Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

St. Joseph man charged in child porn case

URBANA — A former Monticello schools employee from St. Joseph has been indicted by a federal grand jury on child pornography charges.

Bement, Cerro Gordo co-op expansion talks to resume after concerns addressed

Discussion will continue about the possible expansion of the Bement-Cerro Gordo sports cooperative to include middle school students, but not until concerns raised at a joint meeting between the Piatt County school boards are addressed.

Shopko stores in Monticello, Tuscola to close in May

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MONTICELLO — The Monticello and Tuscola Shopko stores will close after all.

U.S. Marshals catch up to Bement woman on the lam

URBANA — A Bement woman who had gone on the run after being ordered to report to jail was captured Wednesday afternoon by U.S. Marshals in Urbana.

Monticello, Tuscola Shopko stores not on bankruptcy closure list

MONTICELLO — Neither the Monticello nor Tuscola Shopko stores are on the list of 105 to be closed as part of a bankruptcy filing and court-supervised financial restructuring filed by the company Wednesday.

The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed by Specialty Retail Shops Holding Corp., Shopko's parent company, along with 12 of its subsidiaries.

Solar-farm research transforms critics on Piatt County Board into advocates

MONTICELLO — Piatt County board representatives Renee Fruendt and Bob Murrell went from solar farm critics in December to wholeheartedly endorsing the renewable-energy option for agriculturally zoned land a month later.

The main reason for the turnaround?

Students find lots to learn just by asking

MONTICELLO — Monticello Middle School seventh-graders had plenty of eye-opening moments as they interviewed people over 50 whom they admired as part of the annual Timeline Project.

After talking mostly with grandmas and grandpas, students learned of the existence of outhouses and how people would share phone lines ("party lines").

But there was one nugget that topped them all.

Monticello adjusting school calendars to accommodate renovation project

MONTICELLO — The 2019-20 school year will end earlier and 2020-21 will start later for Monticello students and staff, whose schedules will be adjusted to accommodate the district's $33.2 million renovation project.

Piatt schools welcome new resource officer

MONTICELLO — When Piatt County students return from winter break, they'll be greeted by area schools' newest employee.

Introducing Lindsey Bross — or "Officer," for short.

DeLand-Weldon student records nine minutes of taunting on school bus

DeLAND — Jamie Dunn knows bullying of all different degrees likely happens at every school. But it wasn't until her son recorded audio of more than nine minutes of verbal taunting on a bus that DeLand-Weldon's school board president woke up to the need of a culture change in the district.