Jim Taylor

Published Reports Indicate Mercer County Native Dunn To Step Down As SIU President

The Southern Illinoisan is reporting that Mercer County native and Westmer graduate Randy Dunn will step down as president of Southern Illinois University next week.  The paper reports the SIU Board of Trustees will consider a separation agreement Monday morning…

WRMJ Interview: Remembering the Great Flood of 1993 in Keithsburg

Keithsburg knows all too well about the Great Flood of 1993.  Steve Nylin was serving as the town’s water and waste-water superintendent in July of that year.  He still has vivid memories—some 25 years later. Keithsburg lost 92 homes in…

New Teacher Contract Contract Ratified In Sherrard School District

The Sherrard School Board and the Sherrard Education Association announcing ratification of a three-year labor agreement pending approval of the Teacher’s Retirement System. Unit 200 Superintendent Alan Boucher says the agreement includes a cost of living raise of two-percent each…

More Illinois Counties Moving Forward With Gun Sanctuary Status; Mercer County Board Already On Board

A gun-rights group and a gun-control coalition are reacting to a growing number of so-called gun sanctuary counties in Illinois. And Mercer County is one of those counties. The Belleville News-Democrat reports 26 of Illinois’ 102 counties now have some…

Mercer County Youth Livestock Auction Celebrates 25 Years

The Mercer County Youth Livestock Auction celebrates 25 years tonight at the Mercer County Fair.  Over $800,000 has been raised for local livestock projects.  This year ag broadcasting icon Max Armstrong will preside over the event.  Organizer Mike Peterson of…

Terry Sentenced To 14-Years In Criminal Sexual Assault Case

An Aledo man receives a 14-year prison term in a criminal sexual assault case. 21 year old Gunner Terry was sentenced this afternoon in Mercer County Circuit Court. He pleaded guilty in late March to a Class X felony. Terry…

Dowd 2018 Mercer County Fair Queen

An Aledo teen takes the crown at the 2018 Mercer County Fair Queen Pageant. Natalie Dowd won the title last night and we caught up with her on the stage. Dowd will be a senior at Mercer County High School.…