Author: Jim Taylor

Rockridge Wins Third Straight IHSA State Music Title

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with Rockridge High School Vocal Director Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger this morning. The school claimed its third straight state title in the IHSA music sweepstakes over the weekend.  

Sherrard Teen Dating Violence Awareness Video Earns Statewide Recognition

A group of Sherrard High School students earning statewide recognition for a teen dating violence awareness video they produced. The “NO MORE Teen Dating Abuse Video Challenge” competition was through the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence says media productions teacher…

Plea Date Set For Mercer County Meth Defendant’s Attorney

As a Mercer County woman awaits trial in a meth case, a plea date has been scheduled for her attorney charged in a separate controlled substance case in Rock Island County. 45 year old John G. Steckel of Rock Island…

Sherrard School Board Approves Three Year Contracts For All Building Administrators

The Sherrard Board of Education has approved three year contracts for all building administrators. The action taken earlier this week and includes Sherrard Elementary School principal Konnie Fry; Winola Elementary principal Kari Roberts; Sherrard Junior High principal Rick Basala; athletic…

WRMJ Sportsline Interview: A New Sherrard Beginning For Brian Hutton

Brian Hutton joined WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor in-studio this morning for the WRMJ Sportsline. Hutton was hired this week as Sherrard varsity boys basketball coach–his second stint with the Tigers after the last eight seasons at Mercer County. Part…

Shale City Brickyards & Wrigley Field: A Local History Lesson

For nearly 60 years the Shale City Brickyards were one of the largest employers in Mercer County. And legend has it that bricks used in the construction of Wrigley Field were produced at the Shale City site (three miles northwest…

Rockridge Wins Section 4 FFA Livestock Judging Contest

The Rockridge FFA judging team wins the Section 4 FFA Livestock Judging Contest. Eliza Lilliman was 1st Overall Novice Individual, Carter Gualey was 5th Overall Novice Individual, and Mia Freyermuth was 7th Overall Novice Individual. The Novice team was 1st…

Ameren Illinois Reminding Small Businesses Of Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Ameren Illinois reminding small businesses to take advantage of the utility’s energy efficiency programs. Businesses spend on average each year 30-percent of their total expenses on energy says Ameren’s Michelle Hibbard—and there are savings to be had. She says an…

ISP To Utilize Photo Speed Enforcement Van In Construction Zones

Illinois State Police District 7 (Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island Counties) announces the Photo Speed Enforcement Van will be deployed during the upcoming months in local construction zones. This specialized vehicle is equipped with multiple radars and cameras to…