the establishment of the Allerton Public Library, will hold its last meeting May 9 just prior to disbanding. The group held a monthly meeting at the Monticello United Methodist Church on Wednesday, March 21, which is where this photo was taken.

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.

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