Jim Taylor

65-Pounds Of Unused Prescriptions Collected At Joy & Viola Take Back Locations

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department first time participating in the National Drug Take Back initiative proved to be worthwhile.  Sheriff Dave Staley says two different locations were used last Saturday—the Viola Fire Department and Joy Fire Department. The Aledo Police…

Rockridge Owed $409,000 From State

The state’s unpaid bills starting to add up for the Rockridge School District.  Superintendent Perry Miller released a district-wide communication Wednesday showing the district is owed over $409,000 in mandated categoricals, which support such things as transportation and special education. …

Bustos Co-Sponsored FEMA Legislation Wins Approval

Legislation from Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and fellow Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis aims to bring fairness to FEMA’s disaster declaration process. The measure has received unanimous support. Davis says he’s weary of seeing rural communities in Illinois fighting a…

County Considers Raffle Ordinance

The Mercer County Board is exploring a raffle ordinance. County Board Chairman Joe Vann of New Boston says it would require organizations to get an annual license at a nominal fee. Vann says organizations that have multiple raffles would need…

Weekend Rains Stall Planting In Western Illinois

Planting was rolling along at a good pace in Western Illinois until heavy rains moved through over the weekend. Mercer County Farm Bureau president Michael Zecher on his progress so far. Other than stalling planting, the weekend rains haven’t caused…