Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

UI officials honor Piatt County farmland for six decades of supporting 4-H

MANSFIELD — For more than 60 years, a patch of farmland in northern Piatt County between Illinois 10 and U.S. 150 has raised money to help sponsor youth in local 4-H clubs and other activities.

Mixed emotions in Monticello ahead of farewell to school building

MONTICELLO — It's easy to see why Monticello fifth-grade teacher Kathy White will have trouble letting go of the Old Washington school building.

"It's been a part of my life since I was six years old," said White, who attended first through fourth grades in the stately 1894 structure, which is scheduled for demolition this summer.

A Life Remembered | Monticello City Council member was truly 'a team player'

MONTICELLO — Monticello is mourning a beloved public servant — a longtime former police chief and current city council member — who passed away suddenly at age 66.

John Miller died on Wednesday, two days after the two-term council member attended the swearing-in ceremony of the new members.

Smashed window at Piatt County Courthouse could lead to charges

MONTICELLO — A man who apparently had intentions of breaking into the Piatt County Courthouse on Monday night instead got a bloody arm and a trip to the hospital.

Sheriff David Hunt said deputies were called about 9:45 p.m., "arrived and found the subject had punched in the window on the west side of the (double) door and shattered the glass in the door."

Virginia company proposing 120-turbine wind farm in Piatt County

The Goose Creek Wind Project, which would erect up to 120 turbines in northern Piatt County and provide millions to area school districts, is being proposed by Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy.

Piatt County Courthouse no longer part of passport system

MONTICELLO — Local residents will no longer be able to obtain passports in the Piatt County Courthouse, a move that is frustrating to Circuit Clerk Seth Floyd, whose office provided that service to 113 applicants in 2017 and 74 last year.

Monticello woman charged with stealing more than $5,000 from booster club

MONTCELLO — Theft charges have been filed against a Monticello woman who police say stole $5,308 from a local athletic booster club.

Sharilyn K. Droege, 47, was charged Thursday in Piatt County with theft of between $500 and $10,000, a Class 3 felony.

Monticello alderman more than doubles margin of victory — to 7 votes

MONTICELLO — Ward 4 Alderman Tom Reed knows what it's like to win a close election. On Tuesday, it was a seven-vote margin over challenger Mike Koon.

That's a landslide compared to his three-vote margin of victory in 2015.

"I joked with someone that I doubled my margin of victory this time," said Reed, a Republican, who totaled 89 votes to 82 for Koon, who ran as an independent.

Monticello, SJ-O make AP District Honor Roll

Two area high schools are at the head of the class when it comes to their Advanced Placement programming and achievement.

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.