Western Illinois Today

Sherrard Competitive Cheer Heads To State

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The Sherrard High School competitive cheerleading team is going to state. The Tigers finished fifth in the small team category at the DeKalb Sectional last Saturday. The squad now heads to the IHSA competitive cheerleading state finals this weekend at…

County Board-Bellwether Relationship Working Well

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For nearly a year, Bloomington consulting firm Bellwether, LLC has worked closely with the Mercer County Board- conducting an operational audit and reconstructing a county budget. Bellwether president Bruce DeLashmit says it’s been a long road, but the work is beginning…

Downtown Aledo Moves Closer To National Register Status

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Aledo’s downtown district moves closer to inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. City Administrator Bob Mahrt says if approved by the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council, Aledo’s inclusion into the National Register will be determined by the National…

Business Sponsorships Keeping Mercer County Fair Strong

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The lack of a state budget means county fairs across Illinois are searching for alternative ways to maintain operation. Linda Beguelin of the Mercer County Agricultural Society says despite uncertain economic times, the Mercer County Fair won’t be cutting back.…

Kirwan Named To AFBF Advisory Panel

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A local farmer has been selected to serve on an advisory panel for the American Farm Bureau Federation.  Jeff Kirwan of New Windsor has been named to the AFBF Farm Policy Advisory Committee. Kirwan has been involved in farm policy…

UPDATE: Wanted Mercer County Man In Custody

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A wanted Mercer County man is now in custody. Mercer County Crime Stoppers was looking for 39 year old Richard Allen Carle of  Keithsburg over the weekend. He was wanted on a Mercer County warrant for Cruelty to Animals. Carle is also…