Jim Taylor

Genesis Among Area Providers Concerned About GOP Health Care Plan

Hospital leaders in the area say they don’t think the Republican plan to move past Obamacare will fix what’s wrong with the national health care law. Executives from Genesis Health System, UnityPoint Health Trinity and Community Health Care yesterday all…

New Boston Breaks Ground On Grocery Store

Ground broken today on bringing a new grocery store to New Boston. Mayor Chris DeFrieze says the first step involves removing a tree from the lot where the building will be located. The building will be 50-by-60 feet and should…

Black Hawk State Historic Site Celebrates 90 Years Next Month

Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island celebrates its 90th anniversary next month with tours, special children’s activities, music and refreshments. The free fun starts Sunday, July 9th at 1 p.m. Children can work on projects inspired by the…

New Act At Aledo Central Park Band Shell Thursday

Another new act coming to the Aledo Central Park Band Shell this week. The details from Band Shell spokesman Rusty Ruggles. The Aledo Main Street Farmer’s Market is also open Thursday from 4-to-6 p.m.

Mercer County’s Close In Running For National FFA Award

A recent Mercer County graduate in the running for a national award from FFA. Nicholas Close was the State Proficiency Winner in Diversified Crop Production Entrepreneurship last spring. The state award allows him to compete at the national level with…

Rural Aledo Man Hires Private Attorney In Sex Assault Case

A rural Aledo man has retained a private attorney in a criminal sexual assault case filed against him. Jonathan Ruud is now representing 30 year old Eric Maurice Thirtyacre. He was arrested earlier this month following an investigation by the…

Competing Education Funding Proposals Mean $300,000 Difference For Mercer County School District

Competing education funding bills in Illinois mean a difference of nearly $300,000 for the Mercer County School District.  Under Senate Bill 1, Mercer County would gain $111.79 per pupil or $148,063.81 more in new money compared to $330.69 per pupil…

Area Co-Op Offering Dual Participation For Student-Athletes

As small schools struggle with participation numbers in extra-curricular activities, one co-op in western Illinois is offering dual participation—meaning students can play two-sports during the same season. Annawan-Wethersfield in Henry County allowed students to play baseball and softball and also…