Jim Taylor

Changes Could Be On The Way For State Basketball Tournament

The state basketball tournament could be undergoing some significant changes within the next several years.  Declining attendance remains a concern, and basically everything is on the table says the IHSA’s Kurt Gibson. And Gibson says even the four-class system could…

Swanson Opposed To Legislation Impacting Bishop Hill

The Bishop Hill State Historic Site in Henry County could be severely impacted under legislation moving through the statehouse. The bill allows only items manufactured in the United States to be sold in concession areas within Illinois’ state parks, meaning…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate 5.9 Percent

The Mercer County unemployment rate is at 5.9 percent. The number is for March and represents a nearly two-percent improvement from the same period a year ago. Unemployment is also down from year over year levels in Rock Island, Warren,…

Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation Creates Scholarship For Mercer County Students At WIU

The Looser-Flake Charitable Foundation is creating the Dorothy Looser-Flake and Roberta Looser Scholarship Endowment at Western Illinois University. A $50,000 gift has been made to the school for the program. The foundation was created by the two sisters to advance…

More Pies Needed For Rhubarb Fest

The Aledo Rhubarb Festival is just five weeks away and there’s a call to action. More pies are needed says Rhubarb Fest co-chair Pam Myers. Last year, more than 3,500 pies were sold at Rhubarb Fest.  This year’s festival is…

Jones Hired As Mercer County Boys Basketball Coach

Mike Jones will take over the Mercer County boys basketball program. He was hired on a unanimous vote by the Unit 404 Board of Education tonight. Jones is a 2001 Sherrard High School grad and served as Brian Hutton’s assistant…