Jim Taylor

Help Is Always Needed For Aledo’s Rhubarb Festival

Although there are now new co-chairs in charge of Aledo’s Rhubarb Festival, the organization process remains basically the same.  Pam Myers and Pam Ricke are overseeing the event and Myers says help is always appreciated as the festival draws near.…

Farm Management Specialist Tells Local Farmers He’s Cautiously Optimistic About Ag Economy

A leading farm management specialist tells Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa producers that he’s cautiously optimistic about the ag economy.  Steve Johnson is with Iowa State University.  He says since last fall’s harvest, all commodity prices are up and that’s…

Local Superintendents Waiting To Hear More Details On Governor’s Plan To Fully Fund Transportation

Local superintendents heard Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner say “fully fund transportation” in his latest state budget address.  Specific details haven’t been divulged as to how that will be accomplished, but to districts like Rockridge, fully funding transportation would be huge…

BHE Hosting LTC Scholastic Bowl Meet Feb. 25th

Black Hawk College East Campus hosting the 2017 Lincoln Trail Conference Scholastic Bowl Meet this weekend. This will be the sixth year Black Hawk College has hosted the event, which pits students from different high schools against each other to…

Mercer County Sheriff’s Department Makes Another Meth Arrest

An order of protection violation also leads to methamphetamine charges against an Aledo man.  Clay Mitchell was taken into custody yesterday by the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies stopped him in New Boston, recognizing him as a wanted person on…

Mercer County Family YMCA Conducts Community Assessment

The Mercer County Family YMCA hears from a national Y rep.  Rob Wilkinson was in town this week as part of a community assessment. Locally, over 100 people responded to a Mercer County Family YMCA survey says Y Executive Director…

Whiteman & Rockridge Knew Of Ethan Happ Story Long Ago

The college basketball world is learning about the Ethan Happ story.  It’s something his high school coach–Toby Whiteman–knew long ago. The latest to tell the Happ story is the Big Ten Network and their series The Journey. Whiteman was interviewed…