Jim Taylor

Demolition Being Considered For Former Roosevelt Military Academy Dorms

The two remaining dorms of the shuttered Roosevelt Military Academy may soon have a date with the wrecking ball. Mayor Chris Hagloch says the City Council’s Public Property Committee discussed tearing down the crumbling structures at a meeting this week.…

$14,000 Raised For Mercer County Honor Marker Program

An honor marker program having great success in Mercer County. The effort is being led by Jay Doherty and has resulted in nearly 500 veterans getting proper recognition at their grave-sites. In addition to Aledo and Penial cemeteries, Doherty says…

Mercer County Grad Welds His Way To $5,000 Scholarship

A recent Mercer County High School graduate had a very successful senior year learning a skilled trade. Brandon Maere won welding competitions at WIU and Section 4 FFA and went on to finish second at the State FFA contest. Maere…

YMCA Summer Day Camp Begins June 5th

The Mercer County Family YMCA again offering a summer day camp.  It begins next month says camp director Sydney Magedanz. The camp is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day for children who have completed kindergarten through fifth…

Aledo City Council Public Property To Discuss RMA Property

The Roosevelt Military Academy property will get some discussion next week by the Aledo City Council. The item is on the agenda for Monday’s Public Property Committee meeting. The two former RMA dorms have crumbled over the years and the…

Fred Rooth Reward Fund Up To $22,750

The Fred Rooth reward fund is now up to $22,750.  The latest update from Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley. The retired farmer and former Mercer County Board member was severely beaten and robbed at his rural Joy farmhouse sometime before…