Jim Taylor

All Quiet At The Mercer County Fairgrounds; No Fair In 2020

It should be Mercer County Fair week, but it’s not. The event was called off in late May due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.  A tough decision says Fair Board President Rex McWhorter.   This marks the third time…

WRMJ Interview: Finding Livestock Success In Texas; Grand Champion Honors For Rockridge Grad Whisman

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor caught up with 2017 Rockridge High School grad Cole Whisman on the Fourth of July. He recently returned from Abilene, Texas where he won Grand Champion Owned Purebred Heifer honors at the Junior National Shorthorn…

Mercer County Health Dept. Reports 23rd COVID-19 Case

For the third day in a row, the Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) is announcing a COVID-19 case. The latest, the 23rd overall in the county, is a female in her 60s. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, release of any…

22nd COVID-19 Case Reported In Mercer County

The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) on Friday announced the twenty-second resident from Mercer County to test positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The case is a female in her 20s. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, release of any additional information on…

Body Discovered Near Andalusia

A badly decomposed body discovered near Andalusia. The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department says the body was found along the shore of an island in the Mississippi River. Emergency response agencies from both Scott and Rock Island counties were called…

21st COVID-19 Case Reported In Mercer County

The Mercer County Health Department (MCHD) announcing the 21st resident from Mercer County to test positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).  The case is a male in his 20s. Due to Federal privacy restrictions, release of any additional information on this case…

Illinois Distracted Driving Law Updated

A new state law taking effect in Illinois this week (July 1) further cracks down on distracted driving. Illinois was one of the first states to ban texting while driving, and the law has been tweaked over the years says…

New Windsor Rodeo Canceled

The board of directors of the New Windsor Fair, Rodeo and Horseshow voted on Tuesday to cancel the upcoming 81st Annual event, scheduled for August 20-22. The decision was made following released guidelines for Restore Illinois Phase 4, along with…