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  • Quincy aldermen approve tax levy that keeps tax rate flat

    Quincy aldermen approve tax levy that keeps tax rate flat

    Monday, December 22 2014 10:12 PM EST2014-12-23 03:12:21 GMT
    Without discussion, the Quincy City Council on Monday voted unanimously to adopt a 2015 property tax levy that is 2.67 percent higher than this year's. Because of a 2.4 percent increase in the equalized assessed valuation, the tax rate is projected to remain flat at $1.01651 per $100 of assessed valuation.
    Without discussion, the Quincy City Council on Monday voted unanimously to adopt a 2015 property tax levy that is 2.67 percent higher than this year's. Because of a 2.4 percent increase in the equalized assessed valuation, the tax rate is projected to remain flat at $1.01651 per $100 of assessed valuation.
  • Longtime Quincy barber getting ready to call it quits after 48 1/2 years

    Longtime Quincy barber getting ready to call it quits after 48 1/2 years

    Monday, December 22 2014 12:29 PM EST2014-12-22 17:29:41 GMT
    When Jerry Schaller was a junior at Quincy High School in the early 1960s, it occurred to him he would have to find a job after graduation -- and he didn't know what he wanted to do. Then one day, as an assignment for Ron Rush's business class at QHS, Schaller wrote a paper about the barber profession. It was based on an interview he conducted with his own barber, John Cunningham. Schaller had a sudden realization: He could become a barber himself.
    When Jerry Schaller was a junior at Quincy High School in the early 1960s, it occurred to him he would have to find a job after graduation -- and he didn't know what he wanted to do. Then one day, as an assignment for Ron Rush's business class at QHS, Schaller wrote a paper about the barber profession. It was based on an interview he conducted with his own barber, John Cunningham. Schaller had a sudden realization: He could become a barber himself.
  • Emily McCleery crowned as 84th annual Beaux Arts Ball queen

    Emily McCleery crowned as 84th annual Beaux Arts Ball queen

    Monday, December 22 2014 10:49 AM EST2014-12-22 15:49:24 GMT
    The Quincy Art Center celebrated Sunday night with its 84th Beaux Arts Ball at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. The reigning queen, Anna McNay, daughter of Richard and Patricia McNay, crowned 2014 queen Emily Christine McCleery during the coronation ceremony at 8 p.m. Margaret Kathleen Flowerree and Katherine Meuth both received the Young Woman of Achievement Award.
    The Quincy Art Center celebrated Sunday night with its 84th Beaux Arts Ball at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. The reigning queen, Anna McNay, daughter of Richard and Patricia McNay, crowned 2014 queen Emily Christine McCleery during the coronation ceremony at 8 p.m. Margaret Kathleen Flowerree and Katherine Meuth both received the Young Woman of Achievement Award.
  • Former Missouri teacher takes on agriculture literacy role in Adams County

    Former Missouri teacher takes on agriculture literacy role in Adams County

    Monday, December 22 2014 10:32 AM EST2014-12-22 15:32:24 GMT
    Robin Thomson grew up learning about agriculture on the farm. Now she'll be teaching the same things to other youngsters as the new agriculture awareness coordinator for Adams County. "They don't really see how important agriculture is to our community," Thomson said. "They just see the end result. They don't see all the little steps it took to get to the spot that it's in."
    Robin Thomson grew up learning about agriculture on the farm. Now she'll be teaching the same things to other youngsters as the new agriculture awareness coordinator for Adams County. "They don't really see how important agriculture is to our community," Thomson said. "They just see the end result. They don't see all the little steps it took to get to the spot that it's in."

  • Bridge lighting to start in spring after IDOT approves manufacturer of bracket

    Bridge lighting to start in spring after IDOT approves manufacturer of bracket

    Monday, December 22 2014 9:58 AM EST2014-12-22 14:58:26 GMT
    Installation of LED lights that will illuminate the Bayview Bridge from dusk to dawn will start next spring after a dispute over a part required for the construction was resolved.
    Installation of LED lights that will illuminate the Bayview Bridge from dusk to dawn will start next spring after a dispute over a part required for the construction was resolved.
  • Quincy woman, daughter ready to celebrate first Christmas in Habitat for Humanity home

    Quincy woman, daughter ready to celebrate first Christmas in Habitat for Humanity home

    Monday, December 22 2014 9:11 AM EST2014-12-22 14:11:59 GMT
    Amanda Nieders has been given two Christmas gifts she won't soon forget. A new home and a fresh start. Quincy Area Habitat for Humanity turned the keys over to Nieders for its 19th house Sunday afternoon. Volunteers, sponsors and family members toured the three-bedroom home at 1726 N. 16th before attending a dedication ceremony celebrating the home's completion.
    Amanda Nieders has been given two Christmas gifts she won't soon forget. A new home and a fresh start. Quincy Area Habitat for Humanity turned the keys over to Nieders for its 19th house Sunday afternoon. Volunteers, sponsors and family members toured the three-bedroom home at 1726 N. 16th before attending a dedication ceremony celebrating the home's completion.

  • Quincy Regional Airport a valuable asset, economic development tool

    Quincy Regional Airport a valuable asset, economic development tool

    Sunday, December 21 2014 12:21 AM EST2014-12-21 05:21:03 GMT
    Ask Quincy Regional Airport Manager Jarred Hester what's happening at Baldwin Field, and he'll usually answer with enthusiasm and without hesitation. "We've got a lot going on," Hester said.
    Ask Quincy Regional Airport Manager Jarred Hester what's happening at Baldwin Field, and he'll usually answer with enthusiasm and without hesitation. "We've got a lot going on," Hester said.

  • Donations sought for holiday party planned for residents displaced by Hotel Elkton fire

    Donations sought for holiday party planned for residents displaced by Hotel Elkton fire

    Saturday, December 20 2014 11:48 PM EST2014-12-21 04:48:08 GMT
    A holiday party is being planned for residents displaced by the Dec. 12 five-alarm fire at the Hotel Elkton, and organizers are looking for donations for gift baskets. The residents have been invited to the party at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagles Nest Hotel. Refreshments will be provided, and Santa Claus will make an appearance.
    A holiday party is being planned for residents displaced by the Dec. 12 five-alarm fire at the Hotel Elkton, and organizers are looking for donations for gift baskets. The residents have been invited to the party at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Eagles Nest Hotel. Refreshments will be provided, and Santa Claus will make an appearance.

  • Quanada creates pet shelter to help families fleeing domestic violence

    Quanada creates pet shelter to help families fleeing domestic violence

    Saturday, December 20 2014 11:45 PM EST2014-12-21 04:45:16 GMT
    Quanada was recently awarded a RedRover Relief Safe Housing grant, enabling the domestic violence shelter to build on-site housing for pets of domestic violence victims.
    Quanada was recently awarded a RedRover Relief Safe Housing grant, enabling the domestic violence shelter to build on-site housing for pets of domestic violence victims.
  • Avenue of Lights group talks operations with potential organizations to take over display

    Avenue of Lights group talks operations with potential organizations to take over display

    Saturday, December 20 2014 11:37 PM EST2014-12-21 04:37:51 GMT
    About two dozen representatives of area service organizations and the Quincy Park District met with board members of the nonprofit Avenue of Lights Inc. during an open house Saturday morning at the Wavering Aquatic Center to help find a new group to take over the 16-year-old display.
    About two dozen representatives of area service organizations and the Quincy Park District met with board members of the nonprofit Avenue of Lights Inc. during an open house Saturday morning at the Wavering Aquatic Center to help find a new group to take over the 16-year-old display.
  • World of Outlaws late models coming to Quincy Raceways in July

    World of Outlaws late models coming to Quincy Raceways in July

    Saturday, December 20 2014 1:18 AM EST2014-12-20 06:18:47 GMT
    QUINCY -- Quincy Raceways promoter Ken Dobson made every effort not to overstate, but the grin on his face and excitement in his voice made it obvious how he felt.
    QUINCY -- Quincy Raceways promoter Ken Dobson made every effort not to overstate, but the grin on his face and excitement in his voice made it obvious how he felt.
  • Shelter for Hotel Elkton residents closing as temporary, permanent housing found

    Shelter for Hotel Elkton residents closing as temporary, permanent housing found

    Saturday, December 20 2014 1:15 AM EST2014-12-20 06:15:39 GMT
    QUINCY -- The emergency shelter opened at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center for residents displaced by the Dec. 12 fire at the Hotel Elkton will close at noon Saturday.

    QUINCY -- The emergency shelter opened at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center for residents displaced by the Dec. 12 fire at the Hotel Elkton will close at noon Saturday.


  • Two Quincy food pantries receive $20,000 grants

    Two Quincy food pantries receive $20,000 grants

    Saturday, December 20 2014 1:13 AM EST2014-12-20 06:13:21 GMT
    Two food pantries are among the 75 organizations across the country that will receive $20,000 to improve their facilities. The Salvation Army and the Lutheran Church of St. John received the grants as part of Wal-Mart's Food Pantry Holiday Makeover. Votes were cast online through last week.
    Two food pantries are among the 75 organizations across the country that will receive $20,000 to improve their facilities. The Salvation Army and the Lutheran Church of St. John received the grants as part of Wal-Mart's Food Pantry Holiday Makeover. Votes were cast online through last week.

  • Work begins on second phase of Illini construction project

    Work begins on second phase of Illini construction project

    Saturday, December 20 2014 1:12 AM EST2014-12-20 06:12:16 GMT
    Illini Community Hospital President and CEO Kathy Hull couldn't be happier that work on Phase 1 of a $4.5 million construction project finished right on schedule.
    Illini Community Hospital President and CEO Kathy Hull couldn't be happier that work on Phase 1 of a $4.5 million construction project finished right on schedule.
  • Mays, Erwin will not seek re-election to Quincy School Board

    Mays, Erwin will not seek re-election to Quincy School Board

    Friday, December 19 2014 11:47 AM EST2014-12-19 16:47:51 GMT
    As candidates for the April 4 elections continue to come forward to file nominating petitions, incumbents Jeff Mays and Stephanie Erwin have confirmed they will not seek re-election to the Quincy School Board after their current terms end next spring. Mays is finishing his second four-year term, and Erwin is finishing her first term and serves as the board's president.
    As candidates for the April 4 elections continue to come forward to file nominating petitions, incumbents Jeff Mays and Stephanie Erwin have confirmed they will not seek re-election to the Quincy School Board after their current terms end next spring. Mays is finishing his second four-year term, and Erwin is finishing her first term and serves as the board's president.

  • Catholic elementary schools seeking funds for 'Adopt an iPad' campaign

    Catholic elementary schools seeking funds for 'Adopt an iPad' campaign

    Friday, December 19 2014 11:04 AM EST2014-12-19 16:04:03 GMT
    The Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools Foundation is launching the second phase of a three-year campaign to raise enough money to buy iPads for all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in the city's four Catholic elementary schools. The campaign's first year turned out better than expected.
    The Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools Foundation is launching the second phase of a three-year campaign to raise enough money to buy iPads for all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in the city's four Catholic elementary schools. The campaign's first year turned out better than expected.

  • New Philadelphia study awaiting president's signature

    New Philadelphia study awaiting president's signature

    Friday, December 19 2014 9:36 AM EST2014-12-19 14:36:03 GMT
    Legislation seeking a study on whether the New Philadelphia site merits national park designation has cleared the Senate and awaits President Obama's signature. The request for the study was included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate approved Friday.
    Legislation seeking a study on whether the New Philadelphia site merits national park designation has cleared the Senate and awaits President Obama's signature. The request for the study was included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate approved Friday.

  • Four fire departments get state grants for equipment

    Four fire departments get state grants for equipment

    Friday, December 19 2014 9:23 AM EST2014-12-19 14:23:11 GMT
    Four area fire departments got an early Christmas present thanks to state grants for new equipment. Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis announced a $945,845 investment to help 50 departments across the state -- including $25,621 to Carthage Fire Department, $26,000 to Spring Creek Fire Protection District, $2,750 to Griggsville Fire Department and $83 to Central Adams Fire Protection District.
    Four area fire departments got an early Christmas present thanks to state grants for new equipment. Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis announced a $945,845 investment to help 50 departments across the state -- including $25,621 to Carthage Fire Department, $26,000 to Spring Creek Fire Protection District, $2,750 to Griggsville Fire Department and $83 to Central Adams Fire Protection District.

  • Schock: Bill passed by Congress empowers those with disabilities

    Schock: Bill passed by Congress empowers those with disabilities

    Thursday, December 18 2014 6:28 PM EST2014-12-18 23:28:30 GMT
    U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock said a “no brainer” bill that will give people with disabilities new freedom to set aside savings has won passage in Congress. “Unfortunately right now our society penalizes folks who are living with a disability from creating a nest egg and providing for themselves and doing what all of us think is the responsible thing of saving for a rainy day,” Schock said.
    U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock said a “no brainer” bill that will give people with disabilities new freedom to set aside savings has won passage in Congress. “Unfortunately right now our society penalizes folks who are living with a disability from creating a nest egg and providing for themselves and doing what all of us think is the responsible thing of saving for a rainy day,” Schock said.
  • Culver-Stockton professor surprised to see renewal of U.S.-Cuba relations

    Culver-Stockton professor surprised to see renewal of U.S.-Cuba relations

    Thursday, December 18 2014 6:13 PM EST2014-12-18 23:13:01 GMT
    David Carrothers had more than a casual interest in Wednesday's announcement concerning the United States and Cuba agreeing to re-establish diplomatic relations and dialing back some of the economic and travel restrictions between the two countries. Carrothers, a Culver-Stockton College professor and a former member of the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command, was visiting Cuba year ago at this time.
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  • '12 Hours of Giving' set for Friday at Quincy Blood Donation Center

    '12 Hours of Giving' set for Friday at Quincy Blood Donation Center

    Thursday, December 18 2014 1:45 PM EST2014-12-18 18:45:34 GMT
    The American Red Cross hopes Friday's 10th annual "12 Hours of Giving" will serve as a pre-emptive strike against expected blood shortages over the Christmas and New Year's periods. "Many donors are busy with holiday activities, inclement weather can force the cancellation of blood drives ... (and) some donors become temporarily ineligible because of seasonal illnesses," Corey said.
    The American Red Cross hopes Friday's 10th annual "12 Hours of Giving" will serve as a pre-emptive strike against expected blood shortages over the Christmas and New Year's periods. "Many donors are busy with holiday activities, inclement weather can force the cancellation of blood drives ... (and) some donors become temporarily ineligible because of seasonal illnesses," Corey said.
  • 'Time for us to play Santa Claus': Good News campaign proceeds turned over to 55 area families

    'Time for us to play Santa Claus': Good News campaign proceeds turned over to 55 area families

    Thursday, December 18 2014 1:07 PM EST2014-12-18 18:07:32 GMT
    Nikki Neese took one look at the six big boxes of Christmas presents awaiting her family Thursday morning, and tears began running down her cheeks. Neese and her husband, Jason, and their three daughters -- ages 6, 3 and 10 months -- were Case 16 in The Quincy Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign, which is helping to provide a happier Christmas for 55 area families having a tough time this year.
    Nikki Neese took one look at the six big boxes of Christmas presents awaiting her family Thursday morning, and tears began running down her cheeks. Neese and her husband, Jason, and their three daughters -- ages 6, 3 and 10 months -- were Case 16 in The Quincy Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign, which is helping to provide a happier Christmas for 55 area families having a tough time this year.
  • Board members differ on type of committee that should oversee construction

    Board members differ on type of committee that should oversee construction

    Thursday, December 18 2014 11:41 AM EST2014-12-18 16:41:52 GMT
    The Quincy School Board voted 5-1 Wednesday to allow up to four additional community members to serve on the board's standing committees -- Building, Finance, Curriculum and Policy -- so more input can be gathered on matters related to the district's $89 million construction project. Committees currently consist of two board members and up to four community members.
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  • First two projects in school construction program may be delayed by contract talks

    First two projects in school construction program may be delayed by contract talks

    Thursday, December 18 2014 11:39 AM EST2014-12-18 16:39:54 GMT
    Quincy School Board President Stephanie Erwin expressed concern Wednesday that the first two projects in an $89 million school construction program may not get completed on time because of delays in hammering out a contract with architects and engineers.
    Quincy School Board President Stephanie Erwin expressed concern Wednesday that the first two projects in an $89 million school construction program may not get completed on time because of delays in hammering out a contract with architects and engineers.
  • UPDATE: Palmyra grain bin fire reignites

    UPDATE: Palmyra grain bin fire reignites

    Thursday, December 18 2014 10:06 AM EST2014-12-18 15:06:51 GMT
    Crews from two Marion County fire departments battled a grain bin fire at a complex east of Palmyra for 10 hours Wednesday. The Palmyra Fire Department and Hannibal Rural Fire Department responded to the bin, located off Missouri 168, around 8:30 a.m.
    After crews from two Marion County fire departments battled a grain bin fire at a complex east of Palmyra for 10 hours Wednesday, the fire rekindled at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Rick Jones, Palmyra's assistant fire chief, said the Palmyra Fire Department had extinguished Thursday morning's fire by about 8:15. He expected that crews would be on the scene for another hour.

  • FAA orders changes in power line project near Marblehead

    FAA orders changes in power line project near Marblehead

    Thursday, December 18 2014 9:51 AM EST2014-12-18 14:51:26 GMT
    Property owners near Marblehead looked over revised plans for an Ameren Transmission project on Wednesday to see what changes were required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Kevin Gerhardt of Ameren Transmission said a two-mile segment of the Illinois Rivers Project route must be reconfigured after the FAA said tall metal poles could disrupt signals from a navigational system used by aircraft.
    Property owners near Marblehead looked over revised plans for an Ameren Transmission project on Wednesday to see what changes were required by the Federal Aviation Administration. Kevin Gerhardt of Ameren Transmission said a two-mile segment of the Illinois Rivers Project route must be reconfigured after the FAA said tall metal poles could disrupt signals from a navigational system used by aircraft.
  • JWCC board formally adopts minimal tax rate increase

    JWCC board formally adopts minimal tax rate increase

    Thursday, December 18 2014 9:46 AM EST2014-12-18 14:46:29 GMT
    The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees formally adopted a two-tenths of a cent increase in the district's tax rate Wednesday night, which translates into homeowners paying an additional $3.22 in property taxes in 2015. The college's district includes all of Adams, Pike and Brown counties and parts of Hancock, Calhoun, Schuyler, Morgan, Scott and Cass counties.
    The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees formally adopted a two-tenths of a cent increase in the district's tax rate Wednesday night, which translates into homeowners paying an additional $3.22 in property taxes in 2015. The college's district includes all of Adams, Pike and Brown counties and parts of Hancock, Calhoun, Schuyler, Morgan, Scott and Cass counties.

  • Venvertloh to replace Bick as principal of St. Peter School

    Venvertloh to replace Bick as principal of St. Peter School

    Thursday, December 18 2014 9:14 AM EST2014-12-18 14:14:29 GMT
    St. Peter School will have a new principal next year. Monsignor Leo Enlow, pastor of the Church of St. Peter parish, announced to the staff Wednesday that assistant principal Cindy Venvertloh will be promoted after longtime principal Janet Bick retires at the end of June.
    St. Peter School will have a new principal next year. Monsignor Leo Enlow, pastor of the Church of St. Peter parish, announced to the staff Wednesday that assistant principal Cindy Venvertloh will be promoted after longtime principal Janet Bick retires at the end of June.

  • Electrical improvements helping OLC host larger events

    Electrical improvements helping OLC host larger events

    Thursday, December 18 2014 8:59 AM EST2014-12-18 13:59:19 GMT
    Officials at the Oakley-Lindsay Center continue to praise the 2013 electrical service upgrades in the two exhibition halls to help attract larger shows and events. OLC Executive Director Rob Ebbing told the Quincy Civic Center Authority on Wednesday the upgrades allow large-scale concerts and events featuring thousands of attendees.
    Officials at the Oakley-Lindsay Center continue to praise the 2013 electrical service upgrades in the two exhibition halls to help attract larger shows and events. OLC Executive Director Rob Ebbing told the Quincy Civic Center Authority on Wednesday the upgrades allow large-scale concerts and events featuring thousands of attendees.

  • Woman who locked 5-year-old in basement receives two-year prison sentence

    Woman who locked 5-year-old in basement receives two-year prison sentence

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 6:08 PM EST2014-12-17 23:08:41 GMT
    A Quincy woman who admitted to locking her 5-year-old son in a basement on Easter Sunday while she was at work was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Wednesday. Tricia Franklin, 27, will receive credit for 241 days served in the Adams County Jail, where she has been lodged on $20,000 bond since her April 20 arrest.
    A Quincy woman who admitted to locking her 5-year-old son in a basement on Easter Sunday while she was at work was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Wednesday. Tricia Franklin, 27, will receive credit for 241 days served in the Adams County Jail, where she has been lodged on $20,000 bond since her April 20 arrest.
  • 12 vie for Beaux Arts queen title

    12 vie for Beaux Arts queen title

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 2:28 PM EST2014-12-17 19:28:52 GMT
    The Quincy Art Center celebrates the 84th Beaux Arts Ball, a Quincy tradition, from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The Oakley-Lindsay Center will once again host the ball, and music will be provided by Mobile Entertainer. The reigning queen, Anna McNay, daughter of Richard and Patricia McNay, will crown the new queen during the coronation ceremony beginning at 8 p.m.
    The Quincy Art Center celebrates the 84th Beaux Arts Ball, a Quincy tradition, from 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. The Oakley-Lindsay Center will once again host the ball, and music will be provided by Mobile Entertainer. The reigning queen, Anna McNay, daughter of Richard and Patricia McNay, will crown the new queen during the coronation ceremony beginning at 8 p.m.
  • Ameren holding open houses on transmission line project

    Ameren holding open houses on transmission line project

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 12:53 PM EST2014-12-17 17:53:29 GMT
    MARBLEHEAD, Ill. -- Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois will hold open house briefings on the proposed Illinois Rivers Transmission Line project on Wednesday and Thursday. Ameren Transmission...
    MARBLEHEAD, Ill. -- Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois will hold open house briefings on the proposed Illinois Rivers Transmission Line project on Wednesday and Thursday. Ameren Transmission...
  • This winter's flu season could be a rocky road to navigate

    This winter's flu season could be a rocky road to navigate

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 10:34 AM EST2014-12-17 15:34:04 GMT
    Judging from studies across the region and nationwide, this winter's flu season is going to be filled with unpredictability, complete with pockets of outbreaks due in part to this year's influenza vaccine being less effective. Early flu reports, coupled with the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning the vaccine, indicate the potential exists for a severe and inconsistent flu season.
    Judging from studies across the region and nationwide, this winter's flu season is going to be filled with unpredictability, complete with pockets of outbreaks due in part to this year's influenza vaccine being less effective. Early flu reports, coupled with the recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning the vaccine, indicate the potential exists for a severe and inconsistent flu season.
  • School Board lowering tax levy, giving property owners even more of a break

    School Board lowering tax levy, giving property owners even more of a break

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 10:29 AM EST2014-12-17 15:29:33 GMT
    The Quincy School District is giving local property owners an early Christmas present. The School Board's Finance Committee learned Tuesday the district's 2014 property tax levy will be lower than what was originally presented last month, resulting in an even bigger tax break for property owners.
    The Quincy School District is giving local property owners an early Christmas present. The School Board's Finance Committee learned Tuesday the district's 2014 property tax levy will be lower than what was originally presented last month, resulting in an even bigger tax break for property owners.
  • Gille given Theda Jansen Award for work with disadvantaged children

    Gille given Theda Jansen Award for work with disadvantaged children

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 9:07 AM EST2014-12-17 14:07:07 GMT
    Jerry Gille, executive director of the Quincy Housing Authority, was praised as a great role model for children when he was presented the 2014 Theda Jansen award by the Quincy Neighborhood Federation on Tuesday night.
    Jerry Gille, executive director of the Quincy Housing Authority, was praised as a great role model for children when he was presented the 2014 Theda Jansen award by the Quincy Neighborhood Federation on Tuesday night.
  • Quincy police seek missing man who may be endangered

    Quincy police seek missing man who may be endangered

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 9:03 AM EST2014-12-17 14:03:30 GMT
    Police are seeking a missing person who could be endangered.According to the Quincy Police Department, Terence M. Fulmer, 28, of Quincy, was last seen one week ago and needs medication.
    Police are seeking a missing person who could be endangered.According to the Quincy Police Department, Terence M. Fulmer, 28, of Quincy, was last seen one week ago and needs medication.
  • Committee recommends that jail sales tax question be added to ballot

    Committee recommends that jail sales tax question be added to ballot

    Wednesday, December 17 2014 9:03 AM EST2014-12-17 14:03:13 GMT
    The Adams County Board will consider in January whether to place a question on the April 7 ballot for a quarter-cent sales tax to build a new jail. The county's Jail Exploratory Committee, which has reviewed the current 62-year-old jail and options to finance and upgrade it since August, unanimously recommended Tuesday that voters be asked to fund a new one.
    The Adams County Board will consider in January whether to place a question on the April 7 ballot for a quarter-cent sales tax to build a new jail. The county's Jail Exploratory Committee, which has reviewed the current 62-year-old jail and options to finance and upgrade it since August, unanimously recommended Tuesday that voters be asked to fund a new one.
  • Hannibal man arrested after reportedly attacking man with hatchet-style tool

    Hannibal man arrested after reportedly attacking man with hatchet-style tool

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 5:09 PM EST2014-12-16 22:09:18 GMT
    A 25-year-old Hannibal, Mo., man was lodged in the Marion County Jail on Monday night after police say he attacked a 55-year-old man with a hatchet-style tool earlier in the day.

    A 25-year-old Hannibal, Mo., man was lodged in the Marion County Jail on Monday night after police say he attacked a 55-year-old man with a hatchet-style tool earlier in the day.


  • Blessing Hospital lauded for tissue donation efforts

    Blessing Hospital lauded for tissue donation efforts

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 10:26 AM EST2014-12-16 15:26:09 GMT
    QUINCY -- Blessing Hospital was recognized Monday for its efforts tied to saving and enhancing lives through tissue donation. Blessing was singled out by the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, headquartered in Itasca, Ill., for the 22 donations it provided in the past year. That ranked Blessing 14th out of 180 hospitals in the Gift of Hope Network's service area.
    QUINCY -- Blessing Hospital was recognized Monday for its efforts tied to saving and enhancing lives through tissue donation. Blessing was singled out by the Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, headquartered in Itasca, Ill., for the 22 donations it provided in the past year. That ranked Blessing 14th out of 180 hospitals in the Gift of Hope Network's service area.

  • City to enforce ban on private garbage haulers if ordinance requiring licenses isn't approved

    City to enforce ban on private garbage haulers if ordinance requiring licenses isn't approved

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 9:42 AM EST2014-12-16 14:42:23 GMT
    If an ordinance requiring licenses for private residential garbage haulers is not adopted by the Quincy City Council soon, the city will begin to enforce its ban on private haulers.
    If an ordinance requiring licenses for private residential garbage haulers is not adopted by the Quincy City Council soon, the city will begin to enforce its ban on private haulers.
  • Beef, pork prices expected to continue increase in 2015

    Beef, pork prices expected to continue increase in 2015

    Tuesday, December 16 2014 9:13 AM EST2014-12-16 14:13:07 GMT
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in a recent Food Price Outlook that meat prices will likely continue to experience the effects of the Texas/Oklahoma drought and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in the immediate future, as farmers' decisions on calving and herd sizes based on current conditions are felt down the line.
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in a recent Food Price Outlook that meat prices will likely continue to experience the effects of the Texas/Oklahoma drought and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in the immediate future, as farmers' decisions on calving and herd sizes based on current conditions are felt down the line.
  • Quincy Post Office had its busiest day of the year Monday

    Quincy Post Office had its busiest day of the year Monday

    Monday, December 15 2014 7:34 PM EST2014-12-16 00:34:11 GMT
    Monday was the busiest day of the year at the Quincy post office for mailing holiday cards and packages. “The line has been out the door all morning,” Postmaster Susan Dorrough said near mid-day. A similar surge was being seen at U.S. Postal Service locations around the country, with more than 640 million cards, letters and packages expected to be processed on Monday, according to an Associated Press report.
    Monday was the busiest day of the year at the Quincy post office for mailing holiday cards and packages. “The line has been out the door all morning,” Postmaster Susan Dorrough said near mid-day. A similar surge was being seen at U.S. Postal Service locations around the country, with more than 640 million cards, letters and packages expected to be processed on Monday, according to an Associated Press report.
  • Eight candidates for Quincy School Board step forward on first day of filing period

    Eight candidates for Quincy School Board step forward on first day of filing period

    Monday, December 15 2014 6:35 PM EST2014-12-15 23:35:36 GMT
    Eight candidates for the April 7 Quincy School Board elections stepped forward to file nominating petitions on Monday, the first day of the weeklong filing period.
    Eight candidates for the April 7 Quincy School Board elections stepped forward to file nominating petitions on Monday, the first day of the weeklong filing period.
  • UPDATED: Quincy man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with beating death

    UPDATED: Quincy man charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with beating death

    Monday, December 15 2014 12:04 PM EST2014-12-15 17:04:59 GMT
    David W. Masterson, 50, was taken into custody at a rear ground-level apartment at 905 Jersey Saturday night, and he remained in the Adams County Jail Sunday night. Masterson, who resides at 905 Jersey, was in the apartment when authorities arrived. An investigation indicated Jason Tournear was a guest at the apartment, and he and Tournear had been in a dispute. Marcella Tournear, Jason's wife of eight years, said Masterson is Jason's sister's brother-in-law. 
    David W. Masterson, 50, was taken into custody at a rear ground-level apartment at 905 Jersey Saturday night, and he remained in the Adams County Jail Sunday night. Masterson, who resides at 905 Jersey, was in the apartment when authorities arrived. An investigation indicated Jason Tournear was a guest at the apartment, and he and Tournear had been in a dispute. Marcella Tournear, Jason's wife of eight years, said Masterson is Jason's sister's brother-in-law. 
  • 'Prison is way better than this': Inmates, staff detail problems with Adams County Jail

    'Prison is way better than this': Inmates, staff detail problems with Adams County Jail

    Monday, December 15 2014 11:44 AM EST2014-12-15 16:44:04 GMT
    A regular joke heard at the Adams County Jail is that Administrator Chad Downs has job security. When cell doors aren't functioning, Downs is the only one who knows how to fix them. The company that manufactured the doors went out of business shortly after they were installed during upgrades in the jail in 1997.
    A regular joke heard at the Adams County Jail is that Administrator Chad Downs has job security. When cell doors aren't functioning, Downs is the only one who knows how to fix them. The company that manufactured the doors went out of business shortly after they were installed during upgrades in the jail in 1997.

  • GOOD NEWS CASE 43: Single mom looking for Christmas help

    GOOD NEWS CASE 43: Single mom looking for Christmas help

    Monday, December 15 2014 8:58 AM EST2014-12-15 13:58:07 GMT
    Sue is thankful to have her family in a stable living environment. Sue, not her real name, is a single mother with four children. She's had a difficult...
    Sue is thankful to have her family in a stable living environment. Sue, not her real name, is a single mother with four children. She's had a difficult...
  • Your Turn: with Stefanie Rennecker

    Your Turn: with Stefanie Rennecker

    Monday, December 15 2014 8:44 AM EST2014-12-15 13:44:23 GMT
    Stefanie Rennecker, 31, works as a counselor at Western Community Unit School District No. 12. She is married to Shawn Rennecker, and they have two children -- Sophie, 4, and Sloane, 18 months -- with another on the way. Rennecker grew up in Pittsfield, but has lived in Barry since she got married.
    Stefanie Rennecker, 31, works as a counselor at Western Community Unit School District No. 12. She is married to Shawn Rennecker, and they have two children -- Sophie, 4, and Sloane, 18 months -- with another on the way. Rennecker grew up in Pittsfield, but has lived in Barry since she got married.
  • Good News of Christmas: Youth groups, Scouting organizations finding time to help

    Good News of Christmas: Youth groups, Scouting organizations finding time to help

    Monday, December 15 2014 8:41 AM EST2014-12-15 13:41:39 GMT
    Small hands can make a big difference when it comes to serving the community. Twelve Girl Scouts from Troop 5017, based at Quincy's St. Peter School, put their hands to work Sunday wrapping gifts donated through The Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign.
    Small hands can make a big difference when it comes to serving the community. Twelve Girl Scouts from Troop 5017, based at Quincy's St. Peter School, put their hands to work Sunday wrapping gifts donated through The Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign.

  • Quincy man arrested after another man found beaten to death with metal pipe

    Quincy man arrested after another man found beaten to death with metal pipe

    Sunday, December 14 2014 9:17 AM EST2014-12-14 14:17:19 GMT
    David Masterson was arrested Saturday night and is lodged in the Adams County Jail in connection with an incident that left another man dead in his apartment at 905 Jersey.
    David Masterson was arrested Saturday night and is lodged in the Adams County Jail in connection with an incident that left another man dead in his apartment at 905 Jersey.
  • Displaced Hotel Elkton residents biding their time in emergency shelters

    Displaced Hotel Elkton residents biding their time in emergency shelters

    Sunday, December 14 2014 12:48 AM EST2014-12-14 05:48:22 GMT
    John Shelburne was one of about 50 people displaced from their apartments after a fire Friday ripped through a portion of the Hotel Elkton at 133 S. Fourth. About 24 hours later, Shelburne and many other residents were allowed to go back to their apartments briefly to pick up a few personal belongings.
    John Shelburne was one of about 50 people displaced from their apartments after a fire Friday ripped through a portion of the Hotel Elkton at 133 S. Fourth. About 24 hours later, Shelburne and many other residents were allowed to go back to their apartments briefly to pick up a few personal belongings.

  • Two close fire calls within 15 months unsettling for Fourth Street business owners

    Two close fire calls within 15 months unsettling for Fourth Street business owners

    Sunday, December 14 2014 12:44 AM EST2014-12-14 05:44:08 GMT
    Don't be surprised if Jeff and Vickie Fitzsimmons get a little jumpy whenever they hear a firetruck's wailing siren in the distance. They've had a few too many close calls lately.
    Don't be surprised if Jeff and Vickie Fitzsimmons get a little jumpy whenever they hear a firetruck's wailing siren in the distance. They've had a few too many close calls lately.

  • Blessing Hospital's $70 million construction project right on schedule

    Blessing Hospital's $70 million construction project right on schedule

    Sunday, December 14 2014 12:31 AM EST2014-12-14 05:31:32 GMT
    The end is near. That's Jerry Jackson's assessment of where construction stands for Blessing Hospital's $70.4 million patient care addition, which is "right on schedule" and figures to be completed sometime in the spring.
    The end is near. That's Jerry Jackson's assessment of where construction stands for Blessing Hospital's $70.4 million patient care addition, which is "right on schedule" and figures to be completed sometime in the spring.

  • Help still needed as Good News campaign enters its final days

    Help still needed as Good News campaign enters its final days

    Sunday, December 14 2014 12:09 AM EST2014-12-14 05:09:03 GMT
    As The Quincy Herald's Whig's annual Good News of Christmas campaign heads into its final days before holiday presents are distributed to 55 needy families Thursday, the need for volunteer assistance and donations remains strong.
    As The Quincy Herald's Whig's annual Good News of Christmas campaign heads into its final days before holiday presents are distributed to 55 needy families Thursday, the need for volunteer assistance and donations remains strong.
  • Cat rescued from fire, reunited with owner

    Cat rescued from fire, reunited with owner

    Saturday, December 13 2014 3:07 AM EST2014-12-13 08:07:26 GMT
    Longtime Hotel Elkton employee and resident Bonnie Cleesen stood facing the four-story building hoping and praying as tears ran down her cheeks. A five-alarm fire broke out at about 4:50 p.m. Friday above her third-floor apartment in the building on the southeast corner of Fourth and Jersey. Cleesen wasn't worried about her possessions or herself. Rather, her concern was over her cat, Sammy.
    Longtime Hotel Elkton employee and resident Bonnie Cleesen stood facing the four-story building hoping and praying as tears ran down her cheeks. A five-alarm fire broke out at about 4:50 p.m. Friday above her third-floor apartment in the building on the southeast corner of Fourth and Jersey. Cleesen wasn't worried about her possessions or herself. Rather, her concern was over her cat, Sammy.

  • Owner Mark Neiswender grateful for fire department response, cooperation

    Owner Mark Neiswender grateful for fire department response, cooperation

    Saturday, December 13 2014 2:43 AM EST2014-12-13 07:43:11 GMT
    Mark Neiswender had a big problem on his hands late Friday afternoon. Not only was the fire alarm ringing inside the 54-unit Hotel Elkton property that he owns and manages, his staff in the Patio restaurant -- in the basement -- still needed 10 minutes to complete a major catering order. Neiswender wasted no time.
    Mark Neiswender had a big problem on his hands late Friday afternoon. Not only was the fire alarm ringing inside the 54-unit Hotel Elkton property that he owns and manages, his staff in the Patio restaurant -- in the basement -- still needed 10 minutes to complete a major catering order. Neiswender wasted no time.

  • Emergency shelter arrangements being made for displaced Hotel Elkton residents

    Emergency shelter arrangements being made for displaced Hotel Elkton residents

    Saturday, December 13 2014 2:41 AM EST2014-12-13 07:41:27 GMT
    Emergency shelter arrangements were being made hastily for the approximately 50 people displaced by Friday's fire at the Hotel Elkton, 133 S. Fourth. Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said about 50 people lived the four-story apartment complex, and at least 30 of them were evacuated to the nearby Quality Inn and Suites in the immediate aftermath of the fire. All will need temporary housing elsewhere.
    Emergency shelter arrangements were being made hastily for the approximately 50 people displaced by Friday's fire at the Hotel Elkton, 133 S. Fourth. Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said about 50 people lived the four-story apartment complex, and at least 30 of them were evacuated to the nearby Quality Inn and Suites in the immediate aftermath of the fire. All will need temporary housing elsewhere.

  • U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock touts river funding legislation

    U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock touts river funding legislation

    Saturday, December 13 2014 2:36 AM EST2014-12-13 07:36:38 GMT
    With Lock & Dam 21 as the backdrop, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock told a crowd on Friday that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a funding stream to improve antiquated river infrastructure. A 9-cent increase in fuel used by barges and other river craft will generate at least another $60 million a year to tackle lock upgrades -- if it is passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Obama.
    With Lock & Dam 21 as the backdrop, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock told a crowd on Friday that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a funding stream to improve antiquated river infrastructure. A 9-cent increase in fuel used by barges and other river craft will generate at least another $60 million a year to tackle lock upgrades -- if it is passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Obama.

  • Fire causes major damage at Hotel Elkton, displacing about 50 residents

    Fire causes major damage at Hotel Elkton, displacing about 50 residents

    Saturday, December 13 2014 2:33 AM EST2014-12-13 07:33:38 GMT
    A fire of unknown origin swept through the upper portion of the historic Hotel Elkton late Friday afternoon, forcing at least 30 residents and the Patio restaurant's staff to flee the premises. About seven residents were stranded briefly on the roof of the four-story structure before they were rescued by the Quincy Fire Department's aerial platform truck from the corner of Fourth and Jersey.
    A fire of unknown origin swept through the upper portion of the historic Hotel Elkton late Friday afternoon, forcing at least 30 residents and the Patio restaurant's staff to flee the premises. About seven residents were stranded briefly on the roof of the four-story structure before they were rescued by the Quincy Fire Department's aerial platform truck from the corner of Fourth and Jersey.

  • QFD Christmas open house postponed

    QFD Christmas open house postponed

    Saturday, December 13 2014 2:28 AM EST2014-12-13 07:28:42 GMT
    Due to the fire at the Hotel Elkton on Friday night, the Quincy Christmas Open House has been postponed to Saturday, Dec. 13th.
    Due to the fire at the Hotel Elkton on Friday night, the Quincy Christmas Open House has been postponed to Saturday, Dec. 13th.
  • American Red Cross offers assistance to those affected by Hotel Elkton fire

    American Red Cross offers assistance to those affected by Hotel Elkton fire

    Friday, December 12 2014 10:00 PM EST2014-12-13 03:00:15 GMT
    QUINCY -- The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, 639 York, to assist those affected by a fire this evening at the Hotel Elkton. Caseworkers will be on site at the shelter to help with clients' needs, even if the clients have another place to stay. After a residential fire, Red Cross volunteers ensure that everyone affected has a safe place to stay, food, clothing and emotional support. Red Cross volunteers on the scene are members of the l...
    QUINCY -- The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center, 639 York, to assist those affected by a fire this evening at the Hotel Elkton. Caseworkers will be on site at the shelter to help with clients' needs, even if the clients have another place to stay. After a residential fire, Red Cross volunteers ensure that everyone affected has a safe place to stay, food, clothing and emotional support. Red Cross volunteers on the scene are members of the l...
  • City of Quincy meeting planned to settle police contract

    City of Quincy meeting planned to settle police contract

    Friday, December 12 2014 11:00 AM EST2014-12-12 16:00:08 GMT
    QUINCY -- While one mediation session with an arbitrator between the city of Quincy and the bargaining unit representing police officers and sergeants did not result in a contract, the two sides will meet again this month.
    QUINCY -- While one mediation session with an arbitrator between the city of Quincy and the bargaining unit representing police officers and sergeants did not result in a contract, the two sides will meet again this month.
  • QU will work with Los Angeles-based firm for stadium project

    QU will work with Los Angeles-based firm for stadium project

    Friday, December 12 2014 10:27 AM EST2014-12-12 15:27:30 GMT
    QUINCY -- Quincy University is working with Los Angeles-based Public Facilities Investment Corporation (PFIC) to make the recently announced $4 million of improvements to the football and baseball facilities at QU Stadium.
    QUINCY -- Quincy University is working with Los Angeles-based Public Facilities Investment Corporation (PFIC) to make the recently announced $4 million of improvements to the football and baseball facilities at QU Stadium.

  • City, Iowa developer end negotiations over Newcomb lot redevelopment

    City, Iowa developer end negotiations over Newcomb lot redevelopment

    Thursday, December 11 2014 10:20 AM EST2014-12-11 15:20:42 GMT
    QUINCY -- Negotiations between the city of Quincy and an Iowa firm involved in the proposed development of the Newcomb Hotel site have ended, with both sides agreeing that a deal cannot be reached.
    QUINCY -- Negotiations between the city of Quincy and an Iowa firm involved in the proposed development of the Newcomb Hotel site have ended, with both sides agreeing that a deal cannot be reached. Mayor Kyle Moore made the announcement at a City Hall press conference Thursday morning. The two sides have been negotiating since the Finance Committee agreed to have a development agreement drafted on Sept. 29.

  • Public gives input on Quincy Memorial Bridge project

    Public gives input on Quincy Memorial Bridge project

    Thursday, December 11 2014 10:14 AM EST2014-12-11 15:14:17 GMT
    Tuesday's public hearing gave people a chance to share their thoughts and look at options such as repairing or replacing the Quincy Memorial Bridge, but highway officials have little doubt that replacement is the best option. "The bridge is over 80 years old now," said Roger Driskell, IDOT's deputy director of highways and District 4 engineer. The informational hearing was the first of several opportunities for people to get involved in a process that will take several years.
    Tuesday's public hearing gave people a chance to share their thoughts and look at options such as repairing or replacing the Quincy Memorial Bridge, but highway officials have little doubt that replacement is the best option. "The bridge is over 80 years old now," said Roger Driskell, IDOT's deputy director of highways and District 4 engineer. The informational hearing was the first of several opportunities for people to get involved in a process that will take several years.
  • U.S. 67 segment opens at Chapin; highway supporters eye more construction

    U.S. 67 segment opens at Chapin; highway supporters eye more construction

    Thursday, December 11 2014 9:25 AM EST2014-12-11 14:25:04 GMT
    Highway supporters turned out Wednesday to cut the ribbon on a four-lane segment of U.S. 67 that will be a new economic development tool for Western Illinois. Roger Driskell, the Illinois Department of Transportation's deputy director of highways and Region 4 engineer, said the $39.6 million, 6.5-mile project near Chapin is another step toward completing a four-lane corridor from Alton to the Quad Cities.
    CHAPIN, Ill. -- Highway supporters turned out Wednesday to cut the ribbon on a four-lane segment of U.S. 67 that will be a new economic development tool for Western Illinois. Roger Driskell, the Illinois Department of Transportation's deputy director of highways and Region 4 engineer, said the $39.6 million, 6.5-mile project near Chapin is another step toward completing a four-lane corridor from Alton to the Quad Cities.

  • Voters to decide fate of pool

    Voters to decide fate of pool

    Thursday, December 11 2014 9:19 AM EST2014-12-11 14:19:27 GMT
    QUINCY -- It will be up to Quincy's voters to decide the fate of the aging Wavering Aquatic Center. The Quincy Park Board on Wednesday approved language for a $5.5 million referendum to renovate the public pool on the city's northeast side. While the Park Board decided to go the referendum route, it doesn't appear any members are in favor of the project moving forward.
    QUINCY -- It will be up to Quincy's voters to decide the fate of the aging Wavering Aquatic Center. The Quincy Park Board on Wednesday approved language for a $5.5 million referendum to renovate the public pool on the city's northeast side. While the Park Board decided to go the referendum route, it doesn't appear any members are in favor of the project moving forward.
  • Comcast X1 will soon turn gadgets into virtual TVs

    Comcast X1 will soon turn gadgets into virtual TVs

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 2:50 PM EST2014-12-10 19:50:21 GMT
    QUINCY -- Comcast plans to launch a service Thursday that will allow streaming of live TV to mobile devices in the home and the ability to download recorded shows to gadgets. The X1 box cloud-based TV system is the platform that will connect with phones, tablets, laptops and other wireless devices.
    QUINCY -- Comcast plans to launch a service Thursday that will allow streaming of live TV to mobile devices in the home and the ability to download recorded shows to gadgets. The X1 box cloud-based TV system is the platform that will connect with phones, tablets, laptops and other wireless devices.
  • Chairman wants board input on enhancing Adams County jails

    Chairman wants board input on enhancing Adams County jails

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 2:45 PM EST2014-12-10 19:45:00 GMT
    QUINCY -- The chairman of the panel exploring options to upgrade the Adams County Jail is encouraging members of the County Board to attend next week's committee meeting where it could recommend approval of a ballot measure for a proposed quarter-cent sale tax to fund a new facility.
    QUINCY -- The chairman of the panel exploring options to upgrade the Adams County Jail is encouraging members of the County Board to attend next week's committee meeting where it could recommend approval of a ballot measure for a proposed quarter-cent sale tax to fund a new facility.
  • Hunters' persistence leads to slight uptick in Illinois deer harvest numbers

    Hunters' persistence leads to slight uptick in Illinois deer harvest numbers

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 12:15 PM EST2014-12-10 17:15:11 GMT
    Cliff Watson wasn't overly enthused about hunting during the second portion of the Illinois firearms deer season. He had hunted on private property in eastern Adams County during the three-day November portion and never saw a deer until he was driving back to Quincy late that Sunday afternoon. "It was just standing in the field eating," Watson said. "It picked its head up and just stared at me. It didn't have a care in the world. That was aggravating. I told myself then I was done."
    Cliff Watson wasn't overly enthused about hunting during the second portion of the Illinois firearms deer season. He had hunted on private property in eastern Adams County during the three-day November portion and never saw a deer until he was driving back to Quincy late that Sunday afternoon. "It was just standing in the field eating," Watson said. "It picked its head up and just stared at me. It didn't have a care in the world. That was aggravating. I told myself then I was done."
  • Adams County Board adopts flat tax levy; tax rate expected to be lowest since 2001

    Adams County Board adopts flat tax levy; tax rate expected to be lowest since 2001

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 10:58 AM EST2014-12-10 15:58:06 GMT
    The Adams County Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $9.06 million tax levy, which is the same as adopted last year. With the same amount being levied, the tax rate for the county is expected to decrease from 88.26 cents to 85.24 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. This would be the lowest tax rate from the county since 2001.
    QUINCY -- The Adams County Board on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $9.06 million tax levy, which is the same as adopted last year. With the same amount being levied, the tax rate for the county is expected to decrease from 88.26 cents to 85.24 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. This would be the lowest tax rate from the county since 2001.
  • Plan Commission endorses drive to vacate undeveloped street for Quincy School District

    Plan Commission endorses drive to vacate undeveloped street for Quincy School District

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 10:48 AM EST2014-12-10 15:48:30 GMT
    Quincy Plan Commission members endorsed plans to vacate an undeveloped street that goes through the middle of Monroe School property. Lewis Drive was never developed through the property after the L.G. Pottle Subdivision...
    Quincy Plan Commission members endorsed plans to vacate an undeveloped street that goes through the middle of Monroe School property. Lewis Drive was never developed through the property after the L.G. Pottle Subdivision...
  • Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County announces 2015 Healthy Communities grants

    Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County announces 2015 Healthy Communities grants

    Wednesday, December 10 2014 9:26 AM EST2014-12-10 14:26:34 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County has awarded nearly $30,000 in its 2015 Healthy Communities Grants. The grants, announced Wednesday, fund programs or services benefiting the health and wellness of the county and its residents.
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County has awarded nearly $30,000 in its 2015 Healthy Communities Grants. The grants, announced Wednesday, fund programs or services benefiting the health and wellness of the county and its residents.

  • $5.983 million tax levy formally introduced to City Council

    $5.983 million tax levy formally introduced to City Council

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 11:33 AM EST2014-12-09 16:33:54 GMT
    The proposed $5.983 million tax levy for the city of Quincy was officially introduced Monday night, with the City Council expecting to vote on it at the Dec. 22 meeting. The levy, 2.67 percent higher than last year, is expected to keep the city's tax rate flat at $1.01651 per $100 of assessed valuation because of a 2.4 percent increase in the equalized assessed valuation in the city.
    The proposed $5.983 million tax levy for the city of Quincy was officially introduced Monday night, with the City Council expecting to vote on it at the Dec. 22 meeting. The levy, 2.67 percent higher than last year, is expected to keep the city's tax rate flat at $1.01651 per $100 of assessed valuation because of a 2.4 percent increase in the equalized assessed valuation in the city.

  • School Board hears about options for overseeing school construction program

    School Board hears about options for overseeing school construction program

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 10:39 AM EST2014-12-09 15:39:25 GMT
    At a standing-room-only meeting Monday jammed with architects, engineers, contractors and others from the construction field, the Quincy School Board heard a debate on how it should carry out its $89 million building project.
    At a standing-room-only meeting Monday jammed with architects, engineers, contractors and others from the construction field, the Quincy School Board heard a debate on how it should carry out its $89 million building project.
  • Committee recommends city contribute to branding project

    Committee recommends city contribute to branding project

    Tuesday, December 9 2014 9:45 AM EST2014-12-09 14:45:11 GMT
     QUINCY -- A proposal to have the city of Quincy provide $10,000 in both 2015 and 2016 to help develop a brand for the city and Adams County has received initial approval.
     QUINCY -- A proposal to have the city of Quincy provide $10,000 in both 2015 and 2016 to help develop a brand for the city and Adams County has received initial approval.
  • Memorial Hospital hoping to raise $350,000 by year's end

    Memorial Hospital hoping to raise $350,000 by year's end

    Monday, December 8 2014 11:49 AM EST2014-12-08 16:49:16 GMT
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Greta Wetzel says it's not every day that someone comes to her door offering life insurance, but this policy could ensure that Memorial Hospital meets the goal for its capital campaign. Wetzel, the hospital's executive director of fund development, said an anonymous donor will match up to $350,000 raised by the end of the year through a life insurance policy donation.
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Greta Wetzel says it's not every day that someone comes to her door offering life insurance, but this policy could ensure that Memorial Hospital meets the goal for its capital campaign. Wetzel, the hospital's executive director of fund development, said an anonymous donor will match up to $350,000 raised by the end of the year through a life insurance policy donation.

  • Video gambling's expansion raises both cash and concerns in Illinois

    Video gambling's expansion raises both cash and concerns in Illinois

    Monday, December 8 2014 9:22 AM EST2014-12-08 14:22:37 GMT
    QUINCY -- Reports of slot-type gambling machines in places Illinois lawmakers may not have intended -- florist shops, coin laundries, liquor stores and gas stations -- appear to have bypassed West-Central Illinois for now.
    QUINCY -- Reports of slot-type gambling machines in places Illinois lawmakers may not have intended -- florist shops, coin laundries, liquor stores and gas stations -- appear to have bypassed West-Central Illinois for now.

  • Seasoned firewood supplies running low in some parts of Illinois

    Seasoned firewood supplies running low in some parts of Illinois

    Monday, December 8 2014 9:17 AM EST2014-12-08 14:17:51 GMT
    QUINCY -- Amid reports that some Illinois businesses selling seasoned firewood are running low on supplies, the firewood situation appears to be a mixed bag in the Quincy area. Some sellers have plenty of seasoned firewood, but others could use more.
    QUINCY -- Amid reports that some Illinois businesses selling seasoned firewood are running low on supplies, the firewood situation appears to be a mixed bag in the Quincy area. Some sellers have plenty of seasoned firewood, but others could use more.

  • Quincy Memorial Bridge hearing Tuesday afternoon in Kroc Center

    Quincy Memorial Bridge hearing Tuesday afternoon in Kroc Center

    Saturday, December 6 2014 5:55 PM EST2014-12-06 22:55:31 GMT
    QUINCY -- A public hearing on improvements for Quincy Memorial Bridge will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kroc Community Center, 405 Vermont. The Illinois Department of Transportation is beginning a Phase 1 study for improvements on the bridge, which carries traffic on U.S. 24 over the Mississippi River from Quincy to Missouri.
    QUINCY -- A public hearing on improvements for Quincy Memorial Bridge will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kroc Community Center, 405 Vermont. The Illinois Department of Transportation is beginning a Phase 1 study for improvements on the bridge, which carries traffic on U.S. 24 over the Mississippi River from Quincy to Missouri.

  • Former Hancock County assistant state's attorney charged with misconduct, computer tampering

    Former Hancock County assistant state's attorney charged with misconduct, computer tampering

    Saturday, December 6 2014 2:34 AM EST2014-12-06 07:34:08 GMT
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Official misconduct and computer tampering charges have been filed against Brian Hunter, a former Hancock County assistant state's attorney. The appellate prosecutor filed charges Thursday, alleging that Hunter "deleted official state's attorney documents, files, letters" ...
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Official misconduct and computer tampering charges have been filed against Brian Hunter, a former Hancock County assistant state's attorney. The appellate prosecutor filed charges Thursday, alleging that Hunter "deleted official state's attorney documents, files, letters" ...
  • Quincy Park District not likely to take on Avenue of Lights operations

    Quincy Park District not likely to take on Avenue of Lights operations

    Friday, December 5 2014 11:09 AM EST2014-12-05 16:09:36 GMT
    QUINCY -- After getting more information from organizers with the Avenue of Lights, it doesn't appear that the Quincy Park District will be taking over operations of the holiday lights display housed at Wavering and Moorman parks.
    QUINCY -- After getting more information from organizers with the Avenue of Lights, it doesn't appear that the Quincy Park District will be taking over operations of the holiday lights display housed at Wavering and Moorman parks.
  • Third Annual Christkindl Market opens Saturday

    Third Annual Christkindl Market opens Saturday

    Thursday, December 4 2014 6:17 PM EST2014-12-04 23:17:36 GMT
    QUINCY -- Shoppers looking for a taste of a German holiday celebration won't have to travel far this weekend. The third annual Christkindl Market, sponsored by The District, will have vendors from different backgrounds and gifts for the holidays. While many vendors are returning from last year, Sue Schwartz, who is coordinating the event, said there will be several new ones as well.
    QUINCY -- Shoppers looking for a taste of a German holiday celebration won't have to travel far this weekend. The third annual Christkindl Market, sponsored by The District, will have vendors from different backgrounds and gifts for the holidays. While many vendors are returning from last year, Sue Schwartz, who is coordinating the event, said there will be several new ones as well.
  • Minimum wage bill dies in Illinois House; retirement account bill passes

    Minimum wage bill dies in Illinois House; retirement account bill passes

    Thursday, December 4 2014 11:15 AM EST2014-12-04 16:15:52 GMT
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Plans to raise the Illinois minimum wage stalled on Wednesday, but a new retirement savings program won passage in the General Assembly. Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, cancelled Thursday's House session after he said there were not enough votes to pass a plan to raise the state's base wage to $11 per hour by 2019. Madigan said he does not plan to reconvene the House for a lame duck session in early January.
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Plans to raise the Illinois minimum wage stalled on Wednesday, but a new retirement savings program won passage in the General Assembly. Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, cancelled Thursday's House session after he said there were not enough votes to pass a plan to raise the state's base wage to $11 per hour by 2019. Madigan said he does not plan to reconvene the House for a lame duck session in early January.
  • More than 800 children to benefit from Toys for Tots in Northeast Missouri

    More than 800 children to benefit from Toys for Tots in Northeast Missouri

    Thursday, December 4 2014 10:39 AM EST2014-12-04 15:39:49 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Stores and agencies in Northeast Missouri are still accepting donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots initiative. The program, administered by Douglass Community Services for Marion, Lewis and Ralls counties, collects new, unwrapped toys to be distributed as Christmas gifts for needy children.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Stores and agencies in Northeast Missouri are still accepting donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots initiative. The program, administered by Douglass Community Services for Marion, Lewis and Ralls counties, collects new, unwrapped toys to be distributed as Christmas gifts for needy children.
  • Gas prices expected to keep plunging, could dip below $2 a gallon in some states

    Gas prices expected to keep plunging, could dip below $2 a gallon in some states

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 1:19 PM EST2014-12-03 18:19:49 GMT
    QUINCY -- Keep your fingers crossed. Some analysts are predicting that gasoline prices could fall below $2 a gallon in selected states sometime in the first quarter of 2015. The price per gallon is not likely to dip that low in West-Central Illinois, but Northeast Missouri could see sub-$2 prices at some point in the coming weeks and months. Gasoline prices in the region have not been below $2 a gallon since early 2009.
    QUINCY -- Keep your fingers crossed. Some analysts are predicting that gasoline prices could fall below $2 a gallon in selected states sometime in the first quarter of 2015. The price per gallon is not likely to dip that low in West-Central Illinois, but Northeast Missouri could see sub-$2 prices at some point in the coming weeks and months. Gasoline prices in the region have not been below $2 a gallon since early 2009.
  • Dakota Access pipeline would cross two farms owned by Nauvoo family

    Dakota Access pipeline would cross two farms owned by Nauvoo family

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 9:49 AM EST2014-12-03 14:49:49 GMT
    Some of the details of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline project still are sketchy, but the preliminary maps are clear enough about its impact.
    Some of the details of the proposed Dakota Access pipeline project still are sketchy, but the preliminary maps are clear enough about its impact.
  • Quincy School District gets $269,655 grant to continue after-school programs at QJHS and QHS

    Quincy School District gets $269,655 grant to continue after-school programs at QJHS and QHS

    Wednesday, December 3 2014 9:48 AM EST2014-12-03 14:48:08 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Quincy School District has been awarded a $269,655 state grant to continue providing after-school enrichment programs for students at Quincy Junior High School and Quincy High School. The grant was announced Tuesday by the Illinois State Board of Education as part of a $33 million allocation to 87 schools and organizations.
    QUINCY -- The Quincy School District has been awarded a $269,655 state grant to continue providing after-school enrichment programs for students at Quincy Junior High School and Quincy High School. The grant was announced Tuesday by the Illinois State Board of Education as part of a $33 million allocation to 87 schools and organizations.

  • Three suffer serious injuries in two-vehicle crash on U.S. 61 north of Hannibal

    Three suffer serious injuries in two-vehicle crash on U.S. 61 north of Hannibal

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 11:35 PM EST2014-12-03 04:35:41 GMT
    Four people were transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., following a two-vehicle collision Tuesday about two miles north of Hannibal.
    Four people were transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., following a two-vehicle collision Tuesday about two miles north of Hannibal.
  • Four file letters of interest for Fourth Ward seat on Hannibal City Council

    Four file letters of interest for Fourth Ward seat on Hannibal City Council

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 10:53 PM EST2014-12-03 03:53:50 GMT
    Four candidates have expressed interest in the vacant Fourth Ward seat on the Hannibal City Council. Hannibal City Clerk Angel Vance said before the council's regular meeting Tuesday that five people had filed letters of interest before Tuesday's 10 a.m. deadline, but one person withdrew his letter before the cutoff. Active candidates include Michelle Beck, Joshua Foust, Jerry Irick and Jim VanHoose.
    Four candidates have expressed interest in the vacant Fourth Ward seat on the Hannibal City Council. Hannibal City Clerk Angel Vance said before the council's regular meeting Tuesday that five people had filed letters of interest before Tuesday's 10 a.m. deadline, but one person withdrew his letter before the cutoff. Active candidates include Michelle Beck, Joshua Foust, Jerry Irick and Jim VanHoose.
  • Open house, holiday extravaganza designed to create Alzheimer's awareness

    Open house, holiday extravaganza designed to create Alzheimer's awareness

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 3:12 PM EST2014-12-02 20:12:09 GMT
    QUINCY -- Every little bit helps. That is the unofficial catchphrase this week for the Quincy Area Branch of the Alzheimer's Association, which has two key functions -- an open house and holiday extravaganza -- scheduled for Wednesday.
    QUINCY -- Every little bit helps. That is the unofficial catchphrase this week for the Quincy Area Branch of the Alzheimer's Association, which has two key functions -- an open house and holiday extravaganza -- scheduled for Wednesday.
  • Committee recommends adoption of licensing fee for private garbage haulers

    Committee recommends adoption of licensing fee for private garbage haulers

    Tuesday, December 2 2014 2:05 PM EST2014-12-02 19:05:59 GMT
    Alderman Tony Sassen, R-4Alderman Tony Sassen, R-4
    QUINCY -- Private garbage haulers in Quincy would be required to pay a $1,000 annual licensing fee per vehicle under a plan that was recommended by the city's Garbage and Recycling Committee Monday night.
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  • Quincy woman, daughter ready to celebrate first Christmas in Habitat for Humanity home

    Quincy woman, daughter ready to celebrate first Christmas in Habitat for Humanity home

    Monday, December 22 2014 9:11 AM EST2014-12-22 14:11:59 GMT
    Amanda Nieders has been given two Christmas gifts she won't soon forget. A new home and a fresh start. Quincy Area Habitat for Humanity turned the keys over to Nieders for its 19th house Sunday afternoon. Volunteers, sponsors and family members toured the three-bedroom home at 1726 N. 16th before attending a dedication ceremony celebrating the home's completion.
    Amanda Nieders has been given two Christmas gifts she won't soon forget. A new home and a fresh start. Quincy Area Habitat for Humanity turned the keys over to Nieders for its 19th house Sunday afternoon. Volunteers, sponsors and family members toured the three-bedroom home at 1726 N. 16th before attending a dedication ceremony celebrating the home's completion.

  • Quincy aldermen approve tax levy that keeps tax rate flat

    Quincy aldermen approve tax levy that keeps tax rate flat

    Monday, December 22 2014 10:12 PM EST2014-12-23 03:12:21 GMT
    Without discussion, the Quincy City Council on Monday voted unanimously to adopt a 2015 property tax levy that is 2.67 percent higher than this year's. Because of a 2.4 percent increase in the equalized assessed valuation, the tax rate is projected to remain flat at $1.01651 per $100 of assessed valuation.
    Without discussion, the Quincy City Council on Monday voted unanimously to adopt a 2015 property tax levy that is 2.67 percent higher than this year's. Because of a 2.4 percent increase in the equalized assessed valuation, the tax rate is projected to remain flat at $1.01651 per $100 of assessed valuation.
  • Longtime Quincy barber getting ready to call it quits after 48 1/2 years

    Longtime Quincy barber getting ready to call it quits after 48 1/2 years

    Monday, December 22 2014 12:29 PM EST2014-12-22 17:29:41 GMT
    When Jerry Schaller was a junior at Quincy High School in the early 1960s, it occurred to him he would have to find a job after graduation -- and he didn't know what he wanted to do. Then one day, as an assignment for Ron Rush's business class at QHS, Schaller wrote a paper about the barber profession. It was based on an interview he conducted with his own barber, John Cunningham. Schaller had a sudden realization: He could become a barber himself.
    When Jerry Schaller was a junior at Quincy High School in the early 1960s, it occurred to him he would have to find a job after graduation -- and he didn't know what he wanted to do. Then one day, as an assignment for Ron Rush's business class at QHS, Schaller wrote a paper about the barber profession. It was based on an interview he conducted with his own barber, John Cunningham. Schaller had a sudden realization: He could become a barber himself.
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