Jim Taylor

Mercer County School Board Discusses ‘Athletic Cut Procedure’

Much discussion concerning an athletic cut procedure for the Mercer County School District. There was plenty of back and forth between the Unit 404 Board of Education last night and both junior high and high school coaches. Athletic Director Andrew…

Hutton To Return To Sherrard Sidelines

Brian Hutton will be back on the sidelines at Sherrard High School. He was hired as boys basketball coach by the Unit 200 Board of Education on a 4-3 vote last night. Hutton spent 14-years in his first stint at…

Former United Coach Lucas Joins Hofer’s Staff At Mercer County

The Mercer County School Board has hired a new assistant football coach. Fred Lucas will join Andrew Hofer’s staff for the 2017 season. Lucas resigned as United’s head football coach after last season. Prior to United, Lucas served as head…

30,000 Gallon LP Tank Hit By Lightning At Gold Star FS Plant

Aledo firefighters respond to the Gold Star FS plant after a 30,000 gallon propane tank is hit by lightning. Aledo Fire Chief Dennis Litwiler says thankfully, there were no injuries or major damage. A portion of Illinois Route 17 was closed…

Ashby & Beauchamp Federal Child Porn Case Continued To Next Month

There’s been another continuance in the federal case against two men arrested on child porn charges in Mercer County. Pre-trial conferences for Aaron Beauchamp of Matherville and William Ashby of East Moline have been pushed back to May 3rd at…

Rockridge Hopes To Secure State Title In IHSA Music Sweepstakes This Week

Rockridge hoping to secure its third consecutive state title in the IHSA music sweepstakes.  The competition involves solo and ensemble, which was held last month and organization scheduled for later this week says the school’s band director Jessica Zabransky. Approximately…

Hutton Being Recommended For Sherrard Hoops Job

Brian Hutton is being recommended for the Sherrard varsity boys basketball job. The item is on Wednesday’s Unit 200 Board of Education agenda. Hutton won over 200 games in his first stint at Sherrard, before being dismissed by the board…