The Mercer County School Board getting a new member. Mike Bowns has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the board. He will be officially seated at tonight’s Unit 404 Board of Education meeting. Bowns serves as administrator for Genesis Senior Living in Aledo and will assume a similar role after change of ownership later this spring. There were three seats open in last month’s Mercer County School Board election, but there were only two candidates–Bill Smock and Jake Frieden.