Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman

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.

UPDATE: Monticello car thief leaves stolen 'loaner' for victim

A.M. UPDATE: Piatt County Sheriff's officials have been notified by authorities in Lake County (Ind.) that a Jeep stolen from Monticello on Thursday was located at approximately 6 a.m. Friday near Dyer, Ind. It had been struck by a two-mile long freight train, resulting in traffic being blocked at the train tracks of the unincorporated area of Lake County.

Cerro Gordo school board president running for state House

CERRO GORDO — Cerro Gordo's school board president announced Thursday he would run for representative of Illinois' 101st District.

Todd Henricks, a five-term school board member, will vie for the seat currently held by Bill Mitchell, R-Forsyth, who has opted not to run again in 2018. Henricks, 61, will run in the Republican primary.

Monticello's new city administrator: 'Kettle into the fire'

MONTICELLO — The career path of Monticello's new city administrator has taken occasional twists and turns.

"I was on the route to become a professional land surveyor," Terry Summers said of his college years, which led to a bachelor's degree in industrial technology. "That was the original plan."