Jim Taylor

East Moline Man Charged With Sex Abuse and Grooming In Mercer County

A Quad Cities man being held in the Mercer County Jail on $100,000 bond facing aggravated criminal sexual abuse and grooming charges. 36-year-old Derek W. Dawson of East Moline was arrested on a Mercer County warrant last Friday.  The sex…

30 TIF Projects In Four Years; 353 Court Wraps Up Work With Aledo

The City of Aledo has ended its four-year relationship with economic development consultant 353 Court. The group played a key part in the city’s downtown revitalization strategy dating back to the fall of 2018. They were involved in 30 different…

More Café Lights For Downtown; New Aledo Industrial Park Sign

A couple of cosmetic improvements for the city of Aledo. One involves café lights in downtown Aledo and the other involves a new Aledo Industrial Park sign says Mayor Chris Hagloch. The industrial park was created in the early 1990s.

Local Elected Officials Meet With State & Federal Legislators

Federal and state legislators in Aledo over the weekend meeting with local elected officials. The session was organized by the Mercer County Prosperity Advisory Committee says Mercer County Economic Development Consultant Kasi Henshaw. The meeting was Saturday at the Aledo…

Six Candidates Running For Three Mercer County School Board Seats

Registration starts Wednesday

This spring’s Mercer County School Board race will feature six candidates vying for three seats. Filing for the April 4 election are incumbents Bill Smock and Mike Bowns along with newcomers Jason Crawford, Lori Nelson, Mario Pauley and Jacob Lower. …

Search Begins For Next Mercer County Football Coach

Mercer County hopes to have a new head football coach in place by March. The job may not be tied to the assistant principal/athletic director position says Unit 404 superintendent Scott Petrie. Andrew Hofer has resigned as head football coach…

Mercer County Meets With TRAC; Decision Could Come Later This School Year

No final decision has been made, but discussions have begun between Mercer County High School and the Three Rivers Athletic Conference. Principal Andrea Cooper attended the January 9th TRAC principals meeting. She spoke with WRMJ Wednesday night at the Unit…

Art Studio And Community Kitchen Concept For Downtown Aledo

Some plans taking shape for a couple of downtown Aledo properties. At this week’s City Council meeting it was revealed an art studio will be occupying a storefront at 114 East Main and a community kitchen concept is in play…