Jim Taylor

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…

Mercer County History: Swastika Trail Ran Through Mercer County; But It Had Nothing To Do With Nazis

Here is another summer local history lesson.  Prior to the Third Reich and Adolph Hitler, the swastika symbol had a much different meaning.  And at one time, Illinois Route 17 through Mercer County—before it was a paved highway, was known…

WRMJ Interview: IHSA’s Anderson Looking Forward To Stage 2 Return To Play; Minor Adjustments By IDPH

WRMJ Sports Director Jim Taylor visited with IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson Wednesday morning. The IHSA is awaiting on final approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health on Stage 2 “Return to Play” guidelines,  which would allow for indoor…

Mercer County School District Conducting Survey On New School Year

The Mercer County School District surveying parents & students on what they want a new school year to look like.  WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with Unit 404 Superintendent Scott Petrie Wednesday morning.   Right now, the first day…

Screenings & Masks Part Of School Bus Protocol In New School Year; No More Than 50 Kids On Bus

When school resumes in mid-August how will bussing work? That’s a major issue for rural school districts like Sherrard. There will be some adjustments says Sherrard School District superintendent Alan Boucher. He spoke with WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor Tuesday…

Farm Progress Show Canceled

The 2020 Farm Progress Show has now been canceled in Boone, Iowa, but show manager Matt Jungmann says a virtual experience is being organized for Sept. 1-3.   Jungmann, who farms in the Mercer & Warren county areas, is also…

Pandemic Means No Frog Races In Aledo This Fourth of July

A quiet Fourth of July holiday in the Mercer County area with a number of COVID-19 cancellations. Matherville fireworks, originally scheduled for this Friday, were canceled last month says spokesperson Brianna Adams.   Also, the Dr. Ford Frog Races and…