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  • Shutting down Canton ferry was 'a very tough decision'

    Shutting down Canton ferry was 'a very tough decision'

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:28:46 GMT
    A part of the region’s history recently slipped into the past tense with little fanfare. The ferry that had connected Canton, Mo., and Meyer, Ill., since 1920 has been shut down. A $618,000 price tag for needed updates and repairs was deemed too costly by the Ursa Farmers Cooperative, which had operated the ferry for the past two decades and shut it down about a month ago.
    A part of the region’s history recently slipped into the past tense with little fanfare. The ferry that had connected Canton, Mo., and Meyer, Ill., since 1920 has been shut down. A $618,000 price tag for needed updates and repairs was deemed too costly by the Ursa Farmers Cooperative, which had operated the ferry for the past two decades and shut it down about a month ago.
  • Three community Good Friday services scheduled in Quincy

    Three community Good Friday services scheduled in Quincy

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-18 13:15:55 GMT
    Luther Memorial Church, Bethel AME and the Kroc Center will host ecumenical Good Friday services in Quincy. The Quincy Area Ministerial Alliance will host the noon service at Luther Memorial Church, while the Salvation...
    Luther Memorial Church, Bethel AME and the Kroc Center will host ecumenical Good Friday services in Quincy. The Quincy Area Ministerial Alliance will host the noon service at Luther Memorial Church, while the Salvation...
  • Quincy man pleads guilty to child sex charges

    Quincy man pleads guilty to child sex charges

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:21:30 GMT
    A Quincy man could spend up to 30 more years in prison after pleading guilty to two sex crimes on Thursday. Gregory A. Korschot Jr., 39, entered pleas in two separate cases in front of Judge Scott Walden in Adams County Circuit Court. Korschot pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of predatory criminal sexual assault. He will be sentenced by Walden on May 20. As part of the plea agreement, Korschot will not b...
    A Quincy man could spend up to 30 more years in prison after pleading guilty to two sex crimes on Thursday. Gregory A. Korschot Jr., 39, entered pleas in two separate cases in front of Judge Scott Walden in Adams County Circuit Court. Korschot pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of predatory criminal sexual assault. He will be sentenced by Walden on May 20. As part of the plea agreement, Korschot will not b...
  • City human resources director submits resignation

    City human resources director submits resignation

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:08 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:08:17 GMT
    Doug Olson, director of human resources for the city of Quincy, submitted his resignation Thursday to take a job with Hollister-Whitney. Olson, a holdover from the administration of former Mayor John Spring, had served in that capacity since May 2005. His last day will be May 2. "It was not an easy decision, but I see an opportunity in the private sector, which I came from, that is very intriguing to me," he said. "The timing is right to make the ch...
    Doug Olson, director of human resources for the city of Quincy, submitted his resignation Thursday to take a job with Hollister-Whitney. Olson, a holdover from the administration of former Mayor John Spring, had served in that capacity since May 2005. His last day will be May 2. "It was not an easy decision, but I see an opportunity in the private sector, which I came from, that is very intriguing to me," he said. "The timing is right to make the ch...
  • Adams County Republicans, Democrats select new central committee chairmen

    Adams County Republicans, Democrats select new central committee chairmen

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:52 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:52:01 GMT
    The Adams County Republicans and Democrats both selected new chairmen Wednesday night. Republicans selected Laura Kent Donahue as chairman of the Central Committee. Donahue served in the Illinois Senate from 1981 to 2002...
    The Adams County Republicans and Democrats both selected new chairmen Wednesday night. Republicans selected Laura Kent Donahue as chairman of the Central Committee. Donahue served in the Illinois Senate from 1981 to 2002...
  • Dot Foods completes new warehouse, hiring staff at Mount Sterling

    Dot Foods completes new warehouse, hiring staff at Mount Sterling

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:46:42 GMT
    MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Dot Foods has completed work on a new refrigerated warehouse at its corporate headquarters and is adding 25 new jobs to staff it. Work on the 110,000-square-foot cooler warehouse began in June. It...
    MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- Dot Foods has completed work on a new refrigerated warehouse at its corporate headquarters and is adding 25 new jobs to staff it. Work on the 110,000-square-foot cooler warehouse began in June. It...
  • Western School District withdraws from Race to the Top

    Western School District withdraws from Race to the Top

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:38:14 GMT
    BARRY, Ill. -- The Western School District plans to withdraw from the Race to the Top program. School Board members Wednesday directed interim Superintendent Steve Goodman to write to Julie Evans with the Illinois State Board of Education to make the request.
    BARRY, Ill. -- The Western School District plans to withdraw from the Race to the Top program. School Board members Wednesday directed interim Superintendent Steve Goodman to write to Julie Evans with the Illinois State Board of Education to make the request.
  • Pikeland takes first step to issue bonds for summer maintenance projects

    Pikeland takes first step to issue bonds for summer maintenance projects

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:35:55 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pikeland School Board intends to issue up to $1.15 million in general obligation bonds to cover summer maintenance projects in 2014 and 2015. Board members adopted a resolution Wednesday marking a first step in the process.
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pikeland School Board intends to issue up to $1.15 million in general obligation bonds to cover summer maintenance projects in 2014 and 2015. Board members adopted a resolution Wednesday marking a first step in the process.
  • Pikeland School Board maintains self-funding for sports programs

    Pikeland School Board maintains self-funding for sports programs

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:09:33 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pikeland School Board wants athletes to continue to self-fund the district's sports programs. Board members Wednesday asked the athletic program to "self-fund" by raising $45,000 in the 2014-15 school year -- the same amount sought for 2013-14.
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pikeland School Board wants athletes to continue to self-fund the district's sports programs. Board members Wednesday asked the athletic program to "self-fund" by raising $45,000 in the 2014-15 school year -- the same amount sought for 2013-14.
  • Adams School students glad to get hands on 58 new tablet computers

    Adams School students glad to get hands on 58 new tablet computers

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:05:31 GMT
    Students at Adams Elementary School are getting more exposure to modern technology thanks to the recent arrival of 58 iPads. The tablet computers were bought with federal Title 1 funding at the request of Principal Marcey Wells. "In order for our students to be competitive, they need to know how to use different technological devices," Wells said.
    Students at Adams Elementary School are getting more exposure to modern technology thanks to the recent arrival of 58 iPads. The tablet computers were bought with federal Title 1 funding at the request of Principal Marcey Wells. "In order for our students to be competitive, they need to know how to use different technological devices," Wells said.
  • Only a few feet separated Quincy man from fire escape

    Only a few feet separated Quincy man from fire escape

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:56:27 GMT
    Quincy police officer Michael Cirrincione felt helpless early Wednesday morning while responding to a fire at 515 S. 17th. Cirrincione was one of four officers who were the first on the scene. He helped kick out a basement window that led to Haley Houge, 22, being saved from the blaze. She told officers that two others, her 4-month-old son and her fiance, were still in the house. "They were so far, but so close to getting out," Cirrincione said. "It was a matter of a few feet."
    Quincy police officer Michael Cirrincione felt helpless early Wednesday morning while responding to a fire at 515 S. 17th. Cirrincione was one of four officers who were the first on the scene. He helped kick out a basement window that led to Haley Houge, 22, being saved from the blaze. She told officers that two others, her 4-month-old son and her fiance, were still in the house. "They were so far, but so close to getting out," Cirrincione said. "It was a matter of a few feet."
  • Addicts Victorious conference helps battle 'drug epidemic'

    Addicts Victorious conference helps battle 'drug epidemic'

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:21:13 GMT
    Rev. Jerry Jenkins wants to issue a wake-up call to the community about the dangers of drug addiction. "The average person in our area has no idea how serious this drug epidemic is," Jenkins said. "We who are fighting...
    Rev. Jerry Jenkins wants to issue a wake-up call to the community about the dangers of drug addiction. "The average person in our area has no idea how serious this drug epidemic is," Jenkins said. "We who are fighting...
  • Civic Center Authority approves $1.81 million budget; five parties interested in Gems

    Civic Center Authority approves $1.81 million budget; five parties interested in Gems

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:19:31 GMT
    The Quincy Civic Center Authority approved a $1.809 million budget Wednesday, a plan that includes 3 percent raises for employees. The authority is projecting $1.83 million in income in the next fiscal year, which starts May 1. That figure is about $48,000 higher than what was budgeted last year. Expenses are projected to be $39,000 higher.
    The Quincy Civic Center Authority approved a $1.809 million budget Wednesday, a plan that includes 3 percent raises for employees. The authority is projecting $1.83 million in income in the next fiscal year, which starts May 1. That figure is about $48,000 higher than what was budgeted last year. Expenses are projected to be $39,000 higher.
  • Hannibal Public Schools approves salary increases for certified and support service staff

    Hannibal Public Schools approves salary increases for certified and support service staff

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:13 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:13:00 GMT
    The Hannibal Public School Board approved salary increases for certificated and support service staff. Jill Janes, superintendent of Hannibal Public Schools, recommended a $750 increase to those at the top of the district's salary scale. Increases are incrementally smaller for those further down the scale. Janes said a group of teachers meet each month during the school year as a committee and was agreeable to the salary incr...
    The Hannibal Public School Board approved salary increases for certificated and support service staff. Jill Janes, superintendent of Hannibal Public Schools, recommended a $750 increase to those at the top of the district's salary scale. Increases are incrementally smaller for those further down the scale. Janes said a group of teachers meet each month during the school year as a committee and was agreeable to the salary incr...
  • JWCC board names new chairman, vice chair

    JWCC board names new chairman, vice chair

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:40 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:40:30 GMT
    Wednesday's meeting of the John Wood Community College Board of Trustees meeting featured a changing of the guard. Jim Gay took over as the chairman of the board, while Larry Fischer became vice chairman. Gay moved up from vice chair, taking over for Randy Sims. Jeanette Green remained as board secretary. The board talked about planning for the 2015 fiscal year. The board hopes to get its first look at the budget at its June meeting, with final a...
    Wednesday's meeting of the John Wood Community College Board of Trustees meeting featured a changing of the guard. Jim Gay took over as the chairman of the board, while Larry Fischer became vice chairman. Gay moved up from vice chair, taking over for Randy Sims. Jeanette Green remained as board secretary. The board talked about planning for the 2015 fiscal year. The board hopes to get its first look at the budget at its June meeting, with final a...
  • Cobb reflects on first year as superintendent of Quincy's public schools

    Cobb reflects on first year as superintendent of Quincy's public schools

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:03:25 GMT
    From his point of view, Steve Cobb's first year as superintendent of the Quincy School District flew by quickly. "It is difficult to believe that it's been a year. It feels like I've always been here," Cobb...
    From his point of view, Steve Cobb's first year as superintendent of the Quincy School District flew by quickly. "It is difficult to believe that it's been a year. It feels like I've always been here," Cobb...
  • Pittsfield City Council approves downtown planters, looks at gas bill overcharge

    Pittsfield City Council approves downtown planters, looks at gas bill overcharge

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:53 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:53:03 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pittsfield City Council will lend its support to a Pittsfield Main Street beautification project. Aldermen voted Tuesday to donate eight planters, up to a cost of $2,400, that Main Street plans for the city's downtown. The city will cover the cost with video gambling funds. Officials say the planters and flowers should look nice around the square. Also Tuesday, aldermen learned about an overcharge on the February g...
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pittsfield City Council will lend its support to a Pittsfield Main Street beautification project. Aldermen voted Tuesday to donate eight planters, up to a cost of $2,400, that Main Street plans for the city's downtown. The city will cover the cost with video gambling funds. Officials say the planters and flowers should look nice around the square. Also Tuesday, aldermen learned about an overcharge on the February g...
  • Blessing's Billings backs study outlining economic benefits of early childhood learning

    Blessing's Billings backs study outlining economic benefits of early childhood learning

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:33:55 GMT
    Brad Billings says he understands the budget dilemma facing legislators in Illinois, which has been bleeding red ink in recent years. "Our state has a lot of challenges," he said. But Billings, president and CEO of...
    Brad Billings says he understands the budget dilemma facing legislators in Illinois, which has been bleeding red ink in recent years. "Our state has a lot of challenges," he said. But Billings, president and CEO of...
  • Safety big part of Quincy coalition's campaign to promote active lifestyle

    Safety big part of Quincy coalition's campaign to promote active lifestyle

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:16:36 GMT
    Carrie Kimber has heard from Quincy residents that it's not safe for people to run or bike on city streets. "I talked to a mom once and she said, ‘I didn't buy my kid a bike, because there's no place safe for...
    Carrie Kimber has heard from Quincy residents that it's not safe for people to run or bike on city streets. "I talked to a mom once and she said, ‘I didn't buy my kid a bike, because there's no place safe for...
  • Father, infant son die in early-morning house fire; cause determined

    Father, infant son die in early-morning house fire; cause determined

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:28:12 GMT
    A father and his infant son died and the child’s mother was rescued in an early morning house fire at 515 S. 17th. Adams County Coroner James Keller said 25-year-old Daniel S. Disseler and his 4-month-old son Hunter John Steven Disseler died after being taken to Blessing Hospital. A team of Quincy police officers rescued the child’s mother from a bedroom in the basement. Investigators determined that the fire was caused by an overloaded electrical junction box in the attic space of the home.
    A father and his infant son died and the child’s mother was rescued in an early morning house fire at 515 S. 17th. Adams County Coroner James Keller said 25-year-old Daniel S. Disseler and his 4-month-old son Hunter John Steven Disseler died after being taken to Blessing Hospital. A team of Quincy police officers rescued the child’s mother from a bedroom in the basement. Investigators determined that the fire was caused by an overloaded electrical junction box in the attic space of the home.
  • QND names Diane Kasparie to newly created position that will help teachers, students

    QND names Diane Kasparie to newly created position that will help teachers, students

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:19:47 GMT
    Diane Kasparie, who has taught science at Quincy Notre Dame High School for the past 15 years, has been named to the new position of QND dean of academic services. QND Principal Mark McDowell said Kasparie will start her duties in July, working with teachers on curriculum, instruction, the use of technology and new teaching methods.
    Diane Kasparie, who has taught science at Quincy Notre Dame High School for the past 15 years, has been named to the new position of QND dean of academic services. QND Principal Mark McDowell said Kasparie will start her duties in July, working with teachers on curriculum, instruction, the use of technology and new teaching methods.
  • Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

    Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:16 PM EDT2014-04-16 02:16:30 GMT
    Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them.Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people. Police say the bomb squad detonated the two backpacks found Tuesday as a precaution. Police have kept people away and tweeted asking people to avo...
    Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. They say they’ve taken a man into custody in connection with them.Police spokesman Dave Estrada says the backpacks were discovered Tuesday evening, a year after two bombs in backpacks exploded at the end of the marathon and killed three people. Police say the bomb squad detonated the two backpacks found Tuesday as a precaution. Police have kept people away and tweeted asking people to avo...
  • Jenkins found guilty of two felonies, faces mandatory prison time

    Jenkins found guilty of two felonies, faces mandatory prison time

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-04-16 01:13:27 GMT
    A Quincy man will be sent to prison after he was found guilty for his role in an October shooting on the city's southwest side. It took an Adams County Circuit Court jury just over two hours Tuesday to find William D. Jenkins, 19, guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony, and aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony. The jury ruled that Jenkins was not guilty of attempted armed robbery, a Class 1 felony. Because he ...
    A Quincy man will be sent to prison after he was found guilty for his role in an October shooting on the city's southwest side. It took an Adams County Circuit Court jury just over two hours Tuesday to find William D. Jenkins, 19, guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm, a Class X felony, and aggravated discharge of a firearm, a Class 1 felony. The jury ruled that Jenkins was not guilty of attempted armed robbery, a Class 1 felony. Because he ...
  • Hannibal hopes planting tree farm eventually saves money beautifying city

    Hannibal hopes planting tree farm eventually saves money beautifying city

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:56:02 GMT
    The city of Hannibal hopes the arrival of 160 trees to plant at a designated tree farm will prove to be a way to inexpensively beautify the city. City manager Jeff LaGarce said the city is using the state's seedling program through the Missouri Department of Conservation to buy trees in bulk at a discount. The city spent $108 for the first batch of trees, and it plans to plant 160 trees each of the next two years for a total of...
    The city of Hannibal hopes the arrival of 160 trees to plant at a designated tree farm will prove to be a way to inexpensively beautify the city. City manager Jeff LaGarce said the city is using the state's seedling program through the Missouri Department of Conservation to buy trees in bulk at a discount. The city spent $108 for the first batch of trees, and it plans to plant 160 trees each of the next two years for a total of...
  • Bitter winter, not spring cold snap, hurt area fruit crops

    Bitter winter, not spring cold snap, hurt area fruit crops

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:53:45 GMT
    URSA, Ill. -- Matt Schulte already knows he's lost part of his grape crop to cold weather. Just not Monday night's cold weather. "This cold snap doesn't bother me. What bothered me was when we were getting 10, 12, 15 below zero. That's where your hybrid grapes are very susceptible," said Schulte, owner of Spirit Knob Winery.
    URSA, Ill. -- Matt Schulte already knows he's lost part of his grape crop to cold weather. Just not Monday night's cold weather. "This cold snap doesn't bother me. What bothered me was when we were getting 10, 12, 15 below zero. That's where your hybrid grapes are very susceptible," said Schulte, owner of Spirit Knob Winery.
  • Station owners slam gas tax hike plan to fund transportation projects

    Station owners slam gas tax hike plan to fund transportation projects

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:06 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:06:28 GMT
    A group of Illinois gas station and convenience store owners are rallying against a plan to increase the Illinois gas tax to fund transportation improvements. Carl Adams, vice president of Illinois Ayers Oil Co., said...
    A group of Illinois gas station and convenience store owners are rallying against a plan to increase the Illinois gas tax to fund transportation improvements. Carl Adams, vice president of Illinois Ayers Oil Co., said...
  • QU to offer two new master's degree programs for Illinois teachers

    QU to offer two new master's degree programs for Illinois teachers

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:04:13 GMT
    Quincy University held a news conference Tuesday to announce two new master's degree programs for licensed Illinois teachers. Both programs will be available starting in June. One program offers a master of science...
    Quincy University held a news conference Tuesday to announce two new master's degree programs for licensed Illinois teachers. Both programs will be available starting in June. One program offers a master of science...
  • April 15 not as rushed because of online forms; taxes higher for U.S. residents

    April 15 not as rushed because of online forms; taxes higher for U.S. residents

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:06:16 GMT
    Procrastinators, beware. Tax forms dropped into U.S. Postal Service collection boxes late tonight will not have April 15 cancellations, triggering fines for late filers. “Post offices are not staying open later in the day. We’re told that 91 percent of all tax returns are done electronically now. The mail volume of tax returns has decreased,” Valerie Welsch, regional spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said.
    Procrastinators, beware. Tax forms dropped into U.S. Postal Service collection boxes late tonight will not have April 15 cancellations, triggering fines for late filers. “Post offices are not staying open later in the day. We’re told that 91 percent of all tax returns are done electronically now. The mail volume of tax returns has decreased,” Valerie Welsch, regional spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said.
  • Aldermen hear water, sewer reserves will be used for capital projects

    Aldermen hear water, sewer reserves will be used for capital projects

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:50:10 GMT
    Water and sewer funds could be used for street projects starting in the next fiscal year, while reserves from both funds could be used for significant improvements at both the water and wastewater treatment plants.
    Water and sewer funds could be used for street projects starting in the next fiscal year, while reserves from both funds could be used for significant improvements at both the water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Aldermen approve $1.593 million five-year landfill contract with Allied

    Aldermen approve $1.593 million five-year landfill contract with Allied

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:45:58 GMT
    A $1.593 million five-year contract with Allied Waste Services was approved by Quincy aldermen Monday for landfill fees. The city will be charged $27.66 per ton of waste dumped at the company's LaGrange, Mo. landfill under the contract. The cost will increase about 3 percent annually. Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said the contract will result in a savings for the city for the first four years. The city currently pays about $31 per ton of waste dumped.
    A $1.593 million five-year contract with Allied Waste Services was approved by Quincy aldermen Monday for landfill fees. The city will be charged $27.66 per ton of waste dumped at the company's LaGrange, Mo. landfill under the contract. The cost will increase about 3 percent annually. Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said the contract will result in a savings for the city for the first four years. The city currently pays about $31 per ton of waste dumped.
  • Sen. Kirk visits Blessing to learn about stroke center

    Sen. Kirk visits Blessing to learn about stroke center

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-04-15 13:11:26 GMT
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk visited Blessing Hospital to learn more about the hospital's stroke center and to raise awareness about strokes like the one he experienced more than two years ago. "I want to make sure that the people in Quincy have outstanding stroke care," Kirk said. He also wants to make sure people don't delay treatment when they experience the symptoms of a stroke. "I know exactly how critical it is. It's like life and death to a lot of people," the Illinois Republican said.
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk visited Blessing Hospital to learn more about the hospital's stroke center and to raise awareness about strokes like the one he experienced more than two years ago. "I want to make sure that the people in Quincy have outstanding stroke care," Kirk said. He also wants to make sure people don't delay treatment when they experience the symptoms of a stroke. "I know exactly how critical it is. It's like life and death to a lot of people," the Illinois Republican said.
  • Advisory panel recommends eliminating valedictorian, salutatorian at QHS

    Advisory panel recommends eliminating valedictorian, salutatorian at QHS

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-04-15 04:20:03 GMT
    An advisory panel is recommending the Quincy School District eliminate the valedictorian and salutatorian graduation honors at Quincy High School and instead recognize top-performing seniors as graduating magna cum laude (with high honors) or summa cum laude (with highest honors). The panel presented its recommendation to the School Board's Curriculum Committee on Monday. The issue will now go to the full School Board for discussion at its April 23 meeting.
    An advisory panel is recommending the Quincy School District eliminate the valedictorian and salutatorian graduation honors at Quincy High School and instead recognize top-performing seniors as graduating magna cum laude (with high honors) or summa cum laude (with highest honors). The panel presented its recommendation to the School Board's Curriculum Committee on Monday. The issue will now go to the full School Board for discussion at its April 23 meeting.
  • Book by Carthage woman helps kids understand cancer

    Book by Carthage woman helps kids understand cancer

    Monday, April 14 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-14 22:58:28 GMT
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- When Kristi Hibbert-Wells' stepdad Todd LeMatty was diagnosed with cancer, she looked for a book to help explain what was going on to her 3-year-old daughter. Not finding anything suitable for a...
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- When Kristi Hibbert-Wells' stepdad Todd LeMatty was diagnosed with cancer, she looked for a book to help explain what was going on to her 3-year-old daughter. Not finding anything suitable for a...
  • Son organizes 'Cancer Crush' in honor of late father, who lost battle with cancer

    Son organizes 'Cancer Crush' in honor of late father, who lost battle with cancer

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-04-14 17:41:28 GMT
    Ted Tappe lost his six-and-a-half year battle with cancer Sunday. He was hospitalized for the last nine weeks of his life, unable to gain enough strength to leave. The reality of watching the strongest man in his life deteriorate in the hospital motivated his son, Luke Tappe, to organize the Cancer Crush, a fundraising event to benefit cancer patients at Blessing Cancer Center. It will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Ambiance.
    Ted Tappe lost his six-and-a-half year battle with cancer Sunday. He was hospitalized for the last nine weeks of his life, unable to gain enough strength to leave. The reality of watching the strongest man in his life deteriorate in the hospital motivated his son, Luke Tappe, to organize the Cancer Crush, a fundraising event to benefit cancer patients at Blessing Cancer Center. It will run from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday at the Ambiance.
  • On the Street: Vancil team to Indy, Quincyans to Busch, bowling for fire departments

    On the Street: Vancil team to Indy, Quincyans to Busch, bowling for fire departments

    Monday, April 14 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-04-14 16:25:16 GMT
    INDY BOUND: A Vancil Performing Arts Center dance team will be performing at the May 25 Indianapolis 500 and accompanying parade. WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs is bringing together dance and cheer teams from...
    INDY BOUND: A Vancil Performing Arts Center dance team will be performing at the May 25 Indianapolis 500 and accompanying parade. WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs is bringing together dance and cheer teams from...
  • Volunteers sought for Comcast Cares Day project in South Park

    Volunteers sought for Comcast Cares Day project in South Park

    Monday, April 14 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-04-14 16:23:52 GMT
    Volunteers are sought to help with a local project in South Park during a nationwide day of service. Comcast is hosting its annual Comcast Cares Day on April 26. The company is teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of...
    Volunteers are sought to help with a local project in South Park during a nationwide day of service. Comcast is hosting its annual Comcast Cares Day on April 26. The company is teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of...
  • Elementary teachers use eSpark to supplement math, reading lessons

    Elementary teachers use eSpark to supplement math, reading lessons

    Monday, April 14 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-04-14 14:22:04 GMT
    BARRY, Ill. -- Western third-grade teacher Maria Herman uses eSpark during guided reading and guided math instruction. "When I'm working with a smaller group, I usually have some students working on eSpark in either...
    BARRY, Ill. -- Western third-grade teacher Maria Herman uses eSpark during guided reading and guided math instruction. "When I'm working with a smaller group, I usually have some students working on eSpark in either...
  • Western school district blends traditional, online learning at all grade levels

    Western school district blends traditional, online learning at all grade levels

    Monday, April 14 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-04-14 13:52:09 GMT
    The Western School District expanded Edgenuity, an online and blended learning solution, into all sixth- to 12th-grade classes this year and became the only one in the area to launch eSpark, a similar program for kindergarten to fifth-grade students. Interim Superintendent Steve Goodman sees the technology as a way to supplement what goes on in the classroom.
    The Western School District expanded Edgenuity, an online and blended learning solution, into all sixth- to 12th-grade classes this year and became the only one in the area to launch eSpark, a similar program for kindergarten to fifth-grade students. Interim Superintendent Steve Goodman sees the technology as a way to supplement what goes on in the classroom.
  • Total lunar eclipse will be first of four consecutive in 2014, 2015

    Total lunar eclipse will be first of four consecutive in 2014, 2015

    Monday, April 14 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-04-14 13:31:45 GMT
    The moon won’t look quite the same to those who are awake and looking at the night sky early Tuesday morning. A total lunar eclipse will be visible in North America for the first time since Dec. 10, 2011.
    The moon won’t look quite the same to those who are awake and looking at the night sky early Tuesday morning. A total lunar eclipse will be visible in North America for the first time since Dec. 10, 2011.
  • Quincy native among plane crash victims being honored with memorial in England

    Quincy native among plane crash victims being honored with memorial in England

    Sunday, April 13 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-04-13 14:00:15 GMT
    Memories of a Quincy man who died in a military plane crash 69 years ago have faded over the years. They are about to be rekindled. Tech. Sgt. Jerome Geers, a Quincy native born in 1920, was one of 11 Americans who died May 10, 1945, after two B-17 bombers collided in mid-air while flying in formation on a sight-seeing tour near Braintree, England, just two days after WWII ended in Europe. Geers' plane was cut in half by the other plane's propel...
    Memories of a Quincy man who died in a military plane crash 69 years ago have faded over the years. They are about to be rekindled. Tech. Sgt. Jerome Geers, a Quincy native born in 1920, was one of 11 Americans who died May 10, 1945, after two B-17 bombers collided in mid-air while flying in formation on a sight-seeing tour near Braintree, England, just two days after WWII ended in Europe. Geers' plane was cut in half by the other plane's propel...
  • St. Francis breaks ground on $2.5 million parish center

    St. Francis breaks ground on $2.5 million parish center

    Saturday, April 12 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-04-13 02:23:15 GMT
    The Rev. Don Blaeser knew that building a parish center at St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church was important to parishioners when he became their pastor four-and-a-half years ago. "One of the first things they asked me...
    The Rev. Don Blaeser knew that building a parish center at St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church was important to parishioners when he became their pastor four-and-a-half years ago. "One of the first things they asked me...
  • Park District gets $972,350 ITEP grant to extend Klingner Trail

    Park District gets $972,350 ITEP grant to extend Klingner Trail

    Saturday, April 12 2014 10:21 PM EDT2014-04-13 02:21:44 GMT
    The Quincy Park District is receiving a boost of nearly $1 million to expand the Bill Klingner Trail.When he learned Saturday that the money from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program had been awarded, Executive Director Ed Seger said the money will allow the district to nearly double the trail’s size.“This will allow us to go all the way from 12th to Fifth Street, and we’ve already closed Parker Heights Park (to vehicle traffic) and turned that i...
    The Quincy Park District is receiving a boost of nearly $1 million to expand the Bill Klingner Trail.When he learned Saturday that the money from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program had been awarded, Executive Director Ed Seger said the money will allow the district to nearly double the trail’s size.“This will allow us to go all the way from 12th to Fifth Street, and we’ve already closed Parker Heights Park (to vehicle traffic) and turned that i...
  • Finalists for C-SC presidential search expected on campus in late April, early May

    Finalists for C-SC presidential search expected on campus in late April, early May

    Saturday, April 12 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-04-13 02:07:19 GMT
    CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College's search for its next president is on schedule after semifinalists were selected for preliminary off-campus interviews. At the conclusion of those confidential interviews, the...
    CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College's search for its next president is on schedule after semifinalists were selected for preliminary off-campus interviews. At the conclusion of those confidential interviews, the...
  • Rescued eagle reunited with Knox County students who discovered it

    Rescued eagle reunited with Knox County students who discovered it

    Saturday, April 12 2014 1:43 AM EDT2014-04-12 05:43:03 GMT
    EDINA, Mo. -- Kay Mallett made sure to stop the school bus she was driving, so the remaining students could see the bald eagle on the side of the road. A bus driver with the Knox County R-1 School District, Mallett had...
    EDINA, Mo. -- Kay Mallett made sure to stop the school bus she was driving, so the remaining students could see the bald eagle on the side of the road. A bus driver with the Knox County R-1 School District, Mallett had...
  • Hannibal Regional Medical Group offers free screenings to promote oral cancer awareness

    Hannibal Regional Medical Group offers free screenings to promote oral cancer awareness

    Saturday, April 12 2014 12:56 AM EDT2014-04-12 04:56:32 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- When it comes to stopping the destructive consequences of cancer, early detection is vital. That's why Hannibal Regional Medical Group is offering free oral cancer screenings for anyone from 9-11...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- When it comes to stopping the destructive consequences of cancer, early detection is vital. That's why Hannibal Regional Medical Group is offering free oral cancer screenings for anyone from 9-11...
  • Fire destroys home in Pike County

    Fire destroys home in Pike County

    Saturday, April 12 2014 12:49 AM EDT2014-04-12 04:49:07 GMT
    FISHHOOK, Ill. -- A rural Pike County family was left homeless following a Thursday evening fire that destroyed its residence. "It was a total loss," said Bryan Martin, the assistant chief of the North Pike Fire...
    FISHHOOK, Ill. -- A rural Pike County family was left homeless following a Thursday evening fire that destroyed its residence. "It was a total loss," said Bryan Martin, the assistant chief of the North Pike Fire...
  • School survey deadline extended to April 21; copy to appear in Herald-Whig

    School survey deadline extended to April 21; copy to appear in Herald-Whig

    Saturday, April 12 2014 12:36 AM EDT2014-04-12 04:36:48 GMT
    The Quincy School District is extending the deadline for its facilities survey to April 21. In addition, the superintendent's steering committee is providing additional ways for people to fill out the questionnaire. ...
    The Quincy School District is extending the deadline for its facilities survey to April 21. In addition, the superintendent's steering committee is providing additional ways for people to fill out the questionnaire. ...
  • Palmyra schools superintendent says he expects 'fairly good increase' in state funding

    Palmyra schools superintendent says he expects 'fairly good increase' in state funding

    Saturday, April 12 2014 12:34 AM EDT2014-04-12 04:34:55 GMT
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra R-1 School District is planning to give raises to employees this spring, but the amount depends on how much state funding is awarded to Missouri schools. Superintendent Eric Churchwell told...
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Palmyra R-1 School District is planning to give raises to employees this spring, but the amount depends on how much state funding is awarded to Missouri schools. Superintendent Eric Churchwell told...
  • Restoration delays chance for Edina church to host Easter service

    Restoration delays chance for Edina church to host Easter service

    Saturday, April 12 2014 12:30 AM EDT2014-04-12 04:30:06 GMT
    EDINA, Mo. -- Edina residents will have to wait a little bit longer to return to services at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Larry Clark, parishioner and project manger of the church's restoration, had hoped the...
    EDINA, Mo. -- Edina residents will have to wait a little bit longer to return to services at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Larry Clark, parishioner and project manger of the church's restoration, had hoped the...
  • Pittsfield native releases third novel

    Pittsfield native releases third novel

    Friday, April 11 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-04-11 22:19:19 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Three friends struggle to overcome the nearly total degeneration of their environment in the latest book by a Pittsfield native. David K. Dodd, now of Fish Creek, Wis., has released his third novel,...
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Three friends struggle to overcome the nearly total degeneration of their environment in the latest book by a Pittsfield native. David K. Dodd, now of Fish Creek, Wis., has released his third novel,...
  • After not guilty verdict, Head asserts 'I knew I had done nothing wrong'

    After not guilty verdict, Head asserts 'I knew I had done nothing wrong'

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:38 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:38:46 GMT
    It took a jury about 90 minutes Friday to agree with what Glenn Head had believed all along — he killed Bill Bacon in self defense. A Randolph County jury of nine men and three women found the former St. Louis police officer not guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Bacon, 67, after an altercation on Bacon’s land in rural Knox County near Novelty on Dec. 11, 2012.
    It took a jury about 90 minutes Friday to agree with what Glenn Head had believed all along — he killed Bill Bacon in self defense. A Randolph County jury of nine men and three women found the former St. Louis police officer not guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Bacon, 67, after an altercation on Bacon’s land in rural Knox County near Novelty on Dec. 11, 2012.
  • VERDICT: Head found not guilty in second-degree murder trial

    VERDICT: Head found not guilty in second-degree murder trial

    Friday, April 11 2014 4:04 PM EDT2014-04-11 20:04:41 GMT
    Glenn Head has been found not guilty of second-degree murder after a week-long trial at the Randolph County Courthouse in Moberly, Mo. The jury, made up of nine men and three women, began its deliberations at 10:33 a.m. Friday in the basement of the Randolph County Courthouse. Head had been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
    Glenn Head has been found not guilty of second-degree murder after a week-long trial at the Randolph County Courthouse in Moberly, Mo. The jury, made up of nine men and three women, began its deliberations at 10:33 a.m. Friday in the basement of the Randolph County Courthouse. Head had been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.
  • Local construction nearly complete on Flanagan South oil pipeline

    Local construction nearly complete on Flanagan South oil pipeline

    Friday, April 11 2014 12:59 PM EDT2014-04-11 16:59:48 GMT
    Construction on the local segment of a $2.6 billion, 600-mile oil pipeline between Flanagan, Ill., and Cushing, Okla., is nearly complete, and the pipeline is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
    Construction on the local segment of a $2.6 billion, 600-mile oil pipeline between Flanagan, Ill., and Cushing, Okla., is nearly complete, and the pipeline is expected to be operational by the end of the year.
  • Head takes stand to recount shooting, says he had no other option

    Head takes stand to recount shooting, says he had no other option

    Friday, April 11 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-04-11 16:19:19 GMT
    Glenn Head took the witness stand in his own defense and told jurors Thursday that he had no option other than to shoot Bill Bacon during an altercation in December 2012 near Novelty in rural Knox County. Head, charged with second-degree murder, testified for about 90 minutes during a marathon session that lasted nearly 10 hours in the Randolph County Courthouse.
    Glenn Head took the witness stand in his own defense and told jurors Thursday that he had no option other than to shoot Bill Bacon during an altercation in December 2012 near Novelty in rural Knox County. Head, charged with second-degree murder, testified for about 90 minutes during a marathon session that lasted nearly 10 hours in the Randolph County Courthouse.
  • Quincy looks to sell 11 fix-or-flatten properties; proposals due April 24

    Quincy looks to sell 11 fix-or-flatten properties; proposals due April 24

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:47 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:47:30 GMT
     The city of Quincy is looking to sell 11 properties it has obtained through its fix-or-flatten program. Proposals for the nine residential and two commercial lots are due by April 24. Written proposals must include a redevelopment plan, if any. Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, said the goal is to get new owners to maintain the properties ...
     The city of Quincy is looking to sell 11 properties it has obtained through its fix-or-flatten program. Proposals for the nine residential and two commercial lots are due by April 24. Written proposals must include a redevelopment plan, if any. Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, said the goal is to get new owners to maintain the properties ...
  • Griggsville-Perry trims three positions from full-time to part-time for 2014-15

    Griggsville-Perry trims three positions from full-time to part-time for 2014-15

    Friday, April 11 2014 10:12 AM EDT2014-04-11 14:12:07 GMT
    Personnel moves and finances have the Griggsville-Perry School Board making program reductions or changes for the 2014-15 year. Board members voted 7-0 in a Thursday night special meeting to trim the...
    Personnel moves and finances have the Griggsville-Perry School Board making program reductions or changes for the 2014-15 year. Board members voted 7-0 in a Thursday night special meeting to trim the...
  • Soap Box Derby, Quincy Raceways to raise awareness, funds for childhood cancer

    Soap Box Derby, Quincy Raceways to raise awareness, funds for childhood cancer

    Friday, April 11 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-04-11 13:24:08 GMT
    The Breakfast Optimist Club-sponsored Soap Box Derby and Quincy Raceways are partnering to help raise awareness — and funds — for childhood cancer. Ken Dobson, first-year track manager at Quincy Raceways, said shortly after taking over the track last fall he wanted to align with a local charitable organization or cause. “The tie-in between the Soap Box Derby and Quincy Raceways is a natural,” Dobson said.
    The Breakfast Optimist Club-sponsored Soap Box Derby and Quincy Raceways are partnering to help raise awareness — and funds — for childhood cancer. Ken Dobson, first-year track manager at Quincy Raceways, said shortly after taking over the track last fall he wanted to align with a local charitable organization or cause. “The tie-in between the Soap Box Derby and Quincy Raceways is a natural,” Dobson said.
  • Tribute, dedication, 'Bolero' accent Quincy Symphony Orchestra's season finale

    Tribute, dedication, 'Bolero' accent Quincy Symphony Orchestra's season finale

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:08:45 GMT
    Much anticipation surrounds the Quincy Symphony Orchestra's Global Discoveries Season finale. The QSO Legends Concert will not only pay tribute to symphony founder George Irwin and dedicate the Sarama Schnack Endowed...
    Much anticipation surrounds the Quincy Symphony Orchestra's Global Discoveries Season finale. The QSO Legends Concert will not only pay tribute to symphony founder George Irwin and dedicate the Sarama Schnack Endowed...
  • Pit bull killed in Ralls County after threatening mother, daughter

    Pit bull killed in Ralls County after threatening mother, daughter

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:54:05 GMT
    A mother and daughter escaped injury when they fended off threatening dogs in a horse pasture in western Ralls County Tuesday morning. Police were forced to kill one of the three dogs when the dogs “came in a threatening manner” within 15 feet of the officers, according to Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie. The duo was pinned against a board fence of the pasture by the dogs identified as pit bulls.
    A mother and daughter escaped injury when they fended off threatening dogs in a horse pasture in western Ralls County Tuesday morning. Police were forced to kill one of the three dogs when the dogs “came in a threatening manner” within 15 feet of the officers, according to Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie. The duo was pinned against a board fence of the pasture by the dogs identified as pit bulls.
  • Exhibit featuring two local artists to open at Quincy gallery

    Exhibit featuring two local artists to open at Quincy gallery

    Thursday, April 10 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-04-10 16:05:35 GMT
    The Bittersweet Confections Gallery will showcase the work of two local artists whose creative efforts were inspired by a joint trip across South Dakota last summer. The work of encaustic artist Joe Conover and...
    The Bittersweet Confections Gallery will showcase the work of two local artists whose creative efforts were inspired by a joint trip across South Dakota last summer. The work of encaustic artist Joe Conover and...
  • Park Board votes to eliminate free perks for members

    Park Board votes to eliminate free perks for members

    Thursday, April 10 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-04-10 15:18:42 GMT
    The Quincy Park District Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday night to do away with all perks regarding use of district facilities. A 6-1 vote eliminated the commissioners' free use of district resources without cost that included unlimited rounds at Westview Golf Course, admission to district swimming pools, use of shelters and other amenities. Chris Hogge was the commissioner who cast the lone negative vote, feeling the perks -- which are ...
    The Quincy Park District Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday night to do away with all perks regarding use of district facilities. A 6-1 vote eliminated the commissioners' free use of district resources without cost that included unlimited rounds at Westview Golf Course, admission to district swimming pools, use of shelters and other amenities. Chris Hogge was the commissioner who cast the lone negative vote, feeling the perks -- which are ...
  • Illinois road plan calls for Quincy bridge work

    Illinois road plan calls for Quincy bridge work

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-04-10 13:12:01 GMT
    A new $8.6 billion highway and bridge construction program unveiled by Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday calls for millions of dollars in bridge work at Quincy. Quincy Bayview Bridge will get repairs worth $1.3 million in the coming year. Quincy Memorial Bridge is in line for $3.8 million in repairs, engineering and environmental studies during the next six years.
    A new $8.6 billion highway and bridge construction program unveiled by Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday calls for millions of dollars in bridge work at Quincy. Quincy Bayview Bridge will get repairs worth $1.3 million in the coming year. Quincy Memorial Bridge is in line for $3.8 million in repairs, engineering and environmental studies during the next six years.
  • Jurors see photos of altercation, autopsy

    Jurors see photos of altercation, autopsy

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-04-10 13:00:31 GMT
    The jury hearing the case of a former St. Louis police officer facing second-degree murder charges got to see pictures of what happened before a fatal shooting and also viewed autopsy photos during the third day of the trial on Wednesday. As he has during the duration of the trial, Glenn Head, 60, of Novelty sat stoically as prosecutors continued to lay out their case for what happened before and after Head fatally shot Bill Bacon, 67, of Novelty, on Dec. 11, 2012.
    The jury hearing the case of a former St. Louis police officer facing second-degree murder charges got to see pictures of what happened before a fatal shooting and also viewed autopsy photos during the third day of the trial on Wednesday. As he has during the duration of the trial, Glenn Head, 60, of Novelty sat stoically as prosecutors continued to lay out their case for what happened before and after Head fatally shot Bill Bacon, 67, of Novelty, on Dec. 11, 2012.
  • Two women attacked by dogs

    Two women attacked by dogs

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-04-10 03:48:25 GMT
    Ralls County Sheriff's Department officers were forced to kill one of three dogs Wednesday morning that trapped two women against a fence. A report from the Ralls County Sheriff's Department said the two unnamed women were working with their horses in an unidentified pasture when the unrestrained dogs -- described by the officers as pit bulls -- began to attack them. Upon arrival, the officers tried to rescue the women when one of the animals turned and attempted to ...
    Ralls County Sheriff's Department officers were forced to kill one of three dogs Wednesday morning that trapped two women against a fence. A report from the Ralls County Sheriff's Department said the two unnamed women were working with their horses in an unidentified pasture when the unrestrained dogs -- described by the officers as pit bulls -- began to attack them. Upon arrival, the officers tried to rescue the women when one of the animals turned and attempted to ...
  • Adams County union contracts will be up for a vote in May

    Adams County union contracts will be up for a vote in May

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 10:07 PM EDT2014-04-10 02:07:57 GMT
    Adams County has reached agreements with the union bargaining units that represent a majority of employees, but the County Board will not ratify them until May, when they all will be finalized. Finance Committee Chairman Duane Venvertloh, R-7, told the County Board on Wednesday that this would allow time to finalize the remaining contracts and allow board members to review all the contracts before voting. Contracts have been ratified by sheriff's de...
    Adams County has reached agreements with the union bargaining units that represent a majority of employees, but the County Board will not ratify them until May, when they all will be finalized. Finance Committee Chairman Duane Venvertloh, R-7, told the County Board on Wednesday that this would allow time to finalize the remaining contracts and allow board members to review all the contracts before voting. Contracts have been ratified by sheriff's de...
  • Powell coming home to join Hannibal School District administration

    Powell coming home to join Hannibal School District administration

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-04-09 21:27:56 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. — Darin Powell was worried that his truck wasn’t going to make it much longer. He had been making the daily 60-mile round trip for the past six years from his New London home to Bowling Green, where he was the superintendent of the Bowling Green R-1 School District. “I’ve had the same truck for 13 years, and it has 217,000 miles on it,” he said with a laugh.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. — Darin Powell was worried that his truck wasn’t going to make it much longer. He had been making the daily 60-mile round trip for the past six years from his New London home to Bowling Green, where he was the superintendent of the Bowling Green R-1 School District. “I’ve had the same truck for 13 years, and it has 217,000 miles on it,” he said with a laugh.
  • Voters in Ralls County School District pass consolidation of elementary schools

    Voters in Ralls County School District pass consolidation of elementary schools

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-04-09 20:49:08 GMT
    Students who now attend New London Elementary and Center Elementary schools will go to the same school once a voter-approved elementary building is completed. Voters in Ralls, Pike and Monroe counties passed a $7.5 million no-tax bond issue Tuesday ...
    Students who now attend New London Elementary and Center Elementary schools will go to the same school once a voter-approved elementary building is completed. Voters in Ralls, Pike and Monroe counties passed a $7.5 million no-tax bond issue Tuesday ...
  • City of Quincy's voicemail system out of service

    City of Quincy's voicemail system out of service

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 3:40 PM EDT2014-04-09 19:40:40 GMT
    The city of Quincy's telephone system malfunctioned Tuesday while maintenance were being performed. As a result, the city's voicemail system is out of service until further notice, according to a city news...
    The city of Quincy's telephone system malfunctioned Tuesday while maintenance were being performed. As a result, the city's voicemail system is out of service until further notice, according to a city news...
  • More than 500 respondents already have weighed in on school facilities survey

    More than 500 respondents already have weighed in on school facilities survey

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 3:38 PM EDT2014-04-09 19:38:05 GMT
    More than 500 people so far have filled out the Quincy School District's survey seeking input on the district's facility needs and the possible reorganization of grades. Members of a superintendent's steering...
    More than 500 people so far have filled out the Quincy School District's survey seeking input on the district's facility needs and the possible reorganization of grades. Members of a superintendent's steering...
  • GAC network show features Pittsfield-based Whitetail Properties

    GAC network show features Pittsfield-based Whitetail Properties

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-04-09 16:35:45 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Hollywood cameras enter the realm of some of the best deer hunters in America on Wednesday when a special four-episode sneak peek of "Living Country" airs on the Great American Country network. "Living Country," which airs at 9 p.m., goes behind-the-scenes with the team at Pittsfield-based Whitetail Properties Real Estate as they attempt to broker smooth transactions between buyers and sellers of hunting, ranch and farm land.
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Hollywood cameras enter the realm of some of the best deer hunters in America on Wednesday when a special four-episode sneak peek of "Living Country" airs on the Great American Country network. "Living Country," which airs at 9 p.m., goes behind-the-scenes with the team at Pittsfield-based Whitetail Properties Real Estate as they attempt to broker smooth transactions between buyers and sellers of hunting, ranch and farm land.
  • Mark, Gail Ehrhart named honorary chairmen of Midsummer Arts Faire

    Mark, Gail Ehrhart named honorary chairmen of Midsummer Arts Faire

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-09 16:27:27 GMT
    Mark and Gail Ehrhart have been named honorary chairmen of the 11th annual Midsummer Arts Faire slated for June 27-29 in Quincy's Washington Park. The juried fine art exhibit and sale will feature 60...
    Mark and Gail Ehrhart have been named honorary chairmen of the 11th annual Midsummer Arts Faire slated for June 27-29 in Quincy's Washington Park. The juried fine art exhibit and sale will feature 60...
  • Conservation officer testifies he was concerned about trouble after trespassing call

    Conservation officer testifies he was concerned about trouble after trespassing call

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 11:26 AM EDT2014-04-09 15:26:16 GMT
    An officer with the Missouri Department of Conservation said Tuesday he saw trouble brewing between three residents in rural Knox County after responding to a trespassing call near Novelty on the first day of firearms deer season in November 2012. "I had concerns there might be future problems about the trespass incident," conservation officer Benny Pryor said during the second day of testimony in Glenn Head's second-degree murder trial.
    An officer with the Missouri Department of Conservation said Tuesday he saw trouble brewing between three residents in rural Knox County after responding to a trespassing call near Novelty on the first day of firearms deer season in November 2012. "I had concerns there might be future problems about the trespass incident," conservation officer Benny Pryor said during the second day of testimony in Glenn Head's second-degree murder trial.
  • Two fires in unoccupied structures near Nauvoo ruled suspicious

    Two fires in unoccupied structures near Nauvoo ruled suspicious

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-04-09 13:21:34 GMT
    NAUVOO, Ill. -- Authorities are asking for help in the investigation of the suspicious fires of a mobile home and a large house Monday night in rural Nauvoo. "They were set on fire," Nauvoo Fire Chief Dan Gallaher said. ...
    NAUVOO, Ill. -- Authorities are asking for help in the investigation of the suspicious fires of a mobile home and a large house Monday night in rural Nauvoo. "They were set on fire," Nauvoo Fire Chief Dan Gallaher said. ...
  • Lewis County 911 dispute leads to shake up on board

    Lewis County 911 dispute leads to shake up on board

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 12:38 AM EDT2014-04-09 04:38:15 GMT
    A dispute over sending 911 service to a neighboring county may have played a part in the outcome of an election in Lewis County Tuesday. The Lewis County 911 Board will see some new faces after two sitting members were defeated by challengers. Two other board members did not seek re-election. The board voted twice to transfer emergency dispatch services to Marion County 911.
    A dispute over sending 911 service to a neighboring county may have played a part in the outcome of an election in Lewis County Tuesday. The Lewis County 911 Board will see some new faces after two sitting members were defeated by challengers. Two other board members did not seek re-election. The board voted twice to transfer emergency dispatch services to Marion County 911.
  • Monroe City, Palmyra voters pass bond issues for schools

    Monroe City, Palmyra voters pass bond issues for schools

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 11:17 PM EDT2014-04-09 03:17:39 GMT
    Two Northeast Missouri school districts will see facility improvements after no-tax bond issues passed in voting Tuesday.The Monroe City R-I School District will have a new athletic facility to go along with security upgrades after voters passed Proposition 2. And the Palmyra R-II School District will be able to start building an early childhood addition ...
    Two Northeast Missouri school districts will see facility improvements after no-tax bond issues passed in voting Tuesday.The Monroe City R-I School District will have a new athletic facility to go along with security upgrades after voters passed Proposition 2. And the Palmyra R-II School District will be able to start building an early childhood addition ...
  • Subway sandwich shop endorsed next to North 12th Ayerco convenience store

    Subway sandwich shop endorsed next to North 12th Ayerco convenience store

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-04-09 02:08:32 GMT
    Plans for a Subway restaurant next to an Ayerco Convenience Store at 2600 N. 12th St. moved forward Tuesday night with a favorable recommendation from the Quincy Plan Commission. The Tri-State Investors Group LLC hopes to build a 1,200 square foot building abutting the south wall of the convenience store.
    Plans for a Subway restaurant next to an Ayerco Convenience Store at 2600 N. 12th St. moved forward Tuesday night with a favorable recommendation from the Quincy Plan Commission. The Tri-State Investors Group LLC hopes to build a 1,200 square foot building abutting the south wall of the convenience store.
  • Sixth from Vermont to Broadway will be closed through Friday

    Sixth from Vermont to Broadway will be closed through Friday

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-04-09 00:40:42 GMT
    Sixth Street from Vermont to Broadway will be closed to through traffic through Friday, April 11. The closure starts at 7 a.m. Wednesday and continues through the day Friday. The closure is to allow for the repair of a...
    Sixth Street from Vermont to Broadway will be closed to through traffic through Friday, April 11. The closure starts at 7 a.m. Wednesday and continues through the day Friday. The closure is to allow for the repair of a...
  • Dispute over ownership of strip of road led to Novelty man's death

    Dispute over ownership of strip of road led to Novelty man's death

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:57:46 GMT
    On the first day of a second-degree murder trial involving a former St. Louis police officer, the prosecution and defense gave the jury a look at how they see the case. Lawyers for Glenn C. Head, 60, of Novelty, say he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed William Bacon, 67, also of Novelty, on Dec. 11, 2012. Prosecutors told jurors Head didn't need to act with violent force as the two argued over land usage near Bacon's residence in rural Knox County.
    On the first day of a second-degree murder trial involving a former St. Louis police officer, the prosecution and defense gave the jury a look at how they see the case. Lawyers for Glenn C. Head, 60, of Novelty, say he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed William Bacon, 67, also of Novelty, on Dec. 11, 2012. Prosecutors told jurors Head didn't need to act with violent force as the two argued over land usage near Bacon's residence in rural Knox County.

  • Mike Klingner receives Joe Bonansinga Award

    Mike Klingner receives Joe Bonansinga Award

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:34:13 GMT
    Mike Klingner deflected the attention from himself and instead recognized the community for its strong support for volunteerism. The president of engineering firm Klingner and Associates was presented the 2014 Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award during the Quincy Rotary Club meeting Tuesday. The award is presented jointly by the club and the United Way of Adams County. "One of things I still hear about today is Quincy is known for helping others,"...
    Mike Klingner deflected the attention from himself and instead recognized the community for its strong support for volunteerism. The president of engineering firm Klingner and Associates was presented the 2014 Joe Bonansinga Community Service Award during the Quincy Rotary Club meeting Tuesday. The award is presented jointly by the club and the United Way of Adams County. "One of things I still hear about today is Quincy is known for helping others,"...
  • Moore's first budget shows 3 percent spending increase

    Moore's first budget shows 3 percent spending increase

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 2:56 PM EDT2014-04-08 18:56:48 GMT
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    Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore is proposing a budget with 3.09 percent more in spending than the one he inherited when he took office last year. Moore unveiled a $32.76 million spending plan Monday, an increase from the $31.733...
    Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore is proposing a budget with 3.09 percent more in spending than the one he inherited when he took office last year. Moore unveiled a $32.76 million spending plan Monday, an increase from the $31.733...
  • Mendon residents can express views at school district's 'community night'

    Mendon residents can express views at school district's 'community night'

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 1:13 PM EDT2014-04-08 17:13:50 GMT
    MENDON, Ill. -- Residents of the Mendon School District will get an opportunity to express their views on a range of school-related topics during a "community night" event Wednesday. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Unity High School gym.
    MENDON, Ill. -- Residents of the Mendon School District will get an opportunity to express their views on a range of school-related topics during a "community night" event Wednesday. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Unity High School gym.
  • Four local counties to get nearly $1.5 million in Illinois Jobs Now funds

    Four local counties to get nearly $1.5 million in Illinois Jobs Now funds

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-04-08 16:57:30 GMT
    Nearly $1.5 million for capital projects will be coming to governmental units in four Western Illinois counties this year as the final funds from the Illinois Jobs Now program are disbursed. Gov. Pat Quinn said the...
    Nearly $1.5 million for capital projects will be coming to governmental units in four Western Illinois counties this year as the final funds from the Illinois Jobs Now program are disbursed. Gov. Pat Quinn said the...
  • Park Board to make final decision on commissioner perks

    Park Board to make final decision on commissioner perks

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-04-08 13:45:49 GMT
    Jeff VanCamp didn't think twice about taking a free shelter rental at one of the Quincy Park District's parks. As a member of the Park Board, he was entitled to the free use of the shelter. "I thought, ‘Hey, this...
    Jeff VanCamp didn't think twice about taking a free shelter rental at one of the Quincy Park District's parks. As a member of the Park Board, he was entitled to the free use of the shelter. "I thought, ‘Hey, this...
  • City remains unsure on how to proceed with flat-rate garbage option

    City remains unsure on how to proceed with flat-rate garbage option

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-04-08 13:36:37 GMT
    Proposals will be sought for two automated garbage trucks for the city of Quincy. The city's Garbage and Recycling Committee agreed Monday to seek the bids as planning continues on how the city can implement a...
    Proposals will be sought for two automated garbage trucks for the city of Quincy. The city's Garbage and Recycling Committee agreed Monday to seek the bids as planning continues on how the city can implement a...
  • Quincy awarded grant money for Second Street resurfacing

    Quincy awarded grant money for Second Street resurfacing

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-04-08 13:33:26 GMT
    The city of Quincy has been awarded a grant that will cover half the cost for the reconstruction of Second Street between Maine and Hampshire. Members of the Central Services Committee heard Monday that the city has been...
    The city of Quincy has been awarded a grant that will cover half the cost for the reconstruction of Second Street between Maine and Hampshire. Members of the Central Services Committee heard Monday that the city has been...
  • Two Bowling Green men arrested on drug charges

    Two Bowling Green men arrested on drug charges

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 9:12 AM EDT2014-04-08 13:12:43 GMT
    Two Bowling Green, Mo. men are being held in the Pike County Jail, after both were arrested last week on drug charges.
    Two Bowling Green, Mo. men are being held in the Pike County Jail, after both were arrested last week on drug charges.
  • Car lovers get eye on variety of items at annual auction in Hamilton

    Car lovers get eye on variety of items at annual auction in Hamilton

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-04-08 11:53:23 GMT
    Outside the warehouse, the auctioneer's voice could barely be heard over the rumble of motors of the classic vehicles waiting in line for their turn to be sold. Potential buyers did last-minute inspections to the idle cars as the auctioneer's voice kept the assembly line of cars moving through to their future owner.  On Monday, 261 collectible car items were sold during the annual Spring Collectible Car Auction at Sullivan Auctioneers, one mile east of Hamilton on U.S. 136.
    Outside the warehouse, the auctioneer's voice could barely be heard over the rumble of motors of the classic vehicles waiting in line for their turn to be sold. Potential buyers did last-minute inspections to the idle cars as the auctioneer's voice kept the assembly line of cars moving through to their future owner.  On Monday, 261 collectible car items were sold during the annual Spring Collectible Car Auction at Sullivan Auctioneers, one mile east of Hamilton on U.S. 136.

  • Judge rules that newspaper reporter could be potential witness

    Judge rules that newspaper reporter could be potential witness

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-04-08 04:23:14 GMT
    A reporter from an area newspaper that has covered the Glenn Head second-degree murder case since its start was not allowed into the courtroom on Monday. Before jury selection started Monday at the Randolph County Courthouse, Judge Gary Dial declined a motion to quash the subpoena of Edina Sentinel reporter Echo Menges. She was subpoenaed last week by the defense to testify in the case.
    A reporter from an area newspaper that has covered the Glenn Head second-degree murder case since its start was not allowed into the courtroom on Monday. Before jury selection started Monday at the Randolph County Courthouse, Judge Gary Dial declined a motion to quash the subpoena of Edina Sentinel reporter Echo Menges. She was subpoenaed last week by the defense to testify in the case.
  • Inventors Fair in Pike County offers platform for economic development

    Inventors Fair in Pike County offers platform for economic development

    Monday, April 7 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-04-07 15:58:43 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Gina Sheurman looks at Saturday's Inventor and Product Fair as a way to bring information and resources together for the eventual betterment of the region. "The event has been developed to provide...
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Gina Sheurman looks at Saturday's Inventor and Product Fair as a way to bring information and resources together for the eventual betterment of the region. "The event has been developed to provide...
  • Illinois' next pension issue: Police, fire funds

    Illinois' next pension issue: Police, fire funds

    Monday, April 7 2014 10:41 AM EDT2014-04-07 14:41:41 GMT
    After addressing Illinois' own employee pension crisis, lawmakers now face an equally challenging task with the state's cities, as mayors demand help with underfunded police and firefighter pensions before the growing cost "chokes" budgets and forces local tax increases.
    After addressing Illinois' own employee pension crisis, lawmakers now face an equally challenging task with the state's cities, as mayors demand help with underfunded police and firefighter pensions before the growing cost "chokes" budgets and forces local tax increases.
  • FFA, agriculture teacher at Western makes plans for future after district cuts programs

    FFA, agriculture teacher at Western makes plans for future after district cuts programs

    Monday, April 7 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-04-07 13:53:12 GMT
    Western FFA members are winding down the school year with a couple of dairy judging events, a banquet in May and a discussion about the future. The immediate future will see no agriculture classes and the possibility of no FFA chapter. The Western School Board last month decided to cut the ag and band programs as cost-saving measures.
    Western FFA members are winding down the school year with a couple of dairy judging events, a banquet in May and a discussion about the future. The immediate future will see no agriculture classes and the possibility of no FFA chapter. The Western School Board last month decided to cut the ag and band programs as cost-saving measures.

  • Trial set to start for former St. Louis police officer arrested in Knox County shooting

    Trial set to start for former St. Louis police officer arrested in Knox County shooting

    Monday, April 7 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-04-07 13:09:13 GMT
    The trial of a former St. Louis police officer charged with second-degree murder is scheduled to start Monday, nearly 16 months after the incident took place in rural Knox County. Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of Glenn C. Head, 60, of Novelty, in Randolph County Court. Head is charged in connection with the Dec. 11, 2012, shooting death of William Bacon, 67, during a dispute near County Road 312 on Bacon's property southwest of Novelty.
    The trial of a former St. Louis police officer charged with second-degree murder is scheduled to start Monday, nearly 16 months after the incident took place in rural Knox County. Jury selection is scheduled to begin in the trial of Glenn C. Head, 60, of Novelty, in Randolph County Court. Head is charged in connection with the Dec. 11, 2012, shooting death of William Bacon, 67, during a dispute near County Road 312 on Bacon's property southwest of Novelty.
  • Blessing early learning center celebrating Week of Young Child

    Blessing early learning center celebrating Week of Young Child

    Sunday, April 6 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-04-06 05:00:46 GMT
    A series of events are scheduled at Blessing Hospital's Lauretta M. Eno Early Learning Center during the week of April 6-12 in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. The theme of this year's festivities is...
    A series of events are scheduled at Blessing Hospital's Lauretta M. Eno Early Learning Center during the week of April 6-12 in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. The theme of this year's festivities is...
  • 'Faces of the children' is highlight of annual 'Dress an Angel' program

    'Faces of the children' is highlight of annual 'Dress an Angel' program

    Sunday, April 6 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-04-06 04:27:22 GMT
    She doesn't have to think twice. Lt. Linnea Forney of the Quincy Salvation Army is quick to acknowledge the most gratifying aspect of being involved with the "Dress an Angel" clothing project. "I love to see the...
    She doesn't have to think twice. Lt. Linnea Forney of the Quincy Salvation Army is quick to acknowledge the most gratifying aspect of being involved with the "Dress an Angel" clothing project. "I love to see the...
  • Former 'America's Got Talent' participant brings magic act to Quincy

    Former 'America's Got Talent' participant brings magic act to Quincy

    Sunday, April 6 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-04-06 04:22:49 GMT
    Michael Turco caught the bug when he was just 5 years old. Living near Atlantic City when he was a child, Turco often watched magicians ply their trade. "I got hooked," Turco said. Turco now is the one who is putting...
    Michael Turco caught the bug when he was just 5 years old. Living near Atlantic City when he was a child, Turco often watched magicians ply their trade. "I got hooked," Turco said. Turco now is the one who is putting...
  • Camp Point nursing home residents OK after dryer fire

    Camp Point nursing home residents OK after dryer fire

    Sunday, April 6 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-04-06 04:12:37 GMT
    CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Residents at Timber Point Healthcare Center were evacuated Saturday afternoon after a dryer fire in the basement of the center in rural Adams County. According to Andi Bloyd, the center's...
    CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Residents at Timber Point Healthcare Center were evacuated Saturday afternoon after a dryer fire in the basement of the center in rural Adams County. According to Andi Bloyd, the center's...
  • CNA of the Year to be honored April 25

    CNA of the Year to be honored April 25

    Sunday, April 6 2014 12:08 AM EDT2014-04-06 04:08:49 GMT
    They are referred to as the "angels of health care." Although their field of expertise often goes unnoticed, certified nursing assistants -- CNAs -- are part of the front line of health care. "Successful CNAs are those...
    They are referred to as the "angels of health care." Although their field of expertise often goes unnoticed, certified nursing assistants -- CNAs -- are part of the front line of health care. "Successful CNAs are those...
  • Spring Fling dinner and auction to raise funds for Relay For Life

    Spring Fling dinner and auction to raise funds for Relay For Life

    Sunday, April 6 2014 12:04 AM EDT2014-04-06 04:04:58 GMT
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- When Mark Bross' Relay For Life team started, its Spring Fling event raised about $11,000. Now, the event generally brings in more than $50,000 a year. Bross, team captain of the Flower Children and...
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- When Mark Bross' Relay For Life team started, its Spring Fling event raised about $11,000. Now, the event generally brings in more than $50,000 a year. Bross, team captain of the Flower Children and...
  • Second round of Bayview Bridge lighting bids sought

    Second round of Bayview Bridge lighting bids sought

    Saturday, April 5 2014 11:53 PM EDT2014-04-06 03:53:52 GMT
    The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking bids a for a second time for the city of Quincy's project to install decorative lighting on the Bayview Bridge. The lowest bid submitted in January came in nearly...
    The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking bids a for a second time for the city of Quincy's project to install decorative lighting on the Bayview Bridge. The lowest bid submitted in January came in nearly...
  • Dietary experts say early healthy examples prevent obesity later

    Dietary experts say early healthy examples prevent obesity later

    Saturday, April 5 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-04-06 03:50:40 GMT
    Many parents hope a child will outgrow a weight problem as easily as they'll outgrow a pair of shoes. A new study indicates that may not be the case. Angie Zanger-Geiselman, a registered dietician and certified...
    Many parents hope a child will outgrow a weight problem as easily as they'll outgrow a pair of shoes. A new study indicates that may not be the case. Angie Zanger-Geiselman, a registered dietician and certified...
  • Quincy University student struck by car returns to walk campus again

    Quincy University student struck by car returns to walk campus again

    Saturday, April 5 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-04-05 23:44:49 GMT
    Former QU student Shannon Peters walked around campus on a sunny afternoon. She smiled and pumped her arms as her father, Matt, walked to her right and her mother, Mary, held her left hand as they strolled. Shannon Peters nearly died the last time she was on campus. She was struck by a car while crossing Chestnut on Jan. 7, 2013.
    Former QU student Shannon Peters walked around campus on a sunny afternoon. She smiled and pumped her arms as her father, Matt, walked to her right and her mother, Mary, held her left hand as they strolled. Shannon Peters nearly died the last time she was on campus. She was struck by a car while crossing Chestnut on Jan. 7, 2013.

  • Friends, family remember standout athlete on 10th anniversary of slaying

    Friends, family remember standout athlete on 10th anniversary of slaying

    Saturday, April 5 2014 1:33 AM EDT2014-04-05 05:33:13 GMT
    On Friday night, Candee Dade and more than two dozen of Jermaine Dade's friends and family members gathered near the spot where he was fatally shot and held a candlelight vigil in his memory. Many of them were wearing yellow and black -- Jermaine Dade's favorite colors.
    On Friday night, Candee Dade and more than two dozen of Jermaine Dade's friends and family members gathered near the spot where he was fatally shot and held a candlelight vigil in his memory. Many of them were wearing yellow and black -- Jermaine Dade's favorite colors.
  • Quincy Memorial Bridge lane to be closed during inspection, repair

    Quincy Memorial Bridge lane to be closed during inspection, repair

    Saturday, April 5 2014 1:12 AM EDT2014-04-05 05:12:08 GMT
    Quincy Memorial Bridge will be limited to one lane of traffic for portions of the next two weeks. Dave Copenbarger with the Illinois Department of Transportation said the annual inspection and bridge repair will take...
    Quincy Memorial Bridge will be limited to one lane of traffic for portions of the next two weeks. Dave Copenbarger with the Illinois Department of Transportation said the annual inspection and bridge repair will take...
  • Search committee formed for QHS boys basketball coaching position

    Search committee formed for QHS boys basketball coaching position

    Friday, April 4 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-04-05 03:25:52 GMT
    A 13-person search committee has been created to fill the vacant boys basketball coach position at Quincy High School.The coaching vacancy was created when Sean Taylor was fired on March 26. He went 194-107 as the Blue Devils’ coach in 11 seasons. The Quincy Public Schools announced in a news release that School Board member Sayeed Ali will chair the search committee.
    A 13-person search committee has been created to fill the vacant boys basketball coach position at Quincy High School.The coaching vacancy was created when Sean Taylor was fired on March 26. He went 194-107 as the Blue Devils’ coach in 11 seasons. The Quincy Public Schools announced in a news release that School Board member Sayeed Ali will chair the search committee.
  • Pike, Brown counties among healthiest in Illinois, according to annual survey

    Pike, Brown counties among healthiest in Illinois, according to annual survey

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:58 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:58:21 GMT
    Two Western Illinois counties found the right combination of healthy habits, medical care options and assorted statistics to rank as the healthiest counties in the region. Pike County was the sixth healthiest of 102 Illinois counties and Brown County was ranked eighth healthiest according to the annual survey by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. None of the Northeast Missouri counties were among the healthiest in that state.
    Two Western Illinois counties found the right combination of healthy habits, medical care options and assorted statistics to rank as the healthiest counties in the region. Pike County was the sixth healthiest of 102 Illinois counties and Brown County was ranked eighth healthiest according to the annual survey by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. None of the Northeast Missouri counties were among the healthiest in that state.

  • Quincy School District's facilities survey available

    Quincy School District's facilities survey available

    Friday, April 4 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-04-04 22:56:24 GMT
    The Quincy School District has released its survey seeking public input on the district's facility needs and the possible reorganization of grades. The six-question survey went online Friday through the efforts of a 27-member steering committee appointed by Superintendent Steve Cobb.
    The Quincy School District has released its survey seeking public input on the district's facility needs and the possible reorganization of grades. The six-question survey went online Friday through the efforts of a 27-member steering committee appointed by Superintendent Steve Cobb.

  • Hannibal schools adds assistant superintendent to Mundle's title

    Hannibal schools adds assistant superintendent to Mundle's title

    Friday, April 4 2014 10:51 AM EDT2014-04-04 14:51:53 GMT
    The Hannibal School District has added assistant superintendent to the job title of one of the district's administrators. Maria Mundle, currently the director of curriculum and instruction, will gain...
    The Hannibal School District has added assistant superintendent to the job title of one of the district's administrators. Maria Mundle, currently the director of curriculum and instruction, will gain...
  • Proposition R sales tax decision set for Tuesday in Marion County

    Proposition R sales tax decision set for Tuesday in Marion County

    Friday, April 4 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-04-04 13:31:12 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Sandy Davis doesn't have to think twice about why she'll vote for Proposition R next Tuesday. Living on a gravel road halfway between Hannibal and Monroe City, she knows how the river rock used...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Sandy Davis doesn't have to think twice about why she'll vote for Proposition R next Tuesday. Living on a gravel road halfway between Hannibal and Monroe City, she knows how the river rock used...
  • Minimum wage hike eyed by state, federal lawmakers

    Minimum wage hike eyed by state, federal lawmakers

    Thursday, April 3 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-04-03 13:33:53 GMT
    Illinois House members haven’t yet debated a proposed minimum wage increase, but it may be only a matter of time with Speaker Michael Madigan expressing his support for the hike.
    Illinois House members haven’t yet debated a proposed minimum wage increase, but it may be only a matter of time with Speaker Michael Madigan expressing his support for the hike.
  • Pastor-author points to importance of the printed word

    Pastor-author points to importance of the printed word

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 1:56 PM EDT2014-04-02 17:56:32 GMT
    The Rev. Timothy Todd gives his share of sermons, but he's also committed to the written word. "I feel like I am a better writer than I am a speaker," Todd said with a chuckle. Many of his duties as pastor of...
    The Rev. Timothy Todd gives his share of sermons, but he's also committed to the written word. "I feel like I am a better writer than I am a speaker," Todd said with a chuckle. Many of his duties as pastor of...
  • Transportation for Illinois Coalition pushes road funding plan

    Transportation for Illinois Coalition pushes road funding plan

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 1:33 PM EDT2014-04-02 17:33:28 GMT
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Higher fuel taxes could help pay for new road construction under a plan proposed by an Illinois transportation group. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition unveiled the proposal Tuesday in Springfield. Members say it would provide stability and $1.8 billion annually for construction on roads, bridges, railways and airports.
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Higher fuel taxes could help pay for new road construction under a plan proposed by an Illinois transportation group. The Transportation for Illinois Coalition unveiled the proposal Tuesday in Springfield. Members say it would provide stability and $1.8 billion annually for construction on roads, bridges, railways and airports.

  • Pittsfield outlines changes for citywide cleanup

    Pittsfield outlines changes for citywide cleanup

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-04-02 16:57:27 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pittsfield City Council outlined changes Tuesday for this year's citywide cleanup. Plans call for residents to bring their items to Dumpsters at the public works building between April 28 and...
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pittsfield City Council outlined changes Tuesday for this year's citywide cleanup. Plans call for residents to bring their items to Dumpsters at the public works building between April 28 and...
  • City of Hannibal to allow group to curb deer population at Hannibal Regional Airport

    City of Hannibal to allow group to curb deer population at Hannibal Regional Airport

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:44 PM EDT2014-04-02 16:44:44 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The city of Hannibal has approved an organization affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discharge firearms at Hannibal Regional Airport to thin the white-tailed deer population. Mark...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The city of Hannibal has approved an organization affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to discharge firearms at Hannibal Regional Airport to thin the white-tailed deer population. Mark...
  • Volunteers sought for cleanup of Woodland Cemetery

    Volunteers sought for cleanup of Woodland Cemetery

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-04-02 16:29:27 GMT
    Volunteers are being sought to help with this spring's cleanup of historic Woodland Cemetery. The work, which begins Saturday, involves clearing the cemetery grounds of fallen branches and twigs, and also discarding...
    Volunteers are being sought to help with this spring's cleanup of historic Woodland Cemetery. The work, which begins Saturday, involves clearing the cemetery grounds of fallen branches and twigs, and also discarding...
  • Hannibal to accept right-of-way of Mark Twain Avenue pending agreement with MoDOT

    Hannibal to accept right-of-way of Mark Twain Avenue pending agreement with MoDOT

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 9:34 AM EDT2014-04-02 13:34:24 GMT
    Hannibal is preparing to take ownership of Mark Twain Avenue pending an agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation. The City Council approved a resolution of intent specifying the conditions it would accept the right-of-way of Mark Twain Avenue. The city is willing to accept the right-of-way if MoDOT will be responsible for any hillside collapses. The final agreement between the city and MoDOT will be brought to t...
    Hannibal is preparing to take ownership of Mark Twain Avenue pending an agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation. The City Council approved a resolution of intent specifying the conditions it would accept the right-of-way of Mark Twain Avenue. The city is willing to accept the right-of-way if MoDOT will be responsible for any hillside collapses. The final agreement between the city and MoDOT will be brought to t...
  • HLGU student organizes job-seeking event for community

    HLGU student organizes job-seeking event for community

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:45 AM EDT2014-04-01 13:45:35 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Hannibal-LaGrange University senior is organizing an event Saturday aimed at helping students and area residents position themselves for jobs by strengthening their resumes, interview skills and career...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Hannibal-LaGrange University senior is organizing an event Saturday aimed at helping students and area residents position themselves for jobs by strengthening their resumes, interview skills and career...
  • Educator says nurses must continually build knowledge of mental illness

    Educator says nurses must continually build knowledge of mental illness

    Monday, March 31 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-03-31 17:42:31 GMT
     Gwenda Pollard is familiar with all sides and aspects of mental health. "Given enough stress, any person can experience mental health problems because the brain can experience stress, disorders and diseases just like any other organ in the body," Pollard said.
     Gwenda Pollard is familiar with all sides and aspects of mental health. "Given enough stress, any person can experience mental health problems because the brain can experience stress, disorders and diseases just like any other organ in the body," Pollard said.
  • Motorcyclist ticketed after accident near LaPrairie

    Motorcyclist ticketed after accident near LaPrairie

    Monday, March 31 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-03-31 17:41:56 GMT
    LAPRAIRIE, Ill. -- A LaPrairie motorcyclist was injured when he lost control of his bike Sunday northeast of LaPrairie. Bradley D. Albers, 44, was taken to a residence and then by Adams County Ambulance to Blessing...
    LAPRAIRIE, Ill. -- A LaPrairie motorcyclist was injured when he lost control of his bike Sunday northeast of LaPrairie. Bradley D. Albers, 44, was taken to a residence and then by Adams County Ambulance to Blessing...
  • Hannibal, MoDOT discuss ownership of Mark Twain Avenue; new configuration considered

    Hannibal, MoDOT discuss ownership of Mark Twain Avenue; new configuration considered

    Monday, March 31 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-03-31 13:20:31 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Ownership of the right-of-way for Mark Twain Avenue will be discussed at Tuesday night's meeting of the Hannibal City Council. Missouri Department of Transportation Project Manager Chris Knapp said...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Ownership of the right-of-way for Mark Twain Avenue will be discussed at Tuesday night's meeting of the Hannibal City Council. Missouri Department of Transportation Project Manager Chris Knapp said...
  • Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Scott Stone

    Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Scott Stone

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

    Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Becky Weed

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

    Adams County Clerk/Recorder Q&A: Chuck Venvertloh

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

    Three GOP candidates line up to replace Volm

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

    GOP candidates in for Illinois House District 94 tout experience

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

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

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

    Only a few feet separated Quincy man from fire escape

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:56:27 GMT
    Quincy police officer Michael Cirrincione felt helpless early Wednesday morning while responding to a fire at 515 S. 17th. Cirrincione was one of four officers who were the first on the scene. He helped kick out a basement window that led to Haley Houge, 22, being saved from the blaze. She told officers that two others, her 4-month-old son and her fiance, were still in the house. "They were so far, but so close to getting out," Cirrincione said. "It was a matter of a few feet."
    Quincy police officer Michael Cirrincione felt helpless early Wednesday morning while responding to a fire at 515 S. 17th. Cirrincione was one of four officers who were the first on the scene. He helped kick out a basement window that led to Haley Houge, 22, being saved from the blaze. She told officers that two others, her 4-month-old son and her fiance, were still in the house. "They were so far, but so close to getting out," Cirrincione said. "It was a matter of a few feet."
  • Cobb reflects on first year as superintendent of Quincy's public schools

    Cobb reflects on first year as superintendent of Quincy's public schools

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:03 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:03:25 GMT
    From his point of view, Steve Cobb's first year as superintendent of the Quincy School District flew by quickly. "It is difficult to believe that it's been a year. It feels like I've always been here," Cobb...
    From his point of view, Steve Cobb's first year as superintendent of the Quincy School District flew by quickly. "It is difficult to believe that it's been a year. It feels like I've always been here," Cobb...
  • Shutting down Canton ferry was 'a very tough decision'

    Shutting down Canton ferry was 'a very tough decision'

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-04-18 15:28:46 GMT
    A part of the region’s history recently slipped into the past tense with little fanfare. The ferry that had connected Canton, Mo., and Meyer, Ill., since 1920 has been shut down. A $618,000 price tag for needed updates and repairs was deemed too costly by the Ursa Farmers Cooperative, which had operated the ferry for the past two decades and shut it down about a month ago.
    A part of the region’s history recently slipped into the past tense with little fanfare. The ferry that had connected Canton, Mo., and Meyer, Ill., since 1920 has been shut down. A $618,000 price tag for needed updates and repairs was deemed too costly by the Ursa Farmers Cooperative, which had operated the ferry for the past two decades and shut it down about a month ago.
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