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  • Bikes for Tikes program gets rolling in third year

    Bikes for Tikes program gets rolling in third year

    Saturday, November 29 2014 12:52 AM EST2014-11-29 05:52:49 GMT
    Bikes for Tikes is underway for the third year at Shottenkirk Chevrolet and Shottenkirk Kia of Quincy. More than 350 bicycles were repaired, recycled and distributed during the campaign's first two years to area families in need through the Salvation Army's Toy Town campaign.
    Bikes for Tikes is underway for the third year at Shottenkirk Chevrolet and Shottenkirk Kia of Quincy. More than 350 bicycles were repaired, recycled and distributed during the campaign's first two years to area families in need through the Salvation Army's Toy Town campaign.

  • Mother recovering from abusive relationship seeks happy Christmas for kids

    Mother recovering from abusive relationship seeks happy Christmas for kids

    Saturday, November 29 2014 12:46 AM EST2014-11-29 05:46:18 GMT
    Sally is a hard-working single mother trying to do the best she can for her three children, but her efforts to make a happy home were thrown off track by a situation she couldn't control. As a result, the family's prospects for a merry Christmas began to appear rather bleak.
    Sally is a hard-working single mother trying to do the best she can for her three children, but her efforts to make a happy home were thrown off track by a situation she couldn't control. As a result, the family's prospects for a merry Christmas began to appear rather bleak.

  • Florida-based company donates ton of chicken to Quincy Catholic Charities

    Florida-based company donates ton of chicken to Quincy Catholic Charities

    Saturday, November 29 2014 12:43 AM EST2014-11-29 05:43:28 GMT
    Jackie Bruns, area director for Quincy Catholic Charities, recently received a phone call that a Florida business owner wanted to donate 2,000 pounds of chicken right before Thanksgiving.
    Jackie Bruns, area director for Quincy Catholic Charities, recently received a phone call that a Florida business owner wanted to donate 2,000 pounds of chicken right before Thanksgiving.
  • Illinois lawmakers eye tough budget year with pension law rejection, income tax reduction

    Illinois lawmakers eye tough budget year with pension law rejection, income tax reduction

    Saturday, November 29 2014 12:41 AM EST2014-11-29 05:41:33 GMT
    Illinois lawmakers hold little hope that the Illinois Supreme Court will overturn a ruling that a pension reform law is unconstitutional. Last week's circuit court rejection of the pension law will force the Illinois Legislature to find money to keep paying 3 percent cost-of-living adjustments to retirees.
    Illinois lawmakers hold little hope that the Illinois Supreme Court will overturn a ruling that a pension reform law is unconstitutional. Last week's circuit court rejection of the pension law will force the Illinois Legislature to find money to keep paying 3 percent cost-of-living adjustments to retirees.

  • Study portrays JWCC as $22 million economic engine for the region

    Study portrays JWCC as $22 million economic engine for the region

    Saturday, November 29 2014 12:36 AM EST2014-11-29 05:36:34 GMT
    Mandi Kipley straightens and restocks the salads January in the Blazer Bistro at John Wood Community College. | H-W File Photo/Michael KipleyMandi Kipley straightens and restocks the salads January in the Blazer Bistro at John Wood Community College. | H-W File Photo/Michael Kipley
    John Wood Community College is depicted as a $22 million economic engine for the region it serves. That was the principal conclusion of a recent economic impact report coordinated by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies that targeted the state's 48 community colleges.
    John Wood Community College is depicted as a $22 million economic engine for the region it serves. That was the principal conclusion of a recent economic impact report coordinated by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies that targeted the state's 48 community colleges.

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

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

    Friday, November 28 2014 5:08 PM EST2014-11-28 22:08:07 GMT
    Only one thing about Cory Lovelace's death in 2006 concerned Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley. "At that time, I don't recall anything that really caused me great alarm," Copley said. "Was it concerning that they couldn't make a determination on cause of death? Yes, because that leaves the case open." That open case led a member of the Quincy Police Department's detective unit to take another look at the case late last year.
    Only one thing about Cory Lovelace's death in 2006 concerned Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley. "At that time, I don't recall anything that really caused me great alarm," Copley said. "Was it concerning that they couldn't make a determination on cause of death? Yes, because that leaves the case open." That open case led a member of the Quincy Police Department's detective unit to take another look at the case late last year.
  • Sheriff: Safety concerns led to Lovelace being housed in neighboring county jail

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

    Friday, November 28 2014 5:08 PM EST2014-11-28 22:08:03 GMT
    Curtis Lovelace has been housed in the Hancock County Jail in Carthage since he was arrested last week on first-degree murder charges. Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer said keeping Lovelace out of the jail in the Adams...
    Curtis Lovelace has been housed in the Hancock County Jail in Carthage since he was arrested last week on first-degree murder charges. Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer said keeping Lovelace out of the jail in the Adams...
  • Lovelace granted extension to hire counsel; prosecutor says 'something was amiss' in photos of wife’s body

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

    Friday, November 28 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-11-28 22:07:52 GMT
    A former Adams County assistant state's attorney and Quincy School Board president charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death eight years ago was granted a continuance Friday to find counsel to represent...
    A former Adams County assistant state's attorney and Quincy School Board president charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death eight years ago was granted a continuance Friday to find counsel to represent...
  • Lovelace hires Springfield attorneys to represent him in murder case

    Lovelace hires Springfield attorneys to represent him in murder case

    Friday, November 28 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-11-28 22:07:43 GMT
    Two Springfield lawyers will represent former Adams County assistant state's attorney and former Quincy School Board president Curtis Lovelace, who faces first-degree murder charges. James Elmore, a Quincy native, and Jeff Page have been hired to represent Lovelace, who was indicted by an Adams County grand jury in connection with the death of his wife, Cory D. Lovelace, on Feb. 14, 2006.
    Two Springfield lawyers will represent former Adams County assistant state's attorney and former Quincy School Board president Curtis Lovelace, who faces first-degree murder charges. James Elmore, a Quincy native, and Jeff Page have been hired to represent Lovelace, who was indicted by an Adams County grand jury in connection with the death of his wife, Cory D. Lovelace, on Feb. 14, 2006.
  • Adams, Pike coroners also quit using pathologist who worked on Lovelace case

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

    Friday, November 28 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-11-28 22:07:38 GMT
    Two local coroners said they stopped several years ago using the services of Dr. Jessica Bowman, the pathologist who performed the autopsy of Cory Lovelace in 2006. Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty, who also serves as the county's coroner said: "There were four or five cases that she did that really upset me." Former Adams County coroner Gary Hamilton also stopped sending cases to her. Bowman now works as a pathologist at Keokuk Area Hospital.
    Two local coroners said they stopped several years ago using the services of Dr. Jessica Bowman, the pathologist who performed the autopsy of Cory Lovelace in 2006. Pike County Sheriff Paul Petty, who also serves as the county's coroner said: "There were four or five cases that she did that really upset me." Former Adams County coroner Gary Hamilton also stopped sending cases to her. Bowman now works as a pathologist at Keokuk Area Hospital.
  • Pathologist who did Lovelace autopsy has history of discredited work in central Illinois counties

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

    Friday, November 28 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-11-28 22:07:34 GMT
    A central Illinois newspaper is reporting that the pathologist who is believed to have performed the autopsy on Cory Lovelace after she died on Valentine's Day in 2006 is so discredited in Sangamon County that the...
    A central Illinois newspaper is reporting that the pathologist who is believed to have performed the autopsy on Cory Lovelace after she died on Valentine's Day in 2006 is so discredited in Sangamon County that the...
  • Lovelace murder trial set for late January

    Lovelace murder trial set for late January

    Friday, November 28 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-11-28 22:07:30 GMT
    A Quincy lawyer facing first-degree murder charges had his trial set for late January, but one of his lawyers doubts the trial will start that soon. Jay Elmore and his co-council, Jeff Page, made their first appearance on Curtis Lovelace's behalf Thursday during an eight-minute hearing in front of Judge Bob Hardwick in Adams County Circuit Court. Hardwick set a Jan. 26 start for what is expected to be a two-week trial.
    A Quincy lawyer facing first-degree murder charges had his trial set for late January, but one of his lawyers doubts the trial will start that soon. Jay Elmore and his co-council, Jeff Page, made their first appearance on Curtis Lovelace's behalf Thursday during an eight-minute hearing in front of Judge Bob Hardwick in Adams County Circuit Court. Hardwick set a Jan. 26 start for what is expected to be a two-week trial.

  • Renowned pathologist being used by Lovelace prosecution

    Renowned pathologist being used by Lovelace prosecution

    Friday, November 28 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-11-28 22:07:26 GMT
    One of the top forensic pathologists in America reviewed information in connection with the 2006 death of Cory D. Lovelace and determined the Quincy woman had been suffocated. Dr. Michael Baden, known for his work...
    One of the top forensic pathologists in America reviewed information in connection with the 2006 death of Cory D. Lovelace and determined the Quincy woman had been suffocated. Dr. Michael Baden, known for his work...
  • Jobless rates at lowest levels in years in West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri

    Jobless rates at lowest levels in years in West-Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri

    Friday, November 28 2014 1:44 PM EST2014-11-28 18:44:35 GMT
    QUINCY -- It has been six to seven years since unemployment rates were this low in this region. Brown County had the lowest unemployment rate in Illinois at 3.2 percent. Knox County, Mo., had the lowest rate in the Show-Me State at 2.6 percent. Only one county in the region had unemployment of more than 6 percent.
    QUINCY -- It has been six to seven years since unemployment rates were this low in this region. Brown County had the lowest unemployment rate in Illinois at 3.2 percent. Knox County, Mo., had the lowest rate in the Show-Me State at 2.6 percent. Only one county in the region had unemployment of more than 6 percent.

  • Shoppers adjusting to Black Friday's newest addition: Gray Thursday

    Shoppers adjusting to Black Friday's newest addition: Gray Thursday

    Friday, November 28 2014 11:13 AM EST2014-11-28 16:13:22 GMT
    QUINCY -- Cheryl Rawlings' shirt said it all: "I Love Black Friday Shopping." The Hannibal, Mo., resident had just split off from her party of five women -- all of them wearing the same T-shirt -- about 11:30 p.m. just outside Santa's Workshop inside the Quincy Mall. Each woman went their separate ways so they could make the most of their shopping time.
    QUINCY -- Cheryl Rawlings' shirt said it all: "I Love Black Friday Shopping." The Hannibal, Mo., resident had just split off from her party of five women -- all of them wearing the same T-shirt -- about 11:30 p.m. just outside Santa's Workshop inside the Quincy Mall. Each woman went their separate ways so they could make the most of their shopping time.

  • Victorian Festival of Christmas to kick off Saturday in Hannibal

    Victorian Festival of Christmas to kick off Saturday in Hannibal

    Friday, November 28 2014 10:50 AM EST2014-11-28 15:50:23 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Plans for Hannibal's participation in a national event that promotes local shopping have morphed into an old-fashioned Christmas celebration set for Saturday. The Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first Victorian Festival of Christmas that will kick off the Yuletide season in America's hometown.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Plans for Hannibal's participation in a national event that promotes local shopping have morphed into an old-fashioned Christmas celebration set for Saturday. The Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the first Victorian Festival of Christmas that will kick off the Yuletide season in America's hometown.

  • School Board ponders whether to hire construction manager for building project

    School Board ponders whether to hire construction manager for building project

    Friday, November 28 2014 10:25 AM EST2014-11-28 15:25:11 GMT
    The Quincy School Board will meet in special session at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss whether it should seek the services of a construction manager to oversee the district's $89 million building project. The board also will take steps to sell the first $10 million worth of general obligation bonds for the five-year project.
    The Quincy School Board will meet in special session at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss whether it should seek the services of a construction manager to oversee the district's $89 million building project. The board also will take steps to sell the first $10 million worth of general obligation bonds for the five-year project.
  • Road, airport project in Pike, Brown counties total $1.77 million

    Road, airport project in Pike, Brown counties total $1.77 million

    Friday, November 28 2014 9:34 AM EST2014-11-28 14:34:10 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- State projects in Brown and Pike counties worth more than $1.77 million have been announced for the coming construction season. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the investments this week as part of the...
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- State projects in Brown and Pike counties worth more than $1.77 million have been announced for the coming construction season. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the investments this week as part of the...
  • Americans mark Thanskgiving with parades, turkey

    Americans mark Thanskgiving with parades, turkey

    Thursday, November 27 2014 12:06 PM EST2014-11-27 17:06:03 GMT
    Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here's a look at how Americans are celebrating.
    Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine are on the menu as friends and families gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here's a look at how Americans are celebrating.
  • Former San Antonio Spurs marketing chief selected to head the District

    Former San Antonio Spurs marketing chief selected to head the District

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 2:26 PM EST2014-11-26 19:26:26 GMT
    Bruce Guthrie started work Monday as the new executive director of the District. Guthrie, 55, brings a wealth of promotional experience to the office. He worked 26 years for the San Antonio Spurs organization, becoming vice president of marketing and communications for Spurs Sports and Entertainment.
    Bruce Guthrie started work Monday as the new executive director of the District. Guthrie, 55, brings a wealth of promotional experience to the office. He worked 26 years for the San Antonio Spurs organization, becoming vice president of marketing and communications for Spurs Sports and Entertainment.
  • UPDATE: No injuries in fire at 613 N. Seventh late Tuesday night

    UPDATE: No injuries in fire at 613 N. Seventh late Tuesday night

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 9:18 AM EST2014-11-26 14:18:28 GMT
    Quincy firefighters were called to a structure fire at 613 N. Seventh late Tuesday. Quincy Assistant Fire Chief Tom Bentley said the initial call came in at 11:30 p.m. and moved up to a second alarm at 11:50. Four trucks worked the scene. Bentley said firefighters were able to get the blaze under control quickly.
    Quincy firefighters were called to a structure fire at 613 N. Seventh late Tuesday. Quincy Assistant Fire Chief Tom Bentley said the initial call came in at 11:30 p.m. and moved up to a second alarm at 11:50. Four trucks worked the scene. Bentley said firefighters were able to get the blaze under control quickly.
  • Quincy Fire Department kicks off holiday fire awareness program

    Quincy Fire Department kicks off holiday fire awareness program

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 9:14 AM EST2014-11-26 14:14:37 GMT
    QUINCY -- Only once in four years have Quincy firefighters had to change a light from red to white during their "Keep the Wreaths Red" holiday fire awareness program. "We've been pretty fortunate," Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said. Henning would like to see the wreaths stay red again this holiday season. If that happens, that means no structure fires happened in the city from Wednesday's kickoff of the program through Jan. 1.
    QUINCY -- Only once in four years have Quincy firefighters had to change a light from red to white during their "Keep the Wreaths Red" holiday fire awareness program. "We've been pretty fortunate," Quincy Fire Chief Joe Henning said. Henning would like to see the wreaths stay red again this holiday season. If that happens, that means no structure fires happened in the city from Wednesday's kickoff of the program through Jan. 1.
  • Liberty bus drivers plan to proceed with strike

    Liberty bus drivers plan to proceed with strike

    Wednesday, November 26 2014 8:47 AM EST2014-11-26 13:47:58 GMT
    LIBERTY -- A dozen school bus drivers and monitors in the Liberty School District are making plans to proceed with a strike in January because of a lack of progress in negotiating a new contract.
    LIBERTY -- A dozen school bus drivers and monitors in the Liberty School District are making plans to proceed with a strike in January because of a lack of progress in negotiating a new contract.
  • Committee asks that quarter-cent sales tax ballot question be drafted to fund new jail

    Committee asks that quarter-cent sales tax ballot question be drafted to fund new jail

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 10:31 PM EST2014-11-26 03:31:33 GMT
    A committee tasked with providing a recommendation to the Adams County Board on whether a new jail should be built met Tuesday and asked the Adams County state's attorney's office to draft a ballot measure seeking voter approval for a quarter-cent sales tax to fund it.
    A committee tasked with providing a recommendation to the Adams County Board on whether a new jail should be built met Tuesday and asked the Adams County state's attorney's office to draft a ballot measure seeking voter approval for a quarter-cent sales tax to fund it.
  • Baby Jesus statue gone missing at Citizens Bank of Edina

    Baby Jesus statue gone missing at Citizens Bank of Edina

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 6:57 PM EST2014-11-25 23:57:29 GMT
    Edina police and a senior official at the Citizens Bank of Edina hope the baby Jesus figure swiped from the bank's Nativity scene over the weekend will return to its manger unharmed.
    Edina police and a senior official at the Citizens Bank of Edina hope the baby Jesus figure swiped from the bank's Nativity scene over the weekend will return to its manger unharmed.
  • Chaos returns to streets of Ferguson after grand jury declines to indict Wilson

    Chaos returns to streets of Ferguson after grand jury declines to indict Wilson

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 5:26 PM EST2014-11-25 22:26:48 GMT
    Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown - a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot. Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August's shootings.
    Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown - a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot. Monday night's destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August's shootings.
  • Missouri governor: More National Guard in Ferguson

    Missouri governor: More National Guard in Ferguson

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 5:23 PM EST2014-11-25 22:23:18 GMT
    Attorneys for Michael Brown's family on Tuesday vowed to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed their calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses were burned to the ground. Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered hundreds of more National Guardsmen into Ferguson.
    Attorneys for Michael Brown's family on Tuesday vowed to push for federal charges against the Ferguson police officer who killed the unarmed 18-year-old, and they renewed their calls for peace following a night of violent protests in which several businesses were burned to the ground. Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered hundreds of more National Guardsmen into Ferguson.
  • City Council agrees to sell off three loans in default for a six-figure loss

    City Council agrees to sell off three loans in default for a six-figure loss

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 12:21 PM EST2014-11-25 17:21:03 GMT
    The Quincy City Council emerged from a 25-minute closed session Monday and voted unanimously to sell three participation loans that it provided to a local developer. Bank of Quincy will buy the loans for $10,000 each. Each loan provided to developer Dan Griffin for properties at 123, 125 and 129 N. Sixth has a current balance of $47,918. This amounts to a $113,754 loss to the city.
    QUINCY -- The Quincy City Council emerged from a 25-minute closed session Monday night and voted unanimously to sell three participation loans it had provided to a local developer. Bank of Quincy will buy the loans for $10,000 each. Each loan provided to developer Dan Griffin for properties at 123, 125 and 129 N. Sixth has a current balance of $47,918, amounting to a $113,754 loss to the city.

  • Marion County Commission opposes transmission line project

    Marion County Commission opposes transmission line project

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 10:11 AM EST2014-11-25 15:11:15 GMT
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Marion County Commission has joined four other Northeast Missouri county commissions in contesting an Ameren transmission line that's proposed to run through the region.
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- The Marion County Commission has joined four other Northeast Missouri county commissions in contesting an Ameren transmission line that's proposed to run through the region.
  • Retailers seeing influx of customers before Thanksgiving holiday shopping

    Retailers seeing influx of customers before Thanksgiving holiday shopping

    Tuesday, November 25 2014 10:02 AM EST2014-11-25 15:02:30 GMT
    QUINCY -- While retailers gear up for Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales, many also entice many shoppers in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Mike Jenkins, director of marketing of the Quincy Mall, said the mall saw steady foot traffic last weekend, and tenants reported solid sales.
    QUINCY -- While retailers gear up for Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales, many also entice many shoppers in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Mike Jenkins, director of marketing of the Quincy Mall, said the mall saw steady foot traffic last weekend, and tenants reported solid sales.
  • Republican primary featured in the 7th Ward for February election

    Republican primary featured in the 7th Ward for February election

    Monday, November 24 2014 7:41 PM EST2014-11-25 00:41:52 GMT
    Only one race will be contested in the Feb. 24 consolidated primary election. Former Adams County Board member Jay Schaefer filed petitions Monday to run as a Republican in Quincy's 7th Ward. He will face incumbent Alderman Terri Heinecke, R-7, who filed her petitions last week.
    Only one race will be contested in the Feb. 24 consolidated primary election. Former Adams County Board member Jay Schaefer filed petitions Monday to run as a Republican in Quincy's 7th Ward. He will face incumbent Alderman Terri Heinecke, R-7, who filed her petitions last week.
  • Project Red Ribbon resumes fight against DUIs

    Project Red Ribbon resumes fight against DUIs

    Monday, November 24 2014 4:59 PM EST2014-11-24 21:59:46 GMT
    J.T. Dozier sees the statistical information and can't help but take some satisfaction in the fact that driving under the influence arrests are in the midst of a downward trend in Adams County.
    J.T. Dozier sees the statistical information and can't help but take some satisfaction in the fact that driving under the influence arrests are in the midst of a downward trend in Adams County.
  • McMullen, Hudson win Miss Hannibal, Miss Mark Twain crowns

    McMullen, Hudson win Miss Hannibal, Miss Mark Twain crowns

    Monday, November 24 2014 4:29 PM EST2014-11-24 21:29:47 GMT
    Scarlett McMullen was named Miss Hannibal and Andi Hudson Miss Mark Twain Saturday night during the 2015 Miss Hannibal and Miss Mark Twain pageants at the Hannibal High School.
    Scarlett McMullen was named Miss Hannibal and Andi Hudson Miss Mark Twain Saturday night during the 2015 Miss Hannibal and Miss Mark Twain pageants at the Hannibal High School.
  • Attorney: Ferguson grand jury has reached decision

    Attorney: Ferguson grand jury has reached decision

    Monday, November 24 2014 3:46 PM EST2014-11-24 20:46:58 GMT
    Media outlets citing unidentified sources are reporting that the grand jury considering whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the death of Michael Brown has reached a decision.
    Media outlets citing unidentified sources are reporting that the grand jury considering whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the death of Michael Brown has reached a decision.
  • FYI HEALTH: 80 million bacteria per kiss is not as bad as it sounds

    FYI HEALTH: 80 million bacteria per kiss is not as bad as it sounds

    Monday, November 24 2014 12:58 PM EST2014-11-24 17:58:11 GMT
    The next time you cuddle up to your significant other and exchange a long, slow romantic kiss, remember this: the two of you just exchanged about 80 million bacteria.
    The next time you cuddle up to your significant other and exchange a long, slow romantic kiss, remember this: the two of you just exchanged about 80 million bacteria.

  • School Board expresses intent to hire three local firms for school design work

    School Board expresses intent to hire three local firms for school design work

    Monday, November 24 2014 11:43 AM EST2014-11-24 16:43:44 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Quincy School Board expressed its intent Monday to hire three local architectural/engineering firms to share the task of designing five new K-5 elementary schools and an addition onto Quincy High School. However, the board hasn't decided how much to pay the firms or how they will be supervised. A contract needs to be worked out before the firms can be paid for any work they perform.
    QUINCY -- The Quincy School Board expressed its intent Monday to hire three local architectural/engineering firms to share the task of designing five new K-5 elementary schools and an addition onto Quincy High School. However, the board hasn't decided how much to pay the firms or how they will be supervised. A contract needs to be worked out before the firms can be paid for any work they perform.

  • Robbearts new executive director of United Way of Adams County

    Robbearts new executive director of United Way of Adams County

    Monday, November 24 2014 11:01 AM EST2014-11-24 16:01:49 GMT
    QUINCY -- Emily Robbearts is the new executive director of the United Way of Adams County. Robbearts has been serving as associate director since July, handling most operational and administrative duties. She succeeds Cheryl Waterman, who announced during the summer that she would be retiring after 28 years with the agency, including 15 as executive director.
    QUINCY -- Emily Robbearts is the new executive director of the United Way of Adams County. Robbearts has been serving as associate director since July, handling most operational and administrative duties. She succeeds Cheryl Waterman, who announced during the summer that she would be retiring after 28 years with the agency, including 15 as executive director.

  • We've changed a lot for you, and we're not done yet

    We've changed a lot for you, and we're not done yet

    Monday, November 24 2014 10:08 AM EST2014-11-24 15:08:35 GMT
    I hope you have enjoyed the first week of the new Herald-Whig. A year in the making, we implemented a series of design and content changes that you told us you would like to see in your daily newspaper. It is our...
    I hope you have enjoyed the first week of the new Herald-Whig. A year in the making, we implemented a series of design and content changes that you told us you would like to see in your daily newspaper. It is our...
  • Retirement did not last long for Griggsville-Perry's Allen

    Retirement did not last long for Griggsville-Perry's Allen

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:59 AM EST2014-11-24 14:59:45 GMT
    QUINCY -- Never say never.
    QUINCY -- Never say never.
  • Quincy man shot in thigh while hunting with group Saturday morning

    Quincy man shot in thigh while hunting with group Saturday morning

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:56 AM EST2014-11-24 14:56:50 GMT
    A 28-year-old Quincy man was accidentally shot Saturday morning while hunting east of Quincy. The Adams County Sheriff's Department said the victim was accidentally shot in the left thigh by an 18-year-old fellow hunter from Quincy.
    A 28-year-old Quincy man was accidentally shot Saturday morning while hunting east of Quincy. The Adams County Sheriff's Department said the victim was accidentally shot in the left thigh by an 18-year-old fellow hunter from Quincy.
  • Christmas of 1997 remains special for Good News family -- for multiple reasons

    Christmas of 1997 remains special for Good News family -- for multiple reasons

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:55 AM EST2014-11-24 14:55:05 GMT
    QUINCY -- Debbie Sanders Lewis will never forget the Christmas of 1997. It turned out to be the final Christmas for her son, Tyson, a special-needs child who died the next year at age 7. That particular Christmas also was memorable because Lewis and her two children were beneficiaries of The Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign, which came to their aid while the family was struggling through rough times.
    QUINCY -- Debbie Sanders Lewis will never forget the Christmas of 1997. It turned out to be the final Christmas for her son, Tyson, a special-needs child who died the next year at age 7. That particular Christmas also was memorable because Lewis and her two children were beneficiaries of The Herald-Whig's Good News of Christmas campaign, which came to their aid while the family was struggling through rough times.

  • Mobile food pantry to give away more than 12,000 pounds of produce, other items

    Mobile food pantry to give away more than 12,000 pounds of produce, other items

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:40 AM EST2014-11-24 14:40:32 GMT
    QUINCY -- Five simple words explain why the second Madonna House-sponsored mobile food pantry is so important. "There is such a need," said Joanne Dedert, the executive director of Madonna House, whose outreach ministry is coordinating the 10 a.m. Saturday event at the Quincy Senior and Family Center, 639 York.
    QUINCY -- Five simple words explain why the second Madonna House-sponsored mobile food pantry is so important. "There is such a need," said Joanne Dedert, the executive director of Madonna House, whose outreach ministry is coordinating the 10 a.m. Saturday event at the Quincy Senior and Family Center, 639 York.

  • Golden Bridges Inc. a finalist in national challenge

    Golden Bridges Inc. a finalist in national challenge

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:23 AM EST2014-11-24 14:23:15 GMT
    QUINCY -- Barbara McLean recognized she needed help. McLean, a Curtis Creek resident for nearly six years, had several decades worth of accumulated mementos covering her apartment floor. Her work in managing tenant farmers who use her 1,500 acres added to the clutter and chaos. That's where Golden Bridges Inc. stepped in. The Liberty-based agency specializes in senior move management.
    QUINCY -- Barbara McLean recognized she needed help. McLean, a Curtis Creek resident for nearly six years, had several decades worth of accumulated mementos covering her apartment floor. Her work in managing tenant farmers who use her 1,500 acres added to the clutter and chaos. That's where Golden Bridges Inc. stepped in. The Liberty-based agency specializes in senior move management.
  • Greuter begins third year as QAMA president, boosts cooperation between faiths, churches

    Greuter begins third year as QAMA president, boosts cooperation between faiths, churches

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:10 AM EST2014-11-24 14:10:28 GMT
    1. QUINCY -- The Rev. Ivan Greuter is admittedly excited about beginning his third year as president of the Quincy Area Ministerial Association.
    1. QUINCY -- The Rev. Ivan Greuter is admittedly excited about beginning his third year as president of the Quincy Area Ministerial Association.

  • Five vying for first 'Battle for the Baton' title

    Five vying for first 'Battle for the Baton' title

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:06 AM EST2014-11-24 14:06:13 GMT
    The fundraiser pits five well-known Quincy residents against each other for the right to be a guest conductor at the Quincy Symphony Orchestra's holiday concert Dec. 6. The person who raises the most money earns the right to conduct one song at the concert. 
    The fundraiser pits five well-known Quincy residents against each other for the right to be a guest conductor at the Quincy Symphony Orchestra's holiday concert Dec. 6. The person who raises the most money earns the right to conduct one song at the concert. 
  • Western Area Purchasing Co-op: 'What we have up here is a pretty good thing for our schools'

    Western Area Purchasing Co-op: 'What we have up here is a pretty good thing for our schools'

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:04 AM EST2014-11-24 14:04:57 GMT
    LAHARPE, Ill. -- The building's green cover serves as a reminder of the "green" saved by area school districts and businesses working with the Western Area Purchasing Cooperative in LaHarpe. The co-op, overseen by the Regional Office of Education serving Hancock and McDonough counties, buys all kinds of supplies in bulk, which translates into savings for its more than 60 accounts.
    LAHARPE, Ill. -- The building's green cover serves as a reminder of the "green" saved by area school districts and businesses working with the Western Area Purchasing Cooperative in LaHarpe. The co-op, overseen by the Regional Office of Education serving Hancock and McDonough counties, buys all kinds of supplies in bulk, which translates into savings for its more than 60 accounts.

  • 'Recovery approach' in treating mental illness paying dividends

    'Recovery approach' in treating mental illness paying dividends

    Monday, November 24 2014 9:03 AM EST2014-11-24 14:03:49 GMT
    Lemonia "Joy" Sims now has something awaiting her she never thought possible — a future. "Every sad word in the dictionary described me," she said. "I never thought I would have peace or be able to smile." Sims, a native of Chicago who now calls Quincy her home, has been battling a variety of mental illnesses for much of the past 21 years. 
    Lemonia "Joy" Sims now has something awaiting her she never thought possible — a future. "Every sad word in the dictionary described me," she said. "I never thought I would have peace or be able to smile." Sims, a native of Chicago who now calls Quincy her home, has been battling a variety of mental illnesses for much of the past 21 years. 

  • Good News Case 18: Family struggles while single mother pursues education

    Good News Case 18: Family struggles while single mother pursues education

    Monday, November 24 2014 8:54 AM EST2014-11-24 13:54:13 GMT
    A single mother has quit her job to pursue a bachelor's degree in education in hopes of better providing for her four children one day. Jill -- not her real name ­-- loves working with children and decided to further her education to become a teacher. Jill began taking classes around her work schedule, but as she made her way through the requirements, the classes started to conflict with her job. She left her position to become a full-time student.
    A single mother has quit her job to pursue a bachelor's degree in education in hopes of better providing for her four children one day. Jill -- not her real name ­-- loves working with children and decided to further her education to become a teacher. Jill began taking classes around her work schedule, but as she made her way through the requirements, the classes started to conflict with her job. She left her position to become a full-time student.
  • Quincy School District ordered to take 'corrective action' in special ed program

    Quincy School District ordered to take 'corrective action' in special ed program

    Monday, November 24 2014 8:51 AM EST2014-11-24 13:51:32 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Illinois State Board of Education has ordered the Quincy School District to take immediate action to correct multiple problems with the way it provides special education services to students. In a 23-page report released this week, the ISBE's Special Education Services Division found that the district was in violation of at least 10 federal or state regulations governing the delivery of special education services.
    QUINCY -- The Illinois State Board of Education has ordered the Quincy School District to take immediate action to correct multiple problems with the way it provides special education services to students. In a 23-page report released this week, the ISBE's Special Education Services Division found that the district was in violation of at least 10 federal or state regulations governing the delivery of special education services.
  • Duggars started out planning for 'one or two' kids, but are happy with 19

    Duggars started out planning for 'one or two' kids, but are happy with 19

    Monday, November 24 2014 8:49 AM EST2014-11-24 13:49:30 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar love their kids -- all 19 of 'em -- and they will not be losing sleep over whether everyone agrees with their strong, conservative Christian beliefs. The Duggars were the keynote speakers Friday night at Hannibal-LaGrange University's 73rd annual Booster Banquet at the Roland Fine Arts Center.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar love their kids -- all 19 of 'em -- and they will not be losing sleep over whether everyone agrees with their strong, conservative Christian beliefs. The Duggars were the keynote speakers Friday night at Hannibal-LaGrange University's 73rd annual Booster Banquet at the Roland Fine Arts Center.

  • Republican newcomer files in Ward 1

    Republican newcomer files in Ward 1

    Saturday, November 22 2014 1:36 AM EST2014-11-22 06:36:03 GMT
    QUINCY -- Newcomer Eric Entrup has filed petitions to run as a Republican in 1st Ward for the Feb. 24 consolidated primary election. Entrup is a vice president at Entrup Drywall and Painting.
    QUINCY -- Newcomer Eric Entrup has filed petitions to run as a Republican in 1st Ward for the Feb. 24 consolidated primary election. Entrup is a vice president at Entrup Drywall and Painting.

  • Last in a Series

    Under the Influence: Change in processing offenders helps lead to reduction of DUIs in Adams County

    Under the Influence: Change in processing offenders helps lead to reduction of DUIs in Adams County

    Friday, November 21 2014 11:18 AM EST2014-11-21 16:18:34 GMT
    As the number of drunken driving cases reaching her desk continued to grow, Jennifer Cifaldi decided something needed to be done to stem the tide. Cifaldi, an assistant state's attorney who handles traffic offenses, went to Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard. The result was the institution of a DUI search warrant program. Starting in 2008, the county began to get search warrants for those suspected of DUI who refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test.
    As the number of drunken driving cases reaching her desk continued to grow, Jennifer Cifaldi decided something needed to be done to stem the tide. Cifaldi, an assistant state's attorney who handles traffic offenses, went to Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard. The result was the institution of a DUI search warrant program. Starting in 2008, the county began to get search warrants for those suspected of DUI who refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test.
  • Bill that would make firefighter manning subject to arbitration heads to governor

    Bill that would make firefighter manning subject to arbitration heads to governor

    Friday, November 21 2014 9:58 AM EST2014-11-21 14:58:45 GMT
    Legislation that would make firefighter staffing levels subject to a potential arbitrator ruling is now on the way to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk after the Illinois Senate approved the bill Thursday. The bill would add manning and residency requirements as a working condition to be negotiated during negotiations with firefighter unions.
    Legislation that would make firefighter staffing levels subject to a potential arbitrator ruling is now on the way to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk after the Illinois Senate approved the bill Thursday. The bill would add manning and residency requirements as a working condition to be negotiated during negotiations with firefighter unions.

  • Quincy woman's body exhumed to determine cause of death nine years later

    Quincy woman's body exhumed to determine cause of death nine years later

    Thursday, November 20 2014 5:36 PM EST2014-11-20 22:36:14 GMT
    The Adams County coroner's office has received an order of exhumation to determine the cause of death of a Quincy woman who died nine years ago. Coroner Jim Keller said the body of Linda J. Booth was exhumed Thursday. Booth, 50, was found dead early Sept. 11, 2005, in the pool of her south side residence.
    The Adams County coroner's office has received an order of exhumation to determine the cause of death of a Quincy woman who died nine years ago. Coroner Jim Keller said the body of Linda J. Booth was exhumed Thursday. Booth, 50, was found dead early Sept. 11, 2005, in the pool of her south side residence.
  • Mann will not seek second term as 1st Ward alderman

    Mann will not seek second term as 1st Ward alderman

    Thursday, November 20 2014 12:58 PM EST2014-11-20 17:58:25 GMT
    First Ward Alderman Glenda “LeXze” Mann announced Thursday that she will not be seeking a second term. In an interview with The Herald-Whig, Mann said her personal circumstances have changed over the last 3 1/2 years.
    First Ward Alderman Glenda “LeXze” Mann announced Thursday that she will not be seeking a second term. In an interview with The Herald-Whig, Mann said her personal circumstances have changed over the last 3 1/2 years.
  • Miss Hannibal, Miss Mark Twain to be crowned Saturday night

    Miss Hannibal, Miss Mark Twain to be crowned Saturday night

    Thursday, November 20 2014 12:09 PM EST2014-11-20 17:09:05 GMT
    Nearly two dozen young women will take the stage in Hannibal High School's auditorium Saturday in hopes of taking home a pageant title and scholarship.
    Nearly two dozen young women will take the stage in Hannibal High School's auditorium Saturday in hopes of taking home a pageant title and scholarship.
  • Quincy School Board adopts higher tax levy, but lower rate is expected

    Quincy School Board adopts higher tax levy, but lower rate is expected

    Thursday, November 20 2014 11:39 AM EST2014-11-20 16:39:23 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Quincy School Board on Wednesday adopted a tentative 2014 tax levy of $33.6 million, a 2.46 percent increase over the 2013 levy. While the higher levy will generate about $800,000 in additional revenue for local schools, the district's total tax rate is projected to be about 2 cents lower than the current rate of $4.13 per $100 assessed valuation.
    QUINCY -- The Quincy School Board on Wednesday adopted a tentative 2014 tax levy of $33.6 million, a 2.46 percent increase over the 2013 levy. While the higher levy will generate about $800,000 in additional revenue for local schools, the district's total tax rate is projected to be about 2 cents lower than the current rate of $4.13 per $100 assessed valuation.

  • 'Flat revenue, more expenses' projected for Pikeland School District

    'Flat revenue, more expenses' projected for Pikeland School District

    Thursday, November 20 2014 11:32 AM EST2014-11-20 16:32:19 GMT
    PITTSFIELD -- Bob Gray sees an annual audit report as more than a look back at the past year. It's a way to look into the future, and "it's flat revenue and more expenses" for the Pikeland School District, said Gray, who presented the audit report Wednesday from Arnold, Behrens, Nesbit, Gray.
    PITTSFIELD -- Bob Gray sees an annual audit report as more than a look back at the past year. It's a way to look into the future, and "it's flat revenue and more expenses" for the Pikeland School District, said Gray, who presented the audit report Wednesday from Arnold, Behrens, Nesbit, Gray.

  • Fourth in a series

    Under the Influence: Behind prison walls, Ruble yearns for forgiveness

    Under the Influence: Behind prison walls, Ruble yearns for forgiveness

    Thursday, November 20 2014 10:59 AM EST2014-11-20 15:59:03 GMT
    Whenever Matthew Ruble starts to laugh, he stops himself. "All of a sudden my heart sinks within me because I think about the other families and the joy that has been stolen from them," Ruble said. "I feel like I'm undeserving to laugh and live life to its fullest because I've taken those lives." Ruble has bounced from prison to prison for more than five years, his mind never straying far from the early morning hours of April 19, 2009.
    Whenever Matthew Ruble starts to laugh, he stops himself. "All of a sudden my heart sinks within me because I think about the other families and the joy that has been stolen from them," Ruble said. "I feel like I'm undeserving to laugh and live life to its fullest because I've taken those lives." Ruble has bounced from prison to prison for more than five years, his mind never straying far from the early morning hours of April 19, 2009.
  • Attendance percentages slightly increase in Hannibal public schools

    Attendance percentages slightly increase in Hannibal public schools

    Thursday, November 20 2014 10:52 AM EST2014-11-20 15:52:18 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- All but one Hannibal public school saw gains in attendance percentages in September and October compared to the same time last year. The Hannibal School Board reviewed attendance data for the last school year and the first two full months of this school year at its meeting Wednesday.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- All but one Hannibal public school saw gains in attendance percentages in September and October compared to the same time last year. The Hannibal School Board reviewed attendance data for the last school year and the first two full months of this school year at its meeting Wednesday.

  • Quincy School Board delays action on hiring three firms to design new schools

    Quincy School Board delays action on hiring three firms to design new schools

    Thursday, November 20 2014 10:11 AM EST2014-11-20 15:11:59 GMT
    The Quincy School Board delayed action Wednesday on a proposal to hire three local architectural/engineering firms to share the task of designing five K-5 elementary schools and an addition onto Quincy High School. The board will meet in special session at 8 a.m. Monday to take up the issue.
    The Quincy School Board delayed action Wednesday on a proposal to hire three local architectural/engineering firms to share the task of designing five K-5 elementary schools and an addition onto Quincy High School. The board will meet in special session at 8 a.m. Monday to take up the issue.

  • Senate panel advances plan for $11 minimum wage

    Senate panel advances plan for $11 minimum wage

    Thursday, November 20 2014 9:44 AM EST2014-11-20 14:44:03 GMT
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a revamped proposal that would increase Illinois' minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017, modified to give it a better chance of passage by year's end.
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a revamped proposal that would increase Illinois' minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017, modified to give it a better chance of passage by year's end.
  • JWCC board plans slight hike in tax rate

    JWCC board plans slight hike in tax rate

    Thursday, November 20 2014 12:32 AM EST2014-11-20 05:32:45 GMT
    The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees said Wednesday night a minimal increase involving the district's tax rate will be sought. Homeowners can expect to pay an additional $3.22 in property tax on a $100,000 home in 2015.
    The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees said Wednesday night a minimal increase involving the district's tax rate will be sought. Homeowners can expect to pay an additional $3.22 in property tax on a $100,000 home in 2015.
  • 'Look Who's Painting' fundraiser supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

    'Look Who's Painting' fundraiser supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 3:55 PM EST2014-11-19 20:55:22 GMT
    Artwork from various people around Quincy will be auctioned off as part of the third annual Look Who's Painting fundraiser in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois.
    Artwork from various people around Quincy will be auctioned off as part of the third annual Look Who's Painting fundraiser in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois.
  • Carthage man died of heart attack before fire at Bentzinger Home Supply

    Carthage man died of heart attack before fire at Bentzinger Home Supply

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 3:12 PM EST2014-11-19 20:12:16 GMT
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- A preliminary autopsy finding shows that a man found dead in a fire in a downtown Carthage building died before the fire started. Hancock County Coroner Kendall Beals said an autopsy performed on...
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- A preliminary autopsy finding shows that a man found dead in a fire in a downtown Carthage building died before the fire started. Hancock County Coroner Kendall Beals said an autopsy performed on...
  • Pittsfield aldermen approve seeking federal funding for fire station project

    Pittsfield aldermen approve seeking federal funding for fire station project

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 12:24 PM EST2014-11-19 17:24:36 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pittsfield Fire Department is moving forward with City Council approval in seeking funding for a new fire house. Plans call for the department and the city to build the new station to provide easier access, more space and a way to meet current and future needs.
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- The Pittsfield Fire Department is moving forward with City Council approval in seeking funding for a new fire house. Plans call for the department and the city to build the new station to provide easier access, more space and a way to meet current and future needs.

  • Hannibal City Council approves fireworks show to make sick girl's wish come true

    Hannibal City Council approves fireworks show to make sick girl's wish come true

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 10:41 AM EST2014-11-19 15:41:21 GMT
    An ill Hannibal girl will soon have a chance to see a Disney-esque fireworks show thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri. The Hannibal City Council on Tuesday approved closing Lover's Leap Park and launching fireworks within city limits for a display tentatively set for the second week of December. The show is for an 11-year-old child identified during a council meeting as "Molly."
    An ill Hannibal girl will soon have a chance to see a Disney-esque fireworks show thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri. The Hannibal City Council on Tuesday approved closing Lover's Leap Park and launching fireworks within city limits for a display tentatively set for the second week of December. The show is for an 11-year-old child identified during a council meeting as "Molly."

  • Third in a series

    Under the Influence: Quincy woman mourns loss of daughter, husband in separate accidents

    Under the Influence: Quincy woman mourns loss of daughter, husband in separate accidents

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 9:38 AM EST2014-11-19 14:38:13 GMT
    Amy Zornes lost the youngest of her two daughters more than five and a half years ago. Alissa was one of two people who died as the result of a drunken-driving crash April 19, 2009, on Ill. 104 near Quincy Regional Airport. Alissa's death provided an inexplicable sense of deja vu for Amy. She also lost her husband, Troy, as the result of a impaired driving incident near St. Louis in 1995.
    Amy Zornes lost the youngest of her two daughters more than five and a half years ago. Alissa was one of two people who died as the result of a drunken-driving crash April 19, 2009, on Ill. 104 near Quincy Regional Airport. Alissa's death provided an inexplicable sense of deja vu for Amy. She also lost her husband, Troy, as the result of a impaired driving incident near St. Louis in 1995.
  • Colder-than-anticipated winter can lead to higher-than-expected heating bills

    Colder-than-anticipated winter can lead to higher-than-expected heating bills

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 9:22 AM EST2014-11-19 14:22:39 GMT
    QUINCY -- Call it the calm before the storm. The next storm, that is. The weekend weather forecast anticipates a break in the cold weather, with temperatures reaching into the 50s. After that, probably a week of rainy weather mixed with some temperatures in the 40s and 30s is headed our way.
    QUINCY -- Call it the calm before the storm. The next storm, that is. The weekend weather forecast anticipates a break in the cold weather, with temperatures reaching into the 50s. After that, probably a week of rainy weather mixed with some temperatures in the 40s and 30s is headed our way.

  • Adams County Board approves slightly higher budget

    Adams County Board approves slightly higher budget

    Wednesday, November 19 2014 9:13 AM EST2014-11-19 14:13:54 GMT
    Without discussion Tuesday night, the Adams County Board unanimously approved a spending plan for the next fiscal year that is 1.7 percent higher than the current year.
    Without discussion Tuesday night, the Adams County Board unanimously approved a spending plan for the next fiscal year that is 1.7 percent higher than the current year.
  • Members First to open branch at former Bank of America building at 24th, Broadway

    Members First to open branch at former Bank of America building at 24th, Broadway

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 3:59 PM EST2014-11-18 20:59:22 GMT
    QUINCY -- A Quincy credit union will soon branch out with a new location at one of the city's busiest intersections. Members First Community Credit Union recently bought the former Bank of America building at the southwest corner of 24th and Broadway.
    QUINCY -- A Quincy credit union will soon branch out with a new location at one of the city's busiest intersections. Members First Community Credit Union recently bought the former Bank of America building at the southwest corner of 24th and Broadway.
  • Three file petitions to run for Quincy City Council seats

    Three file petitions to run for Quincy City Council seats

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 11:09 AM EST2014-11-18 16:09:07 GMT
    QUINCY -- Two incumbents and one newcomer filed petitions with the city clerk's office Monday to run for a seat on the Quincy City Council. Monday was the first day candidates could file for the Feb. 24 consolidated primary.
    QUINCY -- Two incumbents and one newcomer filed petitions with the city clerk's office Monday to run for a seat on the Quincy City Council. Monday was the first day candidates could file for the Feb. 24 consolidated primary.

  • Council approves resolution for enterprise zone renewal process

    Council approves resolution for enterprise zone renewal process

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 10:18 AM EST2014-11-18 15:18:13 GMT
    A resolution required for the renewal process of the Quincy/Adams County Enterprise Zone was approved unanimously by the Quincy City Council Monday night. This will allow the city to officially issue the designation for the enterprise zone, as well as execute required intergovernmental agreements with other bodies in the zone. The application for the 15-year renewal, with an additional 10-year extension possible, is due to the state by the end of the year.
    A resolution required for the renewal process of the Quincy/Adams County Enterprise Zone was approved unanimously by the Quincy City Council Monday night. This will allow the city to officially issue the designation for the enterprise zone, as well as execute required intergovernmental agreements with other bodies in the zone. The application for the 15-year renewal, with an additional 10-year extension possible, is due to the state by the end of the year.
  • Second in a series

    Under the Influence: Quincy woman lives to help spread word of drunken driving dangers

    Under the Influence: Quincy woman lives to help spread word of drunken driving dangers

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 10:09 AM EST2014-11-18 15:09:52 GMT
    When Jody Bogue, a Master Gardener, goes out into her yard to rake leaves, she puts a special strap on her arm to control the rake. Unlike most who spend time in their yards and gardens, Jody, a quadriplegic, needs special tools to enjoy her time outdoors. She has been paralyzed for more than 23 years, the result of injuries she sustained in a drunken driving accident.
    When Jody Bogue, a Master Gardener, goes out into her yard to rake leaves, she puts a special strap on her arm to control the rake. Unlike most who spend time in their yards and gardens, Jody, a quadriplegic, needs special tools to enjoy her time outdoors. She has been paralyzed for more than 23 years, the result of injuries she sustained in a drunken driving accident.
  • Father of Hancock County sheriff dies in Carthage fire

    Father of Hancock County sheriff dies in Carthage fire

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 8:46 AM EST2014-11-18 13:46:54 GMT
    A man was killed and a business heavily damaged in a Monday night fire in an apartment above the Bentzinger Home Supply Store at 557 Main St. in Carthage. Michael D. Bentzinger, 63, died in the fire, according to his son, Hancock County Sheriff Scott M. Bentzinger. An autopsy is expected to be performed Tuesday.
    A man was killed and a business heavily damaged in a Monday night fire in an apartment above the Bentzinger Home Supply Store at 557 Main St. in Carthage. Michael D. Bentzinger, 63, died in the fire, according to his son, Hancock County Sheriff Scott M. Bentzinger. An autopsy is expected to be performed Tuesday.
  • Nixon activates National Guard in advance of grand jury decision in Ferguson shooting

    Nixon activates National Guard in advance of grand jury decision in Ferguson shooting

    Monday, November 17 2014 6:58 PM EST2014-11-17 23:58:17 GMT
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
  • Three escape unharmed from Monday morning house fire in Palmyra

    Three escape unharmed from Monday morning house fire in Palmyra

    Monday, November 17 2014 4:03 PM EST2014-11-17 21:03:39 GMT
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- Three people escaped unharmed from an early Monday morning house fire on West Main Cross in Palmyra. Palmyra firefighters responded about 5:39 a.m. Monday to the house fire at 522 West Main Cross. They...
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- Three people escaped unharmed from an early Monday morning house fire on West Main Cross in Palmyra. Palmyra firefighters responded about 5:39 a.m. Monday to the house fire at 522 West Main Cross. They...
  • Hannibal school getting used computers from U.S. Senate

    Hannibal school getting used computers from U.S. Senate

    Monday, November 17 2014 11:28 AM EST2014-11-17 16:28:52 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Hannibal elementary school is set to accept five computers formerly used in U.S. Senate offices through a federal program promoting technology use in education. Eugene Field Elementary will receive HP Compaq computers through the Senate's Computers for Schools program. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's office announced the donation earlier this month.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A Hannibal elementary school is set to accept five computers formerly used in U.S. Senate offices through a federal program promoting technology use in education. Eugene Field Elementary will receive HP Compaq computers through the Senate's Computers for Schools program. U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's office announced the donation earlier this month.

  • New Philadelphia legislation clears Senate committee

    New Philadelphia legislation clears Senate committee

    Monday, November 17 2014 11:18 AM EST2014-11-17 16:18:06 GMT
    BARRY, Ill. -- Legislation taking the first step toward national park designation for New Philadelphia has cleared another hurdle.
    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has passed a bill that calls for a study of whether the designation is merited for the first town in America founded and built by a freed slave before the Civil War.
    BARRY, Ill. -- Legislation taking the first step toward national park designation for New Philadelphia has cleared another hurdle.
    The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has passed a bill that calls for a study of whether the designation is merited for the first town in America founded and built by a freed slave before the Civil War.

  • Adams County looking at 1.7 percent increase in budget

    Adams County looking at 1.7 percent increase in budget

    Monday, November 17 2014 11:07 AM EST2014-11-17 16:07:50 GMT
    QUINCY -- Little if any dissension is expected Tuesday as the Adams County Board is set to approve a 2015 fiscal year spending plan that is 1.7 percent higher than this year. Board members were given a draft last month that showed a $13.816 million general fund budget. The county is projecting revenues of $13.610 million, or about $20,000 more than this year.
    QUINCY -- Little if any dissension is expected Tuesday as the Adams County Board is set to approve a 2015 fiscal year spending plan that is 1.7 percent higher than this year. Board members were given a draft last month that showed a $13.816 million general fund budget. The county is projecting revenues of $13.610 million, or about $20,000 more than this year.

  • Illini clinic will move 'so we can continue construction without interruption'

    Illini clinic will move 'so we can continue construction without interruption'

    Monday, November 17 2014 10:48 AM EST2014-11-17 15:48:20 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- An unexpected delay tied to an ongoing construction project will force a temporary move for a clinic at Illini Community Hospital. "The Consulting Physician Clinic will move "so we can continue construction without interruption," said Kathy Hull, Illini's president and CEO. "We know this will be a minor change in routine, but we ask for everyone's patience."
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- An unexpected delay tied to an ongoing construction project will force a temporary move for a clinic at Illini Community Hospital. "The Consulting Physician Clinic will move "so we can continue construction without interruption," said Kathy Hull, Illini's president and CEO. "We know this will be a minor change in routine, but we ask for everyone's patience."

  • First in a Series

    Under the Influence: Arrests, deaths from alcohol-related crashes in Adams County at record lows

    Under the Influence: Arrests, deaths from alcohol-related crashes in Adams County at record lows

    Monday, November 17 2014 10:28 AM EST2014-11-17 15:28:39 GMT
    Arrests for drunken driving in Adams County are at record lows. Adams County is likely to stay under 200 DUI arrests this year. Eight years ago that number was pushing 500. “I applaud the motoring public,” said Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley. “It's not that we are intentionally arresting less and making (DUI enforcement) less of a focus. I believe there are (fewer) impaired drivers on the road.”
    Arrests for drunken driving in Adams County are at record lows. Adams County is likely to stay under 200 DUI arrests this year. Eight years ago that number was pushing 500. “I applaud the motoring public,” said Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley. “It's not that we are intentionally arresting less and making (DUI enforcement) less of a focus. I believe there are (fewer) impaired drivers on the road.”
  • JWCC at 40: 'One of the best things to ever happen to this community'

    JWCC at 40: 'One of the best things to ever happen to this community'

    Monday, November 17 2014 9:58 AM EST2014-11-17 14:58:57 GMT
    A noticeable sense of quiet pride stirs in the voice of Sandy McKelvie when she talks about John Wood Community College. "I've always felt John Wood was one of the best things to ever happen to this community,"...
    A noticeable sense of quiet pride stirs in the voice of Sandy McKelvie when she talks about John Wood Community College. "I've always felt John Wood was one of the best things to ever happen to this community,"...
  • "Anyone can be a princess"

    "Anyone can be a princess"

    Monday, November 17 2014 9:57 AM EST2014-11-17 14:57:26 GMT
    Eight-year-old Hannah Grifford practiced her curtsy Saturday afternoon, then her princess wave. But just as important for princesses were other skills stressed at Princess for a Day, an annual event sponsored by Phi...
    Eight-year-old Hannah Grifford practiced her curtsy Saturday afternoon, then her princess wave. But just as important for princesses were other skills stressed at Princess for a Day, an annual event sponsored by Phi...
  • Good News campaign still meeting needs, serving region in 26th year

    Good News campaign still meeting needs, serving region in 26th year

    Sunday, November 16 2014 2:19 PM EST2014-11-16 19:19:43 GMT
    A single-parent who could not afford to buy Christmas presents for her children was among the recipients of The Herald-Whig's annual Good News of Christmas campaign last year. "I didn't even think the kids were...
    A single-parent who could not afford to buy Christmas presents for her children was among the recipients of The Herald-Whig's annual Good News of Christmas campaign last year. "I didn't even think the kids were...
  • We heard you, and now we're making The Herald-Whig even better

    We heard you, and now we're making The Herald-Whig even better

    Sunday, November 16 2014 2:15 PM EST2014-11-16 19:15:05 GMT
    On page 10A of Sunday's print edition, you will find a full-page advertisement that reads: "You asked. We listened. It's on the way. In only one day. It's how you know." The advertisement is in reference to the first issue of the new Herald-Whig. It's how you know. On Monday, you will see the first changes being implemented to address your requests to improve and enhance the print edition of The Herald-Whig.
    On page 10A of Sunday's print edition, you will find a full-page advertisement that reads: "You asked. We listened. It's on the way. In only one day. It's how you know." The advertisement is in reference to the first issue of the new Herald-Whig. It's how you know. On Monday, you will see the first changes being implemented to address your requests to improve and enhance the print edition of The Herald-Whig.
  • Service League show starts off holiday shopping

    Service League show starts off holiday shopping

    Saturday, November 15 2014 8:36 PM EST2014-11-16 01:36:45 GMT
    It's "A Season to Give," and there will be plenty of gift-giving ideas at the 46th annual Holiday Gift Show sponsored by the Quincy Service League. The show takes place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, at Quincy...
    It's "A Season to Give," and there will be plenty of gift-giving ideas at the 46th annual Holiday Gift Show sponsored by the Quincy Service League. The show takes place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, at Quincy...
  • Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect more than 12,300 shoeboxes full of gifts

    Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect more than 12,300 shoeboxes full of gifts

    Saturday, November 15 2014 8:27 PM EST2014-11-16 01:27:06 GMT
    Lynda Keller isn't sure how or why the "Operation Christmas Child" movement continues to grow. But she has an idea. "I think ... God has been the spark," said Keller, who attends Lutheran Church of St. John in...
    Lynda Keller isn't sure how or why the "Operation Christmas Child" movement continues to grow. But she has an idea. "I think ... God has been the spark," said Keller, who attends Lutheran Church of St. John in...
  • Local artists to sell eclectic music items

    Local artists to sell eclectic music items

    Friday, November 14 2014 12:26 PM EST2014-11-14 17:26:01 GMT
    Kathy Brink thinks the concept has a bright future, but admits this year is a kind of a trial run. Brink is orchestrating -- no pun intended -- Saturday's inaugural "Musicians Rummage Sale" at the Elks Lodge, 311 N....
    Kathy Brink thinks the concept has a bright future, but admits this year is a kind of a trial run. Brink is orchestrating -- no pun intended -- Saturday's inaugural "Musicians Rummage Sale" at the Elks Lodge, 311 N....
  • City meeting with arbitrator to discuss police contract; talks with firefighters set for next week

    City meeting with arbitrator to discuss police contract; talks with firefighters set for next week

    Thursday, November 13 2014 11:36 AM EST2014-11-13 16:36:22 GMT
    The city of Quincy and representatives of the bargaining unit covering police officers and sergeants will meet with an arbitrator Thursday to try to reach a new agreement. Police officers and sergeants represented by the...
    The city of Quincy and representatives of the bargaining unit covering police officers and sergeants will meet with an arbitrator Thursday to try to reach a new agreement. Police officers and sergeants represented by the...
  • Central Junior High School students learn appreciation for veterans

    Central Junior High School students learn appreciation for veterans

    Wednesday, November 12 2014 11:32 AM EST2014-11-12 16:32:49 GMT
    About 50 veterans were at Central Junior High School's Take a Vet to School Day on Tuesday. Students heard stories from veterans, interviewed veterans, toured military vehicles, did an obstacle course and talked via Skype with Matt Stanley, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force who graduated from Central High School in 1995.
    About 50 veterans were at Central Junior High School's Take a Vet to School Day on Tuesday. Students heard stories from veterans, interviewed veterans, toured military vehicles, did an obstacle course and talked via Skype with Matt Stanley, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force who graduated from Central High School in 1995.
  • JWCC's Job Link aids both job seekers and employers

    JWCC's Job Link aids both job seekers and employers

    Wednesday, November 12 2014 10:08 AM EST2014-11-12 15:08:21 GMT
    John Wood Community College's Job Link is proving beneficial on two fronts. Job Link, which is free and featured on the college's website, serves as a virtual connector for students and community members...
    John Wood Community College's Job Link is proving beneficial on two fronts. Job Link, which is free and featured on the college's website, serves as a virtual connector for students and community members...
  • New memorial to honor veterans expected to be completed in early 2015

    New memorial to honor veterans expected to be completed in early 2015

    Tuesday, November 11 2014 7:30 PM EST2014-11-12 00:30:51 GMT
    Louie Demers said he was honored to be a part of the ceremony, but he had one regret. "I just wish all of the veterans we have lost could have been here, too," he said. Demers, a World War II Naval veteran, shared...
    Louie Demers said he was honored to be a part of the ceremony, but he had one regret. "I just wish all of the veterans we have lost could have been here, too," he said. Demers, a World War II Naval veteran, shared...
  • One-year deal for library employees provides 34-cent hourly raise

    One-year deal for library employees provides 34-cent hourly raise

    Tuesday, November 11 2014 10:09 AM EST2014-11-11 15:09:12 GMT
    Union employees at the Quincy Public Library will receive a 34-cent hourly raise retroactive to May 1 after a one-year contract was ratified by both sides last week. Quincy Library Board President Jeff VanCamp said the...
    Union employees at the Quincy Public Library will receive a 34-cent hourly raise retroactive to May 1 after a one-year contract was ratified by both sides last week. Quincy Library Board President Jeff VanCamp said the...
  • Airport seeks to use lease money to fund advertising push for passengers

    Airport seeks to use lease money to fund advertising push for passengers

    Tuesday, November 11 2014 9:33 AM EST2014-11-11 14:33:38 GMT
    Quincy Regional Airport is hoping to use about $15,000 in hangar lease revenue to promote the facility and ensure that it reaches 10,000 passengers for the third consecutive year. Airport Manager Jarred Hester told the...
    Quincy Regional Airport is hoping to use about $15,000 in hangar lease revenue to promote the facility and ensure that it reaches 10,000 passengers for the third consecutive year. Airport Manager Jarred Hester told the...
  • ISBE members hear suggestions for prioritizing state education funding during Quincy visit

    ISBE members hear suggestions for prioritizing state education funding during Quincy visit

    Tuesday, November 11 2014 8:46 AM EST2014-11-11 13:46:59 GMT
    Illinois State Board of Education members know they need more money for schools, and they heard regional input on Monday as to how to prioritize the funds they have. ISBE board member Jim Bauman kicked off a budget...
    Illinois State Board of Education members know they need more money for schools, and they heard regional input on Monday as to how to prioritize the funds they have. ISBE board member Jim Bauman kicked off a budget...
  • Field of Honor to be taken down Monday night instead of Tuesday afternoon

    Field of Honor to be taken down Monday night instead of Tuesday afternoon

    Monday, November 10 2014 5:15 PM EST2014-11-10 22:15:21 GMT
    The 1,000 flags that make up the Field of Honor program at the Illinois Veterans Home will be taken down Monday night instead of Tuesday afternoon. The initial plan called for the flags to fly through the completion of...
    The 1,000 flags that make up the Field of Honor program at the Illinois Veterans Home will be taken down Monday night instead of Tuesday afternoon. The initial plan called for the flags to fly through the completion of...
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  • Investigation continues into cause of two fires at former St. Elizabeth's Hospital

    Investigation continues into cause of two fires at former St. Elizabeth's Hospital

    Saturday, November 29 2014 12:50 AM EST2014-11-29 05:50:36 GMT
    Firemen exit the former St. Elizabeth's Hospital building in Hannibal on Friday | H-W Photo/Steve BohnstedtFiremen exit the former St. Elizabeth's Hospital building in Hannibal on Friday | H-W Photo/Steve Bohnstedt
    The investigation continues into the cause of two fires Friday morning in the former St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Hannibal Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Hamilton said the department was dispatched to the former hospital, 109 Virginia, around 11 a.m., and flames could be seen through a window when firefighters arrived at the scene.
    The investigation continues into the cause of two fires Friday morning in the former St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Hannibal Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Hamilton said the department was dispatched to the former hospital, 109 Virginia, around 11 a.m., and flames could be seen through a window when firefighters arrived at the scene.
  • Bikes for Tikes program gets rolling in third year

    Bikes for Tikes program gets rolling in third year

    Saturday, November 29 2014 12:52 AM EST2014-11-29 05:52:49 GMT
    Bikes for Tikes is underway for the third year at Shottenkirk Chevrolet and Shottenkirk Kia of Quincy. More than 350 bicycles were repaired, recycled and distributed during the campaign's first two years to area families in need through the Salvation Army's Toy Town campaign.
    Bikes for Tikes is underway for the third year at Shottenkirk Chevrolet and Shottenkirk Kia of Quincy. More than 350 bicycles were repaired, recycled and distributed during the campaign's first two years to area families in need through the Salvation Army's Toy Town campaign.

  • Mother recovering from abusive relationship seeks happy Christmas for kids

    Mother recovering from abusive relationship seeks happy Christmas for kids

    Saturday, November 29 2014 12:46 AM EST2014-11-29 05:46:18 GMT
    Sally is a hard-working single mother trying to do the best she can for her three children, but her efforts to make a happy home were thrown off track by a situation she couldn't control. As a result, the family's prospects for a merry Christmas began to appear rather bleak.
    Sally is a hard-working single mother trying to do the best she can for her three children, but her efforts to make a happy home were thrown off track by a situation she couldn't control. As a result, the family's prospects for a merry Christmas began to appear rather bleak.

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