Western Illinois Today

Former Aledo Coach Welter Named To IHSFCA Hall of Fame

Former Aledo football coach Cully Welter has been named to the 2018 Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame class.  Welter led Aledo to three state titles and two runner-up finishes. He says his job is all about…

Mercer County’s ‘Best Meth Cook’ Believed To Be In Florida

Mercer County authorities believe the man labeled as “Mercer County’s best meth cook” is down south. That’s Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley. A $100,000 arrest warrant was issued for 23 year old Charles Peacock last March after he failed to…

WRMJ Sportsline: Holiday Edition

The WRMJ Sportsline had a holiday theme this weekend as WRMJ News/Sports Director JIm Taylor visited with a number of special guests. RFD Radio Network’s Rita Frazer. Former Aledo head football coach Cully Welter. The IHSA’s Kurt Gibson and Matt…

Sherrard School Board Okays New Wood Floor For High School Gym

The main gymnasium at Sherrard High School getting a new wood floor. The Unit 200 Board of Education approved a $287,000 bid on Wednesday night. Work will begin in June and should be completed by August. Also last night, the…

Car Theft Attempt Thwarted In Aledo

Something just didn’t seem right when a man who said he was Peter Sheehan from Elmhurst, Illinois tried to purchase a high end vehicle at Essig Motors on Wednesday. The alleged Sheehan attempted to purchase a 2016 Dodge Charger SRT…

Hotel Feasibility Study For Aledo

The City of Aledo hosted a meeting Thursday concerning the feasibility of bringing a chain hotel to town.  The Midwest Regional Director for Hospitality Marketers International from New Berlin, Wisconsin, Lindsey Kaptur, met with people at the Aledo Fire Station.…

Sherrard School Board Discusses Recent Threats

The Sherrard School District dealing with several student threats recently.  Mercer County Sheriff Dave Staley addressed the Sherrard School Board about the issue last night. He says one of the threats was made by a student in 4th grade. A…

New 2,400 Head Hog Confinement Set To Open South Of Viola

A Mercer County farmer showing off a new addition to his operation.  Chad Bell held an open house Wednesday for a 20,000 square foot hog confinement just south of Viola. Bell says the facility will also generate some tax base…

Aledo Church Continues Free Community Christmas Dinner Tradition

For those alone on Christmas or seeking fellowship, a local church is again offering a free Community Christmas Dinner. Serving is at 1 p.m. Christmas day at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Aledo says volunteer Nancy Watkins. This marks the…