Closings & Cancellations

Antique Days – Antique Days, which was to be held on Aug. 29 in Aledo, has been cancelled.

VUMC Ice Cream Social – the Viola United Methodist Church Ice Cream Social, usually held in August, has been postponed. However, fresh ice cream in quarts and cups can still be purchased! Call 309-596-2723 or 309-596-2524 to order.

Joy All-School Reunion – the Joy All-School Reunion, usually held on the 3rd Sunday of July, is cancelled. Watch for information on next year’s reunion.

Keithsburg Boat-In Breakfast – the Keithsburg Boat-In Breakfast, usually held on the 3rd Sunday of August, is cancelled.

Mercer County Senior Center, Aledo – Mercer County Senior Center will be open for staff only, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. They will no longer conduct any face-to-face appointments. No one besides staff will be allowed in the building. All appointments must be made and finalized via the phone, please call 309-582-5492 or 309-582-7221. When someone calls, they will be directed on the proper procedures for their individual needs.

University of Illinois Extension’s unit offices serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties – temporarily closed until further notice.

Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District – Spring Tree Sale is cancelled. Fish can still be ordered online. Go to to order and for more information.

Mercer County Quilters Guild – Paint Chip Challenge is not due until November.

Aledo United Methodist Church – In-person services will resume on Sun., July 12th. There will be three services at 8, 9:15, and 10:30 a.m. Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines per the State of Illinois will be followed. For more information, check their website at

College Avenue Presbyterian Church, Aledo – cancelling in-person worship services until further notice.

Messiah Lutheran Evangelical Church, Aledo cancelling all church services until further notice.

Antioch Baptist Church, Marston area – TBA.

Hamlet Perryton Presbyterian Church – no services until further notice.

Mercer County Family YMCA – Starting June 26, the Phase 4 Reopening Guidelines per the State of Illinois allow the facility to reopen. There will be some guidelines that will need to be followed in order to provide a safe environment and adhere to the guidelines for operation. Please see the Mercer County Family Y Facebook page for more details.

Mercer/Rock Island County USDA Service Center, Aledo – service center open by appointment only. All visitors will be asked about health and recent travel. Call 309-582-5153 for an appointment.

Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs – representative will no longer be having local hours at the Mercer County Veterans Assistance Office on the first and third Thursday of each month until further notice.

Mercer County Health Department, Aledo – facility not open to the public, but essential services available by appointment only – 582-3759.

Mercer County Family Crisis Center, Aledo – by appointment only – 582-SAFE (7233).

Edwards River Public Library, Aledo – going back to regular hours starting Mon., July 6 — MWF: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., TTH: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sun: Closed. Key library services return: browsing, computers, copies, and faxes. Also NOW receiving interlibrary loans. If you have any questions, please call the library at 309-582-2032.

New Windsor Public Library – opening Mon., June 8. See their Facebook page for details.

Viola Public Library District – is moving to the new building at 1701 17th Street. It will take some time to get everything set up and ready to go, so keep watching Facebook and the website to find out how you can return materials and, of course, the opening date. For curbside pickup, please call the library at 596-2620 and leave a message if we don’t pick up or email us at

Mercer County Courthouse, Aledo – Mercer County Courthouse is open, but, before you visit, you may want to call the appropriate Department as listed here: Administration, 309-582-8107, Ronald Fullerlove; Animal Control, 309-221-4744, Matt Lower; Assessor Office, 309-582-4747, Mary McClellan; Circuit Clerk, 309-582-7122, Kristin Relander; County Clerk, 309-582-7021, Sara Blaser; County Treasurer, 309-582-2524, Bev Lower; Highway Department, 309-582-2715, Matt Lower; Probation, 309-582-5169, Teresa Smith; States Attorney, 309-582-5381, Meeghan Lee. 

Aledo Public Parks – parks are open, but playground areas are closed until further notice.