Category: Western Illinois Today

Contestants Sought For 2017 Mercer County Fair Queen Pageant

Contestants sought for this summer’s Mercer County Fair Queen Pageant. It’s pretty easy to enter says Pageant Director Joni Caldwell of Viola. The 2017 Mercer County Fair Queen Pageant is Tuesday, July 11th. Caldwell says there will be practices on…

Rock Island County Farm Bureau Foundation Awards $12,000 In College Scholarships; Four Rockridge Recipients

The Rock Island County Farm Bureau Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of eight, excellent recipients of its 2017 Scholarships. This award is given to outstanding high school students who have achieved a well-rounded high school career and understand…

Sheriff’s Department Investigating Home Invasion & Severe Beating Of Rural Joy Senior

The Mercer County Sheriff’s Department investigating a home invasion in rural Joy that resulted in the severe beating of a senior citizen. The incident was reported Monday afternoon says Sheriff Dave Staley. The Mercer County Crime Stoppers numbers are 582-3500…

ACE Camp Continues To Deliver For Mercer County Ag In The Classroom

Another banner day for Mercer County Ag in the Classroom’s ACE Camp. Wendy Peters of Aledo and her sheep dogs wouldn’t miss it. She says there’s nothing like interacting with second graders from Apollo, New Boston and Winola Elementary Schools.…

Boucher: At Some Point Cash Reserves Won’t Be The Answer

At some point, all Illinois schools will be running out of cash reserves.  That’s if the state doesn’t reach some kind of compromise on a full fiscal year operating budget and education spending plan says Sherrard School District superintendent Alan…

Convicted Mercer County Murderer Fails In Her Latest Motion For Post-Conviction Relief

A convicted Mercer County murderer loses another attempt at post-conviction relief. 62 year old Janet Jackson was claiming she suffered from Battered Woman’s Syndrome in her latest hand written motion, which was turned down last week by Judge James Conway.…

Terry Waives Prelim In Criminal Sex Assault Case

An Aledo man has waived his preliminary hearing in a criminal sexual assault case. 20 year old Gunner Terry faces two Class X felonies. He was arrested last month following an investigation by the Aledo Police Department.  A pre-trial conference…

Mercer County ACE Camp Celebrates 21 Years

A Mercer County Ag in the Classroom project celebrating 21 years this week.  ACE Camp provides hands on learning for second graders from Apollo, New Boston and Winola Elementary Schools. The subject areas are agriculture, conservation and environment taught at…