Jim Taylor

New County Clerk & County Board Member Appointed Tuesday

A new Mercer County Clerk and new Mercer County Board member will be appointed Tuesday night. The appointments are on the Mercer County Board agenda, but the names are not included. Phyllis Bewley retired as County Clerk last Thursday. Her…

WRMJ Sportsline: Hofer, Filler, Monson & Graves Interviews

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor spoke with Andrew Hofer, Sam Graves, Scott Monson and Chip Filler on the WRMJ Sportsline this morning. Andrew Hofer: Sam Graves: Chip Filler: Scott Monson. The latest segment of Jim & Brian Talking High School…

Process Continues For MCBT–Mercer County Better Together

More work by the Mercer County Better Together group. A training session was held Thursday night—led by Jason Neises with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. The Mercer County Better Together effort is the result of a $6-million estate gift…

Bewley Spending Final Day On Job

Mercer County Clerk Phyllis Bewley spending her final day on the job. Bewley has been in office for eight-and-a-half years.  The Mercer County Board is set to vote on her replacement on Tuesday night. Bewley’s term expires in December of…

Education Funding Reform Bill Compromise Means $240,000 In New Dollars For Unit 404

Local schools sorting through information now that the Illinois General Assembly has approved an education funding reform bill.  A sigh of relief for Mercer County School District superintendent Scott Petrie and the deal means $240,000 in new money for Unit…

Rural Aledo Man’s Sex Assault Case Continued To October

A rural Aledo man’s sex assault case has been continued to October. 30 year old Eric Maurice Thirtyacre will return to Mercer County Circuit Court on October 10th after a short pre-trial conference on Tuesday. He was arrested in June…

DeFrieze Provides Update On New Boston Grant Project

Progress being made on a New Boston grant project. The $400,000 in funding was extended from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Mayor Chris DeFrieze says a local foundation helped with the city’s match. DeFrieze provided the update prior…

Boucher: With State Uncertainty, Having Cash Reserves Is Big Help

The Sherrard School District—like most school districts in Illinois, is making due with cash reserves entering the new school year.  Unit 200 superintendent Alan Boucher says Sherrard is lucky to have a safety net. The state has missed two state…