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7-Day Forecast: Quincy

Tuesday
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  • 84°
  • 67°

Plenty of sun

Wednesday
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  • 78°
  • 62°

Afternoon thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 76°
  • 60°

Mix of sun and clouds

Friday
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  • 76°
  • 62°

Morning thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 79°
  • 66°

Times of sun and clouds

Sunday
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  • 82°
  • 71°

Mostly sunny

Monday
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  • 90°
  • 70°

Isolated thunderstorms

Currently in Quincy as of

  • 66°(Feels like 66°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: WSW @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 29.86 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:39:53 am
  • Sunset: 08:38:36 pm
  • Humidity: 93
  • Visibility: 6 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Macomb

Tuesday
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  • 82°
  • 61°

Mostly sunny

Wednesday
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  • 76°
  • 58°

Showers and thunderstorms late

Thursday
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  • 76°
  • 59°

Mix of sun and clouds

Friday
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  • 77°
  • 59°

Mix of sun and clouds

Saturday
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  • 79°
  • 62°

Mix of sun and clouds

Sunday
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  • 82°
  • 67°

A few thunderstorms possible

Monday
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  • 84°
  • 67°

A few thunderstorms possible

Currently in Macomb as of

  • 64°(Feels like 64°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: WSW @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 29.85 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:35:00 am
  • Sunset: 08:37:27 pm
  • Humidity: 99
  • Visibility: 5 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Pittsfield

Tuesday
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  • 85°
  • 67°

Plenty of sun

Wednesday
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  • 75°
  • 63°

Showers and thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 75°
  • 60°

Times of sun and clouds

Friday
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  • 78°
  • 62°

Mix of sun and clouds

Saturday
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  • 80°
  • 66°

Mix of sun and clouds

Sunday
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  • 82°
  • 69°

A few thunderstorms possible

Monday
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  • 84°
  • 70°

Scattered thunderstorms

Currently in Pittsfield as of

  • 67°(Feels like 67°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: @ 0 mph
  • Barometer: 29.87 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:38:23 am
  • Sunset: 08:35:08 pm
  • Humidity: 90
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

7-Day Forecast: Hannibal

Tuesday
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  • 87°
  • 67°

Plenty of sun

Wednesday
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  • 78°
  • 63°

Thunderstorms

Thursday
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  • 77°
  • 62°

Times of sun and clouds

Friday
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  • 78°
  • 63°

Afternoon showers and thunderstorms

Saturday
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  • 82°
  • 67°

Mix of sun and clouds

Sunday
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  • 84°
  • 69°

Times of sun and clouds

Monday
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  • 87°
  • 70°

Scattered thunderstorms possible

Currently in Hannibal as of

  • 68°(Feels like 68°)
  • Clear
  • Wind: WSW @ 6 mph
  • Barometer: 29.87 in.
  • Sunrise: 05:40:50 am
  • Sunset: 08:38:04 pm
  • Humidity: 88
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • UV Index: 0

Regional Conditions

Quincy
66°
Macomb
64°
Pittsfield
67°
Hannibal
68°
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    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.
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  • 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...
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    O'BRIEN: No need for secrecy in alleged shooter's first court appearance

    Friday, June 12 2015 10:33 AM EDT2015-06-12 14:33:37 GMT
    A month and a day after he was arrested in Mesa, Ariz., Steson Crider made his first appearance Thursday in Adams County Circuit Court. It's too bad no one other than law enforcement officials and court workers were...
    A month and a day after he was arrested in Mesa, Ariz., Steson Crider made his first appearance Thursday in Adams County Circuit Court. It's too bad no one other than law enforcement officials and court workers...
  • 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."
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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...
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  • 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....
  • EIGHINGER: Late night won't be the same without Letterman

    EIGHINGER: Late night won't be the same without Letterman

    Monday, May 11 2015 10:08 AM EDT2015-05-11 14:08:18 GMT
    Part of me says it's nothing more than another example of advancing years. Another part of me, however, feels like I'm losing a friend who has been around forever. David Letterman and his often zany late-night...
    Part of me says it's nothing more than another example of advancing years. Another part of me, however, feels like I'm losing a friend who has been around forever. David Letterman and his often zany late-night...
  • WILSON: EPA rulings on fuel standards, water will affect everyone

    WILSON: EPA rulings on fuel standards, water will affect everyone

    Saturday, May 9 2015 10:00 PM EDT2015-05-10 02:00:12 GMT
    Washington, D.C., often is perceived as a far-off place that's not connected to most people's everyday life. Recent news about the EPA preparing final rules shows how things in the nation's capitol often make...
    Washington, D.C., often is perceived as a far-off place that's not connected to most people's everyday life. Recent news about the EPA preparing final rules shows how things in the nation's capitol often make...
  • O'BRIEN: Domino effect of jail attack includes lengthy prison sentences, new Adams County facility

    O'BRIEN: Domino effect of jail attack includes lengthy prison sentences, new Adams County facility

    Their plan to get out of jail wasn't a good one. Matlick filed a toothbrush into a homemade knife, while Ray was carrying a sharpened pencil the afternoon of July 27. The men intended to attack a female corrections officer, take her hostage and flee...
    Their plan to get out of jail wasn't a good one. Matlick filed a toothbrush into a homemade knife, while Ray was carrying a sharpened pencil the afternoon of July 27. The men intended to attack a female corrections officer, take her hostage and flee...
  • EIGHINGER: Mother's Day always will remain special

    EIGHINGER: Mother's Day always will remain special

    Thursday, May 7 2015 2:58 PM EDT2015-05-07 18:58:21 GMT
    My best friend was my mom for the first 50 years of my life. I'm not embarrassed to say that. In fact, I'm rather proud. She always had my back, but she also would never hesitate to kick my butt. Even after I...
    My best friend was my mom for the first 50 years of my life. I'm not embarrassed to say that. In fact, I'm rather proud. She always had my back, but she also would never hesitate to kick my butt. Even after I...
  • HUSAR: Remnant from old train depot offers glimpse into Quincy's past

    HUSAR: Remnant from old train depot offers glimpse into Quincy's past

    Wednesday, May 6 2015 8:49 AM EDT2015-05-06 12:49:08 GMT
    A prized artifact from Quincy's architectural past is flying high once again. A weather vane that stood atop a 147-foot steeple rising from the long-gone Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot is...
    A prized artifact from Quincy's architectural past is flying high once again. A weather vane that stood atop a 147-foot steeple rising from the long-gone Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad depot is...
  • O'BRIEN: Facebook proving to be good resource to catch criminals

    O'BRIEN: Facebook proving to be good resource to catch criminals

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 12:05 PM EDT2015-05-05 16:05:22 GMT
    Of all of the things that the Internet has given us, it's difficult to argue that Facebook isn't the best thing on the World Wide Web. Without Facebook, we would have no idea how those old high school and college...
    Of all of the things that the Internet has given us, it's difficult to argue that Facebook isn't the best thing on the World Wide Web. Without Facebook, we would have no idea how those old high school and college...
  • EIGHINGER: Vietnam anniversaries rekindle both memories, questions

    EIGHINGER: Vietnam anniversaries rekindle both memories, questions

    Monday, May 4 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-05-04 13:06:50 GMT
    Did you notice late last week was the 40th anniversary of the end of the conflict in Vietnam? That news struck a raw nerve for some of us. Growing up with Vietnam as a backdrop to your formative years was bound to...
    Did you notice late last week was the 40th anniversary of the end of the conflict in Vietnam? That news struck a raw nerve for some of us. Growing up with Vietnam as a backdrop to your formative years was bound to...
  • HOPF: Aldermen must step up with institutional knowledge

    HOPF: Aldermen must step up with institutional knowledge

    Monday, May 4 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-05-04 13:06:26 GMT
     The Quincy City Council will be losing its longest-serving alderman -- with 30 years of institutional knowledge about city and state finances -- after Steve Duesterhaus attends his final meeting Monday ...
     The Quincy City Council will be losing its longest-serving alderman -- with 30 years of institutional knowledge about city and state finances -- after Steve Duesterhaus attends his final meeting Monday ...
  • O'BRIEN: Woman, 101, wouldn't want to live anywhere but Quincy

    O'BRIEN: Woman, 101, wouldn't want to live anywhere but Quincy

    Friday, May 1 2015 10:18 AM EDT2015-05-01 14:18:13 GMT
    Juanita Wright's earliest moments of living in Quincy harken back to the days when only Model T and Model A Fords cruised the city streets. She moved to Quincy in the middle of the Great Depression in 1935. With...
    Juanita Wright's earliest moments of living in Quincy harken back to the days when only Model T and Model A Fords cruised the city streets. She moved to Quincy in the middle of the Great Depression in 1935. With...
  • EIGHINGER: Finally, some good news for fatheads

    EIGHINGER: Finally, some good news for fatheads

    Thursday, April 30 2015 5:33 PM EDT2015-04-30 21:33:02 GMT
    Growing up, I got used to being the butt of many jokes about the size of my head. Later in life, I was regularly subjected to ridicule about the immenseness of my noggin, even while on the job. The most common phrase I...
    Growing up, I got used to being the butt of many jokes about the size of my head. Later in life, I was regularly subjected to ridicule about the immenseness of my noggin, even while on the job. The most common phrase I...
  • THOMPSON: The price of a little selfie improvement

    THOMPSON: The price of a little selfie improvement

    Wednesday, April 29 2015 9:12 AM EDT2015-04-29 13:12:20 GMT
    The ability to have blemishes, rolls and wrinkles erased with a single click is no longer reserved for people appearing on glossy magazine pages. Apps such as Facetune now allow the average selfie-taker to retouch their photos beyond simple adjustments...
    The ability to have blemishes, rolls and wrinkles erased with a single click is no longer reserved for people appearing on glossy magazine pages. Apps such as Facetune now allow the average selfie-taker to retouch their photos beyond simple adjustments...
  • O'BRIEN: Quincy man ready to go medieval at international event

    O'BRIEN: Quincy man ready to go medieval at international event

    Tuesday, April 28 2015 10:37 AM EDT2015-04-28 14:37:38 GMT
    Think you have trouble getting your luggage through airport security? Try getting 85 pounds of armor and various swords past the fine folks with the Transportation Safety Administration. So goes the life of Quincy's...
    Think you have trouble getting your luggage through airport security? Try getting 85 pounds of armor and various swords past the fine folks with the Transportation Safety Administration. So goes the life of Quincy's...
  • EIGHINGER: I'm doing my best with this texting thing

    EIGHINGER: I'm doing my best with this texting thing

    Monday, April 27 2015 10:09 AM EDT2015-04-27 14:09:18 GMT
    Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me would probably acknowledge I am rather deficient when it comes to anything dealing with technology. I long for the return of typewriters and rotary phones, but I gladly...
    Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me would probably acknowledge I am rather deficient when it comes to anything dealing with technology. I long for the return of typewriters and rotary phones, but I gladly...
  • WILSON: Who's getting excited about Rauner's right-to-work plan?

    WILSON: Who's getting excited about Rauner's right-to-work plan?

    Monday, April 27 2015 8:40 AM EDT2015-04-27 12:40:09 GMT
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's idea of creating right-to-work zones is energizing lots of people -- not all on the same side of the issue. Rauner proposed during his campaign last year that ...
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's idea of creating right-to-work zones is energizing lots of people -- not all on the same side of the issue. Rauner proposed during his campaign last year that ...
  • O'BRIEN: Without witnesses, crime victims have little chance at justice

    O'BRIEN: Without witnesses, crime victims have little chance at justice

    Friday, April 24 2015 9:16 AM EDT2015-04-24 13:16:59 GMT
    Dozens of people were ushered out of the Twilight Zone, 906 Hampshire, in downtown Quincy at about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 after a fight inside the club. As people filled into the street minutes after the fight, gunshots rang out...
    Dozens of people were ushered out of the Twilight Zone, 906 Hampshire, in downtown Quincy at about 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 after a fight inside the club. As people filled into the street minutes after the fight, gunshots rang out...
  • EIGHINGER: Anger issues got the best of them

    EIGHINGER: Anger issues got the best of them

    Thursday, April 23 2015 11:00 AM EDT2015-04-23 15:00:25 GMT
    At some time or another, everyone's temper gets the best of them, including two of our three "Morons of the Month." And the third medal winner this month? Well, I believe this will be the first recipient we have...
    At some time or another, everyone's temper gets the best of them, including two of our three "Morons of the Month." And the third medal winner this month? Well, I believe this will be the first recipient we have...
  • HUSAR: Garden grant means hands-on learning for Transitions students

    HUSAR: Garden grant means hands-on learning for Transitions students

    Wednesday, April 22 2015 9:42 AM EDT2015-04-22 13:42:01 GMT
    Annette Smith is looking forward to seeing her students get their hands dirty and learn something at the same time. A new container garden project at Transitions School will help put students in touch with agriculture...
    Annette Smith is looking forward to seeing her students get their hands dirty and learn something at the same time. A new container garden project at Transitions School will help put students in touch with agriculture...
  • O'BRIEN: We can all learn from ESPN reporter's actions

    O'BRIEN: We can all learn from ESPN reporter's actions

    Tuesday, April 21 2015 10:15 AM EDT2015-04-21 14:15:54 GMT
    The name Britt McHenry didn't mean much to many people before last Thursday. She is a reporter for ESPN, or as McHenry put it in a confrontation with a tow truck company worker, "I'm in the news, sweetheart." ...
    The name Britt McHenry didn't mean much to many people before last Thursday. She is a reporter for ESPN, or as McHenry put it in a confrontation with a tow truck company worker, "I'm in the news, sweetheart." ...
  • EIGHINGER: A phone call that should have been made

    EIGHINGER: A phone call that should have been made

    Monday, April 20 2015 8:15 AM EDT2015-04-20 12:15:54 GMT
    I will always wish I had made that phone call to Mrs. Channell. I'm pretty sure everyone has -- or had -- a Mrs. Channell in their life, that special someone who influenced them like no other outside their immediate...
    I will always wish I had made that phone call to Mrs. Channell. I'm pretty sure everyone has -- or had -- a Mrs. Channell in their life, that special someone who influenced them like no other outside their immediate...
  • HOPF: Council doesn't vote partisan despite party affiliations

    HOPF: Council doesn't vote partisan despite party affiliations

    Sunday, April 19 2015 2:46 PM EDT2015-04-19 18:46:55 GMT
    When Jeff VanCamp is seated on the Quincy City Council early next month, it will mark the first time -- at least in the memory of longtime city watchers -- that an alderman will be neither a Democratic nor a Republican. VanCamp, a Quincy ...
    When Jeff VanCamp is seated on the Quincy City Council early next month, it will mark the first time -- at least in the memory of longtime city watchers -- that an alderman will be neither a Democratic nor a Republican. VanCamp, a Quincy ...
  • O'BRIEN: Star Wars fan ready to sell massive collection of memorabilia

    O'BRIEN: Star Wars fan ready to sell massive collection of memorabilia

    Friday, April 17 2015 9:33 AM EDT2015-04-17 13:33:17 GMT
    Jacob Messmer has finally come to the crossroads that confronts many collectors: It's time to let it go. For me, that meant getting rid of a huge collection of baseball cards about 25 years ago. For Messmer, it's...
    Jacob Messmer has finally come to the crossroads that confronts many collectors: It's time to let it go. For me, that meant getting rid of a huge collection of baseball cards about 25 years ago. For Messmer, it's...
  • EIGHINGER: Losing a favorite TV series can test emotions

    EIGHINGER: Losing a favorite TV series can test emotions

    Thursday, April 16 2015 9:47 AM EDT2015-04-16 13:47:05 GMT

    Earlier this week, I watched the series finale of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, "Justified" on FX. When one of your treasured, must-see programs comes to an end, it can be like your best friend moving away or ...

    Earlier this week, I watched the series finale of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, "Justified" on FX. When one of your treasured, must-see programs comes to an end, it can be like your best friend moving away or ...
  • HUSAR: Memories of 1965 flood come rushing back through series of color images

    HUSAR: Memories of 1965 flood come rushing back through series of color images

    Wednesday, April 15 2015 11:01 AM EDT2015-04-15 15:01:34 GMT
    Fifty years ago this week, Daryl Waite snapped his camera's shutter and captured a moment that remains as vivid in his memory as the Kodachrome slides he created. The date was April 17, 1965. The location was northern Adams County...
    Fifty years ago this week, Daryl Waite snapped his camera's shutter and captured a moment that remains as vivid in his memory as the Kodachrome slides he created. The date was April 17, 1965. The location was northern Adams County...
  • O'BRIEN: Looking at pregnant grandmothers, golf phenoms and one big treat

    O'BRIEN: Looking at pregnant grandmothers, golf phenoms and one big treat

    Tuesday, April 14 2015 10:12 AM EDT2015-04-14 14:12:31 GMT
    We're always looking for more, aren't we? We'd love to have a little more money in our paycheck. Maybe sleep a few more hours on the weekend. We'd love to do more with the time we have. How about more...
    We're always looking for more, aren't we? We'd love to have a little more money in our paycheck. Maybe sleep a few more hours on the weekend. We'd love to do more with the time we have. How about more...
  • EIGHINGER: Spring's not necessarily all that great

    EIGHINGER: Spring's not necessarily all that great

    Monday, April 13 2015 12:07 PM EDT2015-04-13 16:07:19 GMT
    Spring has finally sprung. The temperatures are now regularly flirting with the 70s, and on some days it's almost muggy. The Cardinals are playing baseball again, and the Cubs are trying. What's not to like? ...
    Spring has finally sprung. The temperatures are now regularly flirting with the 70s, and on some days it's almost muggy. The Cardinals are playing baseball again, and the Cubs are trying. What's not to like? ...
  • WILSON: Political science looks more like chaos theory at times

    WILSON: Political science looks more like chaos theory at times

    Sunday, April 12 2015 2:04 AM EDT2015-04-12 06:04:21 GMT
    Picking all of the winners and losers in a local election can be just as difficult as putting together a perfect bracket for the NCAA basketball tournament. 
    Picking all of the winners and losers in a local election can be just as difficult as putting together a perfect bracket for the NCAA basketball tournament. 
  • EIGHINGER: It's time again to pass that virtual menu

    EIGHINGER: It's time again to pass that virtual menu

    Thursday, April 9 2015 10:29 AM EDT2015-04-09 14:29:39 GMT
    I'm hungry, so it must be time for the first of our four virtual seasonal lunches that allow breaking bread with those in the public eye. If nothing else, this proves what I do is (ful)filling. Pass the menu,...
    I'm hungry, so it must be time for the first of our four virtual seasonal lunches that allow breaking bread with those in the public eye. If nothing else, this proves what I do is (ful)filling. Pass the menu,...
  • THOMPSON: Breaking up with your first is hard to do

    THOMPSON: Breaking up with your first is hard to do

    Wednesday, April 8 2015 10:26 AM EDT2015-04-08 14:26:26 GMT
    It isn't easy for me to tell you this, but it's for the best. What I'm about to say is going to hurt you. I know it will. The last four years have brought us good and bad times, happiness and sorrow. I...
    It isn't easy for me to tell you this, but it's for the best. What I'm about to say is going to hurt you. I know it will. The last four years have brought us good and bad times, happiness and sorrow. I...
  • O'BRIEN: Hitting triple digits unlikely goal for many

    O'BRIEN: Hitting triple digits unlikely goal for many

    Tuesday, April 7 2015 10:20 AM EDT2015-04-07 14:20:22 GMT
    I was a grade schooler when I set the goal to be around for America's tricentennial. I must have been bummed out about missing all of the fun and cool fireworks displayed when America turned 200 in 1976 when I was only...
    I was a grade schooler when I set the goal to be around for America's tricentennial. I must have been bummed out about missing all of the fun and cool fireworks displayed when America turned 200 in 1976 when I was only...
  • 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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