Jim Taylor

Plans For Old Jr. High Detailed At Community Input Meeting

Green space improvements already being made at the former Aledo Jr. High property. That’s developer John Davidshofer. He held a community input meeting Thursday night for the $11-million redevelopment project that will include 30 workforce housing units at the old…

Mercer County School Board Continues To Discuss Facilities

More facility talk for the Mercer County School Board. Supt. Scott Petrie provides an update following Wednesday night’s regular Unit 404 Board of Education meeting. Among the items the board is considering is a new centralized elementary school campus in…

Side-by-Side Scramble Saturday In Mercer County

Visit MerCo promoting a side-by-side scramble this weekend. The event is Saturday says Mercer County economic development coordinator Kasi Henshaw. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  You can also find out more at visitmerco.com.

November Motion Hearing Set In New Boston Man’s 2020 Meth Case

A defense motion has been filed in a rural New Boston man’s meth case. 54-year-old Lester Ward is facing a Class X felony. The charge was filed after Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies, Quad Cities MEG agents and Illinois State Police…

Mercer County Sheriff’s Dept. Hoping To Win Grant For K-9 Unit

You can help Baloo, the Mercer County K-9 unit at the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. He’s competing for grant funding through on-line voting says Mercer County Sheriff Dusty Terrill. Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy Seth Nabb is Baloo’s handler. You can…

Artifact Of Week Generating Interest For Mercer County Historical Society And Essley-Noble Museum

The Mercer County Historical Society and Essley-Noble Museum continues to create a strong social media presence. Curator Shannon Boynton is getting great feedback in her Mercer County artifact of the week post. Boynton says just search “Essley-Noble Museum and Mercer…

Albertson Submits Proposal For Button Building

There may be a solution for the Button Building in downtown Aledo. A request for proposal has been submitted for the property says Mayor Chris Hagloch. Again, the City Council’s TIF Committee meets next Monday.

First Responders Appreciation, Criminal Justice Career Day is Oct. 28 at BHC

Celebrate first responders and learn about first responder careers Thursday, Oct. 28 at the First Responders Appreciation and Criminal Justice Career Day at Black Hawk College. Participants can learn about career opportunities and job requirements during a panel discussion featuring…