Piatt County

Piatt County

Letter from Birdland: It's starting to look like spring

In Birdland, spring seems to be settling in. For weeks now, since before that last blizzard, in fact, the bulbs in my yard have been pushing up their greenery more slowly than usual.

Quilts help teach math, social studies, poetry

URBANA — Studying dozens of mounted quilts boasting colors bold and delicate, squares both breathtakingly real-looking and delightfully abstract, seventh-grade students studied and discussed them carefully.

Construction could start soon on Monticello fiber-optic project

MONTICELLO — The construction phase of the city's fiber optic project — which would make fast data speeds available locally — could begin in the next month, now that the four cooperating entities have approved the latest amendment to their intergovernmental agreement.

Federal budget information

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama released his budget proposal on Wednesday, less than two weeks after the U.S. House passed a budget sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the area

UPDATED 11:40 p.m. Wednesday

The National Weather Service has canceled a severe thunderstorm warning for southern Champaign County, eastern Douglas County, northern Edgar County and southern Vermilion County and another one for northeastern Champaign County.

Piatt County election results April 9, 2013

Results from contested races in Piatt County:

√ indicates apparent winner.

Atwood-Hammond merges with Arthur school district

ATWOOD — Residents of two school districts have voted to be combined into a single district.

Voters in the Atwood-Hammond school district voted 456 to 327 on Tuesday to be annexed to the Arthur school district, while voters in the Arthur school district voted 967 to 242 to approve the annexation.

April 9, 2013 election roundup

Here is information about the election on April 9, 2013. We'll update this as results come in from across the area.

Margo Dill: Author offers lessons on creative nonfiction

Lee Gutkind is the founder and editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction. In his latest book, "You Can't Make This Stuff Up," Gutkind introduces readers to the genre, provides real-life examples and explains the difference between fiction, straight nonfiction and creative nonfiction.

He also instructs people on how to write creative nonfiction if they are interested in pursuing it.

Letter from Birdland: Big moon offers promise of springs to come

Good morning from Birdland! Last night, the spring moon bounced off the snow and lit up the sky like daylight in a dream. Sometimes a big moon can keep me awake, but this time it was really calling to me.

I was sleepy — yet wanted to wander out into the silvery fields and dance by the light of the moon just like a Buffalo Gal.