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  • Award recognizes ag educator committed "to encourage lifelong learning"

    Award recognizes ag educator committed "to encourage lifelong learning"

    Sunday, March 1 2015 1:30 AM EST2015-03-01 06:30:52 GMT
    Growing up on a Quincy farm spurred an early interest in agriculture in Larry Fischer.
    Growing up on a Quincy farm spurred an early interest in agriculture in Larry Fischer.
  • Pike County foundation spends half of its funding on basic-needs issues

    Pike County foundation spends half of its funding on basic-needs issues

    Sunday, March 1 2015 1:20 AM EST2015-03-01 06:20:07 GMT
    Jan Bleich doesn't have to look far to find individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. "Through all of our programs, I can say we see the face of poverty every day in Pike County," said Bleich, director of nursing with the Pike County Health Department. So does Patty McIntosh, executive director of the Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County, who works with her board to allocate grant funding and provide additional support.
    Jan Bleich doesn't have to look far to find individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. "Through all of our programs, I can say we see the face of poverty every day in Pike County," said Bleich, director of nursing with the Pike County Health Department. So does Patty McIntosh, executive director of the Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County, who works with her board to allocate grant funding and provide additional support.

  • MAKING ENDS MEET: Agency aid stretched as many struggle against poverty

    MAKING ENDS MEET: Agency aid stretched as many struggle against poverty

    Sunday, March 1 2015 1:17 AM EST2015-03-01 06:17:49 GMT
    No matter how hard Lisa Dover tried, the money wouldn't stretch far enough. She had come so far in trying to become a licensed practical nurse to provide a better life for herself and her children, but couldn't come up with the $400 for the required test to get her license. Help came through Pike County Unmet Needs, which sees a growing number of requests like Dover's.
    No matter how hard Lisa Dover tried, the money wouldn't stretch far enough. She had come so far in trying to become a licensed practical nurse to provide a better life for herself and her children, but couldn't come up with the $400 for the required test to get her license. Help came through Pike County Unmet Needs, which sees a growing number of requests like Dover's.

  • HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Blessing Health System joins major sponsor lineup for Bridge the Gap to Health

    HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Blessing Health System joins major sponsor lineup for Bridge the Gap to Health

    Sunday, March 1 2015 1:14 AM EST2015-03-01 06:14:35 GMT
    Blessing Health System has joined the Bridge the Gap to Health cause as a major sponsor. The Quincy Medical Group coordinates the Bridge the Gap to Health event, which raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for the Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist program. This year's race is May 16.
    Blessing Health System has joined the Bridge the Gap to Health cause as a major sponsor. The Quincy Medical Group coordinates the Bridge the Gap to Health event, which raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for the Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist program. This year's race is May 16.

  • Polar Plunge draws a chilly crowd to Quincy's Moorman Park Lake

    Polar Plunge draws a chilly crowd to Quincy's Moorman Park Lake

    Sunday, March 1 2015 12:59 AM EST2015-03-01 05:59:42 GMT
    Squeals, groans, chattering teeth and laughter erupted from many of the people in the Polar Plunge fundraiser on Saturday at Moorman Park Lake. "The worst part was waiting to go in. The water was almost warmer than the air," said Donna Derhake.
    Squeals, groans, chattering teeth and laughter erupted from many of the people in the Polar Plunge fundraiser on Saturday at Moorman Park Lake. "The worst part was waiting to go in. The water was almost warmer than the air," said Donna Derhake.

  • Communities, counties wait for axe to fall as state budget calls for cutting $600 million statewide

    Communities, counties wait for axe to fall as state budget calls for cutting $600 million statewide

    Sunday, March 1 2015 12:55 AM EST2015-03-01 05:55:59 GMT
    Communities in Illinois are in a holding pattern as they wait for lawmakers in Springfield to sort out the state's budget for the next fiscal year. At risk for the communities is half of the shared income tax revenue the state provides.
    Communities in Illinois are in a holding pattern as they wait for lawmakers in Springfield to sort out the state's budget for the next fiscal year. At risk for the communities is half of the shared income tax revenue the state provides.

  • Farha announces bid to lead Adams County State's Attorney's Office

    Farha announces bid to lead Adams County State's Attorney's Office

    Sunday, March 1 2015 12:47 AM EST2015-03-01 05:47:15 GMT
    Gary Farha announced Saturday during a gathering at Tower Pizza that he would seek the Republican nomination for the office. Farha will face fellow Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Cifaldi in a primary election in March 2016. They seek to replace Jon Barnard, who has announced he will not seek a fourth term.
    Gary Farha announced Saturday during a gathering at Tower Pizza that he would seek the Republican nomination for the office. Farha will face fellow Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Cifaldi in a primary election in March 2016. They seek to replace Jon Barnard, who has announced he will not seek a fourth term.

  • Hannibal officials moving quickly to curb airport drag racing

    Hannibal officials moving quickly to curb airport drag racing

    Sunday, March 1 2015 12:39 AM EST2015-03-01 05:39:13 GMT
    Public Works Superintendent Brian Chaplin says city leaders and aviation officials are not taking reports of drag racing at Hannibal Regional Airport lightly.
    Public Works Superintendent Brian Chaplin says city leaders and aviation officials are not taking reports of drag racing at Hannibal Regional Airport lightly.
  • Mess on Maine: One of city's most traveled — and noticeably bumpier — streets in line for resurfacing

    Mess on Maine: One of city's most traveled — and noticeably bumpier — streets in line for resurfacing

    Saturday, February 28 2015 1:29 AM EST2015-02-28 06:29:32 GMT
    QUINCY -- The ride along Maine Street between 12th and 18th has become noticeably more bumpy in recent months, but the 6,000 drivers who travel that road every day should find it much smoother later this year. Jeffrey Conte, director of utilities and engineering, said the city was hoping to resurface that stretch of Maine later as part of its annual motor fuel tax resurfacing program. However, the road has deteriorated to where it needs more immediate attention.
    QUINCY -- The ride along Maine Street between 12th and 18th has become noticeably more bumpy in recent months, but the 6,000 drivers who travel that road every day should find it much smoother later this year. Jeffrey Conte, director of utilities and engineering, said the city was hoping to resurface that stretch of Maine later as part of its annual motor fuel tax resurfacing program. However, the road has deteriorated to where it needs more immediate attention.

  • Gardner Denver workers say severance packages being offered

    Gardner Denver workers say severance packages being offered

    Saturday, February 28 2015 1:25 AM EST2015-02-28 06:25:17 GMT
    QUINCY -- Gardner Denver officials have confirmed that workers will be added at the corporate headquarters in Milwaukee. The company's website also shows that the manufacturer is seeking applicants in Quincy, while longtime employees at the factory on Gardner Expressway have confirmed they were offered severance packages to retire.
    QUINCY -- Gardner Denver officials have confirmed that workers will be added at the corporate headquarters in Milwaukee. The company's website also shows that the manufacturer is seeking applicants in Quincy, while longtime employees at the factory on Gardner Expressway have confirmed they were offered severance packages to retire.
  • Lewis County chief deputy wins Exchange Club's top cop honor

    Lewis County chief deputy wins Exchange Club's top cop honor

    Saturday, February 28 2015 1:23 AM EST2015-02-28 06:23:45 GMT
    QUINCY -- He might not have known everyone in the room, but Rob Power has worked with every agency that was represented at Friday's 49th annual Quincy Exchange Club's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award luncheon. "I've worked with everybody in this room," Power said. "I trained some of the younger guys, and some of the older guys trained me. We've worked together, side by side."
    QUINCY -- He might not have known everyone in the room, but Rob Power has worked with every agency that was represented at Friday's 49th annual Quincy Exchange Club's Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award luncheon. "I've worked with everybody in this room," Power said. "I trained some of the younger guys, and some of the older guys trained me. We've worked together, side by side."

  • Leadership Day lets students show off their Seven Habits training

    Leadership Day lets students show off their Seven Habits training

    Saturday, February 28 2015 1:18 AM EST2015-02-28 06:18:52 GMT
    QUINCY -- Amealia Fryer, a second-grader at Ellington School, demonstrated her leadership skills Friday by escorting a group of visitors through the school as part of Leadership Day. Amealia, 7, stopped at a bulletin board showcasing the Seven Habits leadership curriculum being taught at Ellington. She showed the visitors how the Seven Habits involve some basic guiding principles, such as "be proactive," "begin with the end in mind," and "think win-win."
    QUINCY -- Amealia Fryer, a second-grader at Ellington School, demonstrated her leadership skills Friday by escorting a group of visitors through the school as part of Leadership Day. Amealia, 7, stopped at a bulletin board showcasing the Seven Habits leadership curriculum being taught at Ellington. She showed the visitors how the Seven Habits involve some basic guiding principles, such as "be proactive," "begin with the end in mind," and "think win-win."

  • Former Hannibal principal facing heroin charge to hire own lawyer

    Former Hannibal principal facing heroin charge to hire own lawyer

    Friday, February 27 2015 3:11 PM EST2015-02-27 20:11:29 GMT
    After being denied a public defender earlier this week, a former Hannibal elementary school principal made his latest court appearance Friday with his own lawyer. Clifford Schwartz, an attorney from Arnold, Mo., told Judge John Jackson he eventually will enter his appearance on behalf of J.D. Foust, 33, of Hannibal. 
    After being denied a public defender earlier this week, a former Hannibal elementary school principal made his latest court appearance Friday with his own lawyer. Clifford Schwartz, an attorney from Arnold, Mo., told Judge John Jackson he eventually will enter his appearance on behalf of J.D. Foust, 33, of Hannibal. 
  • Mental health services give Hannibal clinic a boost

    Mental health services give Hannibal clinic a boost

    Friday, February 27 2015 11:16 AM EST2015-02-27 16:16:08 GMT
    A partnership with a local firm to provide patients with mental health services was one of the successes the Hannibal Free Clinic celebrated during its annual banquet Thursday. The clinic has trimmed its waiting list substantially and has added volunteers since entering a partnership with Clarity Healthcare in Hannibal after receiving a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health last fall.
    A partnership with a local firm to provide patients with mental health services was one of the successes the Hannibal Free Clinic celebrated during its annual banquet Thursday. The clinic has trimmed its waiting list substantially and has added volunteers since entering a partnership with Clarity Healthcare in Hannibal after receiving a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health last fall.
  • Rehab specialist: Dogs in agility need conditioning exercises, just like human athletes

    Rehab specialist: Dogs in agility need conditioning exercises, just like human athletes

    Friday, February 27 2015 11:07 AM EST2015-02-27 16:07:31 GMT
    As canine sports grow in popularity, dog athletes are suffering many of the same injuries as their human counterparts. Agility events, like obstacle courses for dogs, require a lot of athleticism.
    As canine sports grow in popularity, dog athletes are suffering many of the same injuries as their human counterparts. Agility events, like obstacle courses for dogs, require a lot of athleticism.
  • Titan International reports sales of $1.9B

    Titan International reports sales of $1.9B

    Friday, February 27 2015 11:05 AM EST2015-02-27 16:05:24 GMT
    Titan International reported fourth quarter sales of $383.3 million for 2014, down from $494.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company's net sales were nearly $1.9 billion in 2014, down $268 million from 2013, as agricultural sales fell $166 million and earthmoving/construction sales slipped nearly $139 million. Consumer market sales were up $36 million.
    Titan International reported fourth quarter sales of $383.3 million for 2014, down from $494.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. The company's net sales were nearly $1.9 billion in 2014, down $268 million from 2013, as agricultural sales fell $166 million and earthmoving/construction sales slipped nearly $139 million. Consumer market sales were up $36 million.
  • JWCC, WIU partnering for 'seamless' educational pipeline in supply chain management

    JWCC, WIU partnering for 'seamless' educational pipeline in supply chain management

    Friday, February 27 2015 10:59 AM EST2015-02-27 15:59:47 GMT
    Officials from John Wood Community College and Western Illinois University finalized a partnership Thursday that both feel will help strengthen the long-range economical picture of West-Central Illinois. The idea is to build a seamless educational pipeline that could lead to a job in one of the growing areas of demand in industries across the region.
    Officials from John Wood Community College and Western Illinois University finalized a partnership Thursday that both feel will help strengthen the long-range economical picture of West-Central Illinois. The idea is to build a seamless educational pipeline that could lead to a job in one of the growing areas of demand in industries across the region.
  • United Way expects increase in tax program

    United Way expects increase in tax program

    Friday, February 27 2015 10:58 AM EST2015-02-27 15:58:37 GMT
    The United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has about a 330 percent increase in usage since 2010. United Way launched VITA in 2008, and it has returned about $4 million to individuals and families in Adams County. VITA volunteers are trained by the Internal Revenue Service.
    The United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has about a 330 percent increase in usage since 2010. United Way launched VITA in 2008, and it has returned about $4 million to individuals and families in Adams County. VITA volunteers are trained by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Riders believe Buckhorn unit ATV facility will be boon for area

    Riders believe Buckhorn unit ATV facility will be boon for area

    Friday, February 27 2015 10:39 AM EST2015-02-27 15:39:25 GMT
    Quincy resident Nick Hoffman was surprised to hear Brown County officials say that a proposed all-terrain vehicle park would generate little revenue for the county. Hoffman is part of a group of area riders who travel regularly to other ATV parks in the country, and says in the growing sport, participants are spending money in the communities in which they ride.
    Quincy resident Nick Hoffman was surprised to hear Brown County officials say that a proposed all-terrain vehicle park would generate little revenue for the county. Hoffman is part of a group of area riders who travel regularly to other ATV parks in the country, and says in the growing sport, participants are spending money in the communities in which they ride.

  • Fire destroys Perry home

    Fire destroys Perry home

    Thursday, February 26 2015 10:09 PM EST2015-02-27 03:09:59 GMT
    A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a Perry home. Firefighters were called about 4:30 p.m. to the home at 306 W. Main. 
    A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a Perry home. Firefighters were called about 4:30 p.m. to the home at 306 W. Main. 
  • Hannibal School Board tackles rising insurance costs

    Hannibal School Board tackles rising insurance costs

    Thursday, February 26 2015 5:47 PM EST2015-02-26 22:47:18 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal School Board expects a $22,800 increase in insurance costs next year, but Business Manager Rich Stilley said it could have seen a bigger jump without work from the board's Insurance Committee. Stilley said the board needs to insure 120 more district employees -- teachers' aides, food service personnel and other support staff -- under Affordable Care Act requirements. Under the current plan, adding those enrollees would have cost $625,000.
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  • United Way of Mark Twain Area exceeds fund drive goal

    United Way of Mark Twain Area exceeds fund drive goal

    Thursday, February 26 2015 3:33 PM EST2015-02-26 20:33:30 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The United Way of the Mark Twain Area announced this week it raised $585,000 through its annual fund drive, $5,000 above its goal. Chairman Gary Broughton said growing local need pressed volunteers "to...
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The United Way of the Mark Twain Area announced this week it raised $585,000 through its annual fund drive, $5,000 above its goal. Chairman Gary Broughton said growing local need pressed volunteers "to...
  • Hannibal School District picks replacement for middle school principal

    Hannibal School District picks replacement for middle school principal

    Thursday, February 26 2015 3:29 PM EST2015-02-26 20:29:22 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal School District has selected a successor to Hannibal Middle School Principal Blane Mundle after he leaves the post this summer. Hannibal Schools Superintendent Susan Johnson said Northeast Missouri native Matt Nimmo will lead the school starting July 1.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The Hannibal School District has selected a successor to Hannibal Middle School Principal Blane Mundle after he leaves the post this summer. Hannibal Schools Superintendent Susan Johnson said Northeast Missouri native Matt Nimmo will lead the school starting July 1.

  • Friends plan rib cookout to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

    Friends plan rib cookout to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

    Thursday, February 26 2015 3:23 PM EST2015-02-26 20:23:33 GMT
    NEBO, Ill. -- What started out as a simple idea for longtime friends Ed Dent and Kenny Hubbard turned into an event with a goal of helping others. The pair are spearheading the Wounded Warrior Rib Fest Cookout May 23 at Heartland Sunset Valley Lodge near Nebo.
    NEBO, Ill. -- What started out as a simple idea for longtime friends Ed Dent and Kenny Hubbard turned into an event with a goal of helping others. The pair are spearheading the Wounded Warrior Rib Fest Cookout May 23 at Heartland Sunset Valley Lodge near Nebo.

  • Fire Department team hands out 33 escape ladders at Madison School

    Fire Department team hands out 33 escape ladders at Madison School

    Thursday, February 26 2015 3:17 PM EST2015-02-26 20:17:01 GMT
    QUINCY -- Jim Sohn says kids are never too young to learn how safety and responsibility often coincide in a time of crisis. Sohn, the principal at Madison School, was part of a Quincy Fire Department-led presentation Wednesday afternoon that illustrated the importance of knowing how to escape a house fire.
    QUINCY -- Jim Sohn says kids are never too young to learn how safety and responsibility often coincide in a time of crisis. Sohn, the principal at Madison School, was part of a Quincy Fire Department-led presentation Wednesday afternoon that illustrated the importance of knowing how to escape a house fire.
  • Gas prices likely won't start decline until early May

    Gas prices likely won't start decline until early May

    Thursday, February 26 2015 2:51 PM EST2015-02-26 19:51:07 GMT
    Allison Mac's response when questioned about the slow, but steady rise in gas prices this month sounded more like a warning. "I would fill up, and I'd probably do it sooner than later," said Mac, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com during a Tuesday interview with The Herald-Whig.
    Allison Mac's response when questioned about the slow, but steady rise in gas prices this month sounded more like a warning. "I would fill up, and I'd probably do it sooner than later," said Mac, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com during a Tuesday interview with The Herald-Whig.

  • Quincy School District taking steps to correct special ed problems

    Quincy School District taking steps to correct special ed problems

    Thursday, February 26 2015 2:44 PM EST2015-02-26 19:44:36 GMT
    Joel Murphy, the Quincy School District's business manager, says that the district has taken steps to meet a Friday deadline for correcting multiple problems with the way it provides special education services to students. In a report released in mid-November, the district was found in violation of at least 10 federal or state regulations governing the delivery of special ed services. Those findings came in response to a complaint filed in May by Brandy Neiswender.
    Joel Murphy, the Quincy School District's business manager, says that the district has taken steps to meet a Friday deadline for correcting multiple problems with the way it provides special education services to students. In a report released in mid-November, the district was found in violation of at least 10 federal or state regulations governing the delivery of special ed services. Those findings came in response to a complaint filed in May by Brandy Neiswender.
  • School board hears about slight uptick in disciplinary referrals

    School board hears about slight uptick in disciplinary referrals

    Thursday, February 26 2015 9:07 AM EST2015-02-26 14:07:10 GMT
    The Quincy School Board learned Wednesday that discipline referrals throughout the district are running a little higher than last year.
    The Quincy School Board learned Wednesday that discipline referrals throughout the district are running a little higher than last year.
  • Plan Commission denies Madonna House special permit

    Plan Commission denies Madonna House special permit

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 7:00 PM EST2015-02-26 00:00:30 GMT
    Joanne DedertJoanne Dedert
    The Quincy Plan Commission denied a special permit request Tuesday by the Madonna House to allow counseling and life skills classes at a property it recently purchased at 401 S. 12th. 
    The Quincy Plan Commission denied a special permit request Tuesday by the Madonna House to allow counseling and life skills classes at a property it recently purchased at 401 S. 12th. 
  • Heinecke holds off Schaefer in 7th Ward Republican primary election

    Heinecke holds off Schaefer in 7th Ward Republican primary election

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 6:53 PM EST2015-02-25 23:53:02 GMT
    Alderman Terri Heinecke, R-7, fended off a challenge and has earned a second four-year term on the Quincy City Council.
    Alderman Terri Heinecke, R-7, fended off a challenge and has earned a second four-year term on the Quincy City Council.

  • Quincy School District makes plans for purchasing card program

    Quincy School District makes plans for purchasing card program

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 11:50 AM EST2015-02-25 16:50:25 GMT
    The Quincy School District is pushing ahead with a proposal to start using a purchasing card program within the next few months. A purchasing card is used like a credit card to help streamline the purchase of supplies while reducing costs.
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  • United Way celebrates campaign total, Waterman's career

    United Way celebrates campaign total, Waterman's career

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 9:10 AM EST2015-02-25 14:10:34 GMT

    The United Way of Adams County's annual meeting provided the backdrop to recognize the organization's 78th annual campaign raising $1.1 million.

    The United Way of Adams County's annual meeting provided the backdrop to recognize the organization's 78th annual campaign raising $1.1 million.
  • Advocacy Network for Children sees that 'no child ever stands alone'

    Advocacy Network for Children sees that 'no child ever stands alone'

    Wednesday, February 25 2015 9:05 AM EST2015-02-25 14:05:48 GMT
    The Advocacy Network for Children has focused on children within a nine-county area who need a voice for 25 years. "No child ever stands alone who's been abused or neglected. They have a voice. They have representation. They have advocacy to speak up for them and to watch out for their rights," said Clairice Hetzler, executive director. "I think that we're a pretty well-kept secret."
    The Advocacy Network for Children has focused on children within a nine-county area who need a voice for 25 years. "No child ever stands alone who's been abused or neglected. They have a voice. They have representation. They have advocacy to speak up for them and to watch out for their rights," said Clairice Hetzler, executive director. "I think that we're a pretty well-kept secret."
  • Kiest withdraws from Quincy School Board election for medical reasons

    Kiest withdraws from Quincy School Board election for medical reasons

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 5:05 PM EST2015-02-24 22:05:51 GMT
    Lauren Kiest has withdrawn as a candidate from the April 7 Quincy School Board election. His departure leaves nine people competing for four available seats. 
    Lauren Kiest has withdrawn as a candidate from the April 7 Quincy School Board election. His departure leaves nine people competing for four available seats. 
  • JWCC accepting applications through April 17 for surgical technology program

    JWCC accepting applications through April 17 for surgical technology program

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 1:38 PM EST2015-02-24 18:38:35 GMT
    John Wood Community College is accepting applications for its surgical technology certificate and applied associate degree program. 
    QUINCY -- John Wood Community College is accepting applications for its surgical technology certificate and applied associate degree program. Surgical technologists work in many areas of health care facilities,...
  • Third liquor license approved in unincorporated area of Pike County

    Third liquor license approved in unincorporated area of Pike County

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 1:03 PM EST2015-02-24 18:03:11 GMT
    The Pike County Board cleared the way Monday night to add a third liquor license in the unincorporated areas of the county despite reservations.
    The Pike County Board cleared the way Monday night to add a third liquor license in the unincorporated areas of the county despite reservations.
  • '#Quincy175' theme announced for annual Dogwood Parade

    '#Quincy175' theme announced for annual Dogwood Parade

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 11:49 AM EST2015-02-24 16:49:22 GMT
    Organizers of the annual Dogwood Parade are promoting Quincy's 175th anniversary with the theme, "#Quincy175." The festival weekend May 1-3 will include downtown concerts, the parade on Maine Street, and...
    Organizers of the annual Dogwood Parade are promoting Quincy's 175th anniversary with the theme, "#Quincy175." The festival weekend May 1-3 will include downtown concerts, the parade on Maine Street, and...
  • Candidates sought for Tom and Becky Contest

    Candidates sought for Tom and Becky Contest

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 10:57 AM EST2015-02-24 15:57:30 GMT
    The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum is seeking candidates for the 2015 Tom and Becky Contest. Seventh-grade students attending school in Hannibal or living in the Hannibal School District are...
    The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum is seeking candidates for the 2015 Tom and Becky Contest. Seventh-grade students attending school in Hannibal or living in the Hannibal School District are...
  • Jenne opts to stay as Louisiana's administrative police chief until May 31

    Jenne opts to stay as Louisiana's administrative police chief until May 31

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 10:51 AM EST2015-02-24 15:51:11 GMT
    Former City Administrator Bob Jenne said Monday he decided to remain as administrative police chief after the Louisiana City Council voted two weeks ago to uphold his dismissal from city administrator duties.
    Former City Administrator Bob Jenne said Monday he decided to remain as administrative police chief after the Louisiana City Council voted two weeks ago to uphold his dismissal from city administrator duties.
  • Corps of Engineers seeking input to update Mississippi River Master Plan

    Corps of Engineers seeking input to update Mississippi River Master Plan

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 9:29 AM EST2015-02-24 14:29:13 GMT
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input as the first step in revising the Mississippi River Master Plan. The master plan helps guide public use of about 55,000 acres of federal land situated along 314 river miles between Guttenberg, Iowa, and Saverton, Mo.
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public input as the first step in revising the Mississippi River Master Plan. The master plan helps guide public use of about 55,000 acres of federal land situated along 314 river miles between Guttenberg, Iowa, and Saverton, Mo.

  • AP: Schock used taxpayer, campaign funds for private planes, concerts

    AP: Schock used taxpayer, campaign funds for private planes, concerts

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 9:20 AM EST2015-02-24 14:20:00 GMT
    Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. There also have been other expensive travel and entertainment charges, including for a massage company and music concerts.
    Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found. There also have been other expensive travel and entertainment charges, including for a massage company and music concerts.
  • Moore: City needs to plan for worst-case scenario if Rauner budget cuts are enacted

    Moore: City needs to plan for worst-case scenario if Rauner budget cuts are enacted

    Tuesday, February 24 2015 8:43 AM EST2015-02-24 13:43:43 GMT
    A proposed cut to shared income tax revenue with cities and counties across the state would result in a 6 percent cut to the city of Quincy's budget, which is $32.76 million in the current fiscal year. Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting half of the $1.2 billion in shared revenue during his budget address last week. That would cost the city about $2 million. Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore told the City Council that the city needs to plan for a worst-case scenario.

    A proposed cut to shared income tax revenue with cities and counties across the state would result in a 6 percent cut to the city of Quincy's budget, which is $32.76 million in the current fiscal year. Gov. Bruce Rauner proposed cutting half of the $1.2 billion in shared revenue during his budget address last week. That would cost the city about $2 million. Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore told the City Council that the city needs to plan for a worst-case scenario.
  • Spike in thefts pushes Quincy crime index higher in 2014

    Spike in thefts pushes Quincy crime index higher in 2014

    Monday, February 23 2015 12:15 PM EST2015-02-23 17:15:47 GMT
    An increase in the number of thefts reported in Quincy last year helped lead to a small jump in the city's crime index. There were 1,094 thefts last year, 56 more than in 2013. As a result, the city's crime index totals rose 2.44 percent. There were 1,556 index crimes last year, 37 more than the previous year.
    An increase in the number of thefts reported in Quincy last year helped lead to a small jump in the city's crime index. There were 1,094 thefts last year, 56 more than in 2013. As a result, the city's crime index totals rose 2.44 percent. There were 1,556 index crimes last year, 37 more than the previous year.

  • Residents safely escape fire in Hannibal home

    Residents safely escape fire in Hannibal home

    Monday, February 23 2015 12:09 PM EST2015-02-23 17:09:40 GMT
    All occupants escaped without injury Sunday night after an electrical fire damaged a house at 1708 Chestnut in Hannibal. The Hannibal Fire Department received a call at 6:01 p.m. and found heavy smoke...
    All occupants escaped without injury Sunday night after an electrical fire damaged a house at 1708 Chestnut in Hannibal. The Hannibal Fire Department received a call at 6:01 p.m. and found heavy smoke...
  • City of Quincy to improve landfills, avoid contamination

    City of Quincy to improve landfills, avoid contamination

    Monday, February 23 2015 12:06 PM EST2015-02-23 17:06:04 GMT
    The city of Quincy is looking to spend about $200,000 in the next fiscal year on improvements at Municipal Landfill No. 4, which closed in 1993. Officials said the work could save the city much more money down the road.
    The city of Quincy is looking to spend about $200,000 in the next fiscal year on improvements at Municipal Landfill No. 4, which closed in 1993. Officials said the work could save the city much more money down the road.
  • Nationally recognized speaker to hold healthy work life presentations

    Nationally recognized speaker to hold healthy work life presentations

    Monday, February 23 2015 11:56 AM EST2015-02-23 16:56:53 GMT
    McNenny, founder of Made You Think Consulting works across the country as a professional speaker, group facilitator and business coach, will bring her message to Carthage in early March. She will speak at eight sessions sponsored by Memorial Hospital and will serve as the keynote speaker for the Carthage Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. 
    McNenny, founder of Made You Think Consulting works across the country as a professional speaker, group facilitator and business coach, will bring her message to Carthage in early March. She will speak at eight sessions sponsored by Memorial Hospital and will serve as the keynote speaker for the Carthage Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. 
  • JWCC dean to build on successes

    JWCC dean to build on successes

    Monday, February 23 2015 11:52 AM EST2015-02-23 16:52:26 GMT
    At JWCC, Stuflick will oversee the school's career, technical, health science and workforce education programs and associated faculty and staff. He will also direct the outreach of the College's Workforce Development Center and continue to develop training and relationships for industry within the JWCC district.
    At JWCC, Stuflick will oversee the school's career, technical, health science and workforce education programs and associated faculty and staff. He will also direct the outreach of the College's Workforce Development Center and continue to develop training and relationships for industry within the JWCC district.

  • Palmyra Middle School students pull the trigger in air rifle program

    Palmyra Middle School students pull the trigger in air rifle program

    Monday, February 23 2015 11:48 AM EST2015-02-23 16:48:15 GMT
     The Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA) has launched a pilot program for air rifle target shooting modeled after the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). It will focus on teaching safety, teamwork, focus, self-esteem and marksmanship, according to the alliance's website.

     The Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance (MYSSA) has launched a pilot program for air rifle target shooting modeled after the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). It will focus on teaching safety, teamwork, focus, self-esteem and marksmanship, according to the alliance's website.


  • Fewer snowplows could mean fewer potholes

    Fewer snowplows could mean fewer potholes

    Monday, February 23 2015 11:45 AM EST2015-02-23 16:45:43 GMT
     With snowplows hitting the streets only 14 times so far this winter, the city has seen fewer potholes compared to last winter when crews were deployed 23 times.
     With snowplows hitting the streets only 14 times so far this winter, the city has seen fewer potholes compared to last winter when crews were deployed 23 times.

  • Horton reopens Gene's Transmission after battling cancer

    Horton reopens Gene's Transmission after battling cancer

    Monday, February 23 2015 10:46 AM EST2015-02-23 15:46:17 GMT
    Gene Horton, who has been in the transmission business most of his life, reluctantly sold his Quincy transmission shop three years ago after he was confronted with a serious health issue. Finally healthy again, Horton realized how much he missed transmission work. So about four weeks ago he opened a new shop under the old name - Gene's Transmissions - in the old Heintz Electric building at 225 S. 10th.
    Gene Horton, who has been in the transmission business most of his life, reluctantly sold his Quincy transmission shop three years ago after he was confronted with a serious health issue. Finally healthy again, Horton realized how much he missed transmission work. So about four weeks ago he opened a new shop under the old name - Gene's Transmissions - in the old Heintz Electric building at 225 S. 10th.
  • ROAD TO NOWHERE: Missouri, Illinois among the worst in nation's infrastructure crisis

    ROAD TO NOWHERE: Missouri, Illinois among the worst in nation's infrastructure crisis

    Sunday, February 22 2015 1:22 AM EST2015-02-22 06:22:52 GMT
    Eleven years after Missouri voters approved a funding mechanism for the largest highway construction boon in the state's history, funding has plummeted and roads and bridges are beginning to deteriorate. "We will not be able to provide basic services or meet the federal matching funds level" in a little less than two years, said Dave Nichols, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
    Eleven years after Missouri voters approved a funding mechanism for the largest highway construction boon in the state's history, funding has plummeted and roads and bridges are beginning to deteriorate. "We will not be able to provide basic services or meet the federal matching funds level" in a little less than two years, said Dave Nichols, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

  • Quincy students getting lessons in cybersafety

    Quincy students getting lessons in cybersafety

    Sunday, February 22 2015 1:20 AM EST2015-02-22 06:20:38 GMT
    Christine Feller asked third graders at Dewey Elementary School a series of questions Friday morning: "Who likes technology?" Every child's hand went into the air. "How many of you have seen bad words online?" Almost the same number of hands rose skyward. "Should we lie about our age" to set up a social media account? No one raised their hand.
    Christine Feller asked third graders at Dewey Elementary School a series of questions Friday morning: "Who likes technology?" Every child's hand went into the air. "How many of you have seen bad words online?" Almost the same number of hands rose skyward. "Should we lie about our age" to set up a social media account? No one raised their hand.

  • Mendon School Board to consider contingency plan if state funding falls short

    Mendon School Board to consider contingency plan if state funding falls short

    Sunday, February 22 2015 1:11 AM EST2015-02-22 06:11:46 GMT
    The Mendon School Board is looking at developing some contingency plans in case the state continues to cut funding for local schools. At a meeting last week, the board discussed the district's financial status and learned the district will finish the year with about $1 million in fund balances. However, the future is uncertain because of ongoing reductions in state funding.
    The Mendon School Board is looking at developing some contingency plans in case the state continues to cut funding for local schools. At a meeting last week, the board discussed the district's financial status and learned the district will finish the year with about $1 million in fund balances. However, the future is uncertain because of ongoing reductions in state funding.

  • Chef returns to Quincy to share culinary discoveries

    Chef returns to Quincy to share culinary discoveries

    Sunday, February 22 2015 12:49 AM EST2015-02-22 05:49:26 GMT
    Chef Ryan Hutmacher set out to change the way guests attending his Saturday presentation at the Kroc Center thought about healthy eating, so he gave them something unique to try. Audience members popped open the little plastic containers passed to them and put nori, or edible seaweed, into their mouths.
    Chef Ryan Hutmacher set out to change the way guests attending his Saturday presentation at the Kroc Center thought about healthy eating, so he gave them something unique to try. Audience members popped open the little plastic containers passed to them and put nori, or edible seaweed, into their mouths.

  • Patio pushes back reopening to early March; no timetable for hotel

    Patio pushes back reopening to early March; no timetable for hotel

    Sunday, February 22 2015 12:35 AM EST2015-02-22 05:35:33 GMT
    Patio restaurant owner Mark Neiswender knows he won't get a second chance to make a good first impression. That's why Patio customers will need to wait a little longer than expected for the re-opening of the popular eatery in downtown Quincy at the corner of Fourth and Jersey.
    Patio restaurant owner Mark Neiswender knows he won't get a second chance to make a good first impression. That's why Patio customers will need to wait a little longer than expected for the re-opening of the popular eatery in downtown Quincy at the corner of Fourth and Jersey.

  • HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Blessing Physician Services celebrating 10-year anniversary

    HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Blessing Physician Services celebrating 10-year anniversary

    Sunday, February 22 2015 12:23 AM EST2015-02-22 05:23:19 GMT
    Blessing Physician Services is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month as part of the Blessing Health System. "We are extremely proud of the growth our organization has accomplished," said Jerry Jackson, president and CEO of Blessing Physician Services.
    Blessing Physician Services is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month as part of the Blessing Health System. "We are extremely proud of the growth our organization has accomplished," said Jerry Jackson, president and CEO of Blessing Physician Services.

  • Carthage company's focus on managing swine production nets agribusiness award

    Carthage company's focus on managing swine production nets agribusiness award

    Sunday, February 22 2015 12:20 AM EST2015-02-22 05:20:41 GMT
    Ask Ted Ufkes what contributes to the success of Professional Swine Management, and he points first to its people. "We're focused on the health, science and production of raising pigs. Our goal is to deliver the highest-quality animal at a competitive cost with a company-wide focus on customer service," said Ufkes, chief operating officer of the Carthage-based business.
    Ask Ted Ufkes what contributes to the success of Professional Swine Management, and he points first to its people. "We're focused on the health, science and production of raising pigs. Our goal is to deliver the highest-quality animal at a competitive cost with a company-wide focus on customer service," said Ufkes, chief operating officer of the Carthage-based business.

  • Northeast Missouri man helped found Oscars

    Northeast Missouri man helped found Oscars

    Sunday, February 22 2015 12:12 AM EST2015-02-22 05:12:16 GMT
    His name won't follow the announcement "And the winner is…" at this weekend's Academy Awards, but actor, writer, producer, director and Northeast Missouri native Claude Benton Gillingwater helped establish the group that presents the Oscars. The 87th Academy Awards program airs Sunday at 6 p.m. on ABC.
    His name won't follow the announcement "And the winner is…" at this weekend's Academy Awards, but actor, writer, producer, director and Northeast Missouri native Claude Benton Gillingwater helped establish the group that presents the Oscars. The 87th Academy Awards program airs Sunday at 6 p.m. on ABC.

  • 'Freezing for a reason': People preparing for Polar Plunge in Hannibal

    'Freezing for a reason': People preparing for Polar Plunge in Hannibal

    Sunday, February 22 2015 12:04 AM EST2015-02-22 05:04:13 GMT
    Dolly Lewis said strategy is involved in planning team costumes for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Lewis, a counselor at Eugene Field Elementary School, said her team of teachers and staff plans to wear brightly-colored tutus so they aren't weighed down when they run into frigid Mississippi River water on Feb. 28.
    Dolly Lewis said strategy is involved in planning team costumes for the Special Olympics Polar Plunge. Lewis, a counselor at Eugene Field Elementary School, said her team of teachers and staff plans to wear brightly-colored tutus so they aren't weighed down when they run into frigid Mississippi River water on Feb. 28.

  • Few rules on teacher vaccinations as U.S. deals with measles outbreak

    Few rules on teacher vaccinations as U.S. deals with measles outbreak

    Saturday, February 21 2015 12:11 AM EST2015-02-21 05:11:47 GMT
    QUINCY -- The rising number of measles cases popping up across the country is prompting some states to take a look at whether they should expand their immunization requirements. While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to the teachers and staff members who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.
    QUINCY -- The rising number of measles cases popping up across the country is prompting some states to take a look at whether they should expand their immunization requirements. While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to the teachers and staff members who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.

  • Gardener's Palette offers a tune-up for spring

    Gardener's Palette offers a tune-up for spring

    Friday, February 20 2015 4:07 PM EST2015-02-20 21:07:19 GMT
    Robin Walker will highlight the emotional side of gardening as the keynote speaker for the 20th annual Gardener's Palette -- and she plans to get the audience in on the act.
    Robin Walker will highlight the emotional side of gardening as the keynote speaker for the 20th annual Gardener's Palette -- and she plans to get the audience in on the act.
  • School referendum, economic investment touted in State of City address

    School referendum, economic investment touted in State of City address

    Friday, February 20 2015 4:02 PM EST2015-02-20 21:02:25 GMT
    Mayor Kyle Moore praised community leaders for stepping up and supporting the Quincy School District's $89 million construction bond referendum. With overwhelming support from voters, five new elementary schools and an addition to Quincy High School will be built.
    Mayor Kyle Moore praised community leaders for stepping up and supporting the Quincy School District's $89 million construction bond referendum. With overwhelming support from voters, five new elementary schools and an addition to Quincy High School will be built.
  • Foust looking for lawyer after being denied public defender

    Foust looking for lawyer after being denied public defender

    Friday, February 20 2015 11:45 AM EST2015-02-20 16:45:23 GMT
    A former Hannibal elementary school principal arrested on heroin charges earlier this week told a judge Friday morning he is having difficulty hiring an attorney to represent him. Judge John Jackson gave J.D. Foust, 33, a week to hire a lawyer before his next court appearance Feb. 27. Jackson told Foust that he did not qualify for a public defender. Foust turned himself into police early Wednesday.
    A former Hannibal elementary school principal arrested on heroin charges earlier this week told a judge Friday morning he is having difficulty hiring an attorney to represent him. Judge John Jackson gave J.D. Foust, 33, a week to hire a lawyer before his next court appearance Feb. 27. Jackson told Foust that he did not qualify for a public defender. Foust turned himself into police early Wednesday.
  • Pikeland abates taxes ahead of schedule

    Pikeland abates taxes ahead of schedule

    Friday, February 20 2015 11:37 AM EST2015-02-20 16:37:30 GMT
    The Pikeland School Board agreed Thursday night to abate taxes tied to two bond issues, making good on a pledge tied to last year's passage of a school facilities sales tax.
    The Pikeland School Board agreed Thursday night to abate taxes tied to two bond issues, making good on a pledge tied to last year's passage of a school facilities sales tax.
  • QU's science program seeing a surge in student interest

    QU's science program seeing a surge in student interest

    Friday, February 20 2015 9:04 AM EST2015-02-20 14:04:35 GMT
    Quincy University has been making inroads in preparing students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The university's science program, in particular, has been on the upswing in recent years. The program received a major boost in mid 2013 when an unidentified supporter stepped forward with a $2 million donation to help QU begin renovating and expanding the Center for Science on the university's North Campus.
    Quincy University has been making inroads in preparing students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The university's science program, in particular, has been on the upswing in recent years. The program received a major boost in mid 2013 when an unidentified supporter stepped forward with a $2 million donation to help QU begin renovating and expanding the Center for Science on the university's North Campus.

  • Police report finding heroin in ex-Hannibal school principal's jacket during home search

    Police report finding heroin in ex-Hannibal school principal's jacket during home search

    Thursday, February 19 2015 12:04 PM EST2015-02-19 17:04:36 GMT
    Police reported finding a large amount of heroin inside the pocket of a suit coat owned by a former Hannibal elementary school principal as they searched his residence last week. Rob Warner, a special agent with the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force, reported finding approximately 12.5 grams of a substance that field tested positive for heroin inside a coat owned by Joshua "J.D." Foust. Warner's findings were revealed in a probable cause statement.
    Police reported finding a large amount of heroin inside the pocket of a suit coat owned by a former Hannibal elementary school principal as they searched his residence last week. Rob Warner, a special agent with the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force, reported finding approximately 12.5 grams of a substance that field tested positive for heroin inside a coat owned by Joshua "J.D." Foust. Warner's findings were revealed in a probable cause statement.
  • Quincy School District offers series of presentations on cyber safety

    Quincy School District offers series of presentations on cyber safety

    Thursday, February 19 2015 11:49 AM EST2015-02-19 16:49:52 GMT
    The Quincy School District is offering a series of cyber-safety presentations for students, parents, teachers and community members. The first presentations are Friday, with more scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Carol Frericks, director of secondary education, said the district is bringing in two Internet safety specialists from the Illinois attorney general's office's High Tech Crime Bureau to lead the presentations.
    The Quincy School District is offering a series of cyber-safety presentations for students, parents, teachers and community members. The first presentations are Friday, with more scheduled for Monday and Tuesday. Carol Frericks, director of secondary education, said the district is bringing in two Internet safety specialists from the Illinois attorney general's office's High Tech Crime Bureau to lead the presentations.

  • Battle lines drawn between Rauner, Democratic lawmakers over budget pain

    Battle lines drawn between Rauner, Democratic lawmakers over budget pain

    Thursday, February 19 2015 11:02 AM EST2015-02-19 16:02:02 GMT
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's first budget is being reviewed line by lines as people look at where he suggests cutting $4.1 billion from annual state spending. Rauner called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state's budget mess without raising taxes. Democrats who control the Legislature were quick to voice their opposition.
    Gov. Bruce Rauner's first budget is being reviewed line by lines as people look at where he suggests cutting $4.1 billion from annual state spending. Rauner called Wednesday for deep spending cuts to Medicaid, pensions and other programs to fix the state's budget mess without raising taxes. Democrats who control the Legislature were quick to voice their opposition.
  • Superintendent tells school board of safety measures

    Superintendent tells school board of safety measures

    Thursday, February 19 2015 10:50 AM EST2015-02-19 15:50:47 GMT
    Hannibal Public Schools Superintendent Susan Johnson outlined to the Hannibal School Board on Wednesday safety procedures taken at A.D. Stowell Elementary School in the wake of former principal Joshua Foust's departure and arrest.
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  • Civic Center Authority caught off guard by increase in general operations cap

    Civic Center Authority caught off guard by increase in general operations cap

    Thursday, February 19 2015 9:44 AM EST2015-02-19 14:44:35 GMT
    Officials with the Quincy Civic Center Authority were happy to learn Wednesday that the Quincy City Council agreed to increase its cap of hotel-motel tax revenue it can use for the operation of the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
    Officials with the Quincy Civic Center Authority were happy to learn Wednesday that the Quincy City Council agreed to increase its cap of hotel-motel tax revenue it can use for the operation of the Oakley-Lindsay Center.
  • Second year of nursing program returning to JWCC in fall

    Second year of nursing program returning to JWCC in fall

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 10:50 PM EST2015-02-19 03:50:32 GMT
    The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees was told Wednesday night that the Illinois Board of Nursing had approved the return of the second year of instruction to the 48th and Harrison campus this fall.


    The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees was told Wednesday night that the Illinois Board of Nursing had approved the return of the second year of instruction to the 48th and Harrison campus this fall.


  • Day care cited for neglect in July death of 2-year-old

    Day care cited for neglect in July death of 2-year-old

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 10:05 PM EST2015-02-19 03:05:23 GMT
    QUINCY -- A Quincy day care provider has been cited for neglect by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in connection with the July drowning death of a child in her care. Pravyn Lance McBride-Meyer, 2,...
    QUINCY -- A Quincy day care provider has been cited for neglect by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in connection with the July drowning death of a child in her care. Pravyn Lance McBride-Meyer, 2,...
  • Adams County state's attorney says he won't run in 2016

    Adams County state's attorney says he won't run in 2016

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 8:23 PM EST2015-02-19 01:23:56 GMT
    Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard (H-W File Photo)Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard (H-W File Photo)
    Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard on Wednesday said he will not seek a fourth term in office in the November 2016 election.
    Adams County State's Attorney Jon Barnard on Wednesday said he will not seek a fourth term in office in the November 2016 election.

  • Former elementary school principal surrenders to police

    Former elementary school principal surrenders to police

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 1:09 PM EST2015-02-18 18:09:30 GMT
    Joshua "J.D." Foust, 33, was arrested at 12:09 a.m. at a residence in the south side of Hannibal, according to Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force Capt. Patti Talbert. The arrest comes a week after task force members conducted a search of his residence at 2513 Fulton Ave., where police reported finding a large amount of raw heroin, methadone and drug paraphernalia.
    Joshua "J.D." Foust, 33, was arrested at 12:09 a.m. at a residence in the south side of Hannibal, according to Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force Capt. Patti Talbert. The arrest comes a week after task force members conducted a search of his residence at 2513 Fulton Ave., where police reported finding a large amount of raw heroin, methadone and drug paraphernalia.
  • Council agrees to raise the revenue cap for Oakley-Lindsay Center over objections

    Council agrees to raise the revenue cap for Oakley-Lindsay Center over objections

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 12:24 PM EST2015-02-18 17:24:16 GMT
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  • Pittsfield recycling site accepting computer monitors again

    Pittsfield recycling site accepting computer monitors again

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 12:02 PM EST2015-02-18 17:02:49 GMT
    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- A change in a Pittsfield-based electronics recycling program is giving people an option close to home for disposal of unwanted computer monitors. Computer monitors again can be dropped off at the city's maintenance building.

    PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- A change in a Pittsfield-based electronics recycling program is giving people an option close to home for disposal of unwanted computer monitors. Computer monitors again can be dropped off at the city's maintenance building.


  • QAVTC students design robot for regional competition in St. Louis

    QAVTC students design robot for regional competition in St. Louis

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 11:38 AM EST2015-02-18 16:38:01 GMT
    Thirteen students at the Quincy Area Vocational-Technical Center have been getting an education in how to build a robot. It's all part of the FIRST Robotics competition to be held at 105 regional and district sites around the U.S. and 18 other countries.
    Thirteen students at the Quincy Area Vocational-Technical Center have been getting an education in how to build a robot. It's all part of the FIRST Robotics competition to be held at 105 regional and district sites around the U.S. and 18 other countries.

  • Ex-principal arrested early Wednesday in Hannibal

    Ex-principal arrested early Wednesday in Hannibal

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 9:06 AM EST2015-02-18 14:06:56 GMT
    A former Hannibal elementary school principal was arrested at 12:09 a.m. Wednesday in Hannibal by members of the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force, thanks to tips from the public.
    A former Hannibal elementary school principal was arrested at 12:09 a.m. Wednesday in Hannibal by members of the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force, thanks to tips from the public.
  • Governor intervenes to halt veteran's eviction from Illinois Veterans Home

    Governor intervenes to halt veteran's eviction from Illinois Veterans Home

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 8:53 AM EST2015-02-18 13:53:01 GMT
    Eugene Zalazinski was evicted from the Illinois Veterans Home Monday afternoon, but is back in the home after Gov. Bruce Rauner's office got involved. "I'm sitting on top of the world," Zalazinski said as the Custom Transit van driver who was hired to take the veteran to Chicago was ordered to return to Quincy.
    Eugene Zalazinski was evicted from the Illinois Veterans Home Monday afternoon, but is back in the home after Gov. Bruce Rauner's office got involved. "I'm sitting on top of the world," Zalazinski said as the Custom Transit van driver who was hired to take the veteran to Chicago was ordered to return to Quincy.
  • Quincy aldermen vote 8-6 to have private firm operate wastewater treatment plant

    Quincy aldermen vote 8-6 to have private firm operate wastewater treatment plant

    Wednesday, February 18 2015 8:40 AM EST2015-02-18 13:40:54 GMT
    After more than a month of debating proposals in committee, Quincy aldermen narrowly approved a contract on Tuesday that would turn over operations of the wastewater treatment plant to a wastewater and water solutions firm headquartered in Fort Washington, Pa.
    After more than a month of debating proposals in committee, Quincy aldermen narrowly approved a contract on Tuesday that would turn over operations of the wastewater treatment plant to a wastewater and water solutions firm headquartered in Fort Washington, Pa.
  • Hannibal City Council considers turning over property to resident

    Hannibal City Council considers turning over property to resident

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 11:24 PM EST2015-02-18 04:24:46 GMT
    A Reservoir Street resident asked the Hannibal City Council at its meeting Tuesday to consider granting her a strip of city-owned property in front of her house after learning it wasn't hers.
    A Reservoir Street resident asked the Hannibal City Council at its meeting Tuesday to consider granting her a strip of city-owned property in front of her house after learning it wasn't hers.
  • Hancock County to offer CEO courses

    Hancock County to offer CEO courses

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 12:04 PM EST2015-02-17 17:04:02 GMT
    Dustin Berg hopes a program with a good track record brings the same sort of success to Hancock County. "We're losing population right now," said Berg, executive director of Hancock County Economic Development. "We want to do whatever we can to keep young people here. The best thing is let them know the opportunities for them to partake in."
    Dustin Berg hopes a program with a good track record brings the same sort of success to Hancock County. "We're losing population right now," said Berg, executive director of Hancock County Economic Development. "We want to do whatever we can to keep young people here. The best thing is let them know the opportunities for them to partake in."

  • Assistant Adams County state's attorney running for office

    Assistant Adams County state's attorney running for office

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 11:04 AM EST2015-02-17 16:04:53 GMT
    Jennifer Cifaldi has handled a little bit of everything during her 18 years as an assistant state's attorney in the Adams County. Now she would like to be in charge of the office.
    Jennifer Cifaldi has handled a little bit of everything during her 18 years as an assistant state's attorney in the Adams County. Now she would like to be in charge of the office.

  • Quincy Park Board members to fill open seat

    Quincy Park Board members to fill open seat

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 10:58 AM EST2015-02-17 15:58:56 GMT
    The Quincy Park Board is in the unique position of being able to select a commissioner. Only two people filed petitions for the board's three open seats, meaning incumbents Tom Ernst and Chris Hogge are guaranteed being re-elected April 7. That leaves an open seat, and President John Frankenhoff wants the board to act now on filling it.
    The Quincy Park Board is in the unique position of being able to select a commissioner. Only two people filed petitions for the board's three open seats, meaning incumbents Tom Ernst and Chris Hogge are guaranteed being re-elected April 7. That leaves an open seat, and President John Frankenhoff wants the board to act now on filling it.

  • Ex-Hannibal principal still on the run after drug indictment

    Ex-Hannibal principal still on the run after drug indictment

    Monday, February 16 2015 6:19 PM EST2015-02-16 23:19:06 GMT
     A former Hannibal elementary school principal is still being sought by police after he was charged in connection with a heroin investigation in Hannibal. Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said authorities are still trying to find 33-year-old Joshua D. "J.D." Foust. "We have some information that he may be in Texas. We have reached out to Texas authorities," said Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn.
     A former Hannibal elementary school principal is still being sought by police after he was charged in connection with a heroin investigation in Hannibal. Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn said authorities are still trying to find 33-year-old Joshua D. "J.D." Foust. "We have some information that he may be in Texas. We have reached out to Texas authorities," said Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Shinn.
  • Hannibal cook-off to help fund trips for veterans to Washington D.C.

    Hannibal cook-off to help fund trips for veterans to Washington D.C.

    Monday, February 16 2015 1:08 PM EST2015-02-16 18:08:29 GMT
    As many as 25 restaurants, nonprofit organizations and individuals may enter the Golden Eagle Distributing's 32nd annual chili cook-off Feb. 21. Gregory noted 15 slots have been filled, with some of them by event newcomers.Participants will compete to win $1,750 in prizes, with first place winning $1,000, second place, $500 and third place, $250. Additional cash prizes will be awarded to teams with costumes best representing the theme.
    As many as 25 restaurants, nonprofit organizations and individuals may enter the Golden Eagle Distributing's 32nd annual chili cook-off Feb. 21. Gregory noted 15 slots have been filled, with some of them by event newcomers.Participants will compete to win $1,750 in prizes, with first place winning $1,000, second place, $500 and third place, $250. Additional cash prizes will be awarded to teams with costumes best representing the theme.

  • Open-house program honors Black History Month and anti-slavery activist

    Open-house program honors Black History Month and anti-slavery activist

    Monday, February 16 2015 12:51 PM EST2015-02-16 17:51:09 GMT
    The Quincy resident has been attending the annual open house for a couple of years and feels the site, which served as the home of Eells in the early and mid-1800s, is one of Quincy's best-kept secrets.
    The Quincy resident has been attending the annual open house for a couple of years and feels the site, which served as the home of Eells in the early and mid-1800s, is one of Quincy's best-kept secrets.
  • Homeward Bound Waggin gives unwanted animals a last chance

    Homeward Bound Waggin gives unwanted animals a last chance

    Monday, February 16 2015 10:44 AM EST2015-02-16 15:44:05 GMT
    The name of the organization bounces easily off the tongue, almost in a lyrical, good-natured fashion: Homeward Bound Waggin. The smile that Homeward Bound Waggin often produces at first reference quickly takes a more serious turn when its mission is revealed. It places animals that, for whatever reason, were unable to be adopted through humane societies and various shelters across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.
    The name of the organization bounces easily off the tongue, almost in a lyrical, good-natured fashion: Homeward Bound Waggin. The smile that Homeward Bound Waggin often produces at first reference quickly takes a more serious turn when its mission is revealed. It places animals that, for whatever reason, were unable to be adopted through humane societies and various shelters across West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.

  • Episcopal church in Palmyra shuts doors Sunday after 178 years

    Episcopal church in Palmyra shuts doors Sunday after 178 years

    Monday, February 16 2015 9:12 AM EST2015-02-16 14:12:06 GMT
    One by one, they filed out of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. For the last time. St. Paul's closed its doors for good after an early Sunday morning service, ending its 178-year footprint in Northeast Missouri that dated to almost a quarter of a century before the Civil War.
    One by one, they filed out of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. For the last time. St. Paul's closed its doors for good after an early Sunday morning service, ending its 178-year footprint in Northeast Missouri that dated to almost a quarter of a century before the Civil War.

  • Investigation continues into early Sunday shooting

    Investigation continues into early Sunday shooting

    Monday, February 16 2015 8:39 AM EST2015-02-16 13:39:09 GMT
    An investigation into an early Sunday morning shooting in downtown Quincy continues. A woman whose name and age were not released by the Quincy Police Department was "shot in the legs" at 2:33 a.m. inside the...
    An investigation into an early Sunday morning shooting in downtown Quincy continues. A woman whose name and age were not released by the Quincy Police Department was "shot in the legs" at 2:33 a.m. inside the...
  • Hancock County ambulance director suspended as financial investigation begins

    Hancock County ambulance director suspended as financial investigation begins

    Sunday, February 15 2015 1:25 AM EST2015-02-15 06:25:32 GMT
    The Hancock County Board on Wednesday suspended Paul Richardson with pay from his job as director of the county's ambulance service while an investigation of the department gets underway.



    The Hancock County Board on Wednesday suspended Paul Richardson with pay from his job as director of the county's ambulance service while an investigation of the department gets underway.



  • Incumbent Heinecke faces former County Board member Schaefer in 7th Ward primary

    Incumbent Heinecke faces former County Board member Schaefer in 7th Ward primary

    Friday, February 13 2015 11:48 AM EST2015-02-13 16:48:05 GMT
    Alderman Terri Heinecke is being challenged by Royal Jay Schaefer in the Feb. 24 Republican primary. No Democratic candidate has filed for the April 7 general election.
    Alderman Terri Heinecke is being challenged by Royal Jay Schaefer in the Feb. 24 Republican primary. No Democratic candidate has filed for the April 7 general election.
  • Gene Grawe Fund opens 'store' to simplify gift card sales

    Gene Grawe Fund opens 'store' to simplify gift card sales

    Friday, February 13 2015 9:16 AM EST2015-02-13 14:16:43 GMT
    A Quincy nonprofit has opened a "store" to sell gift cards that will support families sending children to Catholic schools. The Gene Grawe Fund opened its office doors Monday in St. Peter Church, 2500 Maine. JoAnn Witte, president of the Gene Grawe Fund, said moving to one location will make it consistent for all supporters. 
    A Quincy nonprofit has opened a "store" to sell gift cards that will support families sending children to Catholic schools. The Gene Grawe Fund opened its office doors Monday in St. Peter Church, 2500 Maine. JoAnn Witte, president of the Gene Grawe Fund, said moving to one location will make it consistent for all supporters. 

  • Retired MoDOT supervisor 'overwhelmed' by appointment as Knox County commissioner

    Retired MoDOT supervisor 'overwhelmed' by appointment as Knox County commissioner

    Thursday, February 12 2015 5:30 PM EST2015-02-12 22:30:54 GMT
    EDINA, Mo. -- Michael Fox had little downtime after learning he was named Knox County's Eastern District commissioner this week. Fox found himself at a three-day convention for Missouri county commissioners in Columbia just two days after Gov. Jay Nixon announced his appointment. "It's an overwhelming thing to me," he said by phone Wednesday night.
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  • Louisiana city administrator dismissal upheld at hearing

    Louisiana city administrator dismissal upheld at hearing

    Thursday, February 12 2015 2:51 PM EST2015-02-12 19:51:18 GMT
    The Louisiana City Council upheld its decision to remove Bob Jenne from the city administrator position during an appeal hearing Wednesday, but Jenne for now remains as administrative police chief. Mayor Bart Niedner said Thursday the council voted 5-2 to dismiss Jenne from the city administrator post. Council members did not vote to relieve Jenne as police chief, an unpaid role he assumed on top of city administrator responsibilities last year.
    The Louisiana City Council upheld its decision to remove Bob Jenne from the city administrator position during an appeal hearing Wednesday, but Jenne for now remains as administrative police chief. Mayor Bart Niedner said Thursday the council voted 5-2 to dismiss Jenne from the city administrator post. Council members did not vote to relieve Jenne as police chief, an unpaid role he assumed on top of city administrator responsibilities last year.

  • Committee member 'positive' about city support for proposed community center

    Committee member 'positive' about city support for proposed community center

    Wednesday, February 11 2015 12:19 PM EST2015-02-11 17:19:50 GMT
    NAUVOO, Ill. -- The committee spearheading a proposed community center made its report Tuesday night to the Nauvoo City Council and asked for financial support for the next step. The committee recommends building a new 10,000-square-foot center to house the library, city offices, the Police Department, tourism office, food pantry and a meeting room for large groups on part of the elementary school site bought by the city in January.
    NAUVOO, Ill. -- The committee spearheading a proposed community center made its report Tuesday night to the Nauvoo City Council and asked for financial support for the next step. The committee recommends building a new 10,000-square-foot center to house the library, city offices, the Police Department, tourism office, food pantry and a meeting room for large groups on part of the elementary school site bought by the city in January.

  • Quincy one of 50 sites nationwide to host 'Night to Shine'

    Quincy one of 50 sites nationwide to host 'Night to Shine'

    Wednesday, February 11 2015 12:08 PM EST2015-02-11 17:08:14 GMT
    QUINCY -- Debbie Fasano says the outreach is simple. "Our goal is to make every individual feel special and loved -- as if they are the only ones there," she said. Fasano, a member of the Crossing and coordinator of Friday's "Night to Shine," was explaining the nondenominational Quincy megachurch's involvement in a "prom night" for people with special needs who are 16 years old and older.
    QUINCY -- Debbie Fasano says the outreach is simple. "Our goal is to make every individual feel special and loved -- as if they are the only ones there," she said. Fasano, a member of the Crossing and coordinator of Friday's "Night to Shine," was explaining the nondenominational Quincy megachurch's involvement in a "prom night" for people with special needs who are 16 years old and older.
  • Court reporting services caught up in Illinois' budget crunch

    Court reporting services caught up in Illinois' budget crunch

    Wednesday, February 11 2015 11:45 AM EST2015-02-11 16:45:14 GMT
    Judge Diane Lagoski can't imagine what would happen if the state of Illinois runs out of money to pay the state's court reporters. "It's a dire situation," said Lagoski, the Brown County-based chief judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. "At the end of March, there will be no more money to pay (court reporters)."
    Judge Diane Lagoski can't imagine what would happen if the state of Illinois runs out of money to pay the state's court reporters. "It's a dire situation," said Lagoski, the Brown County-based chief judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit. "At the end of March, there will be no more money to pay (court reporters)."

  • Mendon School Board agrees to sell Greenfield School

    Mendon School Board agrees to sell Greenfield School

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:41 PM EST2015-02-10 17:41:25 GMT
    The Mendon School Board has officially decided to sell Greenfield Elementary School after the 2015-16 school year begins. At a meeting last week, the board expressed its intent to push ahead with the transition plan that was tentatively discussed last month. That plan calls for selling the school next fall once all of Greenfield's students have been transferred to Mendon schools.
    The Mendon School Board has officially decided to sell Greenfield Elementary School after the 2015-16 school year begins. At a meeting last week, the board expressed its intent to push ahead with the transition plan that was tentatively discussed last month. That plan calls for selling the school next fall once all of Greenfield's students have been transferred to Mendon schools.
  • Marion County Commission submits wish list of transportation projects

    Marion County Commission submits wish list of transportation projects

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:27 PM EST2015-02-10 17:27:12 GMT
    The Marion County Commission voted Monday to submit its suggestions to the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments Transportation Advisory Committee. The committee annually collects project wish lists from governing bodies in seven Northeast Missouri counties and forwards them to the Missouri Department of Transportation. 
    The Marion County Commission voted Monday to submit its suggestions to the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments Transportation Advisory Committee. The committee annually collects project wish lists from governing bodies in seven Northeast Missouri counties and forwards them to the Missouri Department of Transportation. 

  • Ameren selects route for Mark Twain transmission line

    Ameren selects route for Mark Twain transmission line

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:18 PM EST2015-02-10 17:18:12 GMT
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois announced Monday that it has selected one of two proposed routes for its 345,000-volt Mark Twain transmission line. Ameren spokesperson Leigh Morris said the chosen route will pass through Marion, Shelby, Knox and Adair counties. The other suggested route passed through Marion, Lewis, Knox and Adair counties.
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- Ameren Transmission Co. of Illinois announced Monday that it has selected one of two proposed routes for its 345,000-volt Mark Twain transmission line. Ameren spokesperson Leigh Morris said the chosen route will pass through Marion, Shelby, Knox and Adair counties. The other suggested route passed through Marion, Lewis, Knox and Adair counties.

  • Finance Committee recommends privatizing wastewater treatment, sludge disposal

    Finance Committee recommends privatizing wastewater treatment, sludge disposal

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:16 PM EST2015-02-10 17:16:43 GMT
    Conte: Outsourcing operations would save city moneyConte: Outsourcing operations would save city money
     Members of the Quincy Finance Committee narrowly recommended Monday night that the City Council adopt a plan to privatize operations of the wastewater treatment plant. 
     Members of the Quincy Finance Committee narrowly recommended Monday night that the City Council adopt a plan to privatize operations of the wastewater treatment plant. 
  • Deadline Feb. 13 for Carthage award nominations

    Deadline Feb. 13 for Carthage award nominations

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 12:14 PM EST2015-02-10 17:14:52 GMT
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Nominations are due Friday for Carthage's Citizen of the Year award. Nominations can be submitted to Susan Starr at Marine Bank, J.R. Parn at Country Financial or Dr. Rebecca Eagan at Eagan Family...
    CARTHAGE, Ill. -- Nominations are due Friday for Carthage's Citizen of the Year award. Nominations can be submitted to Susan Starr at Marine Bank, J.R. Parn at Country Financial or Dr. Rebecca Eagan at Eagan Family...
  • Lovelace murder trial pushed back to June 29

    Lovelace murder trial pushed back to June 29

    Friday, January 30 2015 9:44 AM EST2015-01-30 14:44:53 GMT
    QUINCY, Ill. — The first-degree murder trial of Curtis T. Lovelace has been pushed back to June 29. Lovelace's next appearance in courtwill be April 30 for a status hearing. Lovelace, 45, was arrested in August 2014 in connection with the Feb. 14, 2006, death of his wife, 38-year-old Cory D. Lovelace, in their home at 1869 Kentucky.
    QUINCY, Ill. — The first-degree murder trial of Curtis T. Lovelace has been pushed back to June 29. Lovelace's next appearance in courtwill be April 30 for a status hearing. Lovelace, 45, was arrested in August 2014 in connection with the Feb. 14, 2006, death of his wife, 38-year-old Cory D. Lovelace, in their home at 1869 Kentucky.
  • Lawyer: Money an obstacle in Lovelace's defense

    Lawyer: Money an obstacle in Lovelace's defense

    Friday, January 30 2015 9:44 AM EST2015-01-30 14:44:23 GMT
    The start of Curtis Lovelace's first-degree murder trial has been pushed back for a second time. The former assistant Adams County state's attorney and Quincy School Board president, accused of suffocating his wife in February 2006, is now scheduled to go to trial June 29. Jay Elmore, an attorney representing Lovelace, said the main reason for the slow-moving process is the lack of money to mount a defense.
    The start of Curtis Lovelace's first-degree murder trial has been pushed back for a second time. The former assistant Adams County state's attorney and Quincy School Board president, accused of suffocating his wife in February 2006, is now scheduled to go to trial June 29. Jay Elmore, an attorney representing Lovelace, said the main reason for the slow-moving process is the lack of money to mount a defense.
  • YEAR IN REVIEW: Lovelace murder case captures attention of Quincy, nation

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

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

    Polar Plunge draws a chilly crowd to Quincy's Moorman Park Lake

    Sunday, March 1 2015 12:59 AM EST2015-03-01 05:59:42 GMT
    Squeals, groans, chattering teeth and laughter erupted from many of the people in the Polar Plunge fundraiser on Saturday at Moorman Park Lake. "The worst part was waiting to go in. The water was almost warmer than the air," said Donna Derhake.
    Squeals, groans, chattering teeth and laughter erupted from many of the people in the Polar Plunge fundraiser on Saturday at Moorman Park Lake. "The worst part was waiting to go in. The water was almost warmer than the air," said Donna Derhake.

  • Award recognizes ag educator committed "to encourage lifelong learning"

    Award recognizes ag educator committed "to encourage lifelong learning"

    Sunday, March 1 2015 1:30 AM EST2015-03-01 06:30:52 GMT
    Growing up on a Quincy farm spurred an early interest in agriculture in Larry Fischer.
    Growing up on a Quincy farm spurred an early interest in agriculture in Larry Fischer.
  • Pike County foundation spends half of its funding on basic-needs issues

    Pike County foundation spends half of its funding on basic-needs issues

    Sunday, March 1 2015 1:20 AM EST2015-03-01 06:20:07 GMT
    Jan Bleich doesn't have to look far to find individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. "Through all of our programs, I can say we see the face of poverty every day in Pike County," said Bleich, director of nursing with the Pike County Health Department. So does Patty McIntosh, executive director of the Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County, who works with her board to allocate grant funding and provide additional support.
    Jan Bleich doesn't have to look far to find individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. "Through all of our programs, I can say we see the face of poverty every day in Pike County," said Bleich, director of nursing with the Pike County Health Department. So does Patty McIntosh, executive director of the Health and Wellness Foundation of Pike County, who works with her board to allocate grant funding and provide additional support.

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