Jim Taylor

New Boston Man Avoids Prison Time In Meth Case

A New Boston man placed on two-and-a-half years’ probation and sentenced to 180 days in the Mercer County Jail after pleading guilty to a Class 3 felony meth charge. 44 year old Travis Shoemaker’s fines and assessments will total $5,000—the…

Aledo Man In Court On Five Different Criminal Cases

An Aledo man makes an appearance in Mercer County Circuit Court on five different criminal cases.  28 year old Clay Mitchell has pending cases involving meth, domestic battery, violating an order of protection and a probation violation in connection with…

Mercer County School District Community Forum Set For Tuesday

Stakeholders in the Mercer County School District participating in a Community Forum this week.  The session is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and the general public can submit written questions or comments before or during the meeting says Unit 404 school…

Boucher Pleased With Sherrard Community Forum Response

Sherrard School District superintendent Alan Boucher pleased with feedback the district received at a Community Forum over the weekend. The forum was Saturday at Sherrard High School.  Once the strategic goals are set, the school board will report back to…

Zoning First Step For Possible Mercer County Solar Farm Project

Plans for a solar farm project moving forward in Mercer County.  One of the first steps involves zoning says Mercer County Economic Development Committee Chairman Ron Fullerlove of Sherrard. Fullerlove says the project should provide economic gain for the landowner…

Mercer County’s Kirwan Serving On Nutrient Research & Education Council

With investments from Illinois farmers now totaling $10-million, the statewide Nutrient Research and Education Council reports its research has yielded a sizable number of tools to keep organic and inorganic nutrients in place on Illinois farm fields. The council collects…

Mercer County Hosting IHSA Scholastic Bowl Regional Monday

Mercer County High School will serve as host of Monday’s IHSA Class 1A scholastic bowl regional. Schools in the field include Stark County, Galva, Wethersfield, Annawan, Alwood, ROWVA and Henry-Senachwine. Matches start at 4:30 p.m. The winner moves on to…