Jim Taylor

They’re Making Snow At Snowstar

Somebody has to make the snow.  That’s John Thomas’ job at Snowstar Winter Sports Park in Andalusia. Snowstar plans to open for the season next Tuesday.

Rate Reduction Approved For Ameren Illinois Customers

You will be paying less for electricity through Ameren Illinois in the New Year.  The Illinois Commerce Commission has approved a request for an approximately $17.3-million decrease in delivery service rates for 2018.  The savings will begin in January. The…

Mercer County Hunters Harvest 833 Deer During Two Firearm Weekends

Mercer County hunters harvest 833 deer during the two firearm weekends. 518 during the first weekend and 315 the second weekend.  Statewide, the total harvest was just over 80,000, which is a bit higher from last year, according to Ed…

Bustos Supporting Legislation To Aid Sexual Harassment Victims In Workplace

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos taking on the sexual harassment issue. She wants to ban mandatory arbitration for such cases and give employees other options. Bustos says forced arbitration clauses prevent victims of sexual harassment from discussing the nature or…

Genesis Aledo Gets Quality of Care Recognition

Genesis Medical Center Aledo honored for excellence in quality of care. The recognition is from the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network says GMC Aledo Administrator Ted Rogalski. Genesis assumed ownership of the former Mercer County Hospital in February of 2013.

Mercer County Board Renews Health Insurance Plan For County Employees

The Mercer County Board approves renewal of the health insurance plan for county employees.  The action taken last night says county administrative consultant Bruce DeLashmit with Bellwether. Also last night, DeLashmit reported that contract negotiations will begin next year with…

Sherrard School Board Considering Attendance Centers For Elementary Students

The Sherrard School Board set to make a decision early next year on attendance centers for kindergarten through 4th grade students. Unit 200 Superintendent Alan Boucher says a committee has been evaluating the issue. The Sherrard School District’s pre-k through…