Jim Taylor

Viola Seeking Input On ‘Crossroads’

The Village of Viola has joined forces with Mercer County: Better Together (MCBT), University of Illinois Extension and the University of Illinois’ Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) to identify a sustainable future for “The Crossroads of Mercer County.”…

Local Farmers Expect Late Planting Season

How soon will local farmers get rolling with spring planting? It will be awhile says Mercer County producer Jeff Kirwan. Kirwan farms between Viola and New Windsor.

Mercer County Grad Finds ‘Joy’ On The Family Farm

Miranda Biddle is back in her happy place.  That’s Joy, Illinois, home of the family farm.  She spoke with the RFD Radio Network at the Women in Agriculture Conference, held Thursday in Rock Island. Biddle is a 2012 Mercer County…

Orion Baseball Gets In Another Game At BettPlex

Orion baseball moved to 1 and 1 on the season with a 4-3 victory over Geneseo Wednesday night. The game was played at the TBK Sports Complex in Bettendorf. Kyle Edmunds came through with a big hit in the sixth…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate 8.4 Percent

Mercer County’s unemployment rate at 8.4 percent. The latest number is for January and represents a 1.3 percent increase from the same period a year ago. Year over year levels are also up in Henderson, Henry, Knox, Rock Island and…