Jim Taylor

Mercer County School Board Approves Moving Forward With $3.1-Million School Fire Prevention/Safety Work

The Mercer County Board of Education approves issuing $3.1 million in School Fire Prevention and Safety Bonds.  The action taken Wednesday night says Unit 404 superintendent Scott Petrie. Also Wednesday night, the Mercer County School Board approved rehiring all fall…

Swanson Wants ‘Silver Alert’ Program To Include Missing Veterans

A local state lawmaker has introduced legislation that would add missing veterans to the state’s “Silver Alert” program. A Silver Alert is just like an Amber Alert for missing children, quickly alerting the public if a person with dementia or…

Madigan Calls For Utility Rate Cuts In Light Of Tax Reforms

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is demanding that all of the state’s utility companies cut their rates. Under the new tax law, the federal corporate income tax is dropping from 35- to 21-percent. Madigan says that means the cost of…

Mercer County Deer Harvest Totals 1,479 For 2017/2018 Hunting Season

The Mercer County deer harvest for the 2017-2018 hunting year totals 1,479. The number includes archery, youth, firearm, muzzleloader and late winter seasons.  Statewide, the harvest was just over 147,500 deer says Ed Cross with the Illinois Department of Natural…

GOP Looks To Fawell To Unseat Bustos In 17th; Fawell Turns To Constitution To Guide His Campaign

The GOP’s hope to unseat Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos now rests with Bill Fawell. He’s a real estate broker and author from Galena. Galesburg businessman Mark Kleine withdrew from the race last week.  Fawell says he’s looking forward to…

Without Repairs, Fenton Park Pool Won’t Open In Summer

Without repairs to Aledo’s Fenton Park Pool, the facility won’t open in the summer. The pool is part of the Aledo Park District and managed by the Mercer County YMCA. The Y’s Erica Hajny says an assessment is expected to…

Rockets, and Tigers get wins

Rockridge rallied from a double digit deficit to win on the road at Orion and Sherrard ended a four game skid with a victory at Morrison in Three Rivers Athletic Conference play.  Mercer County kept rolling in the Lincoln Trail…

Extension Outreach To Be ‘High Priority’ For U of I In 2018

Extension outreach will continue to be a mission of the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).  So says dean Kimberlee Kidwell, who’s been on the job over a year now. U-of-I offers educational opportunities to…