John Hoscheidt

Eagles, Rockets Win Season Openers

Mercer County and Rockridge opened the girls high school basketball season with victories at the Ridgewood Thanksgiving Tournament Monday night. The Golden Eagles topped the host Spartans while the Rockets shut down United. Sherrard lost their season opener to Annawan.…

Betty J. Criswell – Services 11/20/19

Betty J. Criswell, 71 of Aledo, died Friday, November 15, 2019 at Mercer Manor surrounded by her family. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 20, at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Visitation is two hours prior to services. Burial…

Rockrige Honors ‘Rock Stars’

The Rockridge Schools Foundation honored a pair of “Rock Stars” at their first annual THANKSgiving Celebration fundraiser Thursday night. The fundraiser is to support educational needs for Rockridge schools. Glen Cook and AugE Kerres were recognized for their years of…

Jazz Band Headed To Nashville

The Mercer County High School Jazz Band will be heading out on the road again a little sooner than in the past. Band Director Rusty Ruggles has asked the school board and received permission to take the students to Nashville…

Propane Shortage Affecting Area Farmers, Residents

Iowa and Illinois are under a Regional Emergency Declaration for a propane shortage. Reports say both states are now allowed to transport propane to heat homes and to dry grain. Blick and Blick Oil’s Roger Maynard says there really isn’t…

TRAC Announces West Division All Conference Volleyball Team

Conference co-champs Orion and Fulton lead the way with all conference performers for the 2019 Three Rivers All Conference Volleyball team.  Orion and Fulton tied for the top spot in the west division with 9-1 records.   THREE RIVERS ATHLETIC…

Orion Advances To Super-Sectional

The Orion Chargers stopped El Paso-Gridley in the championship match of the Class 2A Spring Valley Hall Volleyball Sectional. Orion trailed early in the first game but rallied to win it 27-25. The Chargers won the next game 25-14 to…

Lincoln Trail All-Conference Football Team Announced

The Lincoln Trail Conference announced their All-Conference football teams for the 2019 season.  Conference champion Annawan-Wethersfield had nine players named for the first team offense or defense.  Mercer County had one player named to the first team offense and three…

LTC All-Conference Volleyball Team Announced

The Lincoln Trail Conference announced their 2019 All-Conference Volleyball teams.  League champion Princeville had three players named to the first team while runner-up United had four.  Mercer County’s Karli Stineman was the lone Golden Eagle named to the first squad.…

Chargers In Sectional Final

Orion advanced to the Class 2A Hall Sectional championship with a straight game victory over Deer Creek-Mackinaw 25-14, 25-19.  It was the Chargers 28th consecutive victory and it upped their record to 36-1.  They will play El Paso-Gridley Wednesday night…