Western Illinois Today

Mercer County, Sherrard & United School Districts Receive Looser-Flake Technology Grants

Three local schools share $120,000 in technology grants from the Looser-Flake Foundation. The money goes to Mercer County, Sherrard and United School Districts. Each of the school districts will use the funds to further technology in the classroom, from smart…

QC Woman Arrested After Stolen Vehicle Recovered In Mercer County

A Davenport woman arrested in Mercer County after deputies locate a stolen vehicle on Illinois Route 94. 46 year old Trenia Cheatheam was taken into custody Friday. She is facing a Class 2 felony of possession of a stolen vehicle,…

Tour of Mercer County Projects to Celebrate Countywide Collaboration

Over the past year, Mercer County Better Together (MCBT) has partnered with the Looser-Flake Foundation and entities across the county to upgrade 11 parks and recreation facilities across 9 Mercer County communities. A public project tour will take place on…

Extension Hosting Harvest Of Horticulture & Tree Inventory Training At Aledo Fire Station Sept. 21

The University of Illinois Extension hosting its Fall Harvest of Horticulture program Sept. 21st at the Aledo Fire Station. Public tree inventory training will also be offered later that day through a partnership with Trees Forever. WRMJ News Director Jim…

Aledo To Hire New City Administrator Monday

The City of Aledo set to name a new city administrator. The appointment is on Monday night’s agenda. Police Chief Chris Sullivan has been serving as interim city administrator since last November when Erin Knackstedt resigned to accept a similar…

NFHS: Vaping Has Reached A Crisis Stage And Must Be Stopped

The following is a release from Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 11, 2019) — The issue of vaping has reached a crisis stage across the United States, and…

Mercer County Health Dept. Leading Diaper Drive Through September

A diaper drive taking place this month through the Mercer County Health Department.   Mercer County Health Department administrator Carla Ewing provided an update on the drive at this week’s Aledo Main Street “Networking at Noon” event.

WRMJ Audio: Local Schools Dealing With Teaching Shortage; Finding Bus Drivers & Subs Also Remains Big Challenge

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with Sherrard School District superintendent Alan Boucher this afternoon. The two talked about the struggle in filling open teaching positions as well as finding bus drivers and substitute teachers. Many area rural schools are…