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Mercer County Sex Abuse Case Continued To September

Another court appearance for an Aledo man facing ten felony sex abuse/sex assault counts. 44 year old Michael E. Daniels was in Mercer County Circuit Court today with his pre-trial conference continued to September 12th. He’s facing three Class X…

Crime Stoppers Seeks Information On Burglaries To Area Car Washes

Mercer County Crime Stoppers currently seeking information about a burglary to an Aledo business. On Monday, between 6 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., a coin operated mechanism inside a wash bay was damaged. The coin box was also taken. The burglary…

Mercer County YMCA & Mercer Foundation For Health Offer Mercer Ultimate Team Challenge

The Mercer County YMCA and Mercer Foundation for Health joining forces to offer the Mercer Ultimate Team Challenge. YMCA Executive Director Sarah Brown says they’re looking for groups of 4-to-6 friends or co-workers. The registration fee is $150 per team…

National Night Out Event Tuesday Night At Aledo Central Park

The Aledo Police Department bringing a number of emergency responders together for National Night Out this week. Aledo Police Chief Chris Sullivan says the local National Night Out event is Tuesday night from 6-to-9 p.m. at Aledo Central Park.

County Board To Select New Chairman Tuesday

The Mercer County Board will select a new County Board Chairman next week week. The position is vacant due to the June 29th death of Joe Vann.  The new chairman will serve through December of 2018. The county board meets…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate At 5.1 Percent

The Mercer County unemployment rate at 5.1 percent. The June number released yesterday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security and represents a five-point improvement from the same period a year ago. The unemployment rate also decreased from year over…

Mercer County Clerk Bewley Retiring

Mercer County Clerk Phyllis Bewley is retiring. Her August 31st resignation is on next Tuesday’s Mercer County Board agenda. Bewley has been in office for eight-and-a-half years, last being elected in 2014. Her current term runs through December of 2018.…

Ferg’s Public House To Replace La Belle Vie

There’s a new owner and new name for a downtown Aledo business.  La Belle Vie is closing Saturday, but 1987 Aledo grad Rick Ferguson will re-open the storefront under a new brand in late August—called Ferg’s Public House. Ferguson hopes…

Construction On Multi-Use Path Underway In Aledo

Construction on a new multi-use path underway in Aledo. The project will run from the driver’s license facility to the Walmart intersection says Director of Public Works Justin Blaser. Laverdiere Construction of Macomb has been awarded the $625,000 project—with 80-percent…