Farmland values throughout Farm Credit Illinois’ 60-county territory were relatively stable, with benchmark values increasing overall a mere 0.17 percent from last year, according to the 2019 annual study of 20 benchmark farms by the FCI appraisal team.

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Cerro Gordo school officials feel their co-op sports partner should help pay for equipment installed at the Bronco’s new all-weather track.

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The public is invited to learn about a proposed Allerton Family and Children’s Garden at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center Mansion, 515 Old Timber Rd. near Monticello.

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The St. Jude Run Monticello-to-Peoria team raised $65,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital on Aug. 2-3. The team of 45 runners and drivers safely competed its journey to the Peoria Civic Center to take part in the runner parade with 3,400 runners and presented the check live at the St. Jude …

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Cleanup of a small tract of land connected to the former Syrup Pepsin property in Monticello will likely wait until this winter, but a process to attract developers to the adjacent, two-acre “Pepsin Hill” will proceed.

The 2019 Weldon Homecoming Car Show will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 in and around Nixon Township Park in Weldon. Interested parties wishing to display their Car, Truck, SUV, or Motorcycle may register from 2 to 4 p.m., and awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has announced he will be hosting his second Open Government Night following the first event held in Decatur recently where more than 250 constituents attended.

Piatt County Maintenance Supervisor Doug Winder told a committee on Aug. 7 that a $7,800 investment in lighting at the county courthouse in Monticello would pay for itself in about 19 months.

The Allerton Public Library has about $70,000 in found money sitting in a bank account in Hawaii, but it may not make it across the ocean and into library coffers until the middle of next year.

Last month, a packed house testified to the Monticello city council on both sides of the business district issue, which would generate an estimated $400,000 for downtown area projects through a 1 percent sales tax add-on.

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If Weldon’s Billie Merreighn III is asked to tell fellow DeLand-Weldon High School students what he did on his summer vacation, his story will be a doozy.

Members of the Monticello Middle School Garden Club enjoyed the fruits of their summer labors on Wednesday morning (Aug. 7) with a salsa-making session. The tasty, homemade concoction included tomatoes and onions that were grown in a garden behind the school.

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If Piatt County receives some timely rain in the next few weeks, some local farmers think they could come within 10 percent of an average crop. But that’s a best-case scenario after a precipitation-heavy spring was followed by a fairly dry summer.