Western Illinois Today

Cars Catch Fire In Local Salvage Yard; Smoke Seen For Miles

14 stacked cars catch fire in a salvage yard in Mercer County.  The billowing smoke could be seen for miles late this morning from J.C. Auto and Truck Parts between Viola and Aledo says Viola Fire Department Captain Jay Barton.…

Mercer County 4-H Schedule For Fair Week

4-H show dates at the Mercer County fairgrounds are Tuesday, July 9th to Friday, July 12th. General Projects will be on display in Floral Hall from Noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.  On kids’ day, July 10th from 3…

2019 Mercer County Fair Queen Contestants Announced

Seven contestants are in the field for this year’s Mercer County Fair Queen pageant. Vying for the 2019 crown are Haley Tromblee of Joy, Jaid Hedger of Viola, Chloe Kirkhove of Aledo, Victoria Heath of Keithsburg, Zoe Nevels of Aledo,…

County Board Chair Reaction To Wheel Tax Vote

A county wheel tax ordinance could be brought up again, but Mercer County Board Chairman Carlos Sarabasa says that will be up to individual county board members. He says he doesn’t plan to bring it up, but understands currently the…

2019 Mercer County Fair Opens This Week

Mercer County Fair week is here.  New Fair Board president Rex McWhorter says it’ll be a good time.   The first ever Mercer County Fair was held in in 1853.

National Federation of State High School Associations Celebrates 100 Years; Two Illinois ‘Farm Boys’ Jump Started Organization

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor visited with IHSA historian Scott Johnson this morning. He attended the centennial celebration of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) earlier this week in Indianapolis. It was two Illinois men that played…