Jim Taylor

WRMJ Audio: Riverdale To Field 11-Man Varsity Football Team In 2023

Riverdale High School is back to an 11-man varsity football schedule in the fall of 2023. The decision was announced Tuesday. They did not play a varsity schedule this fall. Riverdale football coach and athletic director Guy Dierikx spoke with…

Aledo Employees To Get 3.5 Percent Raise

The new year will mean a pay raise for City of Aledo employees. The increase was included in the new budget says Mayor Chris Hagloch. The new budget year coincides with the calendar year, January 1. Also, the city is…

Mercer County Health Dept. Hosts Open House Dec. 7

The Mercer County Health Department is promoting its programs. Hannah Garrett is the agency’s health educator and Krissy Dixon serves as the program director and nurse navigator for the mental health action program. They were guests on the WRMJ Focus…

Mercer County Unemployment Rate Stays Below Statewide Average

The Mercer County unemployment rate at 3.2 percent. The number is for October, according to data released this week by the Illinois Department of Employment Security and is two-points better from the same period a year ago. Unemployment is also…

Mercer County Firearm Deer Hunting Totals From First Weekend

Mercer County hunters harvested 509 deer during the first firearm season Nov. 18-20. That number compares to 538 last year. Statewide, 52,354 deer were harvested during the first weekend compared to 48,964 last year. Other first weekend totals—283 in Henderson,…

Large Christmas Tree Returns To Downtown Aledo

A large Christmas tree is up in downtown Aledo. It was placed near the former Fell service station on Tuesday and stands about 20 to 22 feet. The idea was brought up at an Aledo City Council meeting earlier this…

Reynolds Area Accident Claims One Life

One person dead following a rollover crash in Mercer County. The mishap occurred Tuesday. According to a Mercer County Sheriff’s Department report, a pickup truck was traveling westbound on Illinois Route 94 near Reynolds when it exited the roadway and…