Jim Taylor

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…

Sherrard To Add Two Kindergarten Classes In New School Year

The Sherrard School District pleased to see an increase in kindergarten numbers entering the 2017/2018 school year, but it has created a problem.  Unit 200 Superintendent Alan Boucher. Boucher says adding two teachers and adding two paraprofessionals and converting a…

MCBT Schedules Countywide Summit At Mercer County Fairgrounds

Over the past six months Mercer County: Better Together (MCBT), has worked to learn the values, hopes, concerns and ideas of county residents through a variety of means. Using community surveys, public engagements and a series of community forums, MCBT…

78th Year For New Windsor Rodeo

The New Windsor Rodeo celebrates its 78th year this weekend.  Bryce Weber is the Rodeo Board’s vice president. Rodeo action begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Bustos Talks Locks & Dams and Farm Bill at State Fair Ag Day

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos talks Locks and Dams and Farm Bill during Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. And Bustos says a healthy crop insurance program must be maintained in a new Farm Bill. The current Farm Bill…

Sandusky Back In Custody

Mercer County meth defendant Erica Sandusky is back in custody. A $5,000 arrest warrant was issued for the Matherville woman on Monday after her and her attorney failed to appear for a pre-trial conference. She was taken into custody earlier…