Jim Taylor

MCBT Schedules Countywide Summit At Mercer County Fairgrounds

Over the past six months Mercer County: Better Together (MCBT), has worked to learn the values, hopes, concerns and ideas of county residents through a variety of means. Using community surveys, public engagements and a series of community forums, MCBT…

78th Year For New Windsor Rodeo

The New Windsor Rodeo celebrates its 78th year this weekend.  Bryce Weber is the Rodeo Board’s vice president. Rodeo action begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Bustos Talks Locks & Dams and Farm Bill at State Fair Ag Day

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos talks Locks and Dams and Farm Bill during Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. And Bustos says a healthy crop insurance program must be maintained in a new Farm Bill. The current Farm Bill…

Sandusky Back In Custody

Mercer County meth defendant Erica Sandusky is back in custody. A $5,000 arrest warrant was issued for the Matherville woman on Monday after her and her attorney failed to appear for a pre-trial conference. She was taken into custody earlier…

Aledo Main Street Planning Solar Eclipse Celebration

Aledo Main Street celebrating next Monday’s solar eclipse. A special event is planned at Aledo Central Park says Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy. Murphy also reminds that there is plenty of time to take advantage of the weekly Aledo…

All Area Schools Would Receive More Under Rauner’s Revisions To Education Funding Reform Bill

All area schools would receive more money under Governor Bruce Rauner’s revisions to an education funding reform bill. Mercer County would gain the most at $250,000 in additional money followed by Sherrard with $131,000. In all, Rauner says nearly 98-percent…

Aledo Announces Free Abandoned/Junk Vehicle Removal Program

The City of Aledo announcing a new program that allows for free removal of abandoned and junk vehicles. City Administrator Erin Knackstedt says the effort serves two purposes. There are two ways for Aledo residents to participate in the program.…

Sponsors Sought For Mercer County Christmas Clearinghouse Program

Sponsors continue to be sought for the Mercer County Christmas Clearinghouse program. The initiative pairs groups, organizations and businesses with needy families during the holiday season. Chris Hagloch of Aledo helps with the effort. Hagloch says the clearinghouse program serves…