Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

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.

Monticello council rejects single-hauler garbage system

MONTICELLO — The city council listened to its constituents and voted down a proposal to switch to a single-hauler garbage system in Monticello.

A committee had recommended the move as a way to provide better monthly rates and less wear and tear on local streets, but after hearing from several who testified against the idea, aldermen voted down the proposal, 5-2.

Woman who lied about daughter being missing gets 1 year for violating probation

MONTICELLO — A woman who lied about her teenage daughter being missing about a year ago has been resentenced to a year in prison for violating the terms of her probation.

Piatt County Judge Brad Rau resentenced Amanda Huddleston, 40, of Farmer City, formerly of Bement, to the year behind bars for obstructing justice.

When jails fail, help arrives

MONTICELLO — Help is on the way at the Piatt County Jail, where 30 inmates spent an uncomfortable past two days after the air conditioning system conked out.

Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt said Wednesday that he expects repairs will be made to the system early today, just as temperatures are expected to approach the mid-80s.

Show to run gamut of late artist Larry Ziemer's works

MONTICELLO — Art lovers already know the name of Larry Ziemer, but his wife, Carol, hopes they can learn a little more about the depth of his talent at a Celebration of Life Art Exhibit being held in his memory from 1-4 p.m. today in Monticello.

The gathering will be held in the same place he sold his works for some 30 years, at the Ziemer Gallery, 210 W. Washington St.

Judge sets trial for trio charged with neglect in Monticello man's death

MONTICELLO — A Piatt County judge has found there is enough evidence for the trials of three people charged with criminal neglect following the death of a 64-year-old Monticello man to go forward.

Jury trials for Mason Brown, 34, and his mother, Christy, 61, both of Monticello, and Justin Tatman, 37, of Bement have been tentatively set for Jan. 7.

UPDATE: Trio face neglect charges in death of Monticello man

MONTICELLO — Criminal neglect charges have been filed against three people in the wake of the death of a 64-year-old Monticello man.

Monticello police Chief John Carter said "deplorable" living conditions were a contributing factor to Ronald Blankenship's death from "severe bilateral bronchopneumonia of the lungs and a closed-off larynx."

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