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  • Bonness named interim boys coach at QND one day after Sheffield's resignation

    Bonness named interim boys coach at QND one day after Sheffield's resignation

    Thursday, January 29 2015 12:17 PM EST2015-01-29 17:17:18 GMT
    Athletic Director Bill Connell said Sheffield informed him of his decision at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, and the team was informed at 1:45 p.m. Connell said Sheffield will remain at the school as a guidance counselor. "This was 100 percent his decision," Connell said. "We have supported him over the last two years, and he has decided to resign to spend more time with his family." 
    Athletic Director Bill Connell said Sheffield informed him of his decision at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, and the team was informed at 1:45 p.m. Connell said Sheffield will remain at the school as a guidance counselor. "This was 100 percent his decision," Connell said. "We have supported him over the last two years, and he has decided to resign to spend more time with his family." 
  • HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Blessing Physician Services gets head start on 10th anniversary celebration

    HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Blessing Physician Services gets head start on 10th anniversary celebration

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:51 AM EST2015-01-29 16:51:44 GMT
    Blessing Physician Services is getting an early start on its 10th anniversary. Although the actual anniversary is not until February, the celebration began this week as part of National Medical Group Practice Week. National Medical Group Practice Week recognizes the benefits that group practices provide to patients, communities and physicians, as well as recognizing the leaders and staff who support the practices.
    Blessing Physician Services is getting an early start on its 10th anniversary. Although the actual anniversary is not until February, the celebration began this week as part of National Medical Group Practice Week. National Medical Group Practice Week recognizes the benefits that group practices provide to patients, communities and physicians, as well as recognizing the leaders and staff who support the practices.

  • Democrats slate former alderman Klingele to run in Quincy's 3rd Ward

    Democrats slate former alderman Klingele to run in Quincy's 3rd Ward

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:25 AM EST2015-01-29 16:25:14 GMT
    Former Quincy alderman Bob Klingele has been slated by the Adams County Democratic Central Committee to oppose incumbent Republican Paul Havermale in the 3rd Ward.


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  • Payson man takes over as IPPA's interim executive director

    Payson man takes over as IPPA's interim executive director

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:19 AM EST2015-01-29 16:19:41 GMT
    Tim Maiers expects to spend plenty of time on the road in a new role with the Illinois Pork Producers Association. After 16 years as IPPA's director of public relations, the Payson farmer has been named the organization's interim executive director.
    Tim Maiers expects to spend plenty of time on the road in a new role with the Illinois Pork Producers Association. After 16 years as IPPA's director of public relations, the Payson farmer has been named the organization's interim executive director.

  • Reporting rules change for construction industry contractors who use subcontractors

    Reporting rules change for construction industry contractors who use subcontractors

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:13 AM EST2015-01-29 16:13:31 GMT
    Illinois contractors face a deadline Saturday to file paperwork that lists all payments to subcontractors during 2014. Depending on who is talking, the new Illinois Department of Labor rule is either a nightmare or a minor inconvenience.
    Illinois contractors face a deadline Saturday to file paperwork that lists all payments to subcontractors during 2014. Depending on who is talking, the new Illinois Department of Labor rule is either a nightmare or a minor inconvenience.

  • Board president paints positive picture for the District in 2015

    Board president paints positive picture for the District in 2015

    Thursday, January 29 2015 9:15 AM EST2015-01-29 14:15:45 GMT
    Bret Austin painted an optimistic picture Wednesday night when talking about the future of the District during the organization's 37th annual dinner and recognition soiree at One restaurant.
    Bret Austin painted an optimistic picture Wednesday night when talking about the future of the District during the organization's 37th annual dinner and recognition soiree at One restaurant.
  • Labor contracts remain unsettled for Quincy police, firefighter unions

    Labor contracts remain unsettled for Quincy police, firefighter unions

    Thursday, January 29 2015 8:58 AM EST2015-01-29 13:58:54 GMT
    Labor agreements between the city of Quincy and bargaining units representing firefighters and police officers and sergeants have yet to be reached, and it appears at least one could be decided by arbitration. Police officers and firefighters have been operating without a contract since the previous three-year deals expired April 30. 
    Labor agreements between the city of Quincy and bargaining units representing firefighters and police officers and sergeants have yet to be reached, and it appears at least one could be decided by arbitration. Police officers and firefighters have been operating without a contract since the previous three-year deals expired April 30. 
  • Hannibal man wins $80,000 in Show Me Cash lottery game

    Hannibal man wins $80,000 in Show Me Cash lottery game

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 5:12 PM EST2015-01-28 22:12:57 GMT
    A Hannibal man became $80,000 richer this week after purchasing a winning lottery ticket at a local gas station. Steven Roberts told the Missouri Lottery he plays the Show Me Cash game every day. He bought his lucky ticket at the Abel's Quick Stop, 100 Shinn Lane, last Saturday. Roberts and his wife, Bonnie, traveled to the lottery's headquarters in Jefferson City to claim his prize on Monday.
    A Hannibal man became $80,000 richer this week after purchasing a winning lottery ticket at a local gas station. Steven Roberts told the Missouri Lottery he plays the Show Me Cash game every day. He bought his lucky ticket at the Abel's Quick Stop, 100 Shinn Lane, last Saturday. Roberts and his wife, Bonnie, traveled to the lottery's headquarters in Jefferson City to claim his prize on Monday.
  • Address mix-up delays hearing of Madonna House request

    Address mix-up delays hearing of Madonna House request

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 1:11 PM EST2015-01-28 18:11:26 GMT
    Joanne DedertJoanne Dedert

    QUINCY -- A Quincy Plan Commission hearing on a request to allow counseling services and life skills classes at Madonna House was tabled Tuesday night when it was discovered the application was for a different property. Madonna House Executive Director Joanne Dedert requested that the special permit application for 405 S. 12th be withdrawn to allow the organization to submit corrected paperwork. 

    QUINCY -- A Quincy Plan Commission hearing on a request to allow counseling services and life skills classes at Madonna House was tabled Tuesday night when it was discovered the application was for a different property. Madonna House Executive Director Joanne Dedert requested that the special permit application for 405 S. 12th be withdrawn to allow the organization to submit corrected paperwork. 

  • Traffic signals at three Quincy intersections undergoing work

    Traffic signals at three Quincy intersections undergoing work

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 12:24 PM EST2015-01-28 17:24:44 GMT
    QUINCY -- Three Quincy intersections will be without signalization at times through Thursday while new traffic controllers are installed. The city Department of Engineering said work started Tuesday at 12th and Jersey,...
    QUINCY -- Three Quincy intersections will be without signalization at times through Thursday while new traffic controllers are installed. The city Department of Engineering said work started Tuesday at 12th and Jersey,...
  • Pittsfield hospital expands telemedicine into cardiology consults

    Pittsfield hospital expands telemedicine into cardiology consults

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 12:21 PM EST2015-01-28 17:21:31 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Illini Community Hospital has expanded its telemedicine services to cardiology consultations. The technology -- a telemedicine robot providing a secure computer link between a patient in Pittsfield with non-life-threatening cardiology issues and a cardiologist with Blessing Physician Services in Quincy -- allows some patients to stay at Illini rather than transfer to another hospital.
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Illini Community Hospital has expanded its telemedicine services to cardiology consultations. The technology -- a telemedicine robot providing a secure computer link between a patient in Pittsfield with non-life-threatening cardiology issues and a cardiologist with Blessing Physician Services in Quincy -- allows some patients to stay at Illini rather than transfer to another hospital.

  • Rave reviews for new recycling trucks after one month of operations

    Rave reviews for new recycling trucks after one month of operations

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 11:50 AM EST2015-01-28 16:50:39 GMT
    Scott Baird says the new recycling trucks the city of Quincy received in December are much easier to maneuver than the older models. "It's a heavier truck and it's smoother," said Baird, who has driven a recycling truck for the Department of Central Services for 10 years. "The wheelbase is shorter in the back, so we're able to turn sharper. These trucks are a little longer than the old ones, but they just drive better."
    Scott Baird says the new recycling trucks the city of Quincy received in December are much easier to maneuver than the older models. "It's a heavier truck and it's smoother," said Baird, who has driven a recycling truck for the Department of Central Services for 10 years. "The wheelbase is shorter in the back, so we're able to turn sharper. These trucks are a little longer than the old ones, but they just drive better."

  • Faulty meter blamed for fire on Oak Street

    Faulty meter blamed for fire on Oak Street

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 11:32 AM EST2015-01-28 16:32:41 GMT
    A faulty electrical device was believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged an apartment about 4:23 p.m. Tuesday at 400 1/2 Oak. No injuries were reported, but firefighters rescued a cat from the building. 
    A faulty electrical device was believed to be the cause of a fire that damaged an apartment about 4:23 p.m. Tuesday at 400 1/2 Oak. No injuries were reported, but firefighters rescued a cat from the building. 
  • TIF district spending guidelines move to full council

    TIF district spending guidelines move to full council

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 1:41 PM EST2015-01-27 18:41:50 GMT
    Guidelines on how money earned from the city of Quincy's two downtown tax increment financing districts is headed to the full City Council after receiving a recommendation Monday from the Finance Committee.
    Guidelines on how money earned from the city of Quincy's two downtown tax increment financing districts is headed to the full City Council after receiving a recommendation Monday from the Finance Committee.
  • Marion County Commission expects revenue bump to help with new budget

    Marion County Commission expects revenue bump to help with new budget

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 1:13 PM EST2015-01-27 18:13:36 GMT
    Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode said the county has shifted from the "reactive" budgeting approach it took during the Great Recession toward one that focuses on addressing future needs.
    Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode said the county has shifted from the "reactive" budgeting approach it took during the Great Recession toward one that focuses on addressing future needs.
  • Pike board looks at liquor license for dry township's event

    Pike board looks at liquor license for dry township's event

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 12:41 PM EST2015-01-27 17:41:11 GMT
    Organizers hope the benefit's good cause will overshadow any strong feelings about liquor sales. But what one organizer heard from the commission's permitting department about the special permit didn't agree with what Pike County State's Attorney Zack Boren found in a separate conversation with the commission's legal department.
    Organizers hope the benefit's good cause will overshadow any strong feelings about liquor sales. But what one organizer heard from the commission's permitting department about the special permit didn't agree with what Pike County State's Attorney Zack Boren found in a separate conversation with the commission's legal department.

  • Quincy School District to begin construction manager interviews Wednesday

    Quincy School District to begin construction manager interviews Wednesday

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 12:04 PM EST2015-01-27 17:04:24 GMT
    Interviews are to begin Wednesday with three firms interested in serving as construction manager for at least a portion of the Quincy School District's $89 million construction project.
    Interviews are to begin Wednesday with three firms interested in serving as construction manager for at least a portion of the Quincy School District's $89 million construction project.
  • No timeline for state patrol's investigation into shooting involving Hannibal officer

    No timeline for state patrol's investigation into shooting involving Hannibal officer

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 9:43 AM EST2015-01-27 14:43:45 GMT
    Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Monday continued to investigate a Saturday night shooting incident involving a Hannibal police officer in the city's downtown historic district. Sgt. Brent Bernhardt said the patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the shooting after being asked for assistance by Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis.
    Investigators with the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Monday continued to investigate a Saturday night shooting incident involving a Hannibal police officer in the city's downtown historic district. Sgt. Brent Bernhardt said the patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is investigating the shooting after being asked for assistance by Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis.
  • Council vote on health insurance provider delayed additional week

    Council vote on health insurance provider delayed additional week

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 9:14 AM EST2015-01-27 14:14:02 GMT
    A final vote on a proposal that would have Blue Cross Blue Shield serve as the provider for the city of Quincy's self-funded health insurance plan for employees and dependents was delayed Monday for the second consecutive week. Some aldermen said during the City Council meeting that they wanted additional information on how the city would hire a broker or third-party administrator to handle the plan before making a decision.


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  • Lawyer: Money an obstacle in Lovelace's defense

    Lawyer: Money an obstacle in Lovelace's defense

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 9:09 AM EST2015-01-27 14:09:49 GMT
    The start of Curtis Lovelace's first-degree murder trial has been pushed back for a second time. The former assistant Adams County state's attorney and Quincy School Board president, accused of suffocating his wife in February 2006, is now scheduled to go to trial June 29. Jay Elmore, an attorney representing Lovelace, said the main reason for the slow-moving process is the lack of money to mount a defense.
    The start of Curtis Lovelace's first-degree murder trial has been pushed back for a second time. The former assistant Adams County state's attorney and Quincy School Board president, accused of suffocating his wife in February 2006, is now scheduled to go to trial June 29. Jay Elmore, an attorney representing Lovelace, said the main reason for the slow-moving process is the lack of money to mount a defense.

  • Seven people, dog escape safely after house fire at 11th and Chestnut

    Seven people, dog escape safely after house fire at 11th and Chestnut

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 8:54 AM EST2015-01-27 13:54:19 GMT
    Viola Mangham is grateful that her family is safe. Mangham, her two daughters and four grandchildren safely exited her home after a fire broke out late Monday afternoon at 11th and Chestnut. “I could not handle it if something happened to my grand-babies or my girls,” she said.
    Viola Mangham is grateful that her family is safe. Mangham, her two daughters and four grandchildren safely exited her home after a fire broke out late Monday afternoon at 11th and Chestnut. “I could not handle it if something happened to my grand-babies or my girls,” she said.
  • Lovelace murder trial pushed back to June 29

    Lovelace murder trial pushed back to June 29

    Monday, January 26 2015 5:28 PM EST2015-01-26 22:28:07 GMT
    QUINCY, Ill. — The first-degree murder trial of Curtis T. Lovelace has been pushed back to June 29. Lovelace's next appearance in courtwill be April 30 for a status hearing. Lovelace, 45, was arrested in August 2014 in connection with the Feb. 14, 2006, death of his wife, 38-year-old Cory D. Lovelace, in their home at 1869 Kentucky.
    QUINCY, Ill. — The first-degree murder trial of Curtis T. Lovelace has been pushed back to June 29. Lovelace's next appearance in courtwill be April 30 for a status hearing. Lovelace, 45, was arrested in August 2014 in connection with the Feb. 14, 2006, death of his wife, 38-year-old Cory D. Lovelace, in their home at 1869 Kentucky.
  • Hannibal and Palmyra farmers markets change names, locations for spring

    Hannibal and Palmyra farmers markets change names, locations for spring

    Monday, January 26 2015 1:54 PM EST2015-01-26 18:54:49 GMT
     After three years in the parking lot at Finn's Food and Spirits, the market will move back to Central Park in May. It will be aptly known as the Hannibal Central Park Farmers Market.
     After three years in the parking lot at Finn's Food and Spirits, the market will move back to Central Park in May. It will be aptly known as the Hannibal Central Park Farmers Market.

  • Christmas campaign smashes fundraising record, raising more than $420,000

    Christmas campaign smashes fundraising record, raising more than $420,000

    Monday, January 26 2015 1:39 PM EST2015-01-26 18:39:10 GMT
     Campaign chairs John and Dale Stevenson, and their children Jack and Alec, announced Monday the Christmastime campaign raised $429,205 by its Jan. 23 closing. The total exceeded the Salvation Army's 2014 goal by $36,205.
     Campaign chairs John and Dale Stevenson, and their children Jack and Alec, announced Monday the Christmastime campaign raised $429,205 by its Jan. 23 closing. The total exceeded the Salvation Army's 2014 goal by $36,205.

  • HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Blessing earns three-year IAC accreditation

    HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Blessing earns three-year IAC accreditation

    Monday, January 26 2015 1:15 PM EST2015-01-26 18:15:56 GMT
    Family Planning of Quincy is emphasizing Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January; Individuals with an Emergency Medical Technician-B (EMT-B) license are invited to an informational meeting; Hannibal (Mo.) Regional Hospital Foundation will be hosting the sixth annual Sweetheart Swing Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Feb. 13.
    Family Planning of Quincy is emphasizing Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January; Individuals with an Emergency Medical Technician-B (EMT-B) license are invited to an informational meeting; Hannibal (Mo.) Regional Hospital Foundation will be hosting the sixth annual Sweetheart Swing Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Feb. 13.
  • Twelve-year plan to fight emerald ash borer in Quincy has $500,000 price tag

    Twelve-year plan to fight emerald ash borer in Quincy has $500,000 price tag

    Monday, January 26 2015 12:30 PM EST2015-01-26 17:30:04 GMT
    QUINCY -- A plan that would combat the impending arrival of the emerald ash borer would cost the city $500,000 over 12 years. Members of the Quincy Tree Commission on Friday will consider recommending that the City Council adopt the plan, which calls for treating the healthiest ash trees in the city while removing many of the 880 ash trees on city property.
    QUINCY -- A plan that would combat the impending arrival of the emerald ash borer would cost the city $500,000 over 12 years. Members of the Quincy Tree Commission on Friday will consider recommending that the City Council adopt the plan, which calls for treating the healthiest ash trees in the city while removing many of the 880 ash trees on city property.
  • UPDATE: Suspect involved in Hannibal police shooting identified as DaMark Rudd

    UPDATE: Suspect involved in Hannibal police shooting identified as DaMark Rudd

    Monday, January 26 2015 10:27 AM EST2015-01-26 15:27:23 GMT
    Investigators Monday morning were still trying to piece together what happened Saturday night that led to a Hannibal police officer firing a shot at a vehicle in the city's downtown historic district. The Hannibal Police Department on Sunday identified a suspect involved in the incident, but no formal charges have been filed. DaMark L. Rudd, 24, of Hannibal, was identified as the driver of the vehicle attempting to flee from police.
    Investigators Monday morning were still trying to piece together what happened Saturday night that led to a Hannibal police officer firing a shot at a vehicle in the city's downtown historic district. The Hannibal Police Department on Sunday identified a suspect involved in the incident, but no formal charges have been filed. DaMark L. Rudd, 24, of Hannibal, was identified as the driver of the vehicle attempting to flee from police.
  • Souper Bowl of Caring nearing goal of 10,000 items

    Souper Bowl of Caring nearing goal of 10,000 items

    Monday, January 26 2015 9:05 AM EST2015-01-26 14:05:10 GMT
    Megan Duesterhaus feels the "Souper" Bowl goal three local food pantries have is attainable. "I think it's definitely within reach," said Duesterhaus, the executive director of Quanada, a Quincy shelter for women in crisis. Quanada, Madonna House and Quincy Catholic Charities have been working together this month to collect a combined 10,000 items to help keep community food pantries stocked. The Souper Bowl of collections runs through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.
    Megan Duesterhaus feels the "Souper" Bowl goal three local food pantries have is attainable. "I think it's definitely within reach," said Duesterhaus, the executive director of Quanada, a Quincy shelter for women in crisis. Quanada, Madonna House and Quincy Catholic Charities have been working together this month to collect a combined 10,000 items to help keep community food pantries stocked. The Souper Bowl of collections runs through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.
  • The Forgotten Emancipator: Upcoming 150th anniversary showcases how Northeast Missouri man helped free slaves

    The Forgotten Emancipator: Upcoming 150th anniversary showcases how Northeast Missouri man helped free slaves

    Sunday, January 25 2015 1:27 AM EST2015-01-25 06:27:03 GMT
    The name of John Brooks Henderson is largely forgotten, even among many history buffs.
    The name of John Brooks Henderson is largely forgotten, even among many history buffs.
  • Oakley leaves legacy of five decades of community service

    Oakley leaves legacy of five decades of community service

    Sunday, January 25 2015 1:14 AM EST2015-01-25 06:14:59 GMT
    Peter A. "Tony" Oakley, a fourth-generation member of his family to work for The Herald-Whig, died Friday night after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81. Mr. Oakley spent about 50 years with the company, mostly in the circulation and community relations divisions of the newspaper. He was active in many community organizations and he was especially interested in the arts and social services.
    Peter A. "Tony" Oakley, a fourth-generation member of his family to work for The Herald-Whig, died Friday night after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81. Mr. Oakley spent about 50 years with the company, mostly in the circulation and community relations divisions of the newspaper. He was active in many community organizations and he was especially interested in the arts and social services.

  • QU students serve in honor of MLK

    QU students serve in honor of MLK

    Sunday, January 25 2015 1:06 AM EST2015-01-25 06:06:14 GMT
    Emily Lindemulder caught the community service bug on Saturday. A Quincy University sophomore, Lindemulder joined roommates Jessica Wicinski and Rachael Binash to volunteer at the Quincy Humane Society. Even though she had hoped to play with some dogs and cats, Lindemulder wound up cleaning kennels and clearing out a refrigerator during the trio's two-hour stay.
    Emily Lindemulder caught the community service bug on Saturday. A Quincy University sophomore, Lindemulder joined roommates Jessica Wicinski and Rachael Binash to volunteer at the Quincy Humane Society. Even though she had hoped to play with some dogs and cats, Lindemulder wound up cleaning kennels and clearing out a refrigerator during the trio's two-hour stay.
  • Unique new office shows off Michelmann Steel's 150-year history

    Unique new office shows off Michelmann Steel's 150-year history

    Sunday, January 25 2015 1:02 AM EST2015-01-25 06:02:34 GMT
    Customers stepping into the newly remodeled sales office of Michelmann Steel, 137 N. Second, immediately see evidence of the company's purpose and its 150-year history.
    Customers stepping into the newly remodeled sales office of Michelmann Steel, 137 N. Second, immediately see evidence of the company's purpose and its 150-year history.
  • Pikeland outlines timetable for air-conditioning projects

    Pikeland outlines timetable for air-conditioning projects

    Saturday, January 24 2015 1:02 AM EST2015-01-24 06:02:12 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pikeland School District is moving forward with its plans to install air conditioning in three buildings over the summer. Superintendent Paula Hawley outlined a timetable Wednesday for seeking bids for the air-conditioning units as well as asbestos abatement at South Elementary School, the alternative school and Pittsfield High School. "We want to try our best to get it done this summer," Hawley said. 
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pikeland School District is moving forward with its plans to install air conditioning in three buildings over the summer. Superintendent Paula Hawley outlined a timetable Wednesday for seeking bids for the air-conditioning units as well as asbestos abatement at South Elementary School, the alternative school and Pittsfield High School. "We want to try our best to get it done this summer," Hawley said. 

  • Louisiana City Council fires city administrator

    Louisiana City Council fires city administrator

    Saturday, January 24 2015 12:59 AM EST2015-01-24 05:59:54 GMT
    LOUISIANA, Mo. -- After being told by Louisiana's mayor he no longer had confidence in him, Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne was fired by the Louisiana City Council during a special meeting Thursday night. The City Council voted 6-2 to remove Jenne, who also served as the city's police chief. Jenne was replaced on an interim basis as city administrator by Kelly Henderson. Deputy Chief April Epperson will take over Jenne's duties as police chief.
    LOUISIANA, Mo. -- After being told by Louisiana's mayor he no longer had confidence in him, Louisiana City Administrator Bob Jenne was fired by the Louisiana City Council during a special meeting Thursday night. The City Council voted 6-2 to remove Jenne, who also served as the city's police chief. Jenne was replaced on an interim basis as city administrator by Kelly Henderson. Deputy Chief April Epperson will take over Jenne's duties as police chief.
  • Historical Society's open house at former Gardner Museum invites people back in time

    Historical Society's open house at former Gardner Museum invites people back in time

    Saturday, January 24 2015 12:58 AM EST2015-01-24 05:58:29 GMT
    QUINCY -- In a matter of seconds, Frank Specht was transported back to a Friday evening in the late 1950s. It's been that long since, Specht, 65, had been up to the second floor of the former Quincy Public Library building at the southwest corner of Fourth and Maine in downtown Quincy. The place looked much the same as it did when he was just a 10-year-old who spent time in the children's department of the library, he said.
    QUINCY -- In a matter of seconds, Frank Specht was transported back to a Friday evening in the late 1950s. It's been that long since, Specht, 65, had been up to the second floor of the former Quincy Public Library building at the southwest corner of Fourth and Maine in downtown Quincy. The place looked much the same as it did when he was just a 10-year-old who spent time in the children's department of the library, he said.

  • Liberty man's aggravated DUI trial pushed back to May

    Liberty man's aggravated DUI trial pushed back to May

    Saturday, January 24 2015 12:55 AM EST2015-01-24 05:55:27 GMT
    QUINCY -- The trial of a Liberty man charged with aggravated DUI stemming from a fatal crash was pushed back Friday after his lawyer lost a motion hearing in Adams County Circuit Court. Jeffrey T. Tenhouse, 49, will stand trial in May. He was originally scheduled to go to trial in March. The trial date was moved after Judge Scott Walden denied a motion made by Tenhouse's lawyer, Todd Goebel of Springfield, to exclude hospital blood test results.
    QUINCY -- The trial of a Liberty man charged with aggravated DUI stemming from a fatal crash was pushed back Friday after his lawyer lost a motion hearing in Adams County Circuit Court. Jeffrey T. Tenhouse, 49, will stand trial in May. He was originally scheduled to go to trial in March. The trial date was moved after Judge Scott Walden denied a motion made by Tenhouse's lawyer, Todd Goebel of Springfield, to exclude hospital blood test results.

  • Board of Health nominating committee to seek ninth member

    Board of Health nominating committee to seek ninth member

    Friday, January 23 2015 1:16 PM EST2015-01-23 18:16:56 GMT
    Having an odd number of board members also helps prevent concerns with tie votes. With nine members, the board could establish three standing three-member committees — such as finance, nominating and special projects — with no member being required to serve on multiple committees.

    Having an odd number of board members also helps prevent concerns with tie votes. With nine members, the board could establish three standing three-member committees — such as finance, nominating and special projects — with no member being required to serve on multiple committees.

  • JWCC 'Adults Only' meetings designed to help potential non-traditional students

    JWCC 'Adults Only' meetings designed to help potential non-traditional students

    Friday, January 23 2015 1:06 PM EST2015-01-23 18:06:44 GMT
     Current adult students at JWCC will join with recent alumni in small groups to answer the key questions on the minds of other non-traditional students considering college. The focus of the gatherings will deal with three themes: time, money and results.
     Current adult students at JWCC will join with recent alumni in small groups to answer the key questions on the minds of other non-traditional students considering college. The focus of the gatherings will deal with three themes: time, money and results.

  • Brown County commended for no traffic deaths in 2014

    Brown County commended for no traffic deaths in 2014

    Friday, January 23 2015 12:49 PM EST2015-01-23 17:49:29 GMT
     For the fourth time in the last six years, Brown County made it through an entire year with no traffic fatalities. The small county was just one of nine in the state that didn't have anyone die on its roads in 2014.
     For the fourth time in the last six years, Brown County made it through an entire year with no traffic fatalities. The small county was just one of nine in the state that didn't have anyone die on its roads in 2014.

  • Greenfield Elementary School likely to be sold next fall

    Greenfield Elementary School likely to be sold next fall

    Friday, January 23 2015 12:46 PM EST2015-01-23 17:46:03 GMT
     The board voted 7-0 in October to close Greenfield because of a budget shortfall caused by dwindling state aid. Closing Greenfield will save the Mendon School District about $350,000 a year. Thanks to retirements and normal attrition, no jobs will be lost. 
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  • Pikeland School Board lends support to Illinois education

    Pikeland School Board lends support to Illinois education

    Friday, January 23 2015 12:20 PM EST2015-01-23 17:20:15 GMT
    Vision 20/20 could benefit the district by pushing for teacher reciprocity agreements with surrounding states, a more balanced approach to testing and a two-year budget cycle.
    Vision 20/20 could benefit the district by pushing for teacher reciprocity agreements with surrounding states, a more balanced approach to testing and a two-year budget cycle.

  • Missouri road crisis details revealed at Conference on Transportation

    Missouri road crisis details revealed at Conference on Transportation

    Friday, January 23 2015 11:52 AM EST2015-01-23 16:52:28 GMT
    More details on a bare-bones Missouri highway plan were revealed Thursday at a transportation conference where state lawmakers gave little reason for hope they will find a funding solution anytime soon.
    More details on a bare-bones Missouri highway plan were revealed Thursday at a transportation conference where state lawmakers gave little reason for hope they will find a funding solution anytime soon.
  • Moore disputes claims that process wasn't open to aldermen

    Moore disputes claims that process wasn't open to aldermen

    Friday, January 23 2015 10:05 AM EST2015-01-23 15:05:29 GMT
    Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore is contesting assertions of some aldermen that the process the city implemented to hire private companies to handle sludge disposal and operating the wastewater treatment plant was not transparent enough. Alderman Mike Farha said the Finance Committee was only provided a presentation that contained scoring completed by the administration and not the details of the proposals by each company.
    Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore is contesting assertions of some aldermen that the process the city implemented to hire private companies to handle sludge disposal and operating the wastewater treatment plant was not transparent enough. Alderman Mike Farha said the Finance Committee was only provided a presentation that contained scoring completed by the administration and not the details of the proposals by each company.
  • Former Quincy Community Theatre bookkeeper gets probation in theft case

    Former Quincy Community Theatre bookkeeper gets probation in theft case

    Thursday, January 22 2015 3:33 PM EST2015-01-22 20:33:05 GMT
    A former bookeeper and box office manager for the Quincy Community Theatre was sentenced to probation Thursday after she stole more than $12,000 from the organization over a 19-month period. P. Lynn Schlientz, 52, of Benton, Ark., was sentenced to 24 months probation by Judge William Mays during a hearing in Adams County Circuit Court. 
    A former bookeeper and box office manager for the Quincy Community Theatre was sentenced to probation Thursday after she stole more than $12,000 from the organization over a 19-month period. P. Lynn Schlientz, 52, of Benton, Ark., was sentenced to 24 months probation by Judge William Mays during a hearing in Adams County Circuit Court. 
  • Oakley-Lindsay Center gets Ameren Illinois grant to replace theater light bulbs

    Oakley-Lindsay Center gets Ameren Illinois grant to replace theater light bulbs

    Thursday, January 22 2015 1:52 PM EST2015-01-22 18:52:06 GMT
    The Oakley-Lindsay Center will receive an $11,000 grant from Ameren Illinois' ActOnEnergy program to install more energy-efficient lighting in the facility's theater. Rob Ebbing, executive director of the Oakley-Lindsay Center, told the Quincy Civic Center Authority on Wednesday that the grant will pay for replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.
    The Oakley-Lindsay Center will receive an $11,000 grant from Ameren Illinois' ActOnEnergy program to install more energy-efficient lighting in the facility's theater. Rob Ebbing, executive director of the Oakley-Lindsay Center, told the Quincy Civic Center Authority on Wednesday that the grant will pay for replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

  • Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame inductees give Quincy credit

    Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame inductees give Quincy credit

    Thursday, January 22 2015 1:10 PM EST2015-01-22 18:10:39 GMT
    Three men who became the newest members of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Hall of Fame on Wednesday said they owe much of their success to the community they love. The inductees for 2015 are Delmer R. Mitchell, partner with Schmiedeskamp, Robertson Neu and Mitchell LLP; Sam Rinella Jr., co-founder of the Rinella Co.; and Ron Vecchie, vice president of Refreshment Services Pepsi. The induction ceremony was held at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
    Three men who became the newest members of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce's Business Hall of Fame on Wednesday said they owe much of their success to the community they love. The inductees for 2015 are Delmer R. Mitchell, partner with Schmiedeskamp, Robertson Neu and Mitchell LLP; Sam Rinella Jr., co-founder of the Rinella Co.; and Ron Vecchie, vice president of Refreshment Services Pepsi. The induction ceremony was held at the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
  • Former School Board member Steve Krause appointed to Jeff Mays' vacant seat

    Former School Board member Steve Krause appointed to Jeff Mays' vacant seat

    Thursday, January 22 2015 11:51 AM EST2015-01-22 16:51:03 GMT
    The Quincy School Board has appointed former board member Steve Krause to the seat vacated by the resignation of Jeff Mays, who stepped down Jan. 13 with three months left on his second four-year term. Mays resigned a day after he began serving as director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security in Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.
    The Quincy School Board has appointed former board member Steve Krause to the seat vacated by the resignation of Jeff Mays, who stepped down Jan. 13 with three months left on his second four-year term. Mays resigned a day after he began serving as director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security in Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration.

  • Police search for suspects in Palmyra parks vandalism

    Police search for suspects in Palmyra parks vandalism

    Thursday, January 22 2015 10:24 AM EST2015-01-22 15:24:31 GMT
    Palmyra police and city parks officials are seeking information regarding tire ruts, toppled trees and other vandalism in the city's green spaces. Doug Meyers, Palmyra Parks and Recreation director, said a recent bout of vandalism has gone on for about a month. Much of the damage occurred in the city's nature park, but Flower City Park has also been a target.
    Palmyra police and city parks officials are seeking information regarding tire ruts, toppled trees and other vandalism in the city's green spaces. Doug Meyers, Palmyra Parks and Recreation director, said a recent bout of vandalism has gone on for about a month. Much of the damage occurred in the city's nature park, but Flower City Park has also been a target.

  • Park District gets, loses state funding for skate park

    Park District gets, loses state funding for skate park

    Thursday, January 22 2015 9:24 AM EST2015-01-22 14:24:37 GMT
    The state of Illinois giveth, and the state of Illinois taketh away. The Quincy Park District learned Dec. 31 that it had received a $30,000 grant to help build a skate park at Lincoln Park near its headquarters on Bonansinga Drive. However, Gov. Bruce Rauner told recipients that the state would not honor any grants issued by the administration of former governor Pat Quinn because of a spending freeze.
    The state of Illinois giveth, and the state of Illinois taketh away. The Quincy Park District learned Dec. 31 that it had received a $30,000 grant to help build a skate park at Lincoln Park near its headquarters on Bonansinga Drive. However, Gov. Bruce Rauner told recipients that the state would not honor any grants issued by the administration of former governor Pat Quinn because of a spending freeze.

  • Film crew working on two projects recognizing Quincy's role in aiding Mormons

    Film crew working on two projects recognizing Quincy's role in aiding Mormons

    Thursday, January 22 2015 9:18 AM EST2015-01-22 14:18:40 GMT
    A crew from the "History of the Saints" documentary series is filming in Quincy this week for two projects recognizing Quincy's connections to the early history of the Mormon church. One project involves creating a 10- to 12-minute orientation video that will be shown continuously in the new history museum slated to open in March inside the former Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design, Fourth and Maine.
    A crew from the "History of the Saints" documentary series is filming in Quincy this week for two projects recognizing Quincy's connections to the early history of the Mormon church. One project involves creating a 10- to 12-minute orientation video that will be shown continuously in the new history museum slated to open in March inside the former Gardner Museum of Architecture and Design, Fourth and Maine.
  • Quincy School Board awards $5.34 million in contracts for designing new schools

    Quincy School Board awards $5.34 million in contracts for designing new schools

    Thursday, January 22 2015 8:53 AM EST2015-01-22 13:53:29 GMT
    The Quincy School Board on Wednesday awarded separate contracts totaling $5.34 million to three architectural/engineering firms to design five new elementary schools and an addition onto Quincy High School. The cost for the design work was included in the $89 million bond issue approved by voters in the Nov. 4 election, but it's taken more than two months to hammer out the details of the three contracts. "It's been a long time coming," School Board President Stephanie Erwin said
    The Quincy School Board on Wednesday awarded separate contracts totaling $5.34 million to three architectural/engineering firms to design five new elementary schools and an addition onto Quincy High School. The cost for the design work was included in the $89 million bond issue approved by voters in the Nov. 4 election, but it's taken more than two months to hammer out the details of the three contracts. "It's been a long time coming," School Board President Stephanie Erwin said
  • Finance Committee blasts process for wastewater treatment plant operator

    Finance Committee blasts process for wastewater treatment plant operator

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 2:39 PM EST2015-01-21 19:39:28 GMT
    The city's Finance Committee has tabled proposals that would award operations of the wastewater treatment plant and sludge disposal to unnamed private companies because members said the administration did not provide enough details to fully vet the plans.
    The city's Finance Committee has tabled proposals that would award operations of the wastewater treatment plant and sludge disposal to unnamed private companies because members said the administration did not provide enough details to fully vet the plans.
  • Finance Committee to review health care proposal

    Finance Committee to review health care proposal

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 1:11 PM EST2015-01-21 18:11:46 GMT
     A proposal to move employee and dependent health care coverage to Blue Cross Blue Shield is going under additional review after the Quincy City Council approved a request Tuesday to send the one-year plan to the Finance Committee.
     A proposal to move employee and dependent health care coverage to Blue Cross Blue Shield is going under additional review after the Quincy City Council approved a request Tuesday to send the one-year plan to the Finance Committee.

  • Patio restaurant aiming for early February reopening

    Patio restaurant aiming for early February reopening

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 1:07 PM EST2015-01-21 18:07:41 GMT
    If repairs continue to progress as planned, Mark Neiswender said the Patio restaurant will be open for business again during the first week of February or shortly thereafter.
    If repairs continue to progress as planned, Mark Neiswender said the Patio restaurant will be open for business again during the first week of February or shortly thereafter.

  • Quincy police seek help in vehicle theft

    Quincy police seek help in vehicle theft

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 1:02 PM EST2015-01-21 18:02:28 GMT
    Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers is looking for information to help solve a recent motor vehicle theft. Police are looking for a suspect in a theft that took place Jan. 6 at SGL Motors, 1538 N. 24th.
    Quincy Regional Crime Stoppers is looking for information to help solve a recent motor vehicle theft. Police are looking for a suspect in a theft that took place Jan. 6 at SGL Motors, 1538 N. 24th.
  • Pittsfield City Council approves $3M in bonds for hospital project

    Pittsfield City Council approves $3M in bonds for hospital project

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 12:57 PM EST2015-01-21 17:57:56 GMT
    Pittsfield aldermen Tuesday approved and issued $3 million in bonds for the hospital project. The bonds carry no liability to the city and will be repaid by Illini.
    Pittsfield aldermen Tuesday approved and issued $3 million in bonds for the hospital project. The bonds carry no liability to the city and will be repaid by Illini.
  • GOP, Obama agree on some priorities

    GOP, Obama agree on some priorities

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 12:21 PM EST2015-01-21 17:21:00 GMT
    Republican members of Congress say there are several things they can work with President Barack Obama on, but the conflicts got more play in the State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.
    Republican members of Congress say there are several things they can work with President Barack Obama on, but the conflicts got more play in the State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.
  • Hannibal officials question expressway proposal

    Hannibal officials question expressway proposal

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 12:01 PM EST2015-01-21 17:01:27 GMT
    A regional planning official asked the Hannibal City Council on Tuesday to consider backing a long-sought plan to route heavy traffic on U.S. 61 around Hannibal, but reactions from the council were mixed.
    A regional planning official asked the Hannibal City Council on Tuesday to consider backing a long-sought plan to route heavy traffic on U.S. 61 around Hannibal, but reactions from the council were mixed.
  • Man who started Newcomb fire gets prison time in Pike County case

    Man who started Newcomb fire gets prison time in Pike County case

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 11:39 AM EST2015-01-21 16:39:35 GMT
    Mathew C. Clark, the man who pleaded guilty to starting the fire that burned down the Newcomb Hotel in Quincy in late 2013, was sentenced Tuesday in Pike County to seven years in prison and ordered to pay more than $80,000 in restitution in connection with two counts of arson and theft.
    Mathew C. Clark, the man who pleaded guilty to starting the fire that burned down the Newcomb Hotel in Quincy in late 2013, was sentenced Tuesday in Pike County to seven years in prison and ordered to pay more than $80,000 in restitution in connection with two counts of arson and theft.
  • YWCA program teaches girls cooking skills, teamwork

    YWCA program teaches girls cooking skills, teamwork

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 10:10 AM EST2015-01-21 15:10:17 GMT
    The smell of gumbo filled the kitchen of Luther Memorial Church, as eight junior high-aged girls were busy cooking bacon, preparing chicken for the oven and assembling desserts. The girls spent their day off learning the ins and outs of cooking through the Young Women's Chef Program on Monday, which is operated by the YWCA Quincy. 
    The smell of gumbo filled the kitchen of Luther Memorial Church, as eight junior high-aged girls were busy cooking bacon, preparing chicken for the oven and assembling desserts. The girls spent their day off learning the ins and outs of cooking through the Young Women's Chef Program on Monday, which is operated by the YWCA Quincy. 

  • Canton boy, 10, found after leaving school

    Canton boy, 10, found after leaving school

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 9:53 AM EST2015-01-21 14:53:40 GMT
    CANTON, Mo. -- A 10-year-old boy from Canton was found Tuesday afternoon after he had wandered away from school during recess. Canton Police Chief Ryan Crandell said the boy was missing for between 90 minutes to two...
    CANTON, Mo. -- A 10-year-old boy from Canton was found Tuesday afternoon after he had wandered away from school during recess. Canton Police Chief Ryan Crandell said the boy was missing for between 90 minutes to two...
  • Analysis: Obama seizes on recovery, bets on staying power

    Analysis: Obama seizes on recovery, bets on staying power

    Wednesday, January 21 2015 9:10 AM EST2015-01-21 14:10:55 GMT
    President Barack Obama's State of the Union address marked a sweet spot in his presidency when economic signs and his own personal approval are on the rise. He made sure to capitalize, taking credit for policies he said raised the country out of its recession.But sweet spots are by definition fleeting - moments in time that can just as quickly sour.
    President Barack Obama's State of the Union address marked a sweet spot in his presidency when economic signs and his own personal approval are on the rise. He made sure to capitalize, taking credit for policies he said raised the country out of its recession.But sweet spots are by definition fleeting - moments in time that can just as quickly sour.
  • Obama in State of the Union: America is turning the page

    Obama in State of the Union: America is turning the page

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 10:42 PM EST2015-01-21 03:42:36 GMT
    Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans. Obama's address to a joint session of Congress was less a laundry list of new proposals and more an attempt to sell a story of national economic revival.
    Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP's own plans. Obama's address to a joint session of Congress was less a laundry list of new proposals and more an attempt to sell a story of national economic revival.
  • Quincy School District gets $116,310 for security upgrades at eight schools

    Quincy School District gets $116,310 for security upgrades at eight schools

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 6:01 PM EST2015-01-20 23:01:39 GMT
    The Quincy School District has been awarded a $116,310 state grant to make a series of security improvements at eight schools. The School Board's Finance Committee heard about the grant Tuesday morning. Joel Murphy, the district's business manager, said the money is coming from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's school security grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
    The Quincy School District has been awarded a $116,310 state grant to make a series of security improvements at eight schools. The School Board's Finance Committee heard about the grant Tuesday morning. Joel Murphy, the district's business manager, said the money is coming from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency's school security grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  • Jacksonville's Connie Beard to lead Illinois Department of Revenue

    Jacksonville's Connie Beard to lead Illinois Department of Revenue

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 1:50 PM EST2015-01-20 18:50:19 GMT
     Connie Beard, a 59-year-old attorney from Jacksonville, will become director of the Illinois Department of Revenue today.
     Connie Beard, a 59-year-old attorney from Jacksonville, will become director of the Illinois Department of Revenue today.

  • Kiwanis clubs celebrate 100th anniversary with $40,000 donation

    Kiwanis clubs celebrate 100th anniversary with $40,000 donation

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 1:36 PM EST2015-01-20 18:36:39 GMT
    Monday was kind of a big deal if you belonged to one of Quincy's three Kiwanis clubs. In no particular order, the three clubs -- Noon, Breakfast and Golden K -- celebrated their 100th anniversary and contributed a combined $40,000 toward the construction and development of the city's first inclusive playgrounds for children with special needs. 
    Monday was kind of a big deal if you belonged to one of Quincy's three Kiwanis clubs. In no particular order, the three clubs -- Noon, Breakfast and Golden K -- celebrated their 100th anniversary and contributed a combined $40,000 toward the construction and development of the city's first inclusive playgrounds for children with special needs. 

  • Quincy looks to other communities as it develops TIF guidelines

    Quincy looks to other communities as it develops TIF guidelines

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 12:27 PM EST2015-01-20 17:27:19 GMT
    The city of Quincy is studying other communities as it moves to establish guidelines in how it invests money into its two tax increment financing districts. Mayor Kyle Moore said representatives with the city and the District have met with officials from Rock Island and Monmouth in Illinois, along with Madison, Wis.
    The city of Quincy is studying other communities as it moves to establish guidelines in how it invests money into its two tax increment financing districts. Mayor Kyle Moore said representatives with the city and the District have met with officials from Rock Island and Monmouth in Illinois, along with Madison, Wis.

  • Traffic crashes up slightly in Quincy during 2014

    Traffic crashes up slightly in Quincy during 2014

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 10:21 AM EST2015-01-20 15:21:21 GMT
    A few things stick out when Quincy police officer Neal Meyer pours over the city's 2014 traffic statistics. There were nearly 100 more accidents during the year on slick roads than there were during 2013. Meyer, the department's traffic safety officer, believes the rise in accidents in those conditions is a direct link to a rise in accidents on city streets for the third straight year.
    A few things stick out when Quincy police officer Neal Meyer pours over the city's 2014 traffic statistics. There were nearly 100 more accidents during the year on slick roads than there were during 2013. Meyer, the department's traffic safety officer, believes the rise in accidents in those conditions is a direct link to a rise in accidents on city streets for the third straight year.
  • Cardinals Caravan helps set the stage, generate excitement for spring training

    Cardinals Caravan helps set the stage, generate excitement for spring training

    Tuesday, January 20 2015 9:24 AM EST2015-01-20 14:24:19 GMT
    Infielder Pete Kozma, pitcher Nick Greenwood, infielder Dean Anna and outfielder Stephen Piscotty were part of the Cardinals Caravan that made a stop Monday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Fans came from near and far for the experience. “It's really cool. You don't ever get to be this up close to players and the kids enjoy it. I enjoy it. I've been a Cardinal fan for life,” said Chester Fyffe of Cuba, Ill. “It's World Series or bust.”
    Infielder Pete Kozma, pitcher Nick Greenwood, infielder Dean Anna and outfielder Stephen Piscotty were part of the Cardinals Caravan that made a stop Monday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. Fans came from near and far for the experience. “It's really cool. You don't ever get to be this up close to players and the kids enjoy it. I enjoy it. I've been a Cardinal fan for life,” said Chester Fyffe of Cuba, Ill. “It's World Series or bust.”
  • Firefighters battle house fire in south of Philadelphia, Mo.

    Firefighters battle house fire in south of Philadelphia, Mo.

    Monday, January 19 2015 10:50 PM EST2015-01-20 03:50:56 GMT
    A fire Monday morning was mostly contained to the basement of a residence south of Philadelphia, but smoke damage was prevalent through the whole structure.
    A fire Monday morning was mostly contained to the basement of a residence south of Philadelphia, but smoke damage was prevalent through the whole structure.
  • Chili cook-off helps raise money for QU athletic department

    Chili cook-off helps raise money for QU athletic department

    Monday, January 19 2015 1:05 PM EST2015-01-19 18:05:51 GMT
    Rachel Peterson and her group, Bell's Peppers, devised a winning slogan for their two-bean chili. "J is for just darn good chili," Peterson said, handing guests Styrofoam cups marked with "J," the group's judging identification letter. Peterson, Julie Bell and graduate assistant Adam Hancox - representatives from Quincy University's advancement office - served up cup after cup of their special recipe during the Mart Heinen Booster Club's 26th annual chili cook-off.
    Rachel Peterson and her group, Bell's Peppers, devised a winning slogan for their two-bean chili. "J is for just darn good chili," Peterson said, handing guests Styrofoam cups marked with "J," the group's judging identification letter. Peterson, Julie Bell and graduate assistant Adam Hancox - representatives from Quincy University's advancement office - served up cup after cup of their special recipe during the Mart Heinen Booster Club's 26th annual chili cook-off.
  • Bills would affect Missouri Department of Conservation funding

    Bills would affect Missouri Department of Conservation funding

    Monday, January 19 2015 12:58 PM EST2015-01-19 17:58:14 GMT
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Voters in Missouri could get a chance to decide whether a one-eighth-cent conservation tax should be preserved, reduced or brought up for reconsideration periodically. State Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Canton, is the sponsor of HJR 8, a bill that would give voters a chance to repeal the tax on June 30, 2017. He has been accused of wanting to gut the Missouri Department of Conservation budget, but he denies that's his goal.
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Voters in Missouri could get a chance to decide whether a one-eighth-cent conservation tax should be preserved, reduced or brought up for reconsideration periodically. State Rep. Craig Redmon, R-Canton, is the sponsor of HJR 8, a bill that would give voters a chance to repeal the tax on June 30, 2017. He has been accused of wanting to gut the Missouri Department of Conservation budget, but he denies that's his goal.
  • MLK service sends message of reconnecting with civil rights leader

    MLK service sends message of reconnecting with civil rights leader

    Monday, January 19 2015 12:25 PM EST2015-01-19 17:25:56 GMT
    QUINCY -- They came, as they always do this time of year, to honor a memory -- and a dream. Their mood, while somber, is always laced with a sense of hope. That is the nature of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day remembrance, which is always cause for part tribute, part celebration.
    QUINCY -- They came, as they always do this time of year, to honor a memory -- and a dream. Their mood, while somber, is always laced with a sense of hope. That is the nature of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day remembrance, which is always cause for part tribute, part celebration.

  • New London ambulance base accepting 911 calls in Ralls County

    New London ambulance base accepting 911 calls in Ralls County

    Monday, January 19 2015 9:12 AM EST2015-01-19 14:12:39 GMT
    Ralls County emergency service providers are celebrating another milestone this month.
    Ralls County emergency service providers are celebrating another milestone this month.
  • King's life celebrated during event at Hannibal-LaGrange

    King's life celebrated during event at Hannibal-LaGrange

    Sunday, January 18 2015 10:45 PM EST2015-01-19 03:45:52 GMT
    Hannibal-area young people honored the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognized the 150th anniversary of Missouri's Emancipation Ordinance with a freedom celebration at Hannibal-LaGrange University Sunday. Faye Dant, executive director of Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, said the celebration's theme centered on youth participation. Children from local churches and Hannibal Public Schools performed songs and dances in celebration ...
    Hannibal-area young people honored the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and recognized the 150th anniversary of Missouri's Emancipation Ordinance with a freedom celebration at Hannibal-LaGrange University Sunday. Faye Dant, executive director of Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center, said the celebration's theme centered on youth participation. Children from local churches and Hannibal Public Schools performed songs and dances in celebration ...

  • Birds, Native Americans shine at Eagle Days in Quincy

    Birds, Native Americans shine at Eagle Days in Quincy

    Sunday, January 18 2015 1:37 AM EST2015-01-18 06:37:45 GMT
    Knox, a 4-year-old bald eagle, kept a sharp eye on the hundreds of visitors who turned out for the first half of Great River Eagle Days on Saturday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. "We've had 700 to 800 come in today, and we don't charge for little children," Dona Herr said.
    Knox, a 4-year-old bald eagle, kept a sharp eye on the hundreds of visitors who turned out for the first half of Great River Eagle Days on Saturday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. "We've had 700 to 800 come in today, and we don't charge for little children," Dona Herr said.
  • Former Quincy Public Library building getting new life

    Former Quincy Public Library building getting new life

    Sunday, January 18 2015 1:34 AM EST2015-01-18 06:34:09 GMT
    The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County is ready to bring one of downtown Quincy's grandest buildings back to life. The society is ready to open the former public library building at 322 Maine as its history museum. The building has been closed since March 2012, and the society since has overseen the building.
    The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County is ready to bring one of downtown Quincy's grandest buildings back to life. The society is ready to open the former public library building at 322 Maine as its history museum. The building has been closed since March 2012, and the society since has overseen the building.

  • Sullivan retains leadership post in Illinois Senate

    Sullivan retains leadership post in Illinois Senate

    Sunday, January 18 2015 1:28 AM EST2015-01-18 06:28:21 GMT
    Sen. John Sullivan has been reappointed as assistant majority leader in the Illinois Senate's Democratic caucus. Sullivan, 56, took office in 2003 and became a member of leadership in 2006 when then-Senate President Emil Jones made him a majority whip. Sullivan was named assistant majority leader in March 2011 by Senate President John Cullerton.
    Sen. John Sullivan has been reappointed as assistant majority leader in the Illinois Senate's Democratic caucus. Sullivan, 56, took office in 2003 and became a member of leadership in 2006 when then-Senate President Emil Jones made him a majority whip. Sullivan was named assistant majority leader in March 2011 by Senate President John Cullerton.
  • Nominations due Feb. 5 for Agribusiness of the Year Award

    Nominations due Feb. 5 for Agribusiness of the Year Award

    Sunday, January 18 2015 1:24 AM EST2015-01-18 06:24:50 GMT
    The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee is looking for the next recipient of its annual award that recognizes the impact of agribusiness on the region's economy. Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 for the 16th annual Agribusiness of the Year Award.
    The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee is looking for the next recipient of its annual award that recognizes the impact of agribusiness on the region's economy. Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 for the 16th annual Agribusiness of the Year Award.

  • Adult volunteers needed for new 4-H livestock judging club

    Adult volunteers needed for new 4-H livestock judging club

    Sunday, January 18 2015 1:20 AM EST2015-01-18 06:20:07 GMT
    Matt Perry spent time at last year's Brown-Schuyler 4-H Show teaching basic livestock judging skills before youths competed in an informal contest. Now he's spearheading an effort to build those skills a little farther in advance of the summer showing season with a new 4-H Livestock Judging Club.
    Matt Perry spent time at last year's Brown-Schuyler 4-H Show teaching basic livestock judging skills before youths competed in an informal contest. Now he's spearheading an effort to build those skills a little farther in advance of the summer showing season with a new 4-H Livestock Judging Club.

  • Van goes into Curtis Creek near Eighth Street

    Van goes into Curtis Creek near Eighth Street

    Sunday, January 18 2015 1:12 AM EST2015-01-18 06:12:50 GMT
    QUINCY -- A van ended up in Curtis Creek near Eighth Street and RJ Peters Drive on Saturday afternoon. Quincy Police did not have information on the crash. Quincy Fire Department crews responded to the scene and said the...
    QUINCY -- A van ended up in Curtis Creek near Eighth Street and RJ Peters Drive on Saturday afternoon. Quincy Police did not have information on the crash. Quincy Fire Department crews responded to the scene and said the...
  • Chamber honors Mark St. Clair with 2015 Civic Contributor of the Year

    Chamber honors Mark St. Clair with 2015 Civic Contributor of the Year

    Sunday, January 18 2015 1:09 AM EST2015-01-18 06:09:36 GMT
    The Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce named Hannibal High School head football coach Mark St. Clair its 2015 Civic Contributor of the Year at the chamber's 106th Annual Meeting on Saturday. Chamber Executive Director McKenzie Disselhorst said St. Clair is recognized for his record of encouraging community involvement and working with area schools.
    The Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce named Hannibal High School head football coach Mark St. Clair its 2015 Civic Contributor of the Year at the chamber's 106th Annual Meeting on Saturday. Chamber Executive Director McKenzie Disselhorst said St. Clair is recognized for his record of encouraging community involvement and working with area schools.

  • Corps of Engineers plans to issue easement for transmission line over Mississippi

    Corps of Engineers plans to issue easement for transmission line over Mississippi

    Saturday, January 17 2015 1:19 AM EST2015-01-17 06:19:11 GMT
    QUINCY -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue a finding of "no significant impact" on Ameren's proposal to build a new transmission line across the Mississippi River about 3 miles south of Quincy. A lengthy environmental assessment released by the corps in December includes a draft finding of no significant impact.
    QUINCY -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue a finding of "no significant impact" on Ameren's proposal to build a new transmission line across the Mississippi River about 3 miles south of Quincy. A lengthy environmental assessment released by the corps in December includes a draft finding of no significant impact.
  • Committee spends more than $19,000 to push school bond issue

    Committee spends more than $19,000 to push school bond issue

    Saturday, January 17 2015 1:15 AM EST2015-01-17 06:15:01 GMT
    QUINCY -- The committee formed to promote the $89 million school bond referendum to build five new elementary schools and an addition to the high school in Quincy approved by a 2-to-1 margin in November spent more than $19,000 last year. Disclosure reports to the Illinois State Board of Elections show that the Committee for Building Quincy's Schools raising $9,850 during the fourth quarter.
    QUINCY -- The committee formed to promote the $89 million school bond referendum to build five new elementary schools and an addition to the high school in Quincy approved by a 2-to-1 margin in November spent more than $19,000 last year. Disclosure reports to the Illinois State Board of Elections show that the Committee for Building Quincy's Schools raising $9,850 during the fourth quarter.

  • YMCA brings Bagley's program for young athletes into lineup

    YMCA brings Bagley's program for young athletes into lineup

    Saturday, January 17 2015 1:12 AM EST2015-01-17 06:12:41 GMT
    QUINCY -- Both sides say the marriage of mutual interests was a natural. Local personal trainer Gary Bagley had worked for six years on building his Train Smart program, working with junior high school, high school and college athletes in the region.
    QUINCY -- Both sides say the marriage of mutual interests was a natural. Local personal trainer Gary Bagley had worked for six years on building his Train Smart program, working with junior high school, high school and college athletes in the region.
  • Video gambling establishment offers alternative place to play

    Video gambling establishment offers alternative place to play

    Saturday, January 17 2015 1:07 AM EST2015-01-17 06:07:09 GMT
    QUINCY -- Luciano Estrada has played poker machines in bars and bowling alleys, but earlier this week, a friend tipped him off to a new place in Quincy where he could get his poker fix. During a break from work Wednesday afternoon, Estrada made his first trip to Max-A-Million's, a video gambling establishment near 18th and Broadway.
    QUINCY -- Luciano Estrada has played poker machines in bars and bowling alleys, but earlier this week, a friend tipped him off to a new place in Quincy where he could get his poker fix. During a break from work Wednesday afternoon, Estrada made his first trip to Max-A-Million's, a video gambling establishment near 18th and Broadway.

  • Twain's plaque missing from cemetery in New York

    Twain's plaque missing from cemetery in New York

    Friday, January 16 2015 2:37 PM EST2015-01-16 19:37:11 GMT
    This 2007 photo shows both Mark Twain’s plaque, top, and Clara’s husband, Ossip Gabrilowitch. A plaque with Twain’s likeness has gone missing from a monument in the author’s grave site in Elmira, N.Y. | Wikimedia CommonsThis 2007 photo shows both Mark Twain’s plaque, top, and Clara’s husband, Ossip Gabrilowitch. A plaque with Twain’s likeness has gone missing from a monument in the author’s grave site in Elmira, N.Y. | Wikimedia Commons
    A Hannibal-based Mark Twain scholar says academics and fans of the renowned author's work are dismayed a bronze plaque with Twain's likeness went missing from his gravesite last month.
    A Hannibal-based Mark Twain scholar says academics and fans of the renowned author's work are dismayed a bronze plaque with Twain's likeness went missing from his gravesite last month.
  • How to make authentic Greek food: Tips and recipes from cook Nick Panos

    How to make authentic Greek food: Tips and recipes from cook Nick Panos

    Friday, January 16 2015 2:17 PM EST2015-01-16 19:17:47 GMT
    Food dishes prepared by cook Nick Panos on Jan. 9. | H-W Photo/Phil CarlsonFood dishes prepared by cook Nick Panos on Jan. 9. | H-W Photo/Phil Carlson
    Nick Panos, native of Greece, cooks traditional meals from scratch in his Quincy kitchen.
    Nick Panos, native of Greece, cooks traditional meals from scratch in his Quincy kitchen.
  • Quincy School District encouraging participation in Illinois 5 Essentials survey

    Quincy School District encouraging participation in Illinois 5 Essentials survey

    Friday, January 16 2015 12:45 PM EST2015-01-16 17:45:06 GMT
    The Quincy School District is inviting parents, teachers and students to take part in the Illinois 5 Essentials survey. The online survey is being conducted statewide for the next two months through the Illinois State Board of Education. Quincy is participating for the third straight year.
    The Quincy School District is inviting parents, teachers and students to take part in the Illinois 5 Essentials survey. The online survey is being conducted statewide for the next two months through the Illinois State Board of Education. Quincy is participating for the third straight year.

  • Twin's death motivates woman in crusade to prevent dangerous driving

    Twin's death motivates woman in crusade to prevent dangerous driving

    Friday, January 16 2015 9:21 AM EST2015-01-16 14:21:24 GMT
    Cara Filler crusades against preventing the deaths of young people in vehicular-related crashes, speaking to gatherings like the ones she entertained Thursday in a series of assemblies at Quincy High School. She lost her identical twin sister, Mairin, one day after their 18th birthdays in a high-speed crash. Filler's testimony was part of QHS' Project CARS (Caring About Riding Safely) event during Safe Driving Week.
    Cara Filler crusades against preventing the deaths of young people in vehicular-related crashes, speaking to gatherings like the ones she entertained Thursday in a series of assemblies at Quincy High School. She lost her identical twin sister, Mairin, one day after their 18th birthdays in a high-speed crash. Filler's testimony was part of QHS' Project CARS (Caring About Riding Safely) event during Safe Driving Week.
  • 'MoDOT is in trouble': Missouri facing transportation crisis, outlines limited maintenance plan

    'MoDOT is in trouble': Missouri facing transportation crisis, outlines limited maintenance plan

    Thursday, January 15 2015 12:45 PM EST2015-01-15 17:45:02 GMT
    Missouri transportation officials have unveiled a crisis funding plan that could go into effect if the agency budget continues to fall. Missouri's 325 System will focus on maintaining 8,000 miles of primary highways if the transportation budget drops to $325 million in 2017 as expected. That would leave 26,000 miles of highway with limited, routine maintenance.
    Missouri transportation officials have unveiled a crisis funding plan that could go into effect if the agency budget continues to fall. Missouri's 325 System will focus on maintaining 8,000 miles of primary highways if the transportation budget drops to $325 million in 2017 as expected. That would leave 26,000 miles of highway with limited, routine maintenance.

  • Jones wins lottery determining JWCC ballot order

    Jones wins lottery determining JWCC ballot order

    Wednesday, January 14 2015 12:15 PM EST2015-01-14 17:15:23 GMT
    QUINCY -- Challenger Orville B. Jones Jr. won a Tuesday lottery to determine the ballot order for the April 7 election for John Wood Community College trustees. Jones and fellow challenger Don Hess filed candidate petitions simultaneously, forcing a lottery to determine the ballot order. The other candidate in the election is incumbent Trustee James C. Gay.
    QUINCY -- Challenger Orville B. Jones Jr. won a Tuesday lottery to determine the ballot order for the April 7 election for John Wood Community College trustees. Jones and fellow challenger Don Hess filed candidate petitions simultaneously, forcing a lottery to determine the ballot order. The other candidate in the election is incumbent Trustee James C. Gay.
  • Randy Frese ready for oath, hard work in Illinois House

    Randy Frese ready for oath, hard work in Illinois House

    Wednesday, January 14 2015 12:10 PM EST2015-01-14 17:10:24 GMT
    State Rep. Randy Frese, R-PalomaState Rep. Randy Frese, R-Paloma
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Randy Frese was ready for the pomp and circumstance of today's House swearing-in ceremony and the hard work he knows will follow as the Legislature deals with the state's financial crisis. "I know the task ahead of us is going to be hard. I expect we'll get good leadership from the governor, and I hope everybody will be working for the common good," Frese said.
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Randy Frese was ready for the pomp and circumstance of today's House swearing-in ceremony and the hard work he knows will follow as the Legislature deals with the state's financial crisis. "I know the task ahead of us is going to be hard. I expect we'll get good leadership from the governor, and I hope everybody will be working for the common good," Frese said.
  • County Board approves contribution to Quincy/Adams County branding initiative

    County Board approves contribution to Quincy/Adams County branding initiative

    Wednesday, January 14 2015 12:05 PM EST2015-01-14 17:05:02 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Adams County Board has agreed to contribute $10,000 in each of the next two years to a branding initiative for the county and the city of Quincy. The Quincy/Adams County Community Branding Initiative Steering Committee plans to hire North Star Destination Strategies of Nashville, Tenn., to coordinate the effort.
    QUINCY -- The Adams County Board has agreed to contribute $10,000 in each of the next two years to a branding initiative for the county and the city of Quincy. The Quincy/Adams County Community Branding Initiative Steering Committee plans to hire North Star Destination Strategies of Nashville, Tenn., to coordinate the effort.

  • School Board has 45 days to fill Mays' vacant seat -- or not

    School Board has 45 days to fill Mays' vacant seat -- or not

    Wednesday, January 14 2015 10:57 AM EST2015-01-14 15:57:18 GMT
    The Quincy School Board has 45 days to decide whether it wants to name a replacement for Jeff Mays, who submitted his resignation Tuesday with three months left on his second four-year term.
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  • QU's director of campus ministry named auxiliary bishop of New Orleans

    QU's director of campus ministry named auxiliary bishop of New Orleans

    Wednesday, January 14 2015 10:04 AM EST2015-01-14 15:04:12 GMT
    QU's director of campus ministry named bishop Fr. Fernand J. Cheri III, Quincy University's director of campus ministry since 2011, has been appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. 
    QU's director of campus ministry named bishop Fr. Fernand J. Cheri III, Quincy University's director of campus ministry since 2011, has been appointed auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. 
  • Hannibal city departments to team up to help clear snow

    Hannibal city departments to team up to help clear snow

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 1:14 PM EST2015-01-13 18:14:49 GMT
    The Hannibal Board of Public Works and the city's street department have made an arrangement to trade labor hours in hopes of saving money and removing snow quicker. Heath Hall, BPW director of operations, said BPW service workers will plow streets on an as-needed basis, and street crews will repay accumulated hours by completing street repairs and paving projects for the BPW in the spring.
    The Hannibal Board of Public Works and the city's street department have made an arrangement to trade labor hours in hopes of saving money and removing snow quicker. Heath Hall, BPW director of operations, said BPW service workers will plow streets on an as-needed basis, and street crews will repay accumulated hours by completing street repairs and paving projects for the BPW in the spring.
  • Proposed Missouri tax credits, help center aimed at enlisting new farmers

    Proposed Missouri tax credits, help center aimed at enlisting new farmers

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 1:09 PM EST2015-01-13 18:09:41 GMT
    State Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, said in a phone interview that growing communities and an aging farming population mean more people need to get involved in the industry. Munzlinger and another Missouri lawmaker have announced a multi-pronged proposal designed to inspire more Missourians to take up farming, one of the state's major industries. 


    State Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, said in a phone interview that growing communities and an aging farming population mean more people need to get involved in the industry. Munzlinger and another Missouri lawmaker have announced a multi-pronged proposal designed to inspire more Missourians to take up farming, one of the state's major industries. 

  • Quinn commutes six sentences; clemency granted in Adams County case

    Quinn commutes six sentences; clemency granted in Adams County case

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 10:56 AM EST2015-01-13 15:56:58 GMT
    In his final moments as Illinois governor, Pat Quinn commuted the sentences of six people, including a man imprisoned for the 1993 shooting death of a college basketball player.
    In his final moments as Illinois governor, Pat Quinn commuted the sentences of six people, including a man imprisoned for the 1993 shooting death of a college basketball player.
  • Rauner takes oath of office, calling for sacrifice, state spending freeze

    Rauner takes oath of office, calling for sacrifice, state spending freeze

    Tuesday, January 13 2015 10:33 AM EST2015-01-13 15:33:42 GMT
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his inaugural speech to carry the message that it will take sacrifice to correct the state's fiscal crisis. "Each person here today and all those throughout the state will be called upon to share in the sacrifice so that one day we can again share in Illinois' prosperity," Rauner said. "We all must shake up our old ways of thinking."
    Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner used his inaugural speech to carry the message that it will take sacrifice to correct the state's fiscal crisis. "Each person here today and all those throughout the state will be called upon to share in the sacrifice so that one day we can again share in Illinois' prosperity," Rauner said. "We all must shake up our old ways of thinking."
  • Little snow keeps plow crews off the road so far this winter

    Little snow keeps plow crews off the road so far this winter

    Monday, January 12 2015 11:49 AM EST2015-01-12 16:49:55 GMT
    Director of Central Services Marty StegemanDirector of Central Services Marty Stegeman
    Department of Central Services crews have only been deployed only four times so far this winter. Before Monday morning's snowfall, crews had used just 299.7 tons of rock salt. Last winter through Jan. 5, crews had been called out nine times and had used 1,582.5 tons of rock salt.
    Department of Central Services crews have only been deployed only four times so far this winter. Before Monday morning's snowfall, crews had used just 299.7 tons of rock salt. Last winter through Jan. 5, crews had been called out nine times and had used 1,582.5 tons of rock salt.

  • Hannibal firefighters respond to second house fire on Union; no one injured

    Hannibal firefighters respond to second house fire on Union; no one injured

    Monday, January 12 2015 10:51 AM EST2015-01-12 15:51:23 GMT
    For the second straight day, Hannibal Fire Department firefighters had to put out a blaze on Union Street on the city's south side.
    For the second straight day, Hannibal Fire Department firefighters had to put out a blaze on Union Street on the city's south side.
  • WILA helps participants build regional understanding, connections

    WILA helps participants build regional understanding, connections

    Sunday, January 11 2015 1:28 AM EST2015-01-11 06:28:31 GMT
    Registration is underway for the 2015 edition of WILA, which brings together leaders from Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike and Schuyler counties. Program participants get a broad understanding of the complex issues facing the region, build relationships and become better prepared for active involvement in leadership roles. 
    Registration is underway for the 2015 edition of WILA, which brings together leaders from Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike and Schuyler counties. Program participants get a broad understanding of the complex issues facing the region, build relationships and become better prepared for active involvement in leadership roles. 
  • Bill may change motorcycle helmet law requirements in Missouri

    Bill may change motorcycle helmet law requirements in Missouri

    Sunday, January 11 2015 1:11 AM EST2015-01-11 06:11:13 GMT
    An east-central Missouri legislator has proposed loosening helmet requirements for Show-Me State motorcyclists. Rep. Shane Roden, R-Cedar Hill, filed legislation last month that would require only minors and motorcyclists with learner's permits to wear protective headgear while on the road. Both drivers and passengers must now wear helmets or face a maximum $25 fine.
    An east-central Missouri legislator has proposed loosening helmet requirements for Show-Me State motorcyclists. Rep. Shane Roden, R-Cedar Hill, filed legislation last month that would require only minors and motorcyclists with learner's permits to wear protective headgear while on the road. Both drivers and passengers must now wear helmets or face a maximum $25 fine.

  • Blessing Health Professions Library gets grant to preserve historic materials

    Blessing Health Professions Library gets grant to preserve historic materials

    Saturday, January 10 2015 2:15 AM EST2015-01-10 07:15:28 GMT
    Blessing Hospital's Health Professions Library has been awarded a $39,304 Illinois History Digital Imaging grant.
    Blessing Hospital's Health Professions Library has been awarded a $39,304 Illinois History Digital Imaging grant.
  • No one injured in Hannibal fire

    No one injured in Hannibal fire

    Saturday, January 10 2015 1:39 AM EST2015-01-10 06:39:44 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Members of the Hannibal Fire Department worked quickly to put out a structure fire late Friday afternoon. Assistant Chief Sean Hampton said firefighters were dispatched to 1432 Union at 4:31 p.m. Hampton said it took firefighters less than 10 minutes to put out the fire.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Members of the Hannibal Fire Department worked quickly to put out a structure fire late Friday afternoon. Assistant Chief Sean Hampton said firefighters were dispatched to 1432 Union at 4:31 p.m. Hampton said it took firefighters less than 10 minutes to put out the fire.
  • Grape growers association hires first full-time executive director

    Grape growers association hires first full-time executive director

    Saturday, January 10 2015 1:23 AM EST2015-01-10 06:23:04 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Bill McCartney's title with the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association has changed, but his interest in the state's wine industry has not. After serving as part-time executive director since 1998, McCartney now is the association's consultant with Jennifer Montgomery as its first full-time executive director.
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Bill McCartney's title with the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association has changed, but his interest in the state's wine industry has not. After serving as part-time executive director since 1998, McCartney now is the association's consultant with Jennifer Montgomery as its first full-time executive director.

  • Comptroller election illuminates partisan divide

    Comptroller election illuminates partisan divide

    Friday, January 9 2015 2:01 PM EST2015-01-09 19:01:07 GMT
    A November 2016 election for state comptroller was approved by an Illinois Legislature divided along party lines during a special session on Thursday. Democrats who hold a majority in both the state House and Senate say the election will be a chance for voters to choose who should run a statewide office, while Republicans said the special election violates the Illinois Constitution.
    A November 2016 election for state comptroller was approved by an Illinois Legislature divided along party lines during a special session on Thursday. Democrats who hold a majority in both the state House and Senate say the election will be a chance for voters to choose who should run a statewide office, while Republicans said the special election violates the Illinois Constitution.

  • Rauner to embark on Illinois tour ahead of inauguration; Quincy stop set for Saturday

    Rauner to embark on Illinois tour ahead of inauguration; Quincy stop set for Saturday

    Friday, January 9 2015 12:23 PM EST2015-01-09 17:23:28 GMT
    Days before he's set to take office, Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be flying into several of Illinois' smaller and midsized communities. He started the two-day tour Friday morning with a stop in the...
    Days before he's set to take office, Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will be flying into several of Illinois' smaller and midsized communities. He started the two-day tour Friday morning with a stop in the...
  • Clarence nursing home evacuated because of frozen pipe; most residents taken to Shelbina facility

    Clarence nursing home evacuated because of frozen pipe; most residents taken to Shelbina facility

    Friday, January 9 2015 10:38 AM EST2015-01-09 15:38:39 GMT
    Salt River Community Care Administrator Libby Youse got a reminder Thursday afternoon that it always pays to be prepared for the unexpected. Youse's facility took in 22 residents of the Clarence Care Center, which was forced to evacuate around 3 p.m. because of a frozen pipe tied to the building's sprinkler system. Additional residents spent Thursday night with family members.
    Salt River Community Care Administrator Libby Youse got a reminder Thursday afternoon that it always pays to be prepared for the unexpected. Youse's facility took in 22 residents of the Clarence Care Center, which was forced to evacuate around 3 p.m. because of a frozen pipe tied to the building's sprinkler system. Additional residents spent Thursday night with family members.

  • YEAR IN REVIEW: Lovelace murder case captures attention of Quincy, nation

    YEAR IN REVIEW: Lovelace murder case captures attention of Quincy, nation

    Wednesday, December 31 2014 9:26 AM EST2014-12-31 14:26:12 GMT
    The news of Curtis Lovelace - a lawyer who worked in the Adams County state's attorney's office at the time of his wife Cory's death in 2006 - being indicted for murder drew national attention in 2014. The story was published in newspapers throughout the country. Fox News interviewed Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley, who has been in contact with several national news organizations. CBS's "48 Hours" has paid him a visit and a producer from "Dateline NBC" has been at nearly every hearing.
    The news of Curtis Lovelace - a lawyer who worked in the Adams County state's attorney's office at the time of his wife Cory's death in 2006 - being indicted for murder drew national attention in 2014. The story was published in newspapers throughout the country. Fox News interviewed Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley, who has been in contact with several national news organizations. CBS's "48 Hours" has paid him a visit and a producer from "Dateline NBC" has been at nearly every hearing.
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  • Bonness named interim boys coach at QND one day after Sheffield's resignation

    Bonness named interim boys coach at QND one day after Sheffield's resignation

    Thursday, January 29 2015 12:17 PM EST2015-01-29 17:17:18 GMT
    Athletic Director Bill Connell said Sheffield informed him of his decision at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, and the team was informed at 1:45 p.m. Connell said Sheffield will remain at the school as a guidance counselor. "This was 100 percent his decision," Connell said. "We have supported him over the last two years, and he has decided to resign to spend more time with his family." 
    Athletic Director Bill Connell said Sheffield informed him of his decision at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, and the team was informed at 1:45 p.m. Connell said Sheffield will remain at the school as a guidance counselor. "This was 100 percent his decision," Connell said. "We have supported him over the last two years, and he has decided to resign to spend more time with his family." 
  • Ex-Hannibal Boy Scout leader gets 20 years in federal prison in child porn case

    Ex-Hannibal Boy Scout leader gets 20 years in federal prison in child porn case

    Wednesday, January 28 2015 12:08 PM EST2015-01-28 17:08:34 GMT
    A former Boy Scout leader in Hannibal has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. Ian F. Burow, 25, of Columbia, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes.
    A former Boy Scout leader in Hannibal has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. Ian F. Burow, 25, of Columbia, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes.
  • Western Family STEM Night: 'They teach you stuff while you're having fun'

    Western Family STEM Night: 'They teach you stuff while you're having fun'

    Thursday, January 29 2015 11:56 AM EST2015-01-29 16:56:39 GMT
    BARRY, Ill. -- Western Elementary sixth-grader Netti Chaplin bundled an egg in lots of cotton balls, plenty of tape and a small milk carton. Then she dropped it four times from 10 feet onto the gym floor. "Well, it lasted three times," Netti said after the egg didn't survive its fourth landing. "That was pretty good." The egg drop station was one of several popular choices Wednesday at the Western School District's third annual Family STEM Night at the elementary school.
    BARRY, Ill. -- Western Elementary sixth-grader Netti Chaplin bundled an egg in lots of cotton balls, plenty of tape and a small milk carton. Then she dropped it four times from 10 feet onto the gym floor. "Well, it lasted three times," Netti said after the egg didn't survive its fourth landing. "That was pretty good." The egg drop station was one of several popular choices Wednesday at the Western School District's third annual Family STEM Night at the elementary school.

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