Jim Taylor

Rooth Beating Suspect Has Case Continued To October

A very brief court appearance this morning for the man accused of beating up and robbing 83 year old Fred Rooth at his rural Joy farmhouse.  55 year old Brian Tully of Burlington had his pre-trial conference continued to October…

Sherrard Bus Driver DUI Case Moved To October

A bench trial has been continued to later this year in the case of a former Sherrard school bus driver charged in a DUI accident earlier this year. The state asked for the continuance Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court.…

New Squad & ATV Result Of Mercer County Crime Stoppers Donation

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department has a new truck–courtesy of a $27,000 donation from Mercer County Crime Stoppers.  Sheriff Dave Staley is appreciative. Mercer County Crime Stoppers was organized in 1991 and Mercer County Sheriff’s Department detective Tony Baugh serves…

Terry Case Continued To September

A sex assault case filed against an Aledo man has been continued to next month. 20 year old Gunner Terry appeared in Mercer County Circuit Court this morning for a status hearing with the matter moved to September 5th for…

Veterans/Senior Resources Fair Later This Month at Mercer County VFW

A Veterans/Senior Resources Fair planned for later this month at the Mercer County VFW. The event will showcase services available to local veterans and seniors says George Howard with the Mercer County Veterans Assistance Commission. The event is Tuesday, August…

Aledo Main Street Planning Solar Eclipse Celebration

Aledo Main Street celebrating next Monday’s solar eclipse. A special event is planned at Aledo Central Park says Main Street Executive Director Dana Murphy. Murphy also reminds that there is plenty of time to take advantage of the weekly Aledo…

Staley To Run For Re-Election

Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley seeking re-election. He was first elected in 2014. Staley is running on the Democratic ticket.

IHSA & NFHS Editorial: High School Activities Bring Communities Together

By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Craig Anderson, Executive Director of the Illinois High School Association.   Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s…