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  • New leader of Mississippi Valley Council of Boy Scouts coming from New Jersey

    New leader of Mississippi Valley Council of Boy Scouts coming from New Jersey

    Friday, October 24 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-10-24 13:05:39 GMT
    The Mississippi Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America has a new leader. Todd Lamison has been appointed scout executive/CEO of the council, which is based in Quincy and oversees scouting in West-Central Illinois,...
    The Mississippi Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America has a new leader. Todd Lamison has been appointed scout executive/CEO of the council, which is based in Quincy and oversees scouting in West-Central Illinois,...
  • Driver uninjured in semi-truck accident on U.S. 61 near LaGrange

    Driver uninjured in semi-truck accident on U.S. 61 near LaGrange

    Friday, October 24 2014 9:04 AM EDT2014-10-24 13:04:02 GMT
    Traffic was backed up for more than a mile Thursday after a truck left went of the left side of U.S. 61, north of LaGrange, Mo., crossed the median and jackknifed in the northbound lane shortly before noon.
    Traffic was backed up for more than a mile Thursday after a truck left went of the left side of U.S. 61, north of LaGrange, Mo., crossed the median and jackknifed in the northbound lane shortly before noon.
  • Unemployment rates continue downward pattern

    Unemployment rates continue downward pattern

    Friday, October 24 2014 9:02 AM EDT2014-10-24 13:02:20 GMT
    West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri counties have received more good news on the employment front. The release of September unemployment rates saw lower numbers again in four West-Central Illinois counties and...
    West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri counties have received more good news on the employment front. The release of September unemployment rates saw lower numbers again in four West-Central Illinois counties and...
  • Thirty years later, journey along Mississippi River begins anew for author

    Thirty years later, journey along Mississippi River begins anew for author

    Thursday, October 23 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-10-23 21:14:03 GMT
    Author Eddy L. Harris traveled the length of the Mississippi River 30 years ago, and now he's doing it again. However, an independent film and production crew traveling with Harris this time, documenting not only...
    Author Eddy L. Harris traveled the length of the Mississippi River 30 years ago, and now he's doing it again. However, an independent film and production crew traveling with Harris this time, documenting not only...
  • Niekamp chastises Erwin for referendum-related comment on radio show

    Niekamp chastises Erwin for referendum-related comment on radio show

    Thursday, October 23 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-10-23 13:53:16 GMT
    Quincy School Board member Melvin "Bud" Niekamp chastised the board's president, Stephanie Erwin, during the public comment portion of Wednesday's meeting for a comment she made on an Oct. 1 morning radio show. ...
    Quincy School Board member Melvin "Bud" Niekamp chastised the board's president, Stephanie Erwin, during the public comment portion of Wednesday's meeting for a comment she made on an Oct. 1 morning radio show. ...
  • Quincy School Board approves resolution outlining how bond issue savings would be used

    Quincy School Board approves resolution outlining how bond issue savings would be used

    Thursday, October 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-10-23 13:35:08 GMT
    The $89 million bond issue appearing on the Nov. 4 election ballot dominated the discussion at Wednesday night's Quincy School Board meeting. One action taken by the board involved passing a resolution outlining how the district would use the operational savings and proceeds from the sale of unneeded property if voters approve the bond issue.
    The $89 million bond issue appearing on the Nov. 4 election ballot dominated the discussion at Wednesday night's Quincy School Board meeting. One action taken by the board involved passing a resolution outlining how the district would use the operational savings and proceeds from the sale of unneeded property if voters approve the bond issue.
  • Quincy School Board votes to support school aid reform legislation

    Quincy School Board votes to support school aid reform legislation

    Thursday, October 23 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-10-23 13:00:02 GMT
    The Quincy School Board passed a resolution Wednesday in support of legislation that would revamp the state's school aid formula. By passing the resolution, the board is joining forces with a coalition of school...
    The Quincy School Board passed a resolution Wednesday in support of legislation that would revamp the state's school aid formula. By passing the resolution, the board is joining forces with a coalition of school...
  • Auditor says Quincy School District's financial profile score worse than last year

    Auditor says Quincy School District's financial profile score worse than last year

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 11:22 AM EDT2014-10-22 15:22:40 GMT
    An auditor says the Quincy School District's financial profile score worsened a little in the past year, but the district continues to be in relatively good financial health. Auditor Valerie Flynn told the School...
    An auditor says the Quincy School District's financial profile score worsened a little in the past year, but the district continues to be in relatively good financial health. Auditor Valerie Flynn told the School...
  • Sister City Commission fundraiser aims to strengthen student exchange program

    Sister City Commission fundraiser aims to strengthen student exchange program

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-10-22 15:04:50 GMT
    Quincy's Sister City Commission is holding a fundraiser Friday night at Tony's Too restaurant at the Holiday Inn to generate funds to strengthen its student exchange program. The Sister City Commission helps...
    Quincy's Sister City Commission is holding a fundraiser Friday night at Tony's Too restaurant at the Holiday Inn to generate funds to strengthen its student exchange program. The Sister City Commission helps...
  • Hannibal convenience store clerk hurt in armed robbery

    Hannibal convenience store clerk hurt in armed robbery

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-10-22 14:17:39 GMT
    A convenience store employee was injured during an armed robbery about 10 p.m. Tuesday at Murphy USA in front of Wal-Mart at 3660 Stardust. An extensive search of the area was made trying to find the robber, but no suspect had been arrested yet Wednesday morning.
    A convenience store employee was injured during an armed robbery about 10 p.m. Tuesday at Murphy USA in front of Wal-Mart at 3660 Stardust. An extensive search of the area was made trying to find the robber, but no suspect had been arrested yet Wednesday morning.
  • Library officials, employees to meet with mediator to try to reach deal

    Library officials, employees to meet with mediator to try to reach deal

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-10-22 14:12:21 GMT
    Representatives of the Quincy Public Library and its employees union will meet with a federal mediator Friday in an attempt to avoid a strike. Ross Miller, business representative for the International Association of...
    Representatives of the Quincy Public Library and its employees union will meet with a federal mediator Friday in an attempt to avoid a strike. Ross Miller, business representative for the International Association of...
  • 'Biggest Loser' contestant 'Big Vinny' visits Quincy to promote music in schools

    'Biggest Loser' contestant 'Big Vinny' visits Quincy to promote music in schools

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-10-22 12:46:46 GMT
    At first, Vinny Hickerson had to help himself. Now he's busy helping others. Hickerson — also known as “Big Vinny” — gained national fame three years ago when he lost 205 pounds on the NBC reality weight-loss series “Biggest Loser.” Now he is a motivational speaker, part of the Trailer Choir country band and advocate for keeping music in schools through his connection to the non-profit “Music With A Mission” project.
    At first, Vinny Hickerson had to help himself. Now he's busy helping others. Hickerson — also known as “Big Vinny” — gained national fame three years ago when he lost 205 pounds on the NBC reality weight-loss series “Biggest Loser.” Now he is a motivational speaker, part of the Trailer Choir country band and advocate for keeping music in schools through his connection to the non-profit “Music With A Mission” project.
  • Committee prefers sales tax funding option for new Adams County jail

    Committee prefers sales tax funding option for new Adams County jail

    Wednesday, October 22 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-10-22 04:25:06 GMT
    The committee formed to explore the potential construction of a new jail in Adams County will explore potential funding and financing methods for a new facility. The Jail Exploratory Committee agreed Tuesday that a sales...
    The committee formed to explore the potential construction of a new jail in Adams County will explore potential funding and financing methods for a new facility. The Jail Exploratory Committee agreed Tuesday that a sales...
  • Hannibal City Council gives OK to close businesses with delinquent licenses

    Hannibal City Council gives OK to close businesses with delinquent licenses

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-10-22 02:48:04 GMT
    The Hannibal City Council on Tuesday granted the city collector's request to authorize closing businesses that do not file a current business license within the next month. City Collector Phyllis Nelson said 30 merchants had not renewed or acquired current licenses by Tuesday's meeting.
    The Hannibal City Council on Tuesday granted the city collector's request to authorize closing businesses that do not file a current business license within the next month. City Collector Phyllis Nelson said 30 merchants had not renewed or acquired current licenses by Tuesday's meeting.
  • Tennessee man identified as tugboat worker who drowned in Mississippi River

    Tennessee man identified as tugboat worker who drowned in Mississippi River

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 6:00 PM EDT2014-10-21 22:00:10 GMT
    The body found Monday afternoon in the Mississippi River across from La Grange, Mo., has been identified as 20-year-old Jacob Climer of Henderson, Tenn.
    The body found Monday afternoon in the Mississippi River across from La Grange, Mo., has been identified as 20-year-old Jacob Climer of Henderson, Tenn.
  • Warsaw man stabbed after argument with man he had been fishing with

    Warsaw man stabbed after argument with man he had been fishing with

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-10-21 15:20:32 GMT
    WARSAW, Ill. — An arrest was made early Tuesday morning in connection to a stabbing Monday night of a 40-year-old Warsaw man at a home at 10th and Crawford.Dorrance Smysor, 67, of Elmwood was arrested at 5 a.m. Tuesday in Elmwood by an officer with Warsaw Police Department and a Hancock County Sheriff's Department deputy. Smysor is lodged in the Hancock County Jail.Brial Cleer was airlifted from the scene to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment of multiple stab wounds, according to polic...
    WARSAW, Ill. — An arrest was made early Tuesday morning in connection to a stabbing Monday night of a 40-year-old Warsaw man at a home at 10th and Crawford.Dorrance Smysor, 67, of Elmwood was arrested at 5 a.m. Tuesday in Elmwood by an officer with Warsaw Police Department and a Hancock County Sheriff's Department deputy. Smysor is lodged in the Hancock County Jail.Brial Cleer was airlifted from the scene to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment of multiple stab wounds, according to polic...
  • Taste of Palmyra brings crowd of 1,000

    Taste of Palmyra brings crowd of 1,000

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 11:17 AM EDT2014-10-21 15:17:55 GMT
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- Halloween is still 10 days away, but children were dressed in costumes in downtown Palmyra Monday night to celebrate the eighth annual Taste of Palmyra on Monday night. Keith Ganaway of Hannibal said he...
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- Halloween is still 10 days away, but children were dressed in costumes in downtown Palmyra Monday night to celebrate the eighth annual Taste of Palmyra on Monday night. Keith Ganaway of Hannibal said he...
  • UPDATE: Body discovered in Mississippi River believed to be missing tugboat worker

    UPDATE: Body discovered in Mississippi River believed to be missing tugboat worker

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-10-21 14:38:35 GMT
    A body pulled from the Mississippi River near LaGrange, Mo., Monday afternoon is believed to be a missing 22-year-old man who fell off a tugboat Oct. 8, said Adams County Coroner Jim Keller.
    A body pulled from the Mississippi River near LaGrange, Mo., Monday afternoon is believed to be a missing 22-year-old man who fell off a tugboat Oct. 8, said Adams County Coroner Jim Keller.
  • Local educators envision positive changes resulting from passage of bond issue

    Local educators envision positive changes resulting from passage of bond issue

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-10-21 12:51:43 GMT
    Quincy School District administrators say passage of the $89 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election would trigger positive changes from the proposal to realign grades. A lengthy discussion at Monday's Curriculum...
    Quincy School District administrators say passage of the $89 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election would trigger positive changes from the proposal to realign grades. A lengthy discussion at Monday's Curriculum...
  • School Board to consider resolution outlining use of bond issue savings

    School Board to consider resolution outlining use of bond issue savings

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 1:09 AM EDT2014-10-21 05:09:06 GMT
    The Quincy School Board will be asked Wednesday to approve a resolution outlining how it intends to use the operational savings and proceeds from the sale of unneeded property if voters approve the $89 million bond issue...
    The Quincy School Board will be asked Wednesday to approve a resolution outlining how it intends to use the operational savings and proceeds from the sale of unneeded property if voters approve the $89 million bond issue...
  • Aldermen approve purchases of equipment for QPD officers, squad cars

    Aldermen approve purchases of equipment for QPD officers, squad cars

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 1:02 AM EDT2014-10-21 05:02:54 GMT
    Quincy aldermen unanimously approved three resolutions Monday for $23,232 of equipment and installation services for the Quincy Police Department. During a meeting that took less than 15 minutes, aldermen agreed the...
    Quincy aldermen unanimously approved three resolutions Monday for $23,232 of equipment and installation services for the Quincy Police Department. During a meeting that took less than 15 minutes, aldermen agreed the...
  • Carbon monoxide sickens students at QHS band competition

    Carbon monoxide sickens students at QHS band competition

    Monday, October 20 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-10-20 15:15:20 GMT
    Sixteen students became ill Saturday night during Quincy High School's 19th annual Octoberfest Band Competition at Flinn Stadium. Five were transported to Blessing Hospital for further evaluation. John Simon,...
    Sixteen students became ill Saturday night during Quincy High School's 19th annual Octoberfest Band Competition at Flinn Stadium. Five were transported to Blessing Hospital for further evaluation. John Simon,...
  • Sparks, Franklyn face off in only contested Adams County Board race

    Sparks, Franklyn face off in only contested Adams County Board race

    Monday, October 20 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-10-20 14:13:56 GMT
    Both candidates running in the only contested Adams County Board race say the county has done a good job keeping the property tax levy rate stable in recent years, and it needs to do what it can to maintain it. This...
    Both candidates running in the only contested Adams County Board race say the county has done a good job keeping the property tax levy rate stable in recent years, and it needs to do what it can to maintain it. This...
  • Kirksville motorcyclist injured in Shelby County accident

    Kirksville motorcyclist injured in Shelby County accident

    Monday, October 20 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-10-20 13:36:22 GMT
    SHELBYVILLE, Mo. -- A Kirksville motorcyclist was injured at 3:15 p.m. Sunday on Route K, four miles west of Shelbyville. Jeremy J. Houser, 40, was taken by Salt River Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in...
    SHELBYVILLE, Mo. -- A Kirksville motorcyclist was injured at 3:15 p.m. Sunday on Route K, four miles west of Shelbyville. Jeremy J. Houser, 40, was taken by Salt River Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in...
  • Keokuk driver injured when car runs off road near Alexandria

    Keokuk driver injured when car runs off road near Alexandria

    Monday, October 20 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-10-20 13:33:00 GMT
    ALEXANDRIA, Mo. -- A Keokuk, Iowa, driver suffered minor injuries in a one-car accident at 10:56 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 61, four miles south of Alexandria. Amanda S. Bailey, 33, was taken by Clark County Ambulance to Keokuk...
    ALEXANDRIA, Mo. -- A Keokuk, Iowa, driver suffered minor injuries in a one-car accident at 10:56 p.m. Sunday on U.S. 61, four miles south of Alexandria. Amanda S. Bailey, 33, was taken by Clark County Ambulance to Keokuk...
  • Veterans Day parade to focus on Vietnam veterans

    Veterans Day parade to focus on Vietnam veterans

    Monday, October 20 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-10-20 12:57:13 GMT
    Quincy's annual Veterans Day parade will focus this year on Vietnam veterans. The Nov. 8 event, which will work its way through downtown Quincy, will feature a grand marshal who did two tours of duty and focus on a...
    Quincy's annual Veterans Day parade will focus this year on Vietnam veterans. The Nov. 8 event, which will work its way through downtown Quincy, will feature a grand marshal who did two tours of duty and focus on a...
  • Volunteers respond to report of theft to build new wheelchair ramp for veteran

    Volunteers respond to report of theft to build new wheelchair ramp for veteran

    Monday, October 20 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-10-20 04:58:50 GMT
    Roger Rupp was incredulous when he learned his wheelchair ramp had been taken from his home two weeks ago. Rupp, a U.S. Army veteran, has multiple sclerosis. The 10-foot by 3-foot aluminum ramp helped him access a garage at the rear of his 11th Street house -- or at least it did. Quincy Police say the ramp and two handrails were swiped sometime between Oct. 5 and 6. "I really couldn't believe it," Rupp said. Neither could a group of local volunteers. After hearing about the ramp's ...
    Roger Rupp was incredulous when he learned his wheelchair ramp had been taken from his home two weeks ago. Rupp, a U.S. Army veteran, has multiple sclerosis. The 10-foot by 3-foot aluminum ramp helped him access a garage at the rear of his 11th Street house -- or at least it did. Quincy Police say the ramp and two handrails were swiped sometime between Oct. 5 and 6. "I really couldn't believe it," Rupp said. Neither could a group of local volunteers. After hearing about the ramp's ...
  • More than 800 pre-1949 cars add color to Moorman Park for Tin Dusters' final day

    More than 800 pre-1949 cars add color to Moorman Park for Tin Dusters' final day

    Monday, October 20 2014 12:46 AM EDT2014-10-20 04:46:53 GMT
    Dennis Ward shut the hood of his 1930 Ford Model A Coupe, concealing a chrome-covered engine. Ward, of Lawrence, Kan., spent 4 1/2 years building the "green-blue" street rod, which includes heating, air conditioning and "all the modern conveniences," he said. Additional legroom was not one of the amenities on list, but Ward said his wife, Donna, can easily operate the tiny coupe. "She can drive it pretty easy," Ward said. The Wards' Model A was one of about 800 candy-colored ...
    Dennis Ward shut the hood of his 1930 Ford Model A Coupe, concealing a chrome-covered engine. Ward, of Lawrence, Kan., spent 4 1/2 years building the "green-blue" street rod, which includes heating, air conditioning and "all the modern conveniences," he said. Additional legroom was not one of the amenities on list, but Ward said his wife, Donna, can easily operate the tiny coupe. "She can drive it pretty easy," Ward said. The Wards' Model A was one of about 800 candy-colored ...
  • National predictions call for heating bills to be lower this winter

    National predictions call for heating bills to be lower this winter

    Sunday, October 19 2014 1:18 AM EDT2014-10-19 05:18:34 GMT
    Heating bills are expected to be lower this winter because the deep freeze that chilled much of the nation last year is unlikely to return, U.S. Energy Department officials say. Last year, persistently low temperatures...
    Heating bills are expected to be lower this winter because the deep freeze that chilled much of the nation last year is unlikely to return, U.S. Energy Department officials say. Last year, persistently low temperatures...
  • City, restaurant working compromise on plan to replace lot damaged from Newcomb Hotel cleanup

    City, restaurant working compromise on plan to replace lot damaged from Newcomb Hotel cleanup

    Sunday, October 19 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-10-19 04:01:22 GMT
    One month after the Quincy City Council tabled a proposal to replace a 10-spot parking lot that was damaged during the demolition and cleanup of the Newcomb Hotel, the city has reached a deal with the property owner to...
    One month after the Quincy City Council tabled a proposal to replace a 10-spot parking lot that was damaged during the demolition and cleanup of the Newcomb Hotel, the city has reached a deal with the property owner to...
  • Taste of Palmyra set for Monday night

    Taste of Palmyra set for Monday night

    Saturday, October 18 2014 10:19 PM EDT2014-10-19 02:19:39 GMT
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- The eighth annual Taste of Palmyra will combine food, music and fall entertainment in downtown Palmyra Monday night. The event, hosted by the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce, features an antique tractor and...
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- The eighth annual Taste of Palmyra will combine food, music and fall entertainment in downtown Palmyra Monday night. The event, hosted by the Palmyra Chamber of Commerce, features an antique tractor and...
  • Hancock County voters electing state's attorney for unexpired term

    Hancock County voters electing state's attorney for unexpired term

    Saturday, October 18 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-10-19 02:15:49 GMT
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Hancock County will have a new state's attorney in December. Republican Jason Pohren is the sole candidate for an unexpired two-year term and will replace Stephanie Hilton, who was appointed in...
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Hancock County will have a new state's attorney in December. Republican Jason Pohren is the sole candidate for an unexpired two-year term and will replace Stephanie Hilton, who was appointed in...
  • Monster Garage Sale attracts more than 1,000 to Oakley-Lindsay Center

    Monster Garage Sale attracts more than 1,000 to Oakley-Lindsay Center

    Saturday, October 18 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-10-19 02:11:52 GMT
    Dennis Bonifield remembers the glory days of baseball card collecting, and that's why he winces when talking about the current state of the hobby. Bonifield was one of the 78 vendors on hand Saturday for The...
    Dennis Bonifield remembers the glory days of baseball card collecting, and that's why he winces when talking about the current state of the hobby. Bonifield was one of the 78 vendors on hand Saturday for The...
  • LIberty School District voters to decide fate of proposed 75-cent tax increase

    LIberty School District voters to decide fate of proposed 75-cent tax increase

    Saturday, October 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-10-19 01:51:07 GMT
    LIBERTY, Ill. -- The Liberty School District is asking voters to approve a 75-cent property tax increase in the Nov. 4 election. If approved by voters, the increase would go into effect in 2015 and generate an estimated...
    LIBERTY, Ill. -- The Liberty School District is asking voters to approve a 75-cent property tax increase in the Nov. 4 election. If approved by voters, the increase would go into effect in 2015 and generate an estimated...
  • Area hospitals putting Ebola plans in place

    Area hospitals putting Ebola plans in place

    Saturday, October 18 2014 1:55 AM EDT2014-10-18 05:55:53 GMT
    Regional health officials are confident of successfully handling any potential crisis that could arise from the Ebola scare. The virus claimed its first U.S. victim earlier last week, further heightening public concern. ...
    Regional health officials are confident of successfully handling any potential crisis that could arise from the Ebola scare. The virus claimed its first U.S. victim earlier last week, further heightening public concern. ...
  • Dot Foods, Quincy University team up to create fellowship program

    Dot Foods, Quincy University team up to create fellowship program

    Saturday, October 18 2014 1:40 AM EDT2014-10-18 05:40:52 GMT
    Quincy University and Dot Foods have jointly developed a program to give selected QU students early exposure to management careers in the food redistribution industry.
    Quincy University and Dot Foods have jointly developed a program to give selected QU students early exposure to management careers in the food redistribution industry.


  • After all these years, Early Tin Dusters weekend remains a love affair

    After all these years, Early Tin Dusters weekend remains a love affair

    Saturday, October 18 2014 1:32 AM EDT2014-10-18 05:32:46 GMT
    The love affair continues. For Darrell and Patty Knight, the third weekend of just about every October means packing up and heading to Quincy to be a part of the passion that makes the annual Early Tin Dusters Color Run...
    The love affair continues. For Darrell and Patty Knight, the third weekend of just about every October means packing up and heading to Quincy to be a part of the passion that makes the annual Early Tin Dusters Color Run...
  • With mediation in cards, Quincy Public Library workers unlikely to strike

    With mediation in cards, Quincy Public Library workers unlikely to strike

    Saturday, October 18 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-10-18 05:27:15 GMT
    Union employees at the Quincy Public Library are not expected to walk off the job this weekend after filing a notice to strike. Union and library officials expect to meet soon with a federal mediator to avert a possible...
    Union employees at the Quincy Public Library are not expected to walk off the job this weekend after filing a notice to strike. Union and library officials expect to meet soon with a federal mediator to avert a possible...
  • Early voting starts Monday in Illinois

    Early voting starts Monday in Illinois

    Saturday, October 18 2014 1:25 AM EDT2014-10-18 05:25:18 GMT
    Voters will be able to cast early ballots starting Monday for the Nov. 4 election. Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm said she expects strong interest in early voting and the general election this year, especially with a...
    Voters will be able to cast early ballots starting Monday for the Nov. 4 election. Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm said she expects strong interest in early voting and the general election this year, especially with a...
  • Quincy boy and his family experience Australian life through Make-A-Wish trip

    Quincy boy and his family experience Australian life through Make-A-Wish trip

    Friday, October 17 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-10-17 16:23:54 GMT
    It didn't take Gavin Nutt long to realize koala bears might not be as huggable as they look in pictures and on TV. "Their claws tore a hole in my shirt," he said. "My shirt was broken, but luckily I was wearing a...
    It didn't take Gavin Nutt long to realize koala bears might not be as huggable as they look in pictures and on TV. "Their claws tore a hole in my shirt," he said. "My shirt was broken, but luckily I was wearing a...
  • Eight homes featured in historic architecture tour

    Eight homes featured in historic architecture tour

    Friday, October 17 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-10-17 14:11:39 GMT
    Eight homes will be featured in Saturday's Quincy Preserves Fall Homes Tour, featuring homes with architectural styles from the 1850s to the 1950s. Barb McClain, co-chairman of the event, said one of the most...
    Eight homes will be featured in Saturday's Quincy Preserves Fall Homes Tour, featuring homes with architectural styles from the 1850s to the 1950s. Barb McClain, co-chairman of the event, said one of the most...
  • Mendon School Board gives OK to elementary school closure

    Mendon School Board gives OK to elementary school closure

    Thursday, October 16 2014 11:16 AM EDT2014-10-16 15:16:18 GMT
    In his first year as superintendent of Community School District No. 4, Brian Kurz was amazed with how the communities that make up the district in northern Adams County came together to back the Unity High School boys basketball team on its way to the state basketball tournament. Over the last few months, Kurz has been equally amazed with how the community has responded during a tougher time.
    In his first year as superintendent of Community School District No. 4, Brian Kurz was amazed with how the communities that make up the district in northern Adams County came together to back the Unity High School boys basketball team on its way to the state basketball tournament. Over the last few months, Kurz has been equally amazed with how the community has responded during a tougher time.
  • Hannibal schools recognized for energy efficiency efforts

    Hannibal schools recognized for energy efficiency efforts

    Thursday, October 16 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-10-16 14:04:04 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A national energy conservation company commended Hannibal Public Schools Wednesday for energy efficiency efforts that have resulted in almost $750,000 in savings. Cenergistic, a Dallas-based group that...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A national energy conservation company commended Hannibal Public Schools Wednesday for energy efficiency efforts that have resulted in almost $750,000 in savings. Cenergistic, a Dallas-based group that...
  • Plan Commission OKs Gems proposal for special permit to sell alcohol

    Plan Commission OKs Gems proposal for special permit to sell alcohol

    Thursday, October 16 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-10-16 13:49:18 GMT
    The Quincy Plan Commission gave its approval Wednesday night for the new owners of the Quincy Gems to seek a special-use permit to sell alcohol at its games next season. Commissioners were unanimous in their support of...
    The Quincy Plan Commission gave its approval Wednesday night for the new owners of the Quincy Gems to seek a special-use permit to sell alcohol at its games next season. Commissioners were unanimous in their support of...
  • Kohl's Fall Food Show offers something for everyone in food industry

    Kohl's Fall Food Show offers something for everyone in food industry

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 7:02 PM EDT2014-10-15 23:02:49 GMT
    An argument could easily be made that the annual Fall Food Show for Kohl Wholesale might consider a new name. Considering the time of year, the “World Series of Food” might be most appropriate. The event annually features more than 160 vendors showcasing their culinary concepts and trend menu items.
    An argument could easily be made that the annual Fall Food Show for Kohl Wholesale might consider a new name. Considering the time of year, the “World Series of Food” might be most appropriate. The event annually features more than 160 vendors showcasing their culinary concepts and trend menu items.
  • Liberty school bus drivers, monitors vote to authorize a strike

    Liberty school bus drivers, monitors vote to authorize a strike

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-10-15 15:44:33 GMT
    A dozen school bus drivers and monitors with the Liberty School District voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize a strike. The employees are all members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...
    A dozen school bus drivers and monitors with the Liberty School District voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize a strike. The employees are all members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...
  • County Board gets Ebola update, votes to oppose EPA proposal

    County Board gets Ebola update, votes to oppose EPA proposal

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-10-15 14:48:16 GMT
    Adams County Board members heard an update on how local officials are preparing in case the Ebola virus is ever discovered in the area. Shay Drummond, director of clinical and environmental services for the Adams County...
    Adams County Board members heard an update on how local officials are preparing in case the Ebola virus is ever discovered in the area. Shay Drummond, director of clinical and environmental services for the Adams County...
  • Hundreds of colorful tin dusters ready to roll into Quincy this weekend

    Hundreds of colorful tin dusters ready to roll into Quincy this weekend

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 10:46 AM EDT2014-10-15 14:46:53 GMT
    The streets of Quincy will explode with color this weekend as more than 900 vintage street rods of all sorts descend on the community as part of the Early Tin Dusters' 39th annual Color Run scheduled for Friday,...
    The streets of Quincy will explode with color this weekend as more than 900 vintage street rods of all sorts descend on the community as part of the Early Tin Dusters' 39th annual Color Run scheduled for Friday,...
  • Committee forwards request for review on city health clinic

    Committee forwards request for review on city health clinic

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 10:25 AM EDT2014-10-15 14:25:24 GMT
    The city of Quincy is one step closer to contracting with a local health provider to offer a health clinic for employees. The Personnel Committee on Tuesday forwarded a proposal to hire an unnamed company for $120,000...
    The city of Quincy is one step closer to contracting with a local health provider to offer a health clinic for employees. The Personnel Committee on Tuesday forwarded a proposal to hire an unnamed company for $120,000...
  • Three resign from Lewis County 911 Board in wake of judge's ruling

    Three resign from Lewis County 911 Board in wake of judge's ruling

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-10-15 14:00:05 GMT
    MONTICELLO, Mo. -- Three members of the embattled Lewis County 911 Board resigned Tuesday night, saying they don't wish to face another round of lawsuits over a 2013 decision to have Marion County E-911 Center provide...
    MONTICELLO, Mo. -- Three members of the embattled Lewis County 911 Board resigned Tuesday night, saying they don't wish to face another round of lawsuits over a 2013 decision to have Marion County E-911 Center provide...
  • Warsaw names Heisler as mayor, still searching for police chief

    Warsaw names Heisler as mayor, still searching for police chief

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-10-15 13:20:28 GMT
    WARSAW, Ill. -- Ward 3 Alderman Mike Heisler has been named acting mayor of Warsaw after Tiffany Murphy resigned last week. "Tiffany had started a number of real good initiatives. My intention is to try to follow through...
    WARSAW, Ill. -- Ward 3 Alderman Mike Heisler has been named acting mayor of Warsaw after Tiffany Murphy resigned last week. "Tiffany had started a number of real good initiatives. My intention is to try to follow through...
  • Breakfast in Barry latest addition to Pike County Fall Color Drive this weekend

    Breakfast in Barry latest addition to Pike County Fall Color Drive this weekend

    Wednesday, October 15 2014 8:54 AM EDT2014-10-15 12:54:50 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Pike County plans to show off its communities and colors with an annual tradition. The 26th annual Pike County Fall Color Drive takes place Saturday and Sunday with 20 communities and sites offering...
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Pike County plans to show off its communities and colors with an annual tradition. The 26th annual Pike County Fall Color Drive takes place Saturday and Sunday with 20 communities and sites offering...
  • Rauner goes after Quinn and scandals during Quincy visit

    Rauner goes after Quinn and scandals during Quincy visit

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-10-14 22:28:02 GMT
    Bruce Rauner continued to slam Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration and recent scandals that plague it during a Monday afternoon campaign stop in Quincy. "Unfortunately, Pat Quinn and his partner, Rod Blagojevich, have really driven us off into a ditch, economically and educationally," he said. "There's rampant corruption in Springfield, illegal patronage hiring in the Department of Transportation."
    Bruce Rauner continued to slam Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration and recent scandals that plague it during a Monday afternoon campaign stop in Quincy. "Unfortunately, Pat Quinn and his partner, Rod Blagojevich, have really driven us off into a ditch, economically and educationally," he said. "There's rampant corruption in Springfield, illegal patronage hiring in the Department of Transportation."
  • Quinn, Rauner offer differing economic plans in first televised debate

    Quinn, Rauner offer differing economic plans in first televised debate

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-10-14 22:26:42 GMT
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner pitched vastly different strategies Thursday for improving Illinois' economy, with the incumbent pushing for an extension to the income tax increase and asking the wealthy to pay more and his rival saying the state can't keep taxing its way out of its problems.
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner pitched vastly different strategies Thursday for improving Illinois' economy, with the incumbent pushing for an extension to the income tax increase and asking the wealthy to pay more and his rival saying the state can't keep taxing its way out of its problems.
  • Locations of new K-5 schools might be announced before voters make decision

    Locations of new K-5 schools might be announced before voters make decision

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-10-14 22:25:18 GMT
    One concern frequently heard about the Quincy School District's $89 million bond issue is that backers have never revealed the possible locations for three of the five new K-5 elementary schools being proposed. This...
    One concern frequently heard about the Quincy School District's $89 million bond issue is that backers have never revealed the possible locations for three of the five new K-5 elementary schools being proposed. This...
  • School officials say $89 million in bonds can be paid off without tax increase

    School officials say $89 million in bonds can be paid off without tax increase

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-10-14 22:24:04 GMT
    Quincy School District officials insist it's possible to issue $89 million in bonds without increasing the district's property tax rate over the 20-year payback period. That's one of the big selling points supporters cite as they encourage voters to consider approving the school facilities bond issue in the Nov. 4 election.
    Quincy School District officials insist it's possible to issue $89 million in bonds without increasing the district's property tax rate over the 20-year payback period. That's one of the big selling points supporters cite as they encourage voters to consider approving the school facilities bond issue in the Nov. 4 election.
  • Bond approval will lead to reorganization of grade levels in Quincy schools

    Bond approval will lead to reorganization of grade levels in Quincy schools

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-10-14 22:22:37 GMT
    If voters approve an $89 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election, Quincy School District officials will have the green light to carry out a long-sought realignment of the district's grades. In a facilities survey, community members preferred to see grades K-5 in the elementary schools, 6-8 at QJHS and 9-12 at QHS. That is precisely the configuration that would be put into place if voters approve the bond issue.
    If voters approve an $89 million bond issue in the Nov. 4 election, Quincy School District officials will have the green light to carry out a long-sought realignment of the district's grades. In a facilities survey, community members preferred to see grades K-5 in the elementary schools, 6-8 at QJHS and 9-12 at QHS. That is precisely the configuration that would be put into place if voters approve the bond issue.

  • Adams County clerk/recorder candidates focus on office plans

    Adams County clerk/recorder candidates focus on office plans

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-10-14 22:21:23 GMT
    Three of the six Adams County-only elected offices are on the Nov. 4 ballot, but only one -- for clerk/recorder -- is contested. And there's some question of how competitive that race will be. Sheriff Brent Fischer...
    Three of the six Adams County-only elected offices are on the Nov. 4 ballot, but only one -- for clerk/recorder -- is contested. And there's some question of how competitive that race will be. Sheriff Brent Fischer...
  • The $89 Million Decision: Voters asked to support Quincy School District building, reorganization plan

    The $89 Million Decision: Voters asked to support Quincy School District building, reorganization plan

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-10-14 22:20:06 GMT
    Voters in the Quincy School District will be faced with a major decision in the Nov. 4 election. On the ballot will be an $89 million bond issue that could spark massive changes in the way education is delivered in...
    Voters in the Quincy School District will be faced with a major decision in the Nov. 4 election. On the ballot will be an $89 million bond issue that could spark massive changes in the way education is delivered in...
  • Police looking for truck in connection with wheelchair ramp theft

    Police looking for truck in connection with wheelchair ramp theft

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-10-14 21:21:07 GMT
    The Quincy Police Department needs help locating a truck in connection with the theft of a wheelchair ramp. The aluminum ramp was taken from a residence in the 1200 block of North 11th in Quincy. It was 10 feet long and 3 feet wide with two handrails. The truck is primer grey with a red door and hood.
    The Quincy Police Department needs help locating a truck in connection with the theft of a wheelchair ramp. The aluminum ramp was taken from a residence in the 1200 block of North 11th in Quincy. It was 10 feet long and 3 feet wide with two handrails. The truck is primer grey with a red door and hood.
  • Volunteers gather to create nearly 5,000 pasta packages for United Way

    Volunteers gather to create nearly 5,000 pasta packages for United Way

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-10-14 20:01:06 GMT
    One hundred and twenty-five volunteers were at the Quincy Senior Center Monday to help package dried pasta for food pantries throughout Adams County. Emily Robbearts, executive director of United Way of Adams County,...
    One hundred and twenty-five volunteers were at the Quincy Senior Center Monday to help package dried pasta for food pantries throughout Adams County. Emily Robbearts, executive director of United Way of Adams County,...
  • Second annual 'Stars of Tomorrow' set for Nov. 22 at JWCC

    Second annual 'Stars of Tomorrow' set for Nov. 22 at JWCC

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-10-14 15:47:02 GMT
    Ron Dedert says the goals of the "Stars of Tomorrow" talent competition are simple. "We want to see the event get better and better in future years, and we want to be able to raise more money to help out in the...
    Ron Dedert says the goals of the "Stars of Tomorrow" talent competition are simple. "We want to see the event get better and better in future years, and we want to be able to raise more money to help out in the...
  • Quincy firefighters respond to small fire at KFC

    Quincy firefighters respond to small fire at KFC

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-10-14 15:47:02 GMT
    Flames were extinguished by the time Quincy firefighters responded to a fire at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 3300 Broadway about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Assistant Fire Chief James Pioch said employees used a fire...
    Flames were extinguished by the time Quincy firefighters responded to a fire at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at 3300 Broadway about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Assistant Fire Chief James Pioch said employees used a fire...
  • Adams County committee takes no action on courthouse security issues

    Adams County committee takes no action on courthouse security issues

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-10-14 15:02:11 GMT
    No security changes are planned at the Adams County Courthouse, even after Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm said last week that a man brought what she believed was a gun into the west side of the building. ...
    No security changes are planned at the Adams County Courthouse, even after Adams County Clerk Georgia Volm said last week that a man brought what she believed was a gun into the west side of the building. ...
  • Hannibal City Hall 'back to normal' in two to three weeks

    Hannibal City Hall 'back to normal' in two to three weeks

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 9:46 AM EDT2014-10-14 13:46:06 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Work is underway to repair water damage that has displaced two city officials from their offices in Hannibal City Hall. Public Works Superintendent Brian Chaplin said he awarded a nearly $10,000 bid to...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Work is underway to repair water damage that has displaced two city officials from their offices in Hannibal City Hall. Public Works Superintendent Brian Chaplin said he awarded a nearly $10,000 bid to...
  • Los Angeles producer to lead workshop on film production and editing at HLGU

    Los Angeles producer to lead workshop on film production and editing at HLGU

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 9:02 AM EDT2014-10-14 13:02:20 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Laura D. Smith, a Los Angeles producer, will lead a one-hour workshop on film production and editing Oct. 24 on the Hannibal-LaGrange University campus. Smith will speak from 10 to 11 a.m. in room 129 at...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Laura D. Smith, a Los Angeles producer, will lead a one-hour workshop on film production and editing Oct. 24 on the Hannibal-LaGrange University campus. Smith will speak from 10 to 11 a.m. in room 129 at...
  • Judge throws out deal for Lewis County emergency call services

    Judge throws out deal for Lewis County emergency call services

    Tuesday, October 14 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-10-14 12:45:08 GMT
    An agreement for Marion County to handle Lewis County's emergency calls has been ruled invalid by a judge after he found that Missouri's Sunshine Law had been violated. Judge Rick Roberts ruled in favor of Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish, who sought to void the agreement between the Lewis County 911 Board and the Marion County E-911 Center because he believed bidding for the services was not done correctly.
    An agreement for Marion County to handle Lewis County's emergency calls has been ruled invalid by a judge after he found that Missouri's Sunshine Law had been violated. Judge Rick Roberts ruled in favor of Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish, who sought to void the agreement between the Lewis County 911 Board and the Marion County E-911 Center because he believed bidding for the services was not done correctly.
  • Program looking for money to process donated deer meat

    Program looking for money to process donated deer meat

    Monday, October 13 2014 11:33 AM EDT2014-10-13 15:33:58 GMT
    A state program will continue to offer free processing for donated deer, but area counties will have to pick up more of this year's cost. Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunter, offered through the Illinois Department of...
    A state program will continue to offer free processing for donated deer, but area counties will have to pick up more of this year's cost. Illinois Sportsmen Against Hunter, offered through the Illinois Department of...
  • Rain delays closure of Champ Clark Bridge for repairs

    Rain delays closure of Champ Clark Bridge for repairs

    Monday, October 13 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-10-13 15:29:21 GMT
    LOUISIANA, Mo. -- Rain that fell Monday morning led to a one-day delay in closure of the Champ Clark Bridge for repairs. Crews from Concrete Strategies LLC of St. Louis had planned to shut down the bridge that carries...
    LOUISIANA, Mo. -- Rain that fell Monday morning led to a one-day delay in closure of the Champ Clark Bridge for repairs. Crews from Concrete Strategies LLC of St. Louis had planned to shut down the bridge that carries...
  • Quincy Public Library workers vote to strike

    Quincy Public Library workers vote to strike

    Monday, October 13 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-10-13 14:44:21 GMT
    Members of the Machinist's union who work at the Quincy Public Library have voted to strike. Library Board President Jeff VanCamp said he believes that Saturday would be the earliest a strike could occur. He is hopeful that can be avoided as the two groups meet with a federal mediator at least once before the strike could occur.
    Members of the Machinist's union who work at the Quincy Public Library have voted to strike. Ross Miller, business representative for the union, said 32 union members voted overwhelmingly Sunday night to reject...
  • ISBE to hold one of five budget hearings in Quincy next month

    ISBE to hold one of five budget hearings in Quincy next month

    Monday, October 13 2014 9:47 AM EDT2014-10-13 13:47:58 GMT
    West-Central Illinois residents are getting a chance to express their opinions on what they consider priorities for the state's education budget. The Illinois State Board of Education will hold a budget hearing from...
    West-Central Illinois residents are getting a chance to express their opinions on what they consider priorities for the state's education budget. The Illinois State Board of Education will hold a budget hearing from...
  • Separation anxiety in pets can be a problem when school's back in session

    Separation anxiety in pets can be a problem when school's back in session

    Monday, October 13 2014 9:41 AM EDT2014-10-13 13:41:33 GMT
    There is an element lost to many who are connected with the excitement, drama and good times involving kids being back in school. Often overlooked is how all of this affects Fido. The family dog -- you know, man's...
    There is an element lost to many who are connected with the excitement, drama and good times involving kids being back in school. Often overlooked is how all of this affects Fido. The family dog -- you know, man's...
  • Kristopher Schreacke thanks community for 'pretty amazing' benefit

    Kristopher Schreacke thanks community for 'pretty amazing' benefit

    Sunday, October 12 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-10-13 01:38:23 GMT
    Kristopher Schreacke didn't have much time to peruse the sports memorabilia and home décor up for auction at the Knights of Columbus Fr. McGivney Hall Sunday. Friends, family and community members — many wearing John Deere-green shirts with Kristopher's likeness on them — took turns greeting the Quincy teen.
    Kristopher Schreacke didn't have much time to peruse the sports memorabilia and home décor up for auction at the Knights of Columbus Fr. McGivney Hall Sunday. Friends, family and community members — many wearing John Deere-green shirts with Kristopher's likeness on them — took turns greeting the Quincy teen.
  • Two children hurt in one-car crash on Ill. 96 when tire blows out

    Two children hurt in one-car crash on Ill. 96 when tire blows out

    Sunday, October 12 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-10-12 21:57:29 GMT
    A one-vehicle crash sent two children to the hospital with minor injuries early Friday morning. The Adams County Sheriff's Department reported a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Kelsey R. Carstens, 24, of Barry, ...
    A one-vehicle crash sent two children to the hospital with minor injuries early Friday morning. The Adams County Sheriff's Department reported a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Kelsey R. Carstens, 24, of Barry, ...
  • Quincy's Red Cross office losing executive director as part of consolidation

    Quincy's Red Cross office losing executive director as part of consolidation

    Sunday, October 12 2014 1:14 PM EDT2014-10-12 17:14:31 GMT
    The Quincy-based regional chapter of the American Red Cross is losing its executive director as part of a national restructuring of the humanitarian agency. Amanda Stotts, who was named interim executive director in...
    The Quincy-based regional chapter of the American Red Cross is losing its executive director as part of a national restructuring of the humanitarian agency. Amanda Stotts, who was named interim executive director in...
  • Search becomes recovery for missing tugboat worker who fell into Mississippi River

    Search becomes recovery for missing tugboat worker who fell into Mississippi River

    Sunday, October 12 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-10-12 05:37:40 GMT
    CANTON, Mo. -- Officials searching for a missing tugboat worker have shifted into a recovery phase. Matt Marler, an assistant public affairs officer with the U.S. Coast Guard, said that sonar equipment was used Friday to...
    CANTON, Mo. -- Officials searching for a missing tugboat worker have shifted into a recovery phase. Matt Marler, an assistant public affairs officer with the U.S. Coast Guard, said that sonar equipment was used Friday to...
  • 'It's about the worst weather situation you can have': Wet conditions delaying corn, soybean harvest

    'It's about the worst weather situation you can have': Wet conditions delaying corn, soybean harvest

    Sunday, October 12 2014 1:19 AM EDT2014-10-12 05:19:30 GMT
    PLAINVILLE, Ill. -- Justin Oberling readily ticks off a list of concerns with this year's harvest. Saturated ground. Periodic rain. Not much sunshine. Heavy equipment. And a lot of bushels to haul away. "It's...
    PLAINVILLE, Ill. -- Justin Oberling readily ticks off a list of concerns with this year's harvest. Saturated ground. Periodic rain. Not much sunshine. Heavy equipment. And a lot of bushels to haul away. "It's...
  • Mercantile Bank announces addition of three former Heartland branches

    Mercantile Bank announces addition of three former Heartland branches

    Saturday, October 11 2014 2:07 AM EDT2014-10-11 06:07:54 GMT
    Mercantile Bank of Quincy has announced the addition of three former Heartland Bank branches to its local operations. Two of the branches are in Quincy, while the third is in Palmyra, Mo. The three branches will use the...
    Mercantile Bank of Quincy has announced the addition of three former Heartland Bank branches to its local operations. Two of the branches are in Quincy, while the third is in Palmyra, Mo. The three branches will use the...
  • Texas woman who lived through abortion to keynote Adams County Right to Life dinner

    Texas woman who lived through abortion to keynote Adams County Right to Life dinner

    Saturday, October 11 2014 2:06 AM EDT2014-10-11 06:06:31 GMT
    The meal is secondary for anyone connected with the annual Adams County Right to Life Dinner. "It's a time to get together and (exchange thoughts and ideas)," said the Rev. Lewis Payne, a retired Anglican priest. ...
    The meal is secondary for anyone connected with the annual Adams County Right to Life Dinner. "It's a time to get together and (exchange thoughts and ideas)," said the Rev. Lewis Payne, a retired Anglican priest. ...
  • Quinn announces funds for Macomb bypass

    Quinn announces funds for Macomb bypass

    Saturday, October 11 2014 2:03 AM EDT2014-10-11 06:03:09 GMT
    MACOMB, Ill. -- Cheers greeted Gov. Pat Quinn's announcement Friday that $35 million in capital investment funding is being released to pave two of the planned four lanes of the Macomb bypass and complete all...
    MACOMB, Ill. -- Cheers greeted Gov. Pat Quinn's announcement Friday that $35 million in capital investment funding is being released to pave two of the planned four lanes of the Macomb bypass and complete all...
  • Former nun started a book, then 'my own story took over'

    Former nun started a book, then 'my own story took over'

    Saturday, October 11 2014 1:57 AM EDT2014-10-11 05:57:55 GMT
    NAUVOO, Ill. -- Mary Ann Weakley set out to write a book -- just not the one she published. Weakley tells her story in "Monastery to Matrimony, A Woman's Journey," from deciding at age 14 to attend St. Mary's...
    NAUVOO, Ill. -- Mary Ann Weakley set out to write a book -- just not the one she published. Weakley tells her story in "Monastery to Matrimony, A Woman's Journey," from deciding at age 14 to attend St. Mary's...
  • Summit shows link between animal, domestic abuse

    Summit shows link between animal, domestic abuse

    Saturday, October 11 2014 1:53 AM EDT2014-10-11 05:53:58 GMT
    Find someone who is abusive to animals, and Randall Lockwood of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says there is a good chance that person's abuse doesn't stop there. "Animal cruelty,...
    Find someone who is abusive to animals, and Randall Lockwood of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says there is a good chance that person's abuse doesn't stop there. "Animal cruelty,...
  • Quinn announces $35 million for Macomb bypass

    Quinn announces $35 million for Macomb bypass

    Friday, October 10 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-10-10 21:42:46 GMT
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday announced a $35 million investment to continue work on the Macomb bypass, a new highway that will take motorists around the west side of Macomb and serve as the final piece of the 584-mile Chicago-Kansas City Expressway.
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday announced a $35 million investment to continue work on the Macomb bypass, a new highway that will take motorists around the west side of Macomb and serve as the final piece of the 584-mile Chicago-Kansas City Expressway.
  • Free arts program offered at Hannibal's Bluff City Theater

    Free arts program offered at Hannibal's Bluff City Theater

    Friday, October 10 2014 10:58 AM EDT2014-10-10 14:58:18 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal's Bluff City Theater is forming a free program designed to expose local teenagers to all facets of the performing arts. Executive Director Joe Anderson said the Youth Education in Theater...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal's Bluff City Theater is forming a free program designed to expose local teenagers to all facets of the performing arts. Executive Director Joe Anderson said the Youth Education in Theater...
  • Lovelace murder trial set for late January

    Lovelace murder trial set for late January

    Friday, October 10 2014 7:56 AM EDT2014-10-10 11:56:48 GMT
    A Quincy lawyer facing first-degree murder charges had his trial set for late January, but one of his lawyers doubts the trial will start that soon. Jay Elmore and his co-council, Jeff Page, made their first appearance on Curtis Lovelace's behalf Thursday during an eight-minute hearing in front of Judge Bob Hardwick in Adams County Circuit Court. Hardwick set a Jan. 26 start for what is expected to be a two-week trial.
    A Quincy lawyer facing first-degree murder charges had his trial set for late January, but one of his lawyers doubts the trial will start that soon. Jay Elmore and his co-council, Jeff Page, made their first appearance on Curtis Lovelace's behalf Thursday during an eight-minute hearing in front of Judge Bob Hardwick in Adams County Circuit Court. Hardwick set a Jan. 26 start for what is expected to be a two-week trial.

  • Schock blasts Senate for Washington gridlock during Quincy stop

    Schock blasts Senate for Washington gridlock during Quincy stop

    Thursday, October 9 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-10-09 23:41:33 GMT
    U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, didn't hold back on his disdain for Washington gridlock, which he places the blame firmly against the Democratic-led Senate. “There's been a lot said about the Congress not doing enough this year,” Schock said during a brief press conference Thursday at City Hall.
    U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, didn't hold back on his disdain for Washington gridlock, which he places the blame firmly against the Democratic-led Senate. “There's been a lot said about the Congress not doing enough this year,” Schock said during a brief press conference Thursday at City Hall.
  • Renowned pathologist being used by Lovelace prosecution

    Renowned pathologist being used by Lovelace prosecution

    Thursday, October 9 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-10-09 22:45:34 GMT
    One of the top forensic pathologists in America reviewed information in connection with the 2006 death of Cory D. Lovelace and determined the Quincy woman had been suffocated. Dr. Michael Baden, known for his work...
    One of the top forensic pathologists in America reviewed information in connection with the 2006 death of Cory D. Lovelace and determined the Quincy woman had been suffocated. Dr. Michael Baden, known for his work...
  • Adams, Pike coroners also quit using pathologist who worked on Lovelace case

    Adams, Pike coroners also quit using pathologist who worked on Lovelace case

    Thursday, October 9 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-10-09 22:43:53 GMT
    Two local coroners said they stopped several years ago using the services of Dr. Jessica Bowman, the pathologist who performed the autopsy of Cory Lovelace in 2006. Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty, who also serves as the county's coroner said: "There were four or five cases that she did that really upset me." Former Adams County coroner Gary Hamilton also stopped sending cases to her. Bowman now works as a pathologist at Keokuk Area Hospital.
    Two local coroners said they stopped several years ago using the services of Dr. Jessica Bowman, the pathologist who performed the autopsy of Cory Lovelace in 2006. Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty, who also serves as the county's coroner said: "There were four or five cases that she did that really upset me." Former Adams County coroner Gary Hamilton also stopped sending cases to her. Bowman now works as a pathologist at Keokuk Area Hospital.
  • Pathologist who did Lovelace autopsy has history of discredited work in central Illinois counties

    Pathologist who did Lovelace autopsy has history of discredited work in central Illinois counties

    Thursday, October 9 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-10-09 22:42:59 GMT
    A central Illinois newspaper is reporting that the pathologist who is believed to have performed the autopsy on Cory Lovelace after she died on Valentine's Day in 2006 is so discredited in Sangamon County that the...
    A central Illinois newspaper is reporting that the pathologist who is believed to have performed the autopsy on Cory Lovelace after she died on Valentine's Day in 2006 is so discredited in Sangamon County that the...
  • Lovelace hires Springfield attorneys to represent him in murder case

    Lovelace hires Springfield attorneys to represent him in murder case

    Thursday, October 9 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-10-09 22:32:06 GMT
    Two Springfield lawyers will represent former Adams County assistant state's attorney and former Quincy School Board president Curtis Lovelace, who faces first-degree murder charges. James Elmore, a Quincy native, and Jeff Page have been hired to represent Lovelace, who was indicted by an Adams County grand jury in connection with the death of his wife, Cory D. Lovelace, on Feb. 14, 2006.
    Two Springfield lawyers will represent former Adams County assistant state's attorney and former Quincy School Board president Curtis Lovelace, who faces first-degree murder charges. James Elmore, a Quincy native, and Jeff Page have been hired to represent Lovelace, who was indicted by an Adams County grand jury in connection with the death of his wife, Cory D. Lovelace, on Feb. 14, 2006.
  • Lovelace granted extension to hire counsel; prosecutor says 'something was amiss' in photos of wife’s body

    Lovelace granted extension to hire counsel; prosecutor says 'something was amiss' in photos of wife’s body

    Thursday, October 9 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-10-09 22:29:08 GMT
    A former Adams County assistant state's attorney and Quincy School Board president charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death eight years ago was granted a continuance Friday to find counsel to represent...
    A former Adams County assistant state's attorney and Quincy School Board president charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death eight years ago was granted a continuance Friday to find counsel to represent...
  • Rescuers searching for tugboat worker who fell into Mississippi River

    Rescuers searching for tugboat worker who fell into Mississippi River

    Thursday, October 9 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-10-09 20:44:56 GMT
    The search continues for a tugboat worker who fell into the Mississippi River Wednesday night north of Canton. Sgt. Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said troopers were dispatched to search for the man around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. The man fell overboard around 11 p.m. Wednesday. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard also are searching for the man.
    By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
  • Hannibal City Council changes responsibilities of animal control officers, raises salaries

    Hannibal City Council changes responsibilities of animal control officers, raises salaries

    Thursday, October 9 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-10-09 16:14:50 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal City Council approved reclassifying two animal control personnel as "community service officers" Tuesday as part of the city's ongoing restructuring efforts. Under the new...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal City Council approved reclassifying two animal control personnel as "community service officers" Tuesday as part of the city's ongoing restructuring efforts. Under the new...
  • Absentee ballot applications sent to voters aren't coming from Adams County clerk

    Absentee ballot applications sent to voters aren't coming from Adams County clerk

    Thursday, October 9 2014 10:27 AM EDT2014-10-09 14:27:52 GMT
    Several Adams County residents have reported receiving applications in the mail for absentee ballots in November's general election, though they did not request them. County Clerk Georgia Volm said the mail-in ballot...
    Several Adams County residents have reported receiving applications in the mail for absentee ballots in November's general election, though they did not request them. County Clerk Georgia Volm said the mail-in ballot...
  • Water shut down for part of south side of Quincy because of main leak

    Water shut down for part of south side of Quincy because of main leak

    Wednesday, October 8 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-10-08 17:07:56 GMT
    A portion of south Quincy will have their water service interrupted on Wednesday because of a waiter main leak. Water will be shut off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for customers in the following areas: Old Orchard Road from South...
    A portion of south Quincy will have their water service interrupted on Wednesday because of a waiter main leak. Water will be shut off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for customers in the following areas: Old Orchard Road from South...
  • Homebrewing competition kicks off Hannibal's Harvest Hootenanny

    Homebrewing competition kicks off Hannibal's Harvest Hootenanny

    Wednesday, October 8 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-10-08 14:44:04 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Event chairman Jason Gregory called the name of the Rotary Club of Hannibal's second fall festival, "Harvest Hootenanny," a catchy title that characterizes the music and food-filled bash. The...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Event chairman Jason Gregory called the name of the Rotary Club of Hannibal's second fall festival, "Harvest Hootenanny," a catchy title that characterizes the music and food-filled bash. The...
  • Hancock County group makes two donations to cancer-related organizations

    Hancock County group makes two donations to cancer-related organizations

    Monday, October 6 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-10-06 17:54:44 GMT
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Diane Adkisson would like nothing better than to work herself out of a job. "That's the goal, that cancer is gone," she said. In the meantime, Adkisson and her Nauvoo-based team, the Whooo-ters,...
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Diane Adkisson would like nothing better than to work herself out of a job. "That's the goal, that cancer is gone," she said. In the meantime, Adkisson and her Nauvoo-based team, the Whooo-ters,...
  • Button enthusiasts to gather Thursday for workshop

    Button enthusiasts to gather Thursday for workshop

    Monday, October 6 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-10-06 15:23:00 GMT
    Shenae Tatman already has figured out one key fact about button collecting. "Once you kind of get into it, the more you learn, the more you're around it, the more you want to be," Tatman said. She and other button...
    Shenae Tatman already has figured out one key fact about button collecting. "Once you kind of get into it, the more you learn, the more you're around it, the more you want to be," Tatman said. She and other button...
  • Committee targets elementary school site for Nauvoo community center

    Committee targets elementary school site for Nauvoo community center

    Saturday, October 4 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-10-04 05:13:17 GMT
    NAUVOO, Ill. -- A group working toward a proposed Nauvoo Community Center evaluated 25 properties before settling on a site -- the Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School. With the center at the school, "everything would be...
    NAUVOO, Ill. -- A group working toward a proposed Nauvoo Community Center evaluated 25 properties before settling on a site -- the Nauvoo-Colusa Elementary School. With the center at the school, "everything would be...
  • HLGU named on two listings of 'best' Christian colleges in America

    HLGU named on two listings of 'best' Christian colleges in America

    Saturday, October 4 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-10-04 04:58:05 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal La-Grange University recently was mentioned in two separate listings of the best Christian colleges in the country. HLGU was one of four Missouri institutions appearing on the list of...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal La-Grange University recently was mentioned in two separate listings of the best Christian colleges in the country. HLGU was one of four Missouri institutions appearing on the list of...
  • Received a call from IRS demanding payment? Hang up

    Received a call from IRS demanding payment? Hang up

    Friday, October 3 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-10-03 22:04:42 GMT
    A scam in which the caller claims he is an IRS agent has been reported to the Quincy Police Department . The scam consists of phone calls or messages being sent to people demanding payment owed to the Internal Revenue...
    A scam in which the caller claims he is an IRS agent has been reported to the Quincy Police Department . The scam consists of phone calls or messages being sent to people demanding payment owed to the Internal Revenue...
  • September rains cause damage to roof, ceilings in Hannibal City Hall

    September rains cause damage to roof, ceilings in Hannibal City Hall

    Friday, October 3 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-10-03 16:07:31 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Hannibal city official said he needs one awaited project bid and word from a municipal insurance group before water damage repairs can begin in Hannibal City Hall. Public Works Superintendent Brian...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Hannibal city official said he needs one awaited project bid and word from a municipal insurance group before water damage repairs can begin in Hannibal City Hall. Public Works Superintendent Brian...
  • Sheriff: Safety concerns led to Lovelace being housed in neighboring county jail

    Sheriff: Safety concerns led to Lovelace being housed in neighboring county jail

    Thursday, September 25 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-09-25 19:37:18 GMT
    Curtis Lovelace has been housed in the Hancock County Jail in Carthage since he was arrested last week on first-degree murder charges. Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer said keeping Lovelace out of the jail in the Adams...
    Curtis Lovelace has been housed in the Hancock County Jail in Carthage since he was arrested last week on first-degree murder charges. Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer said keeping Lovelace out of the jail in the Adams...
  • Detective's interest in Lovelace case led to grand jury indictment

    Detective's interest in Lovelace case led to grand jury indictment

    Thursday, September 25 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-25 19:35:23 GMT
    Only one thing about Cory Lovelace's death in 2006 concerned Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley. "At that time, I don't recall anything that really caused me great alarm," Copley said. "Was it concerning that they couldn't make a determination on cause of death? Yes, because that leaves the case open." That open case led a member of the Quincy Police Department's detective unit to take another look at the case late last year.
    Only one thing about Cory Lovelace's death in 2006 concerned Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley. "At that time, I don't recall anything that really caused me great alarm," Copley said. "Was it concerning that they couldn't make a determination on cause of death? Yes, because that leaves the case open." That open case led a member of the Quincy Police Department's detective unit to take another look at the case late last year.
  • Quincy attorney and former School Board member indicted for first-degree murder in wife's 2006 death

    Quincy attorney and former School Board member indicted for first-degree murder in wife's 2006 death

    Thursday, September 25 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-09-25 19:33:46 GMT
    Football star. School board member. Lawyer. National Guard member. Father. Husband. All of those describe Curtis Lovelace. On Wednesday morning, an Adams County grand jury indicted the 45-year-old Lovelace on first-degree murder charges in connection with the Feb. 14, 2006, death of his first wife, Cory Didriksen Lovelace. During Lovelace's first court appearance Thursday, the indictment read by Judge Scott Butler said that Cory Lovelace was suffocated.
    Football star. School board member. Lawyer. National Guard member. Father. Husband. All of those describe Curtis Lovelace. On Wednesday morning, an Adams County grand jury indicted the 45-year-old Lovelace on first-degree murder charges in connection with the Feb. 14, 2006, death of his first wife, Cory Didriksen Lovelace. During Lovelace's first court appearance Thursday, the indictment read by Judge Scott Butler said that Cory Lovelace was suffocated.

  • Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Scott Stone

    Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Scott Stone

    Monday, March 17 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-03-17 16:52:10 GMT
    Why are you seeking the job of Adams County clerk and recorder? The Adams County clerk and recorder's office is a critically important office. There are fundamental mistakes being made that we need
    Why are you seeking the job of Adams County clerk and recorder? The Adams County clerk and recorder's office is a critically important office. There are fundamental mistakes being made that we need to correct. I have...
  • Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Becky Weed

    Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Becky Weed

    Monday, March 17 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-03-17 16:52:07 GMT
    Why are you seeking the job of Adams County clerk and recorder? First, I want to make a positive difference in our county government. Second, my experience in business and county government equips
    Why are you seeking the job of Adams County clerk and recorder? First, I want to make a positive difference in our county government. Second, my experience in business and county government equips me to bring solutions...
  • Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Chuck Venvertloh

    Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Chuck Venvertloh

    Monday, March 17 2014 12:52 PM EDT2014-03-17 16:52:03 GMT
    Why are you seeking the job of Adams County Clerk and Recorder? I have always been very active in my community. I am the president of the Quincy Exchange Club, past president and current board member
    Why are you seeking the job of Adams County Clerk and Recorder? I have always been very active in my community. I am the president of the Quincy Exchange Club, past president and current board member of the Catholic...
  • Three GOP candidates line up to replace Volm

    Three GOP candidates line up to replace Volm

    Monday, March 17 2014 12:51 PM EDT2014-03-17 16:51:37 GMT
    Three candidates are vying to become the Republican nominee for Adams County clerk and recorder in the March 18 primary. The winner of the race featuring Scott Stone, Becky Weed and Chuck Venvertloh will face Democrat...
    Three candidates are vying to become the Republican nominee for Adams County clerk and recorder in the March 18 primary. The winner of the race featuring Scott Stone, Becky Weed and Chuck Venvertloh will face Democrat...
  • GOP candidates in for Illinois House District 94 tout experience

    GOP candidates in for Illinois House District 94 tout experience

    Monday, March 17 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-03-17 16:25:24 GMT
    Both men campaigning for the 94th House District seat that state Rep. Jil Tracy is leaving vacant believe Illinois government is broken and say they want to help turn the state around. Tracy, a Quincy Republican, has...
    Both men campaigning for the 94th House District seat that state Rep. Jil Tracy is leaving vacant believe Illinois government is broken and say they want to help turn the state around. Tracy, a Quincy Republican, has...
  • The Meth Mess: Laws, logs try to slow drug's expansion

    The Meth Mess: Laws, logs try to slow drug's expansion

    Monday, January 20 2014 9:37 AM EST2014-01-20 14:37:45 GMT
    Adams County Circuit Court Judge Scott Walden couldn’t guess what percentage of his daily court docket is made up of methamphetamine cases, but he admits, “It’s a significant portion of what we’re dealing with today.” Illinois has severely stiffened its meth laws since Walden joined the bench in 1996.
    Adams County Circuit Court Judge Scott Walden couldn’t guess what percentage of his daily court docket is made up of methamphetamine cases, but he admits, “It’s a significant portion of what we’re dealing with today.” Illinois has severely stiffened its meth laws since Walden joined the bench in 1996.
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  • Rauner blasts Quinn, urges early voting at Quincy campaign stop

    Rauner blasts Quinn, urges early voting at Quincy campaign stop

    Thursday, October 23 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-10-23 15:04:16 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner called Illinois “the worst-run state in America” during a stop Thursday morning in Quincy as part of a multi-day tour to encourage early voting. Rauner and running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti toured Quincy Metal Fabricators with CEO Dan Nuessen. Rauner had appearances in Mount Carmel, Decatur, Bloomington and Champaign scheduled for later in the day.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner called Illinois “the worst-run state in America” during a stop Thursday morning in Quincy as part of a multi-day tour to encourage early voting. Rauner and running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti toured Quincy Metal Fabricators with CEO Dan Nuessen. Rauner had appearances in Mount Carmel, Decatur, Bloomington and Champaign scheduled for later in the day.
  • Hannibal first responders test emergency response plan with mock chemical spill

    Hannibal first responders test emergency response plan with mock chemical spill

    Friday, October 24 2014 10:21 AM EDT2014-10-24 14:21:24 GMT
    Three emergency medical technician students posed as chemical spill victims in an exercise staged at the Hannibal Regional Airport Thursday. The Hannibal Fire Department, the Marion County Ambulance District, the Marion County Sheriff's Department and Hannibal Regional Hospital tested emergency response plans and equipment during the drill.
    Three emergency medical technician students posed as chemical spill victims in an exercise staged at the Hannibal Regional Airport Thursday. The Hannibal Fire Department, the Marion County Ambulance District, the Marion County Sheriff's Department and Hannibal Regional Hospital tested emergency response plans and equipment during the drill.
  • GREDF board unanimously supports school building referendum

    GREDF board unanimously supports school building referendum

    Friday, October 24 2014 10:16 AM EDT2014-10-24 14:16:37 GMT
    Kids raised their voices urging people to "vote yes for us" Thursday afternoon as the board of the Great River Economic Development Foundation made an announcement on their behalf. The GREDF board announced its...
    Kids raised their voices urging people to "vote yes for us" Thursday afternoon as the board of the Great River Economic Development Foundation made an announcement on their behalf. The GREDF board announced its...
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