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  • LOOKIN' GOOD: Friends help haul paver materials for fire pit project

    LOOKIN' GOOD: Friends help haul paver materials for fire pit project

    Sunday, July 26 2015 1:13 AM EDT2015-07-26 05:13:11 GMT
    QUINCY -- Ray and Mary Ann Hirst have an improved backyard -- with a little help from their friends. A fire pit in the Hirsts' backyard now has paving stones around it, a pair of retaining walls and some terraced flower beds. Ray Hirst researched the project, designed it and did most of the work.
    QUINCY -- Ray and Mary Ann Hirst have an improved backyard -- with a little help from their friends. A fire pit in the Hirsts' backyard now has paving stones around it, a pair of retaining walls and some terraced flower beds. Ray Hirst researched the project, designed it and did most of the work.
  • LOOKIN' GOOD: Mount Sterling teen opts for fixer-upper instead of truck

    LOOKIN' GOOD: Mount Sterling teen opts for fixer-upper instead of truck

    Sunday, July 19 2015 12:53 AM EDT2015-07-19 04:53:13 GMT
    MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Many 18-year-old young men focus on buying a truck, but not David Kozak. He bought a fixer-upper in January 2014 in Mount Sterling as a way to learn home repair and remodeling skills by working with his dad.
    MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Many 18-year-old young men focus on buying a truck, but not David Kozak. He bought a fixer-upper in January 2014 in Mount Sterling as a way to learn home repair and remodeling skills by working with his dad.
  • LOOKIN' GOOD: With grandson's help, couple sheds veneer brick by brick

    LOOKIN' GOOD: With grandson's help, couple sheds veneer brick by brick

    Sunday, July 12 2015 1:34 AM EDT2015-07-12 05:34:36 GMT
    QUINCY -- Judi Maas had finally become tired of looking at the brick veneer on the outside of her home at 2042 Spring. She and her husband, Bill, had lived in the 1,350 square-foot bungalow since 1981 and had made many changes to the interior of the structure. Last fall, it was finally time to tackle the outside.
    QUINCY -- Judi Maas had finally become tired of looking at the brick veneer on the outside of her home at 2042 Spring. She and her husband, Bill, had lived in the 1,350 square-foot bungalow since 1981 and had made many changes to the interior of the structure. Last fall, it was finally time to tackle the outside.
  • LOOKIN' GOOD: New windows, siding getting rave reviews from neighbors

    LOOKIN' GOOD: New windows, siding getting rave reviews from neighbors

    Sunday, July 5 2015 1:02 AM EDT2015-07-05 05:02:16 GMT
    Sandy Gilbert has wanted to update the exterior of her home on Quincy's east side since her family moved in 14 years ago. She recently got her wish with new windows, new vinyl siding and a newly landscaped front lawn. The improvements are being noticed by neighbors. "I'm sure they're thinking to themselves, ‘Well, thank God they're finally doing something," Gilbert said with a laugh.
    Sandy Gilbert has wanted to update the exterior of her home on Quincy's east side since her family moved in 14 years ago. She recently got her wish with new windows, new vinyl siding and a newly landscaped front lawn. The improvements are being noticed by neighbors. "I'm sure they're thinking to themselves, ‘Well, thank God they're finally doing something," Gilbert said with a laugh.
  • LOOKIN' GOOD: New features transform bare backyard

    LOOKIN' GOOD: New features transform bare backyard

    Sunday, June 28 2015 1:23 AM EDT2015-06-28 05:23:20 GMT
    Josh Hucklenbrick loves to spend time in his backyard -- especially now that he and his wife, Danielle, made some major enhancements. When Hucklenbrick first moved into his grandfather's former home four years ago, the yard was mainly a sea of grass. But now the yard features a new deck made from recycled wood, an attractive privacy fence, a meandering brick walkway, a new patio fashioned out of brick pavers and a brick fire pit.
    Josh Hucklenbrick loves to spend time in his backyard -- especially now that he and his wife, Danielle, made some major enhancements. When Hucklenbrick first moved into his grandfather's former home four years ago, the yard was mainly a sea of grass. But now the yard features a new deck made from recycled wood, an attractive privacy fence, a meandering brick walkway, a new patio fashioned out of brick pavers and a brick fire pit.

  • LOOKIN' GOOD: First-time homeowner spruces up home on Oak

    LOOKIN' GOOD: First-time homeowner spruces up home on Oak

    Sunday, June 21 2015 12:39 AM EDT2015-06-21 04:39:36 GMT
    Emily Bastert knew the tall bushes blocking the view from her Oak Street home had to go, so the first-time homeowner employed the help of a friend to remove the shrubbery. "He actually used a truck and ripped them out," Bastert said.
    Emily Bastert knew the tall bushes blocking the view from her Oak Street home had to go, so the first-time homeowner employed the help of a friend to remove the shrubbery. "He actually used a truck and ripped them out," Bastert said.

  • LOOKIN' GOOD: Flachs family loves outdoor-related activities, projects

    LOOKIN' GOOD: Flachs family loves outdoor-related activities, projects

    Sue Flachs pulls no punches when it comes to her family's lifestyle. "We're not TV people," she said. "We're outdoors every night that we can be. We live more outside than inside from April through November." That mindset is what made Sue so appreciative of the work her husband, Jack, 60, and their son, Jack Jr., 37, did to rebuild their sizable deck as part of an overall backyard project.
    Sue Flachs pulls no punches when it comes to her family's lifestyle. "We're not TV people," she said. "We're outdoors every night that we can be. We live more outside than inside from April through November." That mindset is what made Sue so appreciative of the work her husband, Jack, 60, and their son, Jack Jr., 37, did to rebuild their sizable deck as part of an overall backyard project.

  • LOOKIN' GOOD: Construction projects that took five years beautify home on Spring Street

    LOOKIN' GOOD: Construction projects that took five years beautify home on Spring Street

    Sunday, June 7 2015 1:16 AM EDT2015-06-07 05:16:36 GMT
    Steve Moore said the home improvement projects he and his wife, Jennifer, have finished took a little longer than they expected. "It's been about a five-year project," Moore said.
    Steve Moore said the home improvement projects he and his wife, Jennifer, have finished took a little longer than they expected. "It's been about a five-year project," Moore said.
  • LOOKIN' GOOD: Improvements that 'needed to be done' lead to weekly win

    LOOKIN' GOOD: Improvements that 'needed to be done' lead to weekly win

    Sunday, May 31 2015 1:23 AM EDT2015-05-31 05:23:52 GMT
    Cynthia Daniel says it was time to make changes at her Quincy home. The end result impressed more than just Daniel. It was enough to make Daniel and her project the Week 1 winner in this year's Lookin' Good Contest. The Herald-Whig and First Bankers Trust sponsor the 27th annual property pride contest.
    Cynthia Daniel says it was time to make changes at her Quincy home. The end result impressed more than just Daniel. It was enough to make Daniel and her project the Week 1 winner in this year's Lookin' Good Contest. The Herald-Whig and First Bankers Trust sponsor the 27th annual property pride contest.

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  • Friends share magical flair at fair

    Friends share magical flair at fair

    Sunday, August 2 2015 12:11 AM EDT2015-08-02 04:11:38 GMT
    Zach Bunch and Nate Gilbert have developed a magical relationship. The two 14-year-old Quincy boys are partners in Z&N Magic Productions. They've been wowing crowds this week at the Adams County Fair with a series of daily shows featuring classic illusions, card tricks and mind-reading gags.
    Zach Bunch and Nate Gilbert have developed a magical relationship. The two 14-year-old Quincy boys are partners in Z&N Magic Productions. They've been wowing crowds this week at the Adams County Fair with a series of daily shows featuring classic illusions, card tricks and mind-reading gags.
  • U.S. 54 Champ Clark Bridge to close during the day Aug. 10-13

    U.S. 54 Champ Clark Bridge to close during the day Aug. 10-13

    Sunday, August 2 2015 1:40 AM EDT2015-08-02 05:40:46 GMT
    The Champ Clark Bridge will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10-13 so the Missouri Department of Transportation can conduct its annual in-depth inspection on the span.
    The Champ Clark Bridge will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10-13 so the Missouri Department of Transportation can conduct its annual in-depth inspection on the span.
  • Rauner counsel, union debate vetoed bill

    Rauner counsel, union debate vetoed bill

    Sunday, August 2 2015 12:56 AM EDT2015-08-02 04:56:14 GMT
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's general counsel said legislation vetoed last week would have "stripped the governor's collective bargaining powers," and potentially cost the state billions of dollars. Jason Barclay said Senate Bill 1229 was designed to give unions the power to walk away from contract talks and seek "interest arbitration" by an unelected party who is not accountable to taxpayers or voters.
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's general counsel said legislation vetoed last week would have "stripped the governor's collective bargaining powers," and potentially cost the state billions of dollars. Jason Barclay said Senate Bill 1229 was designed to give unions the power to walk away from contract talks and seek "interest arbitration" by an unelected party who is not accountable to taxpayers or voters.
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