Cerro Gordo School District will celebrate the opening of the new addition and renovated spaces atthe Junior/Senior High with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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Champaign Urbana Ballet will present its holiday classic, The Nutcracker, for one weekend only, Dec. 5-8 at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Performance times will be at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5-7, and at 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8.

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Even though Ashley Sims is in charge of planning holiday events at Allerton Park and Retreat Center this year, she can’t help but feel some Christmas spirit every time she strolls around the sprawling, former estate of Robert Allerton.

“Christmas on the Hill with Santa” is the theme of the 19th annual Christmas on the Hill in Cerro Gordo, which will be held Dec. 7 in the village. Activities will include:

As the month of December arrived, many Illinois farmers were still working to harvest their corn and soybeans — the state’s two largest field crops — and agriculture officials are anticipating one of the smallest harvests in recent years.

The Monticello Recreation Foundation continues to work on raising funds for a proposed $10 million park complex for the city, but a spokesman told the city council that if it becomes a reality, it will be a while before ground is broken.

Voters in the City of Monticello will be asked March 17 whether to change the city clerk position from an elected to an appointed one.

The Monticello Theatre Association will bring the Jones Hope Wooten comedy, “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas” to the MTA stage, located at 1406 N. Market St. in Monticello. This show is directed by Ted Nowlin and the talented cast includes actors from across East Central Illinois.

Kirby Medical Center has been named a 2019 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey for the fourth straight year. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in Employee Engagement.

The issue of whether or not to approve the sale of cannabis in multiple municipalities and cities across Illinois has been a hot topic as of late. Originally, it seemed as if Cerro Gordo would create an ordinance prohibiting the sale of cannabis come Jan. 1, but after last week’s village boa…

After hearing from a concerned neighbor, the Piatt County board on Nov. 13 voted down a variance for a “she-shed” that a resident wanted to erect on his property about two miles north of White Heath.

Part of the new construction at Monticello High School/Washington Elementary is ahead of schedule. Some of it is behind. But most is just right, resulting in a Goldilocks zone that should allow the $35.3 million effort to meet its goal of completion by the start of the 2021-22 school year.