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DeFrieze, Henshaw And Heath Win Reelection

New Boston Mayor Chris DeFrieze won reelection Tuesday night, defeating Rodger Raine 171-to-33. Also, Joy Village President Todd Heath was reelected, defeating Kaylee Willits 71 to 13 and Ernest Dillie, Don Wilken and Paul Hampton won contested Village Board seats.…

Hagloch Reelected Aledo Mayor

Aledo Mayor Chris Hagloch wins reelection. He defeated challenger Ryan Maynard 667 to 273. In the lone contested Aledo City Council race, Terry Bewley wins reelection defeating challenger Patti VanGetson 146 to 69.

New Attorney Appointed In Mercer County Meth Case

A conflict results in a new attorney being appointed for a Reynolds man facing a Class X felony meth delivery charge in Mercer County. 37 year old Cainen Young is also facing four other felony charges–Class 1 of possession of…

Bogguss Returning To Her College Town This Month

Aledo native Suzy Bogguss returned to her hometown last spring and she’s returning to her college town this spring. Bogguss will perform at The Castle Theatre in Bloomington on April 26th. She graduated from Illinois State University. The Aledo High…

‘Y Winners Night’ Nets Over $27,000

“Y Winners Night” proved to be another good night for the Mercer County Family YMCA.  The Saturday event netted over $27,000 says Y Executive Director Sarah Brown. The $8,000 grand prize winner was Carol Longley.

Aledo City Council Approves $200,000 TIF Incentive For Viola Home Telephone Fiber Optic Project

The Aledo City Council approves a $200,000 TIF incentive package for Viola Home Telephone Company to extend fiber optic cable through town.  City Attorney Mark Walton says businesses will have access to the service first. In addition, the City Council…

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Makes Seven Weekend Arrests

Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies with an active weekend making seven arrests. 44 year old Patricia Ann Miller of Moline was cited for a hit and run accident near Sherrard on Friday; 18 year old Angela Almanza of Hampton was taken…

Two More Rockridge Community Meetings This Week

The Rockridge School District has scheduled two more community meetings for this week. The sessions are Monday at Illinois City Town Hall and Thursday at the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge—both are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. says Unit 300 Superintendent…

Plenty Of Contested Races On Tuesday’s Mercer County Ballot

Tuesday’s ballot in Mercer County features five contested races for mayor and village president positions throughout the county. In Aledo, incumbent Chris Hagloch is being challenged by Ryan Maynard. In Keithsburg, incumbent Allen Henshaw is in a contested race with…