Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

B&Bs hope to cash in Piatt County

MONTICELLO — A pair of century-old Piatt County homes could open their doors for the bed-and-breakfast crowd in the coming months after getting the all-clear from separate zoning boards.

And a third B&B that has been in development since 2016 could join them this spring.

Monticello school board OKs third try at renovations referendum

MONTICELLO — Voters in the Monticello school district will cast ballots on a $29.8 million referendum question next March that would fund renovations at the high school/Washington Elementary school campus. School board members on Wednesday voted to place the issue on the March 20 ballot, which will be the district's third referendum try in five years.

Monticello High students learn lesson in passing along goodwill

MONTICELLO — There was a generous helping of good in recent days as part of an anonymous #MerryChristmasSages campaign.

A total of 25 Monticello High School seniors received $20 in the mail with instructions to use it to encourage someone else this Christmas season.

Monticello assistant coach gets chance for revenge on CMT show

MONTICELLO — If you've seen Ken Duffy running around his Monticello neighborhood with an 80-pound piece of barn wood on his shoulders, there is a method behind his madness.

In downtown Monticello, history finds its niche(s)

MONTICELLO — As downtown storefronts continue to fill up, patrons can also get a glimpse of businesses past.

UPDATE: Sullivan man in custody

UPDATE: Chad J. Matheson has been captured by the McLean County Sheriff's Office and Danvers Police. Matheson was taken into custody approximately 12:30 p.m. in Danvers. — Posted on the Piatt County Sheriff's Facebook page.

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Body of missing Mansfield man found

MANSFIELD — The body of a Mansfield man reported missing by his family on Monday has been found in rural Mansfield.

Piatt County Sheriff David Hunt believes Jeff Morfey, 55, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A farmer found Mr. Morfey and his car Monday morning on land east of County Road 2, approximately two miles north of Mansfield.

Sinks at 2 Monticello schools test positive for lead

MONTICELLO — Classroom sinks at Monticello's Lincoln Elementary School are off limits as a source of drinking water after several tested above state limits for lead.

Illinois Public Act 99-0922, approved in January, requires all schools with students in grades five and under to test sources of water used for drinking and food preparation.

A Life Remembered: Monticello High standout 'always had a smile'

A former Monticello resident killed in a two-car accident in Kansas is being remembered for her smile and athletic prowess in high school, and for becoming an advocate for child adoption after moving away.

UPDATED: Piatt County man gets 55 years for wife's 1990 murder

MONTICELLO — A 57-year-old Mansfield man was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison for murdering his estranged wife 27 years ago in their rural Mansfield home.