Category: Western Illinois Today

New Boston Dog Declared Vicious, But Won’t Be Destroyed

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Mercer County Judge Richard Zimmer declares a New Boston dog vicious, but the animal will not be destroyed. Instead the pit bull/terrier mix–owned by Cindy Ellsworth–will be subject to an enclosure and other strict conditions.  The case involved the attack…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate At 5.3 Percent

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The Mercer County unemployment rate is at 5.3 percent. The August number represents a 4-point improvement from the same period a year ago, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Unemployment is also slightly lower from year over year…

Mercer County Family YMCA Names Legacy Club Honorees

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The Mercer County Family YMCA is honoring several residents for their gifts to the Y’s Endowment Fund.  They earn what is called Legacy Club designation says the Y’s Sarah Brown. The late Herbert and Betty McMeekan were also named to…

Petrie: Timing Impacting Unit 404 Budget

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The Mercer County School Board has approved the fiscal year 2017 budget.  The numbers show $13.4 million in revenues and $14.6 million in expenditures, but Unit 404 superintendent Scott Petrie says the figures are deceiving because the district received revenue…

Future Of Henderson County Health Dept. In Limbo

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Henderson County residents could soon have to go elsewhere to get a flu shot or health check. The county says it could lose its health department because of old debt to the state. Henderson County still owes the state $472,000…

Mercer County Enrollment Down 14 This School Year; Reed Resigns As Jr. High Principal

Unit 404 supt. Scott Petrie (left) and school board president Julie Wagnr at last night's BOE meeting.

Mercer County School District enrollment is down 14 students this school year. Superintendent Scott Petrie presented the numbers to the Unit 404 Board of Education last night…. Total enrollment this school year is 1,352 with 400 students at the high…

Mercer County Health Dept. Reports First Human Case Of West Nile Virus

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Mercer County Health Department is confirming the county’s first human case of West Nile Virus in 2016.  Most people who become infected have no symptoms.  However, those that do might experience a mild fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, fatigue…