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Former Mercer County Booster Club Treasurer & Unit 404 Bookkeeper Waives Arraignment; Pleads Not Guilty To Theft Charges

A former Mercer County School District bookkeeper and former treasurer for the Mercer County Athletic Boosters has pleaded not guilty to theft charges.  43 year old Angie Dellitt of Aledo waived her formal arraignment this morning in Mercer County Circuit…

Law Enforcement Pursuit In Area Results In Lock Down At Rockridge

Rockridge Junior High & High School conducted a precautionary lock down this evening due to a law enforcement pursuit in the area.  All students and staff were moved into the building as a precaution and were safe at all times. …

Tree Health Workshop Scheduled For Aledo On Sept. 29

The University of Illinois Extension planning a tree health workshop later this month in Aledo.  Part of the motivation for the program stems from the disease that devastated a number of oak trees at Oak View Country Club says horticulture…

Weaver’s Apprenticeship Bill Signed Into Law

A bill sponsored by a local state lawmaker creating on-the-job apprenticeships for Illinois high school students has been signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. The measure was introduced by State Senator Chuck Weaver.  He says the registered apprenticeship program…

Aledo Man Arrested On Meth Charges

Two felony meth charges have been filed against an Aledo man. 27 year old Cody Pratt is facing a Class 1 felony of meth delivery and Class 2 felony of possession of meth. He was arrested yesterday by the Mercer…

Aledo McDonald’s Gets New Owners

The Aledo McDonald’s has a new owner.  Trina and Dennis Gendron of LeClaire, Iowa.  They also own locations in Monmouth, Geneseo, Kewanee and Rock Island.  An upgrade is planned for the Aledo restaurant next year. Gendron also took time to…

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Seeking Help In Identifying Suspect In Vehicle Theft

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department is needing the public’s help in identifying this individual. The subject is a suspect in a motor vehicle theft that occurred in Matherville in the early morning hours of  Thursday. Please contact the Mercer County…

Mercer County 9-11 Remembrance Ride This Weekend

The ride is Saturday and begins with sign-up at 9 a.m at the Matherville Fire Department. The schedule includes: 10:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony 10:15-10:30 a.m. – Matherville Fire Dept. 10:45-11:00 a.m. – Reynolds Fire Dept. 11:15-11:30 a.m. – Aledo…

Berenger & Boruff Inducted Into Illinois 4-H Hall Of Fame

Two longtime 4-H volunteers inducted into the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame.  The honor goes to Bill Boruff of New Boston and Pam Berenger of Reynolds. Boruff was a 10 year member of the Joy Ag 4-H club, which later…