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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.

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Monticello city council members are struggling on how to regulate cannabis businesses in town – or even whether to allow them at all once the recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1.

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A children’s sensory garden planted this past spring by local Master Gardeners and the Monticello High School horticulture class is reaching maturity. The annual plants are aimed at stimulating all five senses, according to MHS agriculture instructor Elizabeth Rost.

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Here is an update on road projects in and around Piatt County.

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that construction along Illinois 48 south of Weldon in Piatt County begins Monday, Aug. 12.