Jim Taylor

High School Sports Spotlight: ‘Little Things’ Adding Up To ‘Big Things’ For Mercer County 113-Pounder King

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor caught up with Mercer County sophomore Broctyn King at the Bill Breeden Wrestling Building this afternoon. The 113-pounder just captured the title at the Bob Mitton Invitational over the weekend.

Swanson Expressing Reservations With Bill Calling For State Oversight of High School Athletics

Local State Representative Dan Swanson has some real reservations about a Chicago area lawmaker’s bill that would create the High School Interscholastic Association Commission. The legislation is being introduced by State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, but Swanson believes the state is…

Sturgill Breathes New Life In Downtown Aledo Storefront

A downtown Aledo storefront has new life.  Doug Sturgill has opened up Doug’s at 133—located at 133 West Main Street. He has the food contract for the Mercer County Jail, but is offering pick-up lunch service three days a week—Monday…

Viola Man Arrested On Weapons Charge

A Viola man arrested for unlawful use of weapons. 49 year old Michael Carlin was taken into custody Friday night. According to a Mercer County Sheriff’s Department press release, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in rural…

Bustos To Continue On House Ag Committee

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos appointed by the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee to serve her fourth consecutive term on the Agriculture Committee. As the House Appropriations Committee is an exclusive appointment, Bustos received a waiver from the Speaker to…

Mercer County Sheriff’s Dept. Teaming Up With DCFS For Foster Care Training

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department collaborating with the Department of Children and Family Services to offer a program for those interested in providing foster care. It’s called PRIDE says Sheriff Dusty Terrill. The program begins Saturday, January 26th. You can…

History Bee, Scholastic Bowl & Raising $14,000 For Sherrard High School Auditorium; Meet Joshua Gibson

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with Sherrard High School junior Joshua Gibson this morning. The Eagle Scout is raising $14,000 for improvements to the Sherrard High School auditorium. He’s also involved in scholastic bowl and has qualified U.S. History…

Mercer County School Board Approves Tuition Waiver Plan; Request Now Goes To ISBE

The Mercer County School Board moving forward with a plan to allow tuition waivers for non-resident students, specifically children of current or future staff members who live outside of the district. Unit 404 Superintendent Scott Petrie initially brought up the…