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Mercer County 4-H’s Main Fundraiser This Friday

Mercer County 4-H hosting its main fundraiser later this week. The 4-H Barbecue is Friday from 4-to-7:30 p.m. at Aledo Central Park. It’s a big deal for the organization says 4-H Program Coordinator Tracy Fowler-Pestle. The Mercer County Ag Literacy…

25 Cook County Inmates Arrive At Mercer County Jail Last Weekend

The Mercer County Jail is accepting Cook County inmates again. Sheriff Dave Staley says they’re low risk inmates and will hopefully provide Mercer County a more consistent revenue stream. He spoke on the subject at last night’s Mercer County Board…

NFL Free Agent Arrested In Aledo

An NFL free agent arrested in Aledo following a weekend disturbance with two women. 24 year old Darrin Reaves—a native of Birmingham, Alabama, faces two Class 4 felony counts of unlawful restraint and a Class A misdemeanor of criminal trespass…

Keithsburg Man Sentenced To Four Years DOC Plus Ordered To Pay $8,500 In Burglary & Animal Cruelty Case

A Keithsburg man has been sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay over $8,500 in fines and restitution in separate burglary and animal cruelty cases.  37 year old Richard Carle pled guilty today in Mercer County Circuit…

Terrill Running For Mercer County Sheriff

The first candidate has announced for the 2018 election cycle in Mercer County. Dusty Terrill is running for Mercer County Sheriff on the Republican ticket. The primary is next March with the election the following November.

Aledo City Council Drafting Ordinance To Prohibit Beekeeping

The Aledo City Council moving forward with an ordinance prohibiting beekeeping within city limits. The issue was discussed at last night’s meeting says City Attorney Mark Walton. There are at least two beekeepers within city limits.  Five of seven aldermen…

Former Aledo Man Re-Sentenced In Sex Abuse Case

A former Mercer County man re-sentenced to 14 years in prison in a sex abuse case.  47 year old Loren Jasper was originally sentenced to 28-years in prison for Class X and Class 1 felonies in February of 2014, but…

‘Ag In A Day” Workshops Offered This Month For Local Teachers

Five county Farm Bureaus joining forces this summer to coordinate “Ag in a Day” workshops for area teachers. The program offers continuing education credits says Mercer County Farm Bureau manager Kendra Anderson. One day is planned for June 13th and…