Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

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.

Monticello native bringing his musical storytelling to Virginia Theatre

MONTICELLO — Christian musician and fantasy book author Andrew Peterson only spent his first seven years in Monticello, but he still remembers it as idyllic.

For Monticello grad, it's about honor and duty

WELDON — Army Capt. Chris Blanchard would be just fine if his 15 minutes of fame surrounding the state funeral of President George H.W. Bush faded quickly.

Piatt County Nursing Home posts $905,000 turnaround in one fiscal year

MONTICELLO — The Piatt County Nursing Home has experienced a stunning financial turnaround in the past year, going from audited figures that show a $1.1 million operating loss in 2017 to an estimated profit of around $195,000 for the fiscal year that ends next week.

Monticello fans reaching a fever pitch as state title game approaches

MONTICELLO — Wendall Brock is a little disappointed he won't be in his familiar position as PA announcer for Monticello's state title attempt, but he will definitely be on hand at Memorial Stadium to support his hometown team.