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Paul H. DeShane – Visitation 9/30/2020

Paul H. DeShane, 84 of Viola, passed away September 25, 2020 at Aledo Rehab and Healthcare Center, Aledo, Illinois. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. There will be no formal services. Burial…

Junior Eagles Fly To Championship Game

The Mercer County Junior High Golden Eagles advanced to the Class3A IESA Regional softball game with a 12-6 road win over Dunlap Thursday. The game was tied at 3 after 3 before Mercer County took the lead for good scoring…

Tigers & Eagles Set Record On The Links

The Sherrard Tigers boys golf team set a new school record in their dual meet with Fulton Tuesday.  The Tigers fired a 140 on the front nine of Fyre Lake Golf Club.  Sherrard was lead by Evan Earl, who also…

Hunters Beware, Bad Year For Ticks

Due to several factors, this will be a bad year for ticks in the woods of western Illinois. The executive director of the Illinois Lyme Association, Jennifer Russell, says hunters should take some precautions. Russell says another thing that makes…

Voters Confused On Secretary Of State Letter

You may have recently received a mail-in voting application letter in your mail box from Secretary of State Jesse White. Mercer County Clerk Sarah Blaser says it has caused a lot of confusion as her office has received numerous calls.…

Fall Harvest Days Set To Go This Weekend

Fall Harvest Days set to happen this weekend. The working farm show is hosted by the Antique Engine and Tractor Association and will run Friday through Sunday, but due to Covid-19 mandates, the association’s president, Phil Jordan, says it’s going…

Sherrard School Board Delays Decision On Baseball & Softball Field Improvements

The Sherrard School Board considering improvements for the varsity baseball and softball fields. The board reviewed two quotes Wednesday night, but a decision is being pushed back until October, according to superintendent Alan Boucher. The work being considered involves the…

Rockets Edge Eagles In Dual Of Unbeatens

Rockridge and Mercer County’s girls golf teams were both unbeaten when they met at Hawthorn Ridge Wednesday afternoon.  The Rockets (10-0) won the show down edging the Golden Eagles (9-1) 197 to 199.  Mercer County’s Mia Hillyer was the medalist…

Shooter Turns Himself In

A teenager accused of shooting his roommate at Western Illinois University in Macomb is arrested in Chicago. WIU says 18-year-old Kavion Poplous turned himself in to police Wednesday afternoon. Poplous’ roommate was taken to the hospital after the shooting Tuesday…

Rockets, Tigers, Eagles In Action

Golf and Cross Country continue to highlight the local sports scene along with Junior High baseball and softball.  Mercer County lost in a triangular at Annawan-Wethersfield while Rockridge was a winner on their home course.  Sherrard, Rockridge and Orion were…