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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

Monday
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  • 85°
  • 66°

Sunny

Tuesday
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  • 81°
  • 65°

Considerable cloudiness

Wednesday
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  • 78°
  • 66°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
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  • 82°
  • 64°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 80°
  • 65°

Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon

Saturday
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  • 83°
  • 66°

Clouds giving way to sun

Sunday
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  • 83°
  • 66°

More clouds than sun

Currently in Quincy as of

  • 83°(Feels like 84°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NNW @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 29.92 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:05:51 am
  • Sunset: 08:17:27 pm
  • Humidity: 51
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

7-Day Forecast: Macomb

Monday
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  • 80°
  • 59°

Mostly clear

Tuesday
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  • 83°
  • 62°

Times of sun and clouds

Wednesday
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  • 81°
  • 63°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
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  • 83°
  • 63°

Times of sun and clouds

Friday
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  • 80°
  • 60°

Partly cloudy

Saturday
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  • 80°
  • 61°

Mix of sun and clouds

Sunday
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  • 81°
  • 64°

Partly cloudy

Currently in Macomb as of

  • 82°(Feels like 82°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: NW @ 7 mph
  • Barometer: 29.94 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:01:28 am
  • Sunset: 08:15:45 pm
  • Humidity: 50
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

Monday
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  • 85°
  • 65°

Partly cloudy

Tuesday
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  • 84°
  • 68°

More clouds than sun

Wednesday
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  • 82°
  • 66°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Thursday
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  • 85°
  • 66°

Mostly cloudy

Friday
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  • 81°
  • 64°

Times of sun and clouds

Saturday
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  • 82°
  • 65°

Mostly cloudy

Sunday
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  • 82°
  • 67°

Mix of sun and clouds

Currently in Pittsfield as of

  • 84°(Feels like 84°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: WNW @ 5 mph
  • Barometer: 29.93 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:04:04 am
  • Sunset: 08:14:14 pm
  • Humidity: 46
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

7-Day Forecast: Hannibal

Monday
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  • 84°
  • 65°

Showers and thunderstorms late

Tuesday
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  • 84°
  • 68°

Morning showers and thunderstorms

Wednesday
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  • 82°
  • 66°

Mostly cloudy

Thursday
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  • 85°
  • 66°

Partly cloudy

Friday
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  • 82°
  • 64°

Mix of sun and clouds

Saturday
Saturday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 65°

Mostly cloudy

Sunday
Sunday's Forecast Image
  • 84°
  • 68°

Mix of sun and clouds

Currently in Hannibal as of

  • 81°(Feels like 81°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.93 in.
  • Sunrise: 06:06:35 am
  • Sunset: 08:17:07 pm
  • Humidity: 51
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 3

Regional Conditions

Quincy
83°
Macomb
82°
Pittsfield
84°
Hannibal
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  • EIGHINGER: It's been a special summer for special needs

    EIGHINGER: It's been a special summer for special needs

    Monday, August 3 2015 11:40 AM EDT2015-08-03 15:40:03 GMT
    They say good or bad things tend to happen in "threes." This summer has proven that to me, and in a good sense. Going back to mid-June, if you were one of the many on hand to experience the Super Kids races, which were...
    They say good or bad things tend to happen in "threes." This summer has proven that to me, and in a good sense. Going back to mid-June, if you were one of the many on hand to experience the Super Kids races, which were...
  • O'BRIEN: Jenner's show offers glimpse into life few understand

    O'BRIEN: Jenner's show offers glimpse into life few understand

    Friday, July 31 2015 11:34 AM EDT2015-07-31 15:34:45 GMT
    Esther Jenner said she had never been more proud of her son than when she stood in Olympic Stadium in Montreal during the summer of 1976 and listed to the "Star-Spangled Banner" play after he won the Olympic decathlon in world-record fashion.
    Esther Jenner said she had never been more proud of her son than when she stood in Olympic Stadium in Montreal during the summer of 1976 and listed to the "Star-Spangled Banner" play after he won the Olympic decathlon in world-record fashion.
  • Celebrity 'morons' can't hide from their words

    Celebrity 'morons' can't hide from their words

    Thursday, July 30 2015 9:13 AM EDT2015-07-30 13:13:27 GMT
    Once a year when putting together the monthly "Morons of the Month" feature, I like to pay tribute to our celebrity friends, those famous faces we see (way too) frequently on television and on the covers of the gossip magazines at the supermarket checkouts.
    Once a year when putting together the monthly "Morons of the Month" feature, I like to pay tribute to our celebrity friends, those famous faces we see (way too) frequently on television and on the covers of the gossip magazines at the supermarket checkouts.
  • E. HUSAR: Lessons were learned during July 13 windstorm

    E. HUSAR: Lessons were learned during July 13 windstorm

    Wednesday, July 29 2015 8:56 AM EDT2015-07-29 12:56:31 GMT
    The devastating windstorm that sucker-punched Quincy two weeks ago is gradually fading in the rear-view mirror. In retrospect, valuable lessons were learned along the way. For one thing, many folks quickly discovered the value of having plenty of extra flashlight batteries on hand.
    The devastating windstorm that sucker-punched Quincy two weeks ago is gradually fading in the rear-view mirror. In retrospect, valuable lessons were learned along the way. For one thing, many folks quickly discovered the value of having plenty of extra flashlight batteries on hand.
  • O'BRIEN: Disaster preparations help home health care provider survive latest storm

    O'BRIEN: Disaster preparations help home health care provider survive latest storm

    Tuesday, July 28 2015 10:00 AM EDT2015-07-28 14:00:22 GMT
    When the windstorm hit earlier this month, a disabled Quincy man thought he might be left in the dark. Mike needs help getting in and out of his wheelchair every night. With his power out after the storm hit in early evening of July 13, Mike figured he might be sleeping in his wheelchair. But he called his home service care provider, hopeful that they might be able to help.
    A disabled Quincy man thought he might be left in the dark when the wind storm hit July 13. Mike needs help getting in and out of his wheelchair every night, but with no power after the storm hit, Mike figured he might...
  • HOPF: New contracts leave different levels of insurance payments for city employees

    HOPF: New contracts leave different levels of insurance payments for city employees

    Sunday, July 26 2015 1:41 AM EDT2015-07-26 05:41:01 GMT
    With the ratification of labor contracts with patrol officers and sergeants with the Quincy Police Department last week, the city of Quincy is one step closer to having all of its bargaining units under a contract for the first time since April 2014.
    With the ratification of labor contracts with patrol officers and sergeants with the Quincy Police Department last week, the city of Quincy is one step closer to having all of its bargaining units under a contract for the first time since April 2014.
  • O'BRIEN: Testy toddlers can put parents in a pickle at restaurants

    O'BRIEN: Testy toddlers can put parents in a pickle at restaurants

    Friday, July 24 2015 11:24 AM EDT2015-07-24 15:24:43 GMT
    Every parent has been there at least once. You're out to eat, and Junior just doesn't want to cooperate. The kid can't sit still, throws a fit and makes a scene. My wife and I still talk about the time when...
    Every parent has been there at least once. You're out to eat, and Junior just doesn't want to cooperate. The kid can't sit still, throws a fit and makes a scene. My wife and I still talk about the time when...
  • EIGHINGER: Make room for the Monkees, Chicago and others

    EIGHINGER: Make room for the Monkees, Chicago and others

    Thursday, July 23 2015 11:59 AM EDT2015-07-23 15:59:04 GMT
    For those who grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s listening to AM top 40 radio, a continuing injustice annually slaps us -- your so-called baby boomers -- right in the face. Few of the individual artists and bands...
    For those who grew up in the late 1960s and early 1970s listening to AM top 40 radio, a continuing injustice annually slaps us -- your so-called baby boomers -- right in the face. Few of the individual artists and bands...
  • THOMPSON: Hannibal students to take part in Russian exchange

    THOMPSON: Hannibal students to take part in Russian exchange

    Wednesday, July 22 2015 12:10 PM EDT2015-07-22 16:10:56 GMT
    Hannibal High School students may soon have an opportunity to see how adolescence and teenage experience transcend both time and borders. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum and the Hannibal School District, in partnership with the Leo ...
    Hannibal High School students may soon have an opportunity to see how adolescence and teenage experience transcend both time and borders. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum and the Hannibal School District, in partnership with the Leo ...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincyan comes from Florida to help save family reunion

    O'BRIEN: Quincyan comes from Florida to help save family reunion

    Tuesday, July 21 2015 10:56 AM EDT2015-07-21 14:56:41 GMT
    It has been a long time since the Elbe clan got together for a reunion. Angie (Elbe) Chalabiani figures it had been at least 30 years, so she decided to organize a reunion.
    It has been a long time since the Elbe clan got together for a reunion. Angie (Elbe) Chalabiani figures it had been at least 30 years, so she decided to organize a reunion.
  • EIGHINGER: These three movies are home runs for me

    EIGHINGER: These three movies are home runs for me

    Monday, July 20 2015 11:40 AM EDT2015-07-20 15:40:50 GMT
    At some point most summers, I find myself needing to watch my three favorite baseball movies. Maybe not in their entirety, but at least particular snippets.I will never pick "Bull Durham" over "Field of Dreams" -- or vice versa -- as my favorite, but there is no question those two films, plus the iconic "Pride of the Yankees," are my top three.
    At some point most summers, I find myself needing to watch my three favorite baseball movies. Maybe not in their entirety, but at least particular snippets.I will never pick "Bull Durham" over "Field of Dreams" -- or vice versa -- as my favorite, but there is no question those two films, plus the iconic "Pride of the Yankees," are my top three.
  • O'BRIEN: If you know what you're doing, you can get rich on YouTube

    O'BRIEN: If you know what you're doing, you can get rich on YouTube

    Friday, July 17 2015 9:56 AM EDT2015-07-17 13:56:16 GMT
    If you thought all of the money to be made on the Internet was gobbled up during the dot-com boom in the 1990s, you're mistaken. You can make millions by sitting in front of your computer and acting goofy or by playing video games.
    If you thought all of the money to be made on the Internet was gobbled up during the dot-com boom in the 1990s, you're mistaken. You can make millions by sitting in front of your computer and acting goofy or by playing video games.
  • EIGHINGER: 'Normal' still a ways away, but we will get there

    EIGHINGER: 'Normal' still a ways away, but we will get there

    Thursday, July 16 2015 9:25 AM EDT2015-07-16 13:25:47 GMT
    There is no use trying to sugar coat what has happened. It has been a brutal week in and around Quincy, thanks to the monstrous storm that swept through Monday night. It was the first time in my life that I was legitimately scared of what might happen at the height of that blowing downpour...
    There is no use trying to sugar coat what has happened. It has been a brutal week in and around Quincy, thanks to the monstrous storm that swept through Monday night. It was the first time in my life that I was legitimately scared of what might happen at the height of that blowing downpour...
  • D. HUSAR: On the road again with wildlife, but in a different setting

    D. HUSAR: On the road again with wildlife, but in a different setting

    Wednesday, July 15 2015 9:33 AM EDT2015-07-15 13:33:20 GMT
    Years of driving through Pike County have sharpened my "wildlife" senses behind the wheel. Managing to spot the wildlife before it spots, or sometimes hits, you is vital to keeping the car running and dent-free...
    Years of driving through Pike County have sharpened my "wildlife" senses behind the wheel. Managing to spot the wildlife before it spots, or sometimes hits, you is vital to keeping the car running and dent-free...
  • O'BRIEN: Little People of America fed up with Illinois high school's nickname

    O'BRIEN: Little People of America fed up with Illinois high school's nickname

    Tuesday, July 14 2015 8:59 AM EDT2015-07-14 12:59:57 GMT
    The Midgets are under attack. Freeburg High School, in the Metro East area of St. Louis, was approached last week by members of the Little People of America and asked to change their nickname. The athletic teams at Freeburg have been known as the Midgets since the 1930s.
    The Midgets are under attack. Freeburg High School, in the Metro East area of St. Louis, was approached last week by members of the Little People of America and asked to change their nickname. The athletic teams at Freeburg have been known as the Midgets since the 1930s.
  • HOPF: Conflict continues to dominate city policy debates

    HOPF: Conflict continues to dominate city policy debates

    Monday, July 13 2015 5:48 PM EDT2015-07-13 21:48:58 GMT
    Conflict between Quincy aldermen and the citys administration continues to intensify. Weekly council meetings in June became heated at times as aldermen addressed concerns that some department heads and members of the administration ...
    Conflict between Quincy aldermen and the citys administration continues to intensify. Weekly council meetings in June became heated at times as aldermen addressed concerns that some department heads and members of the administration ...
  • EIGHINGER: Some snacks that are so bad are still so good

    EIGHINGER: Some snacks that are so bad are still so good

    Monday, July 13 2015 9:43 AM EDT2015-07-13 13:43:34 GMT
    If you're a friend of mine or happen by this space every so often as a reader, you probably know I love the music of Rod Stewart, Ohio State football, Cleveland Indians baseball and snacks. Close behind are lists and rankings. I've never met a "top 10" I didn't like.
    If you're a friend of mine or happen by this space every so often as a reader, you probably know I love the music of Rod Stewart, Ohio State football, Cleveland Indians baseball and snacks. Close behind are lists and rankings. I've never met a "top 10" I didn't like.
  • O'BRIEN: Adams County residents at heart of latest Lovelace hearing

    O'BRIEN: Adams County residents at heart of latest Lovelace hearing

    Friday, July 10 2015 2:05 PM EDT2015-07-10 18:05:23 GMT
    Adams County residents were on trial Wednesday afternoon in Cass County. No one has done anything wrong, but a defense attorney believes everyone has already concluded that his client, Curtis Lovelace, is guilty of first-degree murder in the 2006 death of his wife, Cory.
    Adams County residents were on trial Wednesday afternoon in Cass County. No one has done anything wrong, but a defense attorney believes everyone has already concluded that his client, Curtis Lovelace, is guilty of...
  • EIGHINGER: Cities proud of gas, horseradish and Ding Dong Daddies

    EIGHINGER: Cities proud of gas, horseradish and Ding Dong Daddies

    Thursday, July 9 2015 3:48 PM EDT2015-07-09 19:48:25 GMT
    New York City is familiar to most as "The Big Apple," one of the most-famous nicknames a town has ever possessed. Equally well known are Las Vegas as "Sin City" and Paris as the "City of Love." Rome has forever been cast as "The Eternal ...
    New York City is familiar to most as "The Big Apple," one of the most-famous nicknames a town has ever possessed. Equally well known are Las Vegas as "Sin City" and Paris as the "City of Love." Rome has forever been cast as "The Eternal ...
  • E. HUSAR: Contrast between good, bad surfaces during vacation

    E. HUSAR: Contrast between good, bad surfaces during vacation

    Thursday, July 9 2015 8:43 AM EDT2015-07-09 12:43:28 GMT
    The contrast between life's bad things and good things was on full display during a family vacation last week in Colorado.Each morning we would start the day watching the national news. The reports contained one unhappy account or another, and it made the world seem momentarily dark ...
    The contrast between life's bad things and good things was on full display during a family vacation last week in Colorado.Each morning we would start the day watching the national news. The reports contained one unhappy account or another, and it made the world seem momentarily dark ...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy police keeping close eye on city's violence

    O'BRIEN: Quincy police keeping close eye on city's violence

    Tuesday, July 7 2015 12:05 PM EDT2015-07-07 16:05:29 GMT
    Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley isnt ready to call a recent spike of violence in the city an epidemic. Its going to take a little more watching to see whether its just a hiccup or a trend upward of violence, Copley said Monday morning in the wake of another fatal shooting.
    Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley isnt ready to call a recent spike of violence in the city an epidemic. Its going to take a little more watching to see whether its just a hiccup or a trend upward of violence, Copley said Monday morning in the wake of another fatal shooting.
  • EIGHINGER: This might be the finest collection of questionable behavior -- ever

    EIGHINGER: This might be the finest collection of questionable behavior -- ever

    Monday, July 6 2015 9:52 AM EDT2015-07-06 13:52:50 GMT
    With relative certainty, I am pretty sure in all of the years we have been providing "Morons of the Month" for your entertainment and edification, the following three individuals have to be the most unusual collection of...
    With relative certainty, I am pretty sure in all of the years we have been providing "Morons of the Month" for your entertainment and edification, the following three individuals have to be the most unusual collection of...
  • WILSON: Candidates weave election story lines that have them living happily ever after

    WILSON: Candidates weave election story lines that have them living happily ever after

    Sunday, July 5 2015 11:14 AM EDT2015-07-05 15:14:18 GMT
    All politicians will tell you the only polling that counts is the one on Election Day. In the Illinois 18th Congressional special primary election coming Tuesday, the different camps have their own ideas of what would make for the perfect outcome. Republican state ...
    All politicians will tell you the only polling that counts is the one on Election Day. In the Illinois 18th Congressional special primary election coming Tuesday, the different camps have their own ideas of what would make for the perfect outcome. Republican state ...
  • O'BRIEN: First birthday since shooting death hard on Humphrey family

    O'BRIEN: First birthday since shooting death hard on Humphrey family

    Friday, July 3 2015 9:40 AM EDT2015-07-03 13:40:34 GMT
    Ray Humphrey Sr. knows exactly what his son, Ray Jr., would have wanted for his 13th birthday. "He made me spend money," Ray Sr. said with a laugh Wednesday night. "He was always wanting electronics.
    Ray Humphrey Sr. knows exactly what his son, Ray Jr., would have wanted for his 13th birthday. "He made me spend money," Ray Sr. said with a laugh Wednesday night. "He was always wanting electronics.
  • EIGHINGER: Good chance that holiday hot dog came from Iowa

    EIGHINGER: Good chance that holiday hot dog came from Iowa

    Thursday, July 2 2015 9:04 AM EDT2015-07-02 13:04:19 GMT
    What's your favorite Fourth of July weekend item when it comes to favorite mid-summer holiday foods? Personally, I'm a burger and dog guy. My life doesn't have a lot of culinary frills.
    What's your favorite Fourth of July weekend item when it comes to favorite mid-summer holiday foods? Personally, I'm a burger and dog guy. My life doesn't have a lot of culinary frills.
  • THOMPSON: Couple organizes 'amazing' event to help with adoption

    THOMPSON: Couple organizes 'amazing' event to help with adoption

    Wednesday, July 1 2015 9:33 AM EDT2015-07-01 13:33:07 GMT
    A local couple drew inspiration from one of their favorite TV shows as they developed two recent events to help them toward their goal of adopting a child from China.
    A local couple drew inspiration from one of their favorite TV shows as they developed two recent events to help them toward their goal of adopting a child from China.
  • O'BRIEN: People rally behind effort to get Vietnam vet to Busch Stadium

    O'BRIEN: People rally behind effort to get Vietnam vet to Busch Stadium

    Tuesday, June 30 2015 8:56 AM EDT2015-06-30 12:56:10 GMT
    When some staff members from Quincy's St. Vincent's Home recently took some residents to a Quincy Gems baseball game, they had to leave one of the biggest baseball fans at the assisted living facility on the...
    When some staff members from Quincy's St. Vincent's Home recently took some residents to a Quincy Gems baseball game, they had to leave one of the biggest baseball fans at the assisted living facility on the...
  • EIGHINGER: 'Flooded' with experience after all these years

    EIGHINGER: 'Flooded' with experience after all these years

    Monday, June 29 2015 10:24 AM EDT2015-06-29 14:24:28 GMT
    I have even learned to appreciate a good flood. That doesn't mean I like it or look forward to a flood. It means I appreciate what all goes in to preparing, defending and often recovering from those massive Mississippi River overflows.
    Every time it rains (lately that has been quite often) and whispers of "flood" begin, I think back to 1993 when West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri were trying to survive the infamous high water that summer. At...
  • O'BRIEN: Making a case for video game 2016 Hall of Fame candidates

    O'BRIEN: Making a case for video game 2016 Hall of Fame candidates

    Friday, June 26 2015 9:59 AM EDT2015-06-26 13:59:38 GMT
    When a New York museum announced last month it had inducted six games into the first class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the 12-year-old in me wanted to run to the arcade, crack out a few bucks and buy tokens.
    When a New York museum announced last month it had inducted six games into the first class of the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the 12-year-old in me wanted to run to the arcade, crack out a few bucks and buy tokens.
  • EIGHINGER: Hey, Justin, do ya feel lucky today?

    EIGHINGER: Hey, Justin, do ya feel lucky today?

    Thursday, June 25 2015 9:49 AM EDT2015-06-25 13:49:27 GMT
    As soon as some celebrities appear on my TV screen, I'm scrambling to grab the remote to watch something else. Anything else. Let's work our way down my tree of obnoxiousness.
    As soon as some celebrities appear on my TV screen, I'm scrambling to grab the remote to watch something else. Anything else. Let's work our way down my tree of obnoxiousness.

  • HUSAR: Adams County brings home awards for "dynamic duo," VOAD team

    HUSAR: Adams County brings home awards for "dynamic duo," VOAD team

    Wednesday, June 24 2015 9:24 AM EDT2015-06-24 13:24:42 GMT
    Not long after Triena Dietrich took on the role of Medical Reserve Corps coordinator with the Adams County Health Department, she met the county's "dynamic duo" of emergency management volunteers. The...
    Not long after Triena Dietrich took on the role of Medical Reserve Corps coordinator with the Adams County Health Department, she met the county's "dynamic duo" of emergency management volunteers. The...
  • O'BRIEN: Coaches say competition can be a great learning tool

    O'BRIEN: Coaches say competition can be a great learning tool

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 9:53 AM EDT2015-06-23 13:53:36 GMT
    When Brad Hoyt was hesitant when first was broached about the idea of his son, Jake, playing on a traveling soccer team. "We went in with a toe into it," said Hoyt, the men's basketball coach at John Wood Community College.
    When Brad Hoyt was hesitant when first was broached about the idea of his son, Jake, playing on a traveling soccer team. "We went in with a toe into it," said Hoyt, the men's basketball coach at John Wood Community College.
  • EIGHINGER: Baby-boomer musicians still among most popular

    EIGHINGER: Baby-boomer musicians still among most popular

    Monday, June 22 2015 6:26 PM EDT2015-06-22 22:26:05 GMT
    The most popular acts are dominated by musicians and groups from the baby-boomer era -- my era -- which I find more than a little gratifying. That was when music was music and you could actually understand the words to songs and ...
    The most popular acts are dominated by musicians and groups from the baby-boomer era -- my era -- which I find more than a little gratifying. That was when music was music and you could actually understand the words to songs and ...
  • HOPF: Quincy aldermen must decide on uses for future TIF money

    HOPF: Quincy aldermen must decide on uses for future TIF money

    Sunday, June 21 2015 4:02 PM EDT2015-06-21 20:02:41 GMT
    Approving the first project under the city of Quincy's tax increment financing investment plan is raising a question with some on the City Council. Should the city be investing in private projects? ...
    Approving the first project under the city of Quincy's tax increment financing investment plan is raising a question with some on the City Council. Should the city be investing in private projects? ...
  • O'BRIEN: Throwing my hat into the presidential ring

    O'BRIEN: Throwing my hat into the presidential ring

    Friday, June 19 2015 9:36 AM EDT2015-06-19 13:36:09 GMT
    Want to do what all the cool kids seem to be doing these days? Announce that you're running for president of the United States. That seems to be the in thing. Have you taken a look at all the people who are jockeying...
    Want to do what all the cool kids seem to be doing these days? Announce that you're running for president of the United States. That seems to be the in thing. Have you taken a look at all the people who are jockeying...
  • EIGHINGER: World's favorite secret agent set to return, and I can't wait

    EIGHINGER: World's favorite secret agent set to return, and I can't wait

    Thursday, June 18 2015 9:33 AM EDT2015-06-18 13:33:18 GMT
    Be still my beating heart. A few days ago while watching one of the games in what was a riveting NBA Finals, my eyes instantly became glued to the screen during a commercial break when I might normally be surfing channels quickly. Could it be? Yes! Bond is back...
    Be still my beating heart. A few days ago while watching one of the games in what was a riveting NBA Finals, my eyes instantly became glued to the screen during a commercial break when I might normally be surfing channels quickly. Could it be? Yes! Bond is back...
  • HUSAR: Advice for kids seeking last-minute gifts for Father's Day

    HUSAR: Advice for kids seeking last-minute gifts for Father's Day

    Wednesday, June 17 2015 10:23 AM EDT2015-06-17 14:23:44 GMT
    With Father's Day coming up Sunday, here are a few suggestions to help kids scrambling to find last-minute gifts for Dad. Considering most kids have no money -- except what little they get from Dad, Mom and other...
    With Father's Day coming up Sunday, here are a few suggestions to help kids scrambling to find last-minute gifts for Dad. Considering most kids have no money -- except what little they get from Dad, Mom and other...
  • O'BRIEN: Viral headline mistake could happen to anyone

    O'BRIEN: Viral headline mistake could happen to anyone

    Tuesday, June 16 2015 9:16 AM EDT2015-06-16 13:16:50 GMT
    Jay Leno isn't around to do his famous "Headlines" bit any more now that he's retired. That doesn't mean that if you mess up in print that no one will see it. Leno's bit on "The Tonight Show" was my favorite thing he did.
    Jay Leno isn't around to do his famous "Headlines" bit any more now that he's retired. That doesn't mean that if you mess up in print that no one will see it. Leno's bit on "The Tonight Show" was my favorite thing he did.
  • EIGHINGER: 'The Dream' is gone, and I already miss the Atomic Elbow

    EIGHINGER: 'The Dream' is gone, and I already miss the Atomic Elbow

    Monday, June 15 2015 10:35 AM EDT2015-06-15 14:35:11 GMT
    Father Time has taken another of my television heroes. "The American Dream" is gone. A few days ago I was saddened to learn that Dusty Rhodes had passed away at age 69...
    Father Time has taken another of my television heroes. "The American Dream" is gone. A few days ago I was saddened to learn that Dusty Rhodes had passed away at age 69, apparently of natural causes. Dusty, whose given...
  • EIGHINGER: 'Jaws' still has appetite for victory

    EIGHINGER: 'Jaws' still has appetite for victory

    Thursday, June 11 2015 10:36 AM EDT2015-06-11 14:36:33 GMT
    I've had my fair share of personal heroes through the years. People like John Wayne, Sudden Sam McDowell and Gaylord Perry were held in the highest regard during my formative stages. Nowadays, my No. 1 man is Joey "Jaws" Chestnut from the world of "competitive eating."
    I've had my fair share of personal heroes through the years. People like John Wayne, Sudden Sam McDowell and Gaylord Perry were held in the highest regard during my formative stages. Nowadays, my No. 1 man is Joey "Jaws" Chestnut from the world of "competitive eating."
  • THOMPSON: Monroe City family hosts tractor show in honor of late son

    THOMPSON: Monroe City family hosts tractor show in honor of late son

    Wednesday, June 10 2015 10:11 AM EDT2015-06-10 14:11:28 GMT
    Kolton Karr loved tractors, all kinds of tractors, and everything associated with farming. So when Kolton died suddenly from blood poisoning in March 2007, it made sense to host an annual antique tractor, car and truck show in his honor...
    Kolton Karr loved tractors, all kinds of tractors, and everything associated with farming. So when Kolton died suddenly from blood poisoning in March 2007, it made sense to host an annual antique tractor, car and truck show in his honor...
  • O'BRIEN: Thanks to technology, you can stay in touch with loved ones after death

    O'BRIEN: Thanks to technology, you can stay in touch with loved ones after death

    Tuesday, June 9 2015 9:33 AM EDT2015-06-09 13:33:28 GMT
    Imagine getting a notification from your smartphone that you have a text from your father on your birthday. That's not a big deal ... unless your father had died years ago. It may sound kind of creepy, but it could...
    Imagine getting a notification from your smartphone that you have a text from your father on your birthday. That's not a big deal ... unless your father had died years ago. It may sound kind of creepy, but it could...
  • EIGHINGER: Springtime lunch dates with Sepp, Steph, Sally and Sayeed

    EIGHINGER: Springtime lunch dates with Sepp, Steph, Sally and Sayeed

    Monday, June 8 2015 9:42 AM EDT2015-06-08 13:42:26 GMT
    Nothing is better than a springtime lunch, whether it's in a cafe-style sidewalk setting or simply a fast-food grab. The only thing that can improve on those kind of possibilities is the presence of a friend...
    Nothing is better than a springtime lunch, whether it's in a cafe-style sidewalk setting or simply a fast-food grab. The only thing that can improve on those kind of possibilities is the presence of a friend...
  • WILSON: Illinois has no good budget options, lots of bad blood

    WILSON: Illinois has no good budget options, lots of bad blood

    Monday, June 8 2015 8:45 AM EDT2015-06-08 12:45:57 GMT
    Nobody thought there were any easy fixes for Illinois state government when the year started, but there was some hope that things would move forward. 
    Nobody thought there were any easy fixes for Illinois state government when the year started, but there was some hope that things would move forward. 
  • O'BRIEN: Former Olympic star's transformation not worth arguing about

    O'BRIEN: Former Olympic star's transformation not worth arguing about

    Friday, June 5 2015 10:46 AM EDT2015-06-05 14:46:28 GMT
    The fact a former Olympic decathlon champion is in the process of turning from a man into a woman has no effect on my life. If Bruce Jenner wants to shed his skin and emerge as a woman named Caitlyn, that's fine by me...
    The fact a former Olympic decathlon champion is in the process of turning from a man into a woman has no effect on my life. If Bruce Jenner wants to shed his skin and emerge as a woman named Caitlyn, that's fine by me...
  • EIGHINGER: 'Moron of the Month' has a ball en route to winning award

    EIGHINGER: 'Moron of the Month' has a ball en route to winning award

    Thursday, June 4 2015 12:50 PM EDT2015-06-04 16:50:39 GMT
    Just when it seems the well might be drying up for a solid "Moron of the Month" selection, my faith in humanity is restored -- again. This month's gold-medal winner is one of the all-time best. The envelopes, please: ...
    Just when it seems the well might be drying up for a solid "Moron of the Month" selection, my faith in humanity is restored -- again. This month's gold-medal winner is one of the all-time best. The envelopes, please: ...
  • HUSAR: Keeping a walk from going to the dogs

    HUSAR: Keeping a walk from going to the dogs

    Wednesday, June 3 2015 9:13 AM EDT2015-06-03 13:13:14 GMT
    Pike County Animal Warden Debbie Lambeth doesn't have to look outside to know when the weather is getting better. She can tell by the number of phone calls. With more people out walking or running, and kids outside playing, there's a greater chance to encounter dogs...
    Pike County Animal Warden Debbie Lambeth doesn't have to look outside to know when the weather is getting better. She can tell by the number of phone calls. With more people out walking or running, and kids outside playing, there's a greater chance to encounter dogs...
  • O'BRIEN: Emotions still raw two months after fatal Quincy shooting

    O'BRIEN: Emotions still raw two months after fatal Quincy shooting

    Tuesday, June 2 2015 10:19 AM EDT2015-06-02 14:19:12 GMT
    With rain falling late Saturday morning, very few people had shown up for the event, a fundraiser for Ray Humphrey Jr., the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed on March 28 on the city's northwest side...
    With rain falling late Saturday morning, very few people had shown up for the event, a fundraiser for Ray Humphrey Jr., the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed on March 28 on the city's northwest side...
  • EIGHINGER: Zanger story gets new life worldwide

    EIGHINGER: Zanger story gets new life worldwide

    Monday, June 1 2015 10:15 AM EDT2015-06-01 14:15:10 GMT
    About five weeks ago, I did a story for The Herald-Whig on the Zangers and their wonderful family, which drew considerable attention in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. However, in the past week, the Zangers have taken on an entirely new and expanded life...
    About five weeks ago, I did a story for The Herald-Whig on the Zangers and their wonderful family, which drew considerable attention in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. However, in the past week, the Zangers have taken on an entirely new and expanded life...
  • O'BRIEN: Army call winds up being a blessing for Vietnam vet

    O'BRIEN: Army call winds up being a blessing for Vietnam vet

    Friday, May 29 2015 9:25 AM EDT2015-05-29 13:25:51 GMT
    It didn't take Fred Phelps long to go back nearly 50 years and recall a vivid memory of his time spent on the front lines in the Vietnam War. Phelps was a nurse in the Army, stationed just south of the line that separated North Vietnam from South Vietnam. With a doctor to his left and a chaplain to his right, Phelps remembers ...
    It didn't take Fred Phelps long to go back nearly 50 years and recall a vivid memory of his time spent on the front lines in the Vietnam War. Phelps was a nurse in the Army, stationed just south of the line that separated North Vietnam from South Vietnam. With a doctor to his left and a chaplain to his right, Phelps remembers ...
  • EIGHINGER: Add another name to Quincy's most famous list

    EIGHINGER: Add another name to Quincy's most famous list

    Thursday, May 28 2015 10:40 AM EDT2015-05-28 14:40:45 GMT
    Sometimes the most interesting items can pop up in an otherwise mundane conversation. Mike, a former Hollywood publicist, mentioned during our conversation that I had "missed one" when it came to the story about famous people from Quincy I had written a few weeks earlier...
    Sometimes the most interesting items can pop up in an otherwise mundane conversation. Mike, a former Hollywood publicist, mentioned during our conversation that I had "missed one" when it came to the story about famous people from Quincy I had written a few weeks earlier...
  • HUSAR: Retired teacher steps up to continue musical farewell to veterans

    HUSAR: Retired teacher steps up to continue musical farewell to veterans

    Wednesday, May 27 2015 3:00 PM EDT2015-05-27 19:00:26 GMT
    Deceased veterans were honored in a familiar way near the conclusion of Friday's Memorial Day service at the Illinois Veterans Home. A seven-member American Legion honor guard fired a rifle salute while...
    Deceased veterans were honored in a familiar way near the conclusion of Friday's Memorial Day service at the Illinois Veterans Home. A seven-member American Legion honor guard fired a rifle salute while...
  • O'BRIEN: Fancy socks leading to big bucks for manufacturers

    O'BRIEN: Fancy socks leading to big bucks for manufacturers

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 10:54 AM EDT2015-05-26 14:54:12 GMT
    These weren't your run-of-the-mill white tube socks. These were high-dollar hose done in the colors of the flags of Mexico, Spain and Brazil, probably made for soccer, one sport my son doesn't play. He didn't care. The socks were cool, and he was getting them...
    These weren't your run-of-the-mill white tube socks that we all were required to wear in PE back in high school. These were high-dollar hose. The socks were done in the colors of the flags of Mexico, Spain and...
  • WILSON: Illinois, Missouri offer reverse mirror images of dysfunctional government

    WILSON: Illinois, Missouri offer reverse mirror images of dysfunctional government

    Sunday, May 24 2015 7:00 AM EDT2015-05-24 11:00:18 GMT
    Missouri legislators wrapped up their spring session a little more than a week ago, and Illinois lawmakers are set to complete theirs in a week. Neither General Assembly has had a particularly good year -- for entirely...
    Missouri legislators wrapped up their spring session a little more than a week ago, and Illinois lawmakers are set to complete theirs in a week. Neither General Assembly has had a particularly good year -- for entirely...
  • O'BRIEN: Macker-Exchange Club relationship a winning combination for Quincy

    O'BRIEN: Macker-Exchange Club relationship a winning combination for Quincy

    Friday, May 22 2015 9:29 AM EDT2015-05-22 13:29:34 GMT
    A little more than 25 years ago, the Quincy Exchange Club was looking for a new way to raise money. A raffle the club held wasn't working out the way the group had hoped. Some of the club members heard about a 3-on-3...
    A little more than 25 years ago, the Quincy Exchange Club was looking for a new way to raise money. A raffle the club held wasn't working out the way the group had hoped. Some of the club members heard about a 3-on-3...
  • EIGHINGER: Remembering Shep, the Limelights and Three Dog Night

    EIGHINGER: Remembering Shep, the Limelights and Three Dog Night

    Thursday, May 21 2015 9:51 AM EDT2015-05-21 13:51:29 GMT
    Once upon a time, only the music mattered when it came to determining what might or might not be a hit record. Then along came the late 1960s, when the names of individual artists and groups underwent a transformation...
    Once upon a time, only the music mattered when it came to determining what might or might not be a hit record. Then along came the late 1960s, when the names of individual artists and groups underwent a transformation...
  • THOMPSON: Skydivers to drop in on Hannibal next weekend

    THOMPSON: Skydivers to drop in on Hannibal next weekend

    Wednesday, May 20 2015 9:25 AM EDT2015-05-20 13:25:27 GMT
    A Hannibal-based skydiving company is bringing new meaning to the concept of neighborly behavior. Rapid Descent Skydiving, an arm of Barron Aviation Private Flight Services, will host an "Invite the Neighbors" event on...
    A Hannibal-based skydiving company is bringing new meaning to the concept of neighborly behavior. Rapid Descent Skydiving, an arm of Barron Aviation Private Flight Services, will host an "Invite the Neighbors" event on...
  • O'BRIEN: Attack on law enforcement an ongoing battle on several fronts

    O'BRIEN: Attack on law enforcement an ongoing battle on several fronts

    Tuesday, May 19 2015 8:55 AM EDT2015-05-19 12:55:09 GMT
    Police Chief Rob Copley's message to a group gathered Friday morning outside Quincy City Hall for a National Peace Officer Memorial ceremony was simple. "Law enforcement is under attack," he said. It's hard to...
    Police Chief Rob Copley's message to a group gathered Friday morning outside Quincy City Hall for a National Peace Officer Memorial ceremony was simple. "Law enforcement is under attack," he said. It's hard to...
  • EIGHINGER: Sure do miss that old Baskin-Robbins store

    EIGHINGER: Sure do miss that old Baskin-Robbins store

    Monday, May 18 2015 10:00 AM EDT2015-05-18 14:00:14 GMT
    Rarely is there a time when I am driving on Broadway when I don't think about the old Baskin-Robbins ice cream store that closed about 15 years ago. Not only is any Baskin-Robbins location one of my favorite places on Earth...
    Rarely is there a time when I am driving on Broadway when I don't think about the old Baskin-Robbins ice cream store that closed about 15 years ago. Not only is any Baskin-Robbins location one of my favorite places on Earth...
  • HOPF: City, counties more likely to feel pinch after pension ruling

    HOPF: City, counties more likely to feel pinch after pension ruling

    Sunday, May 17 2015 8:35 PM EDT2015-05-18 00:35:57 GMT
     Municipalities and counties statewide continue to feel angst as state lawmakers aren't any closer to approving a budget for the next fiscal year that starts July 1. This means officials will wait to see how much - if any - is cut ...
     Municipalities and counties statewide continue to feel angst as state lawmakers aren't any closer to approving a budget for the next fiscal year that starts July 1. This means officials will wait to see how much - if any - is cut ...

  • EIGHINGER: Spring brings deep thoughts and a gooey backyard

    EIGHINGER: Spring brings deep thoughts and a gooey backyard

    Thursday, May 14 2015 9:51 AM EDT2015-05-14 13:51:52 GMT
    Are any of the other four seasons better suited to some sort of specialized verse than spring? Never have I been accused of being any sort of intellectual type -- and with good reason -- yet it amazes me each year how...
    Are any of the other four seasons better suited to some sort of specialized verse than spring? Never have I been accused of being any sort of intellectual type -- and with good reason -- yet it amazes me each year how...
  • D. HUSAR: Lucky dog lives in 'Taj Mahal'

    D. HUSAR: Lucky dog lives in 'Taj Mahal'

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 11:10 AM EDT2015-05-13 15:10:04 GMT
    Spending time in the doghouse wouldn't be half-bad at the home of David and Pat Sprague in Plainville. At least as long as Molly, the couple's 6-year-old yellow Lab, doesn't mind sharing. "She has the Taj Mahal," Pat Sprague ...
    Spending time in the doghouse wouldn't be half-bad at the home of David and Pat Sprague in Plainville. At least as long as Molly, the couple's 6-year-old yellow Lab, doesn't mind sharing. "She has the Taj...
  • O'BRIEN: New smartphone app a game changer for watching live video

    O'BRIEN: New smartphone app a game changer for watching live video

    Tuesday, May 12 2015 10:06 AM EDT2015-05-12 14:06:05 GMT
    My trip started out at New York's Wall Street. Nothing big was happening, just a few people milling around on a cool, damp day in the Big Apple. Seconds later, the sunshine of Venice Beach, Calif., could be seen....
    My trip started out at New York's Wall Street. Nothing big was happening, just a few people milling around on a cool, damp day in the Big Apple. Seconds later, the sunshine of Venice Beach, Calif., could be seen....
  • O'BRIEN: Nothing out of the ordinary with progression of Lovelace case

    O'BRIEN: Nothing out of the ordinary with progression of Lovelace case

    Friday, January 30 2015 9:39 AM EST2015-01-30 14:39:28 GMT
    A second delay in the first-degree murder trial of Quincyan Curtis Lovelace earlier this week had some people wondering what's happening in the case. Some who commented on social media wondered if Lovelace and his...
    A second delay in the first-degree murder trial of Quincyan Curtis Lovelace earlier this week had some people wondering what's happening in the case. Some who commented on social media wondered if Lovelace and his...
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