Appointments are being taken for pre-kindergarten screenings in Bement, which will be held from 9 a.m. o 4 p.m. on Aug. 4. Call 217-678-4200, ext. 2.

Piatt County officials hope that the county's financial bottom line can recover quickly through an influx of real estate taxes, especially after the last of the invested dollars in its General Fund were cashed this week to meet payroll.

In April, recent Monticello graduate Andrew Ellison was selected as the Section 4 Male Recipient of the Scholar Athlete award in the state of Illinois for the NIAAA Student/Athlete Scholarship.


Unemployment has soared since the rapid spread of COVID-19 began in March. One demographic hit harshly by the closing of pools, restaurants, and movie theaters is teenagers. Not only are usual jobs on hold, but a whole new batch of teens arriving at the age to work are out of luck.

The next time the Monticello city council meets, it will be face-to-face for the first time since March 9. City Administrator Terry Summers announced at the council’s most recent session that it will meet inside the city council chambers for it’s next meeting on July 13.

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Allerton Public Library District reopened to the public on Monday June 29 with limited hours and restrictions.

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A reminder from the hospital: Bring your own mask! Even though the state opened things up further as a part of Phase 4 on June 26, Kirby Medical Center still requires masks for staff, patients and visitors at this point.

In the wake of a demonstration that brought 500 people together to discuss racial equality on the Piatt County courthouse square, Monticello School Superintendent Vic Zimmerman said a wide-ranging community committee will be formed to discuss the issue as it pertains to the school district.

Monticello Main Street launched the 2020 Monticello Farmers’ Market on Thursday, June 18. The market will continue every Thursday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. until early October. Farmers’ Markets across Illinois are transitioning from community gathering spaces to “in and out” or transactiona…

The number of nonfarm jobs decreased over-the-year in May in all fourteen Illinois metropolitan areas, with six metro areas at record low payrolls, according to preliminary data released June 25 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (…