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  • Schock resignation-Special Election

    Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. Schock's seat

    Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. Schock's seat

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 12:17 PM EDT2015-04-01 16:17:11 GMT
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to comply with federal voting law. Rauner has set the primary for June 8 and general election for July 24.
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to comply with federal voting law. Rauner has set the primary for June 8 and general election for July 24.
  • Copley: Boy's death another indication gun use on the rise in Quincy

    Copley: Boy's death another indication gun use on the rise in Quincy

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 12:05 PM EDT2015-04-01 16:05:32 GMT
    Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley knows there are people with information about who killed 12-year-old Rayshone D. Humphrey Jr. "We believe there are people who know what happened, and we need those people to come forward with that information," Copley said Tuesday. Copley said the investigation into the fatal shooting points to a larger issue his department is starting to confront more frequently. He said shootings and displays of guns are on the rise in Quincy.
    Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley knows there are people with information about who killed 12-year-old Rayshone D. Humphrey Jr. "We believe there are people who know what happened, and we need those people to come forward with that information," Copley said Tuesday. Copley said the investigation into the fatal shooting points to a larger issue his department is starting to confront more frequently. He said shootings and displays of guns are on the rise in Quincy.

  • Six proposed capital projects at Hannibal Public Schools could begin this summer

    Six proposed capital projects at Hannibal Public Schools could begin this summer

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 9:17 AM EDT2015-04-01 13:17:45 GMT
    The Hannibal School Board reviewed during a Tuesday work session six capital improvements that members and administrators hope to begin as early as this summer. Business Manager Rich Stilley briefly outlined a five-year plan for both capital and maintenance projects, but much of Tuesday's discussion focused on work that can be done this year and into next year. $300,000 have been budgeted for capital improvements.
    The Hannibal School Board reviewed during a Tuesday work session six capital improvements that members and administrators hope to begin as early as this summer. Business Manager Rich Stilley briefly outlined a five-year plan for both capital and maintenance projects, but much of Tuesday's discussion focused on work that can be done this year and into next year. $300,000 have been budgeted for capital improvements.
  • Quincy one of 16 finalists for 10 All-America City awards

    Quincy one of 16 finalists for 10 All-America City awards

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 9:16 AM EDT2015-04-01 13:16:13 GMT
    National recognition could be part of Quincy's yearlong 175th anniversary celebration. Quincy has been named one of 16 finalists for 10 All-America City awards being presented in June. City officials made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. In its application, the committee highlighted Quincy Teen Reach, Chaddock School and the United Way of Adams County's Financial Stability Initiative.
    National recognition could be part of Quincy's yearlong 175th anniversary celebration. Quincy has been named one of 16 finalists for 10 All-America City awards being presented in June. City officials made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. In its application, the committee highlighted Quincy Teen Reach, Chaddock School and the United Way of Adams County's Financial Stability Initiative.
  • Tax propositions highlight Ralls County ballot

    Tax propositions highlight Ralls County ballot

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 8:50 AM EDT2015-04-01 12:50:11 GMT
    Ralls County voters will consider whether to renew a half-cent sales tax when they head to the polls next week. Presiding Commissioner Wiley Hibbard said the tax, which has a five-year sunset clause, is set to expire in March 2016. If continued, the tax would expire again in 2021.
    Ralls County voters will consider whether to renew a half-cent sales tax when they head to the polls next week. Presiding Commissioner Wiley Hibbard said the tax, which has a five-year sunset clause, is set to expire in March 2016. If continued, the tax would expire again in 2021.
  • Illinois jobless rate declined in February, but job growth uneven

    Illinois jobless rate declined in February, but job growth uneven

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 7:24 AM EDT2015-04-01 11:24:11 GMT
     A map showing the monthly unemployment rates for Illinois counties has been transformed from an angry mix of hot and cool colors in the past year.
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  • LaHood not taking votes for granted as special election front-runner for Schock's seat

    LaHood not taking votes for granted as special election front-runner for Schock's seat

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 10:48 PM EDT2015-04-01 02:48:07 GMT
    State Sen. Darin LaHood made it clear that while he may be considered the front-runner in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, he's still going to work to persuade the voters that he is the right person for the 18th District.
    State Sen. Darin LaHood made it clear that while he may be considered the front-runner in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, he's still going to work to persuade the voters that he is the right person for the 18th District.
  • Four Northeast Missouri girls crowned during state pageant

    Four Northeast Missouri girls crowned during state pageant

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 6:10 PM EDT2015-03-31 22:10:27 GMT
    Four Northeast Missouri girls took titles in the 2015 Missouri USA Ambassador Pageant March 7 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. Madalynn Darnell, 6, took the 2015 Miss Missouri USA...
    Four Northeast Missouri girls took titles in the 2015 Missouri USA Ambassador Pageant March 7 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield. Madalynn Darnell, 6, took the 2015 Miss Missouri USA...
  • Kuida new chief operating officer at Blessing Hospital

    Kuida new chief operating officer at Blessing Hospital

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 5:37 PM EDT2015-03-31 21:37:10 GMT
    Elliot Kuida is the new chief operating officer at Blessing Hospital. Kuida is responsible for all hospital operations and will report to Maureen Kahn, the president and chief executive officer of Blessing Health System. 
    Elliot Kuida is the new chief operating officer at Blessing Hospital. Kuida is responsible for all hospital operations and will report to Maureen Kahn, the president and chief executive officer of Blessing Health System. 
  • Brothers bringing Chicago-style food to Quincy

    Brothers bringing Chicago-style food to Quincy

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 11:42 AM EDT2015-03-31 15:42:29 GMT
    Two brothers hope to open Windy City Steak ‘n Lemonade within the next two weeks at 5313 Oak Street.
    Two brothers hope to open Windy City Steak ‘n Lemonade within the next two weeks at 5313 Oak Street.
  • Arts Quincy unveils new look

    Arts Quincy unveils new look

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 11:33 AM EDT2015-03-31 15:33:27 GMT
    The oldest arts council in the U.S. officially has a new look and a new name.
    The oldest arts council in the U.S. officially has a new look and a new name.
  • Business owners say lawsuit abuse a concern

    Business owners say lawsuit abuse a concern

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 10:48 AM EDT2015-03-31 14:48:29 GMT
    Travis Akin has been sharing the depressing news that Illinois ranks near the bottom in a national survey for judicial fairness for years, but hasn't heard it even mentioned in former governors' state of the state speeches.
    Travis Akin has been sharing the depressing news that Illinois ranks near the bottom in a national survey for judicial fairness for years, but hasn't heard it even mentioned in former governors' state of the state speeches.
  • REMEMBERING RAY: Quincy Junior High School students say Monday was 'very emotional'

    REMEMBERING RAY: Quincy Junior High School students say Monday was 'very emotional'

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 10:21 AM EDT2015-03-31 14:21:17 GMT
    When the school day ended Monday afternoon at Quincy Junior High School, a sea of red appeared to pour out of the building as students boarded buses or began walking home. Many students had come to school wearing red in honor of their classmate, 12-year-old Rayshone Humphrey Jr., who was fatally shot over the weekend. Monday was a tough day for a lot of students who felt the sudden loss of a classmate in a personal way. "I cried most of the day," Gage Call said.
    When the school day ended Monday afternoon at Quincy Junior High School, a sea of red appeared to pour out of the building as students boarded buses or began walking home. Many students had come to school wearing red in honor of their classmate, 12-year-old Rayshone Humphrey Jr., who was fatally shot over the weekend. Monday was a tough day for a lot of students who felt the sudden loss of a classmate in a personal way. "I cried most of the day," Gage Call said.

  • City expecting $2.6 million in road construction this season

    City expecting $2.6 million in road construction this season

    Tuesday, March 31 2015 9:18 AM EDT2015-03-31 13:18:32 GMT
    About $2.6 million in road work is expected in Quincy in the next fiscal year starting May 1. Quincy aldermen approved a resolution Monday to budget the motor fuel tax funds as required by IDOT.
    About $2.6 million in road work is expected in Quincy in the next fiscal year starting May 1. Quincy aldermen approved a resolution Monday to budget the motor fuel tax funds as required by IDOT.
  • Jil Tracy will not run for Schock's congressional seat

    Jil Tracy will not run for Schock's congressional seat

    Monday, March 30 2015 5:49 PM EDT2015-03-30 21:49:45 GMT
    Former Illinois Rep. Jil Tracy has announced that she will not run for the 18th Congressional District seat being vacated Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. “I conferred with Gov. Rauner, and while he has not yet made the official timeline of the special election cycle public, I have decided that my family obligations will not fit with the requirements of running a vigorous campaign in an abbreviated cycle," Tracy said in a release.
    Former Illinois Rep. Jil Tracy has announced that she will not run for the 18th Congressional District seat being vacated Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. “I conferred with Gov. Rauner, and while he has not yet made the official timeline of the special election cycle public, I have decided that my family obligations will not fit with the requirements of running a vigorous campaign in an abbreviated cycle," Tracy said in a release.
  • Two Hobby Lobby reps to talk about religious freedom at HLGU conference

    Two Hobby Lobby reps to talk about religious freedom at HLGU conference

    Monday, March 30 2015 5:01 PM EDT2015-03-30 21:01:42 GMT
    Two representatives from Hobby Lobby will be the featured speakers Thursday during the 2015 Worldview Conference at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
    Two representatives from Hobby Lobby will be the featured speakers Thursday during the 2015 Worldview Conference at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
  • Road district seeks to maintain current tax levy

    Road district seeks to maintain current tax levy

    Monday, March 30 2015 4:56 PM EDT2015-03-30 20:56:16 GMT
    The district that maintains about 45 miles of roads mostly south and west of Monroe City is asking voters to maintain its property tax for another four years.
    The district that maintains about 45 miles of roads mostly south and west of Monroe City is asking voters to maintain its property tax for another four years.
  • 'Walking around in history': Volunteers search Nauvoo for metal reminders of 1846 battle

    'Walking around in history': Volunteers search Nauvoo for metal reminders of 1846 battle

    Monday, March 30 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-03-30 16:00:57 GMT
    With headphones on, Adrian Rolfe trudged across the farm field slowly moving his metal detector from side to side. The machine's beeps hinted at what lurked beneath the surface of a one-time battlefield. "You never exactly know what you have until you dig it," said Rolfe, who lives in Lamoni, Iowa, and spends probably 2,000 hours a year metal detecting. "Hopefully it's something good, not just trash."
    With headphones on, Adrian Rolfe trudged across the farm field slowly moving his metal detector from side to side. The machine's beeps hinted at what lurked beneath the surface of a one-time battlefield. "You never exactly know what you have until you dig it," said Rolfe, who lives in Lamoni, Iowa, and spends probably 2,000 hours a year metal detecting. "Hopefully it's something good, not just trash."

  • Frese authors bill dealing with veterans homes

    Frese authors bill dealing with veterans homes

    Monday, March 30 2015 10:58 AM EDT2015-03-30 14:58:04 GMT
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Legislation sponsored by Rep. Randy Frese won unanimous support from the Veterans Affairs Committee. Frese said House bill 3213 will clarify rules concerning homes operated by the Illinois Department...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Legislation sponsored by Rep. Randy Frese won unanimous support from the Veterans Affairs Committee. Frese said House bill 3213 will clarify rules concerning homes operated by the Illinois Department...
  • Canton, Mo., house fire leaves family of three homeless

    Canton, Mo., house fire leaves family of three homeless

    Monday, March 30 2015 10:54 AM EDT2015-03-30 14:54:33 GMT
    CANTON, Mo. -- A Canton father and his two sons escaped an early Saturday morning house fire. The father woke to the smell of smoke at about 6:54 a.m. Saturday at 507 Grant. He got his two sons out of the house and...
    CANTON, Mo. -- A Canton father and his two sons escaped an early Saturday morning house fire. The father woke to the smell of smoke at about 6:54 a.m. Saturday at 507 Grant. He got his two sons out of the house and...
  • Detectives still piecing together fatal shooting of 12-year-old

    Detectives still piecing together fatal shooting of 12-year-old

    Monday, March 30 2015 10:40 AM EDT2015-03-30 14:40:20 GMT
    Quincy Police Department investigators worked throughout the weekend to try to determine who shot and killed 12-year-old Rayshone "Ray" Humphrey Jr., early Saturday morning on the city's northwest side. "We're still actively looking for anything from the public," Lt. Dina Dreyer said. "We're getting information, but we need it to keep coming."
    Quincy Police Department investigators worked throughout the weekend to try to determine who shot and killed 12-year-old Rayshone "Ray" Humphrey Jr., early Saturday morning on the city's northwest side. "We're still actively looking for anything from the public," Lt. Dina Dreyer said. "We're getting information, but we need it to keep coming."
  • Candidates stump for Schock's seat during Lincoln Reagan Day Luncheon

    Candidates stump for Schock's seat during Lincoln Reagan Day Luncheon

    Monday, March 30 2015 8:01 AM EDT2015-03-30 12:01:18 GMT
    U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and four candidates interested in Aaron Schock's soon-to-be vacant 18th District seat used similar words to describe the embattled congressman's departure at the Adams County Lincoln Reagan Day Luncheon on Sunday. Davis, R-Taylorville, said he was on the U.S. House of Representatives floor last week when Schock, who resigned earlier this month amid questions over his spending of campaign funds, delivered his farewell address.
    U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and four candidates interested in Aaron Schock's soon-to-be vacant 18th District seat used similar words to describe the embattled congressman's departure at the Adams County Lincoln Reagan Day Luncheon on Sunday. Davis, R-Taylorville, said he was on the U.S. House of Representatives floor last week when Schock, who resigned earlier this month amid questions over his spending of campaign funds, delivered his farewell address.
  • Voters in Clark County, several Northeast Missouri towns to decide on local use tax

    Voters in Clark County, several Northeast Missouri towns to decide on local use tax

    Sunday, March 29 2015 2:38 AM EDT2015-03-29 06:38:02 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- One Northeast Missouri county and a handful of communities and taxing districts will ask voters April 7 to approve a local use tax or continue collecting sales tax on the titling of items purchased out of state.
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  • Traveling student production to focus on autism

    Traveling student production to focus on autism

    Sunday, March 29 2015 1:31 AM EDT2015-03-29 05:31:57 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Quincy Community Theatre is ready to deliver a special message during its annual "On the Road" performance tour in April. A cast of student actors will perform "Snowflakes," a theatrical documentary that explores the world of autism. The performances coincide with April's Autism Awareness Month.
    QUINCY -- The Quincy Community Theatre is ready to deliver a special message during its annual "On the Road" performance tour in April. A cast of student actors will perform "Snowflakes," a theatrical documentary that explores the world of autism. The performances coincide with April's Autism Awareness Month.

  • C-SC professor travels with Rotary to administer polio vaccine in India

    C-SC professor travels with Rotary to administer polio vaccine in India

    Sunday, March 29 2015 1:28 AM EDT2015-03-29 05:28:19 GMT
    CANTON, Mo. -- D'Ann Campbell wanted to be one of the legions of Rotary International members who travel abroad every year to vaccinate children against polio in areas at risk for new cases of the debilitating disease. She got her chance this year.
    CANTON, Mo. -- D'Ann Campbell wanted to be one of the legions of Rotary International members who travel abroad every year to vaccinate children against polio in areas at risk for new cases of the debilitating disease. She got her chance this year.

  • Hancox retiring as director of court services in September; Venvertloh to take over

    Hancox retiring as director of court services in September; Venvertloh to take over

    Sunday, March 29 2015 1:15 AM EDT2015-03-29 05:15:12 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Adams County Probation Department and Juvenile Detention Center will have a new leader in September. Director of Court Services Mike Hancox, 60, will be retiring in September after 39 years with the county. He will be replaced by probation officer Wendy Venvertloh, who has worked in the department for 15 years.
    QUINCY -- The Adams County Probation Department and Juvenile Detention Center will have a new leader in September. Director of Court Services Mike Hancox, 60, will be retiring in September after 39 years with the county. He will be replaced by probation officer Wendy Venvertloh, who has worked in the department for 15 years.

  • 'Help me, Landa, help me': Quincy woman describes scene after 12-year-old boy is shot, killed

    'Help me, Landa, help me': Quincy woman describes scene after 12-year-old boy is shot, killed

    Saturday, March 28 2015 11:59 PM EDT2015-03-29 03:59:48 GMT
    Orlanda Abbey heard the gunshot and raced out of the apartment complex on Quincy's northwest side. "It was so loud, and we ran outside," she said. "I heard his mom crying and asked her what was wrong. When I looked down, he was on the ground. She was like, ‘Help me, Landa, help me.' " Abbey said she saw Rayshone "Ray" Humphrey Jr. laying motionless on the ground. She said she tried to help his mother, Tynisa Nebe, move Humphrey, but they couldn't get him to budge.
    Orlanda Abbey heard the gunshot and raced out of the apartment complex on Quincy's northwest side. "It was so loud, and we ran outside," she said. "I heard his mom crying and asked her what was wrong. When I looked down, he was on the ground. She was like, ‘Help me, Landa, help me.' " Abbey said she saw Rayshone "Ray" Humphrey Jr. laying motionless on the ground. She said she tried to help his mother, Tynisa Nebe, move Humphrey, but they couldn't get him to budge.
  • 12-year-old boy shot, killed Saturday identified as Rayshone Humphrey

    12-year-old boy shot, killed Saturday identified as Rayshone Humphrey

    Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 PM EDT2015-03-29 03:38:48 GMT
    A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in front of 1127 N. Fifth around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to Quincy police chief Rob Copley. Copley said QPD is treating the shooting as a homicide. Carl Douglas, Humphrey's older brother, said Saturday morning that "this feels like a dream. It still hasn't registered what happened." Douglas said Humphrey was waiting at a friend's house to be picked up by his mother when the incident happened.
    A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed in front of 1127 N. Fifth around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to Quincy police chief Rob Copley. Copley said QPD is treating the shooting as a homicide. Carl Douglas, Humphrey's older brother, said Saturday morning that "this feels like a dream. It still hasn't registered what happened." Douglas said Humphrey was waiting at a friend's house to be picked up by his mother when the incident happened.
  • School officials prepare for emotional day Monday

    School officials prepare for emotional day Monday

    The Quincy School District will have a team of counselors, psychologists and social workers on hand Monday morning at Quincy Junior High School to provide support for friends and classmates of 12-year-old shooting victim Rayshone Humphrey. Carol Frericks, director of secondary education, said the school's crisis team -- under the direction of QJHS Principal Dan Sparrow -- met Saturday to begin putting into place a pre-arranged plan for dealing with the sadness, questions and ...
    The Quincy School District will have a team of counselors, psychologists and social workers on hand Monday morning at Quincy Junior High School to provide support for friends and classmates of 12-year-old shooting victim Rayshone Humphrey. Carol Frericks, director of secondary education, said the school's crisis team -- under the direction of QJHS Principal Dan Sparrow -- met Saturday to begin putting into place a pre-arranged plan for dealing with the sadness, questions and ...

  • County fair funding intact for now, but officials worry about future cuts

    County fair funding intact for now, but officials worry about future cuts

    Saturday, March 28 2015 1:49 AM EDT2015-03-28 05:49:59 GMT
    PLEASANT HILL, Ill. -- Illinois county fairs had until Friday to submit reimbursement requests for rehabilitation work such as maintenance, construction and insurance costs.
    PLEASANT HILL, Ill. -- Illinois county fairs had until Friday to submit reimbursement requests for rehabilitation work such as maintenance, construction and insurance costs.
  • Viking River Cruises reportedly looking at Hannibal as future riverboat stop

    Viking River Cruises reportedly looking at Hannibal as future riverboat stop

    Saturday, March 28 2015 1:37 AM EDT2015-03-28 05:37:47 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Tourism officials in Hannibal and Quincy, Ill., are celebrating the news that Viking River Cruises is planning to launch passenger cruises on the Mississippi River in 2017, with Hannibal a likely featured stop.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Tourism officials in Hannibal and Quincy, Ill., are celebrating the news that Viking River Cruises is planning to launch passenger cruises on the Mississippi River in 2017, with Hannibal a likely featured stop.
  • Homeward Bound Waggin receives $5,000 grant from ASPCA

    Homeward Bound Waggin receives $5,000 grant from ASPCA

    Friday, March 27 2015 7:05 PM EDT2015-03-27 23:05:26 GMT
    Homeward Bound Waggin Inc. was one of more than 20 animal rescue organizations that received grant funding to participate in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (APSCA) Share the Love...
    Homeward Bound Waggin Inc. was one of more than 20 animal rescue organizations that received grant funding to participate in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (APSCA) Share the Love...
  • Quincy man charged with neglect in wife's death

    Quincy man charged with neglect in wife's death

    Friday, March 27 2015 6:39 PM EDT2015-03-27 22:39:52 GMT
    A Quincy man has been arrested and charged with neglect of a disabled person in connection with the death of his wife earlier this month. Derek L. Decker, 49, was arrested Monday by Quincy police after an investigation found that he failed to properly care for his disabled wife, Lori. He is being held in the Adams County Jail on $75,000 bond.
    A Quincy man has been arrested and charged with neglect of a disabled person in connection with the death of his wife earlier this month. Derek L. Decker, 49, was arrested Monday by Quincy police after an investigation found that he failed to properly care for his disabled wife, Lori. He is being held in the Adams County Jail on $75,000 bond.

  • HEALTH NOTEBOOK: New technology designed to aid treatment of cellulite

    HEALTH NOTEBOOK: New technology designed to aid treatment of cellulite

    Friday, March 27 2015 12:15 PM EDT2015-03-27 16:15:13 GMT
    Quincy Medical Group has added Cellulaze technology to its plastic surgery department. Cellulaze is described as a minimally invasive laser procedure designed to attack the structure of cellulite beneath the skin.
    Quincy Medical Group has added Cellulaze technology to its plastic surgery department. Cellulaze is described as a minimally invasive laser procedure designed to attack the structure of cellulite beneath the skin.

  • Marilyn Prater's memory will live on at St. Francis School

    Marilyn Prater's memory will live on at St. Francis School

    Friday, March 27 2015 12:03 PM EDT2015-03-27 16:03:40 GMT
    Until the very end, Marilyn Prater's passion as an elementary teacher was to create a love within her students for reading and the fine arts. Even after her death, Prater is continuing to affect young lives.
    Until the very end, Marilyn Prater's passion as an elementary teacher was to create a love within her students for reading and the fine arts. Even after her death, Prater is continuing to affect young lives.

  • K&L Arena listed for sale at $2.4 million

    K&L Arena listed for sale at $2.4 million

    Friday, March 27 2015 10:37 AM EDT2015-03-27 14:37:43 GMT
    K&L Arena, a multiuse sports venue, is up for sale at an asking price just short of $2.4 million. Debbie Shierling, the owner and director of the arena, hopes to find a buyer who can take the facility to the next level as a year-round operation.
    K&L Arena, a multiuse sports venue, is up for sale at an asking price just short of $2.4 million. Debbie Shierling, the owner and director of the arena, hopes to find a buyer who can take the facility to the next level as a year-round operation.

  • Gas prices in the region could soon tumble again

    Gas prices in the region could soon tumble again

    Friday, March 27 2015 8:58 AM EDT2015-03-27 12:58:14 GMT
    Gasoline prices across West-Central Illinois and Northeast should soon start tumbling again. Petroleum analyst Allison Mac told The Herald-Whig this region could expect prices to be similar to what they were near the end of 2014 and early January when prices in the Quincy area dipped as low as $1.99 a gallon and parts of Northeast Missouri reached $1.50.
    Gasoline prices across West-Central Illinois and Northeast should soon start tumbling again. Petroleum analyst Allison Mac told The Herald-Whig this region could expect prices to be similar to what they were near the end of 2014 and early January when prices in the Quincy area dipped as low as $1.99 a gallon and parts of Northeast Missouri reached $1.50.
  • Program to help Northeast Missouri families facing foreclosure

    Program to help Northeast Missouri families facing foreclosure

    Thursday, March 26 2015 11:42 AM EDT2015-03-26 15:42:16 GMT
    A federal organization has awarded the North East Community Action Corporation $25,020 to help Northeast Missouri families on the brink of foreclosure keep their homes.
    A federal organization has awarded the North East Community Action Corporation $25,020 to help Northeast Missouri families on the brink of foreclosure keep their homes.
  • Work underway to reopen Fall Creek Rest Area

    Work underway to reopen Fall Creek Rest Area

    Thursday, March 26 2015 11:04 AM EDT2015-03-26 15:04:56 GMT
    Heavy equipment rumbled through the Fall Creek Rest Area with a goal of bringing the site back to life. "We're hoping by mid- to late-April that we'll have that thing back in shape and open again," said Regan Ramsey, site superintendent for the rest area, a satellite site of Siloam Springs State Park. "We've had a lot of people down in that area that have complained over the years of having such an asset we totally let go."
    Heavy equipment rumbled through the Fall Creek Rest Area with a goal of bringing the site back to life. "We're hoping by mid- to late-April that we'll have that thing back in shape and open again," said Regan Ramsey, site superintendent for the rest area, a satellite site of Siloam Springs State Park. "We've had a lot of people down in that area that have complained over the years of having such an asset we totally let go."
  • Severe weather and preparedness conference set for emergency workers

    Severe weather and preparedness conference set for emergency workers

    Thursday, March 26 2015 10:13 AM EDT2015-03-26 14:13:54 GMT
    John Simon hopes a conference on severe weather and preparedness will become an annual event to help train storm spotters and emergency management workers.
    John Simon hopes a conference on severe weather and preparedness will become an annual event to help train storm spotters and emergency management workers.
  • School Board's attorney declares 'it's not the parents' call' as to whether a child is retained

    School Board's attorney declares 'it's not the parents' call' as to whether a child is retained

    Thursday, March 26 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-03-26 13:06:27 GMT
    The Quincy School Board's attorney says students who fail to meet academic standards are going to face being held back a grade -- even if their parents oppose the retention.
    The Quincy School Board's attorney says students who fail to meet academic standards are going to face being held back a grade -- even if their parents oppose the retention.
  • School Board hears concerns about QHS softball field move

    School Board hears concerns about QHS softball field move

    Thursday, March 26 2015 8:55 AM EDT2015-03-26 12:55:52 GMT
    The Quincy School Board heard some concerns Wednesday about a proposal to shift the location of a softball field as part of the Quincy High School renovation project.
    The Quincy School Board heard some concerns Wednesday about a proposal to shift the location of a softball field as part of the Quincy High School renovation project.
  • OLC budget to provide more to Visitors Bureau, tourism grants

    OLC budget to provide more to Visitors Bureau, tourism grants

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 5:19 PM EDT2015-03-25 21:19:00 GMT
    New budget for the Quincy Civic Center Authority will include additional money for the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and a fund to provide tourism grants.
    New budget for the Quincy Civic Center Authority will include additional money for the Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and a fund to provide tourism grants.
  • Regional layoffs show up in Missouri jobless report

    Regional layoffs show up in Missouri jobless report

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 10:46 AM EDT2015-03-25 14:46:05 GMT
    Big layoffs rippled through some of February's unemployment figures in Northeast Missouri counties. Unemployment reports for January and February were held while states coordinated with employers and re-examined all monthly jobs reports from 2014.
    Big layoffs rippled through some of February's unemployment figures in Northeast Missouri counties. Unemployment reports for January and February were held while states coordinated with employers and re-examined all monthly jobs reports from 2014.
  • Tracy waits to see timing of election before announcing decision on run for Congress

    Tracy waits to see timing of election before announcing decision on run for Congress

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 10:40 AM EDT2015-03-25 14:40:30 GMT
    Former Republican Illinois House member and lieutenant governor candidate Jil Tracy said she will wait until Gov. Bruce Rauner announces a timetable for a special election before she decides whether to run for the 18th District congressional seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock on March 31.
    Former Republican Illinois House member and lieutenant governor candidate Jil Tracy said she will wait until Gov. Bruce Rauner announces a timetable for a special election before she decides whether to run for the 18th District congressional seat to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock on March 31.
  • Nine Quincy School Board candidates tackle wide range of topics at forum

    Nine Quincy School Board candidates tackle wide range of topics at forum

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 8:54 AM EDT2015-03-25 12:54:05 GMT
    Nine candidates seeking four Quincy School Board seats in the April 7 election expressed views on a wide range of subjects at a public forum Tuesday night hosted by the League of Women Voters of Adams County.
    Nine candidates seeking four Quincy School Board seats in the April 7 election expressed views on a wide range of subjects at a public forum Tuesday night hosted by the League of Women Voters of Adams County.
  • Rezoned site could be medical marijuana dispensary

    Rezoned site could be medical marijuana dispensary

    Wednesday, March 25 2015 8:42 AM EDT2015-03-25 12:42:09 GMT
    A zoning change that would allow a medical cannabis dispensary at 4910 Broadway will be considered by the Quincy City Council next week after the Plan Commission endorsed the rezoning request on Tuesday.
    A zoning change that would allow a medical cannabis dispensary at 4910 Broadway will be considered by the Quincy City Council next week after the Plan Commission endorsed the rezoning request on Tuesday.
  • Quincy School Board being asked to authorize 'procurement card' system

    Quincy School Board being asked to authorize 'procurement card' system

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 5:52 PM EDT2015-03-24 21:52:20 GMT
    The Quincy School Board's Finance Committee on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to start using a "procurement card" system in the district.
    The Quincy School Board's Finance Committee on Tuesday endorsed a proposal to start using a "procurement card" system in the district.
  • Negotiations with potential construction manager still under way

    Negotiations with potential construction manager still under way

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 4:21 PM EDT2015-03-24 20:21:05 GMT
    The Quincy School District is continuing to negotiate with a potential construction manager to oversee the Quincy High School construction project.
    The Quincy School District is continuing to negotiate with a potential construction manager to oversee the Quincy High School construction project.
  • Quincy School District to let bids April 1 for initial work on QHS addition

    Quincy School District to let bids April 1 for initial work on QHS addition

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 2:05 PM EDT2015-03-24 18:05:33 GMT
    The Quincy School District will let bids April 1 for some of the work to start this summer on new additions planned for Quincy High School. Two initial bid packages will cover electrical systems and foundation work for the main “freshman addition” to be erected immediately south of the auditorium and north of the cafeteria. 
    The Quincy School District will let bids April 1 for some of the work to start this summer on new additions planned for Quincy High School. Two initial bid packages will cover electrical systems and foundation work for the main “freshman addition” to be erected immediately south of the auditorium and north of the cafeteria. 
  • Missouri House bill would protect property rights

    Missouri House bill would protect property rights

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 10:26 AM EDT2015-03-24 14:26:36 GMT
    Legislation to protect the property rights of Missouri landowners against the use of eminent domain by private businesses has been proposed in the Missouri House.
    Legislation to protect the property rights of Missouri landowners against the use of eminent domain by private businesses has been proposed in the Missouri House.
  • Desk sergeant identified in downtown Hannibal shooting incident

    Desk sergeant identified in downtown Hannibal shooting incident

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 10:01 AM EDT2015-03-24 14:01:55 GMT
    A Hannibal Police Department desk sergeant has been identified as the officer who shot into a vehicle trying to flee the scene of an incident in the city's downtown historic district on Jan. 24. Darrin DeLaPorte, a 19-year veteran, was identified as the shooter during testimony Monday in a preliminary hearing for 24-year-old DaMark L. Rudd, who has been charged with two counts of felony assault, one count of felony resisting arrest and one count of felony first-degree property damage.
    A Hannibal Police Department desk sergeant has been identified as the officer who shot into a vehicle trying to flee the scene of an incident in the city's downtown historic district on Jan. 24. Darrin DeLaPorte, a 19-year veteran, was identified as the shooter during testimony Monday in a preliminary hearing for 24-year-old DaMark L. Rudd, who has been charged with two counts of felony assault, one count of felony resisting arrest and one count of felony first-degree property damage.
  • Hannibal Finance Team gears up for state competition with community challenge

    Hannibal Finance Team gears up for state competition with community challenge

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 9:36 AM EDT2015-03-24 13:36:27 GMT
    Hannibal High School Finance Team students hoping to repeat success from previous competitions challenged teachers and bank representatives to a "finance feud" Monday to prepare for this year's contests.
    Hannibal High School Finance Team students hoping to repeat success from previous competitions challenged teachers and bank representatives to a "finance feud" Monday to prepare for this year's contests.
  • City opening garbage tote sign up, expects service to launch in early May

    City opening garbage tote sign up, expects service to launch in early May

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 9:07 AM EDT2015-03-24 13:07:23 GMT
    A sign-up period will start Wednesday for Quincy residents interested in enrolling in the city's optional tote garbage service, which is expected to launch the first week in May. 
    A sign-up period will start Wednesday for Quincy residents interested in enrolling in the city's optional tote garbage service, which is expected to launch the first week in May. 
  • Hamilton Kiwanis auction draws community support

    Hamilton Kiwanis auction draws community support

    Monday, March 23 2015 12:28 PM EDT2015-03-23 16:28:14 GMT
    Hamilton Kiwanis Club member Ray Bradley, left, speaks with guests perusing items up for bid during the club’s annual auction in Hamilton on Sunday. | H-W Photo/Alyse ThompsonHamilton Kiwanis Club member Ray Bradley, left, speaks with guests perusing items up for bid during the club’s annual auction in Hamilton on Sunday. | H-W Photo/Alyse Thompson
    The community service group hosted its 81st annual auction Sunday at Sullivan Auctioneers in Hamilton with the goal of raising $12,000 for varying organizations and causes. Kiwanis member Perry Suter said the group's main event usually pulls in more, thanks to continued community support.
    The community service group hosted its 81st annual auction Sunday at Sullivan Auctioneers in Hamilton with the goal of raising $12,000 for varying organizations and causes. Kiwanis member Perry Suter said the group's main event usually pulls in more, thanks to continued community support.


  • Estimated $25 million cost for new jail a concern raised at latest forum

    Estimated $25 million cost for new jail a concern raised at latest forum

    Monday, March 23 2015 9:46 AM EDT2015-03-23 13:46:46 GMT
    The $25 million estimate for a new Adams County Jail seemed to be a concern among the handful of people who attended a public forum in Payson Sunday about the proposal to build a new facility. 
    The $25 million estimate for a new Adams County Jail seemed to be a concern among the handful of people who attended a public forum in Payson Sunday about the proposal to build a new facility. 
  • Driver killed after vehicle hits tree in Hancock County

    Driver killed after vehicle hits tree in Hancock County

    Monday, March 23 2015 9:23 AM EDT2015-03-23 13:23:25 GMT
    One person died Sunday morning after a crash south of Dallas City. The name of the driver has not been released as officials await positive identification.
    One person died Sunday morning after a crash south of Dallas City. The name of the driver has not been released as officials await positive identification.
  • Fundraiser puts public in scenarios faced by police

    Fundraiser puts public in scenarios faced by police

    Sunday, March 22 2015 4:50 PM EDT2015-03-22 20:50:08 GMT
    QUINCY -- The traffic stop scenario played out in front of Dave Bowen. The driver got out of the stopped vehicle holding something in his hand. "You had to decide whether or not he was trying to harm you with that or if he was actually complying and had his cellphone in his hand," Bowen said. "It's very difficult to make a decision that quickly."
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  • Puppet committee brings 10,000 smiles to faces of patients at Hannibal hospital

    Puppet committee brings 10,000 smiles to faces of patients at Hannibal hospital

    Sunday, March 22 2015 12:39 AM EDT2015-03-22 04:39:19 GMT
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Eva Boggs, Sharon Laser and Shirley Jackson each have jobs to do as members of the Hannibal w Hospital Auxiliary's Puppet Committee, but none of them sees it as work. Jackson sews colorful fabric pieces together. Laser attaches plastic, painted clown faces to the puppet shells. Boggs puts stuffing in the puppets' heads to bring them to life.
    HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Eva Boggs, Sharon Laser and Shirley Jackson each have jobs to do as members of the Hannibal w Hospital Auxiliary's Puppet Committee, but none of them sees it as work. Jackson sews colorful fabric pieces together. Laser attaches plastic, painted clown faces to the puppet shells. Boggs puts stuffing in the puppets' heads to bring them to life.

  • Monster Garage Sale: 'We love to garage-sale -- and what better place'

    Monster Garage Sale: 'We love to garage-sale -- and what better place'

    Sunday, March 22 2015 12:28 AM EDT2015-03-22 04:28:10 GMT
    QUINCY -- Shirley Fredrickson figured out the right way to shop Saturday morning at the Monster Garage Sale. The Revere, Mo., woman pushed a small cart to hold her treasures from the spring edition of the sale sponsored by The Herald-Whig. Fredrickson, her sisters Sandy Clark and Bonnie Moseley, and Clark's daughter Terri Vahle loaded up the cart, emptied it into the car and loaded it up again.
    QUINCY -- Shirley Fredrickson figured out the right way to shop Saturday morning at the Monster Garage Sale. The Revere, Mo., woman pushed a small cart to hold her treasures from the spring edition of the sale sponsored by The Herald-Whig. Fredrickson, her sisters Sandy Clark and Bonnie Moseley, and Clark's daughter Terri Vahle loaded up the cart, emptied it into the car and loaded it up again.

  • Nominations sought for Exchange Club's 63rd annual Golden Deeds recipient

    Nominations sought for Exchange Club's 63rd annual Golden Deeds recipient

    Sunday, March 22 2015 12:14 AM EDT2015-03-22 04:14:15 GMT
     The Quincy Exchange Club is giving people a chance to recognize someone who has been a selfless volunteer or has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community.
     The Quincy Exchange Club is giving people a chance to recognize someone who has been a selfless volunteer or has worked tirelessly on behalf of the community.

  • Fifty years of owning and running own business, and Goehl's still going strong

    Fifty years of owning and running own business, and Goehl's still going strong

    QUINCY -- Joyce Goehl likes to sit back, relax and enjoy her favorite television programs when time permits. Goehl relates to programs that portray strong-minded, successful women, such as Tea Leoni in "Madam Secretary" and Cote de Pablo as agent Ziva David in older "NCIS" airings.
    QUINCY -- Joyce Goehl likes to sit back, relax and enjoy her favorite television programs when time permits. Goehl relates to programs that portray strong-minded, successful women, such as Tea Leoni in "Madam Secretary" and Cote de Pablo as agent Ziva David in older "NCIS" airings.

  • GREDF throws support behind World of Outlaws race at QR

    GREDF throws support behind World of Outlaws race at QR

    Sunday, March 22 2015 12:02 AM EDT2015-03-22 04:02:37 GMT
    QUINCY -- Marcel Wagner believes he knows a good thing when he sees it, and he likes what he sees developing at Quincy Raceways. Wagner is executive director of the Great River Economic Development Foundationn, which will be supporting the July 23 World of Outlaws late model event at Quincy Raceways. 
    QUINCY -- Marcel Wagner believes he knows a good thing when he sees it, and he likes what he sees developing at Quincy Raceways. Wagner is executive director of the Great River Economic Development Foundationn, which will be supporting the July 23 World of Outlaws late model event at Quincy Raceways. 
  • Nine candidates vying for four seats on the Quincy School Board

    Nine candidates vying for four seats on the Quincy School Board

    Saturday, March 21 2015 10:30 PM EDT2015-03-22 02:30:10 GMT
    Nine candidates are competing for four seats on the Quincy School Board in the April 7 elections. Two of the candidates are incumbents, one is a former board member and six are newcomers.
    Nine candidates are competing for four seats on the Quincy School Board in the April 7 elections. Two of the candidates are incumbents, one is a former board member and six are newcomers.
  • Aldi putting up $2.37 million building next to current store in Quincy

    Aldi putting up $2.37 million building next to current store in Quincy

    Saturday, March 21 2015 1:14 AM EDT2015-03-21 05:14:53 GMT
    Aldi Inc. is building a $2.37 million grocery store just north of its existing building at 3511 Broadway.
    Aldi Inc. is building a $2.37 million grocery store just north of its existing building at 3511 Broadway.
  • Mays confirmed as Illinois department director

    Mays confirmed as Illinois department director

    Saturday, March 21 2015 12:23 AM EDT2015-03-21 04:23:25 GMT
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate unanimously confirmed Jeff Mays as director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security on Thursday. Mays, a Quincy native and former Illinois House member was appointed by...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Illinois Senate unanimously confirmed Jeff Mays as director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security on Thursday. Mays, a Quincy native and former Illinois House member was appointed by...
  • Mendon School Board pushing ahead with possible working cash bonds

    Mendon School Board pushing ahead with possible working cash bonds

    Saturday, March 21 2015 12:20 AM EDT2015-03-21 04:20:00 GMT
    The Mendon School Board is still considering a proposal to issue working cash bonds as a way to help ease the district's financial concerns. At a meeting this week, the board approved Chapman and Cutler as bond counsel and First Midstate as the underwriter or "private placement agent" for any bonds that may be issued.
    The Mendon School Board is still considering a proposal to issue working cash bonds as a way to help ease the district's financial concerns. At a meeting this week, the board approved Chapman and Cutler as bond counsel and First Midstate as the underwriter or "private placement agent" for any bonds that may be issued.

  • Raffle kicks off Saturday with goal of raising $200,000 for Quincy's Catholic schools

    Raffle kicks off Saturday with goal of raising $200,000 for Quincy's Catholic schools

    Saturday, March 21 2015 12:17 AM EDT2015-03-21 04:17:33 GMT
    Catholic schools in Quincy stand to benefit financially from the "Everybody Wins" mega raffle, which gets under way Saturday with a kickoff event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quincy Mall Fountain Court.
    Catholic schools in Quincy stand to benefit financially from the "Everybody Wins" mega raffle, which gets under way Saturday with a kickoff event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quincy Mall Fountain Court.
  • Gus Macker Tournament will mark 25th anniversary in Quincy

    Gus Macker Tournament will mark 25th anniversary in Quincy

    Saturday, March 21 2015 12:15 AM EDT2015-03-21 04:15:13 GMT
    Gus Macker basketball marks its 25th anniversary in Quincy in a little more than two months, and the celebration unofficially kicked off Friday. The 3-on-3 tournament's founder and chief spokesman, Scott McNeal, was in town to speak to the Exchange Club, which coordinates the Gus Macker event in Quincy.
    Gus Macker basketball marks its 25th anniversary in Quincy in a little more than two months, and the celebration unofficially kicked off Friday. The 3-on-3 tournament's founder and chief spokesman, Scott McNeal, was in town to speak to the Exchange Club, which coordinates the Gus Macker event in Quincy.
  • QUINCY ELECTION 2015: Independent hopes to unseat 6th Ward incumbent

    QUINCY ELECTION 2015: Independent hopes to unseat 6th Ward incumbent

    Friday, March 20 2015 6:05 PM EDT2015-03-20 22:05:07 GMT
    An independent candidate is challenging a one-term incumbent in the 6th Ward. Jeff VanCamp, a Quincy Park Board commissioner, is seeking to unseat Jim Musolino, a Republican who replaced long-time Alderman Raymond “Skip” Vahlkamp when he did not seek a re-election in 2011.
    An independent candidate is challenging a one-term incumbent in the 6th Ward. Jeff VanCamp, a Quincy Park Board commissioner, is seeking to unseat Jim Musolino, a Republican who replaced long-time Alderman Raymond “Skip” Vahlkamp when he did not seek a re-election in 2011.
  • QUINCY ELECTION 2015: Incumbent to have rematch with four-term veteran in 3rd Ward

    QUINCY ELECTION 2015: Incumbent to have rematch with four-term veteran in 3rd Ward

    Friday, March 20 2015 6:03 PM EDT2015-03-20 22:03:49 GMT
    Third Ward Alderman Paul Havermale and former Alderman Bob Klingele are set for a rematch in the April 7 election. Havermale, a Republican, defeated Klingele, a Democrat, in 2003. Klingele served from 1991 to 2003 and was elected to a new term in 2005, before he was defeated by now Mayor Kyle Moore in 2009. 
    Third Ward Alderman Paul Havermale and former Alderman Bob Klingele are set for a rematch in the April 7 election. Havermale, a Republican, defeated Klingele, a Democrat, in 2003. Klingele served from 1991 to 2003 and was elected to a new term in 2005, before he was defeated by now Mayor Kyle Moore in 2009. 
  • QUINCY ELECTION 2015: 2nd Ward incumbent challenged for first time since 1999

    QUINCY ELECTION 2015: 2nd Ward incumbent challenged for first time since 1999

    Friday, March 20 2015 6:03 PM EDT2015-03-20 22:03:14 GMT
    Alderman Steve Duesterhaus, a Democrat in Quincy's 2nd Ward, is facing a challenge for the first time since 1999 from Republican Jeff Bergman, who making his first run at public office. Duesterhaus was appointed to his seat in May 1985 after his father Don Duesterhaus resigned to serve as deputy mayor under former Mayor Verne Hagstrom. He won his first full term in office in April 1987. 
    Alderman Steve Duesterhaus, a Democrat in Quincy's 2nd Ward, is facing a challenge for the first time since 1999 from Republican Jeff Bergman, who making his first run at public office. Duesterhaus was appointed to his seat in May 1985 after his father Don Duesterhaus resigned to serve as deputy mayor under former Mayor Verne Hagstrom. He won his first full term in office in April 1987. 
  • QUINCY ELECTION 2015: Two newcomers vie to represent 1st Ward

    QUINCY ELECTION 2015: Two newcomers vie to represent 1st Ward

    Friday, March 20 2015 6:02 PM EDT2015-03-20 22:02:35 GMT
    Two newcomers are seeking the open seat in the 1st Ward. Alderman Glenda “LeXze” Mann, R-1, decided not to seek a second term. Neither Republican Eric Entrup nor Democrat Chris Prewitt have sought office before. 
    Two newcomers are seeking the open seat in the 1st Ward. Alderman Glenda “LeXze” Mann, R-1, decided not to seek a second term. Neither Republican Eric Entrup nor Democrat Chris Prewitt have sought office before. 
  • Candidates seek municipal, school board seats in Brown, Hancock and Pike counties

    Candidates seek municipal, school board seats in Brown, Hancock and Pike counties

    Friday, March 20 2015 6:01 PM EDT2015-03-20 22:01:31 GMT
    Voters in Brown, Hancock and Pike counties will decide several contested School Board and municipal races on the April 7 ballot.
    Voters in Brown, Hancock and Pike counties will decide several contested School Board and municipal races on the April 7 ballot.
  • Three candidates seek one of two seats on JWCC board

    Three candidates seek one of two seats on JWCC board

    Friday, March 20 2015 5:58 PM EDT2015-03-20 21:58:08 GMT
    Three candidates are vying for two seats on the seven-person John Wood Community College Board of Trustees in the April 7 general election. Challengers Orville B. Jones and Don Hess, both of Quincy, are joined by...
    Three candidates are vying for two seats on the seven-person John Wood Community College Board of Trustees in the April 7 general election. Challengers Orville B. Jones and Don Hess, both of Quincy, are joined by...
  • Lambkin resigns from John Wood Community College board

    Lambkin resigns from John Wood Community College board

    Friday, March 20 2015 12:15 PM EDT2015-03-20 16:15:41 GMT
    Dene Lambkin has resigned his seat on the John Wood Community College Board of Trustees. Lambkin said he is stepping down to focus on the expansion of his business. He is the owner of Dene Lambkin Honda/Hyundai....
    Dene Lambkin has resigned his seat on the John Wood Community College Board of Trustees. Lambkin said he is stepping down to focus on the expansion of his business. He is the owner of Dene Lambkin Honda/Hyundai....
  • Quincy native Mike Flynn eyes run for 18th District

    Quincy native Mike Flynn eyes run for 18th District

    Friday, March 20 2015 11:36 AM EDT2015-03-20 15:36:31 GMT
    Michael FlynnMichael Flynn
    Quincy native Mike Flynn, the longtime editor of Breitbart News, is considering running for the congressional seat to be vacated by the resignation of U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
    Quincy native Mike Flynn, the longtime editor of Breitbart News, is considering running for the congressional seat to be vacated by the resignation of U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.
  • County clerks prepare for special elections to replace Schock

    County clerks prepare for special elections to replace Schock

    Friday, March 20 2015 10:58 AM EDT2015-03-20 14:58:05 GMT
    Adam's County Clerk Chuck VenvertlohAdam's County Clerk Chuck Venvertloh
    U.S. Rep, Aaron Schock's shocking resignation means County clerks in the 18th District must find both a replacement and the funds to pay for the special election. County clerks now face two unbudgeted elections while dealing with new voter regulations.
    U.S. Rep, Aaron Schock's shocking resignation means County clerks in the 18th District must find both a replacement and the funds to pay for the special election. County clerks now face two unbudgeted elections while dealing with new voter regulations.
  • Advance showing of new movie planned Sunday night in Nauvoo

    Advance showing of new movie planned Sunday night in Nauvoo

    Friday, March 20 2015 12:43 AM EDT2015-03-20 04:43:36 GMT
    An advance showing of the latest movie by T.C. Christensen will be shown Sunday, March 22, in Nauvoo. 
    An advance showing of the latest movie by T.C. Christensen will be shown Sunday, March 22, in Nauvoo. 
  • Jail forum at Kroc Center attracts about three dozen people with lots of questions

    Jail forum at Kroc Center attracts about three dozen people with lots of questions

    Thursday, March 19 2015 11:40 PM EDT2015-03-20 03:40:55 GMT
     Three dozen people -- the largest crowd so far -- turned out Thursday night for the third in a series of public forums on a proposal to build a new jail in Adams County. 
     Three dozen people -- the largest crowd so far -- turned out Thursday night for the third in a series of public forums on a proposal to build a new jail in Adams County. 

  • Proponents say sales tax fairest, least expensive option for providing funding for new jail

    Proponents say sales tax fairest, least expensive option for providing funding for new jail

    Thursday, March 19 2015 7:23 PM EDT2015-03-19 23:23:09 GMT
    Members of the Adams County Jail Exploratory Committee said from the start that if funding for a new jail facility was to be sought, it likely would come from a public safety sales tax. 
    Members of the Adams County Jail Exploratory Committee said from the start that if funding for a new jail facility was to be sought, it likely would come from a public safety sales tax. 
  • Knox County facility could serve as blueprint for new Adams County Jail

    Knox County facility could serve as blueprint for new Adams County Jail

    Thursday, March 19 2015 7:18 PM EDT2015-03-19 23:18:28 GMT
    Knox County Sheriff Dave Clague knows when he leaves the office each day that the chances of anything catastrophic happening inside the Knox County Law Enforcement Center are small. The 120-bed facility with modern security features was built at the cost of $8.2 million in 2004 thanks to a quarter-cent sales tax Knox County voters passed in 2002. Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer hopes voters next month will pass a quarter-cent sales tax that will go toward the construction of a new jail.
    Knox County Sheriff Dave Clague knows when he leaves the office each day that the chances of anything catastrophic happening inside the Knox County Law Enforcement Center are small. The 120-bed facility with modern security features was built at the cost of $8.2 million in 2004 thanks to a quarter-cent sales tax Knox County voters passed in 2002. Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer hopes voters next month will pass a quarter-cent sales tax that will go toward the construction of a new jail.
  • Quincy School District seeking to bolster its anti-bullying efforts

    Quincy School District seeking to bolster its anti-bullying efforts

    Thursday, March 19 2015 2:45 PM EDT2015-03-19 18:45:43 GMT
     A small crowd turned out Wednesday night for the first of four public forums on bullying hosted by the Quincy School Board, but the message emerging from the meeting came across loud and clear. Quincy school officials acknowledge that bullying is a growing concern not just here but in schools across the nation, and they plan to address it locally in a decisive and consistent manner.
     A small crowd turned out Wednesday night for the first of four public forums on bullying hosted by the Quincy School Board, but the message emerging from the meeting came across loud and clear. Quincy school officials acknowledge that bullying is a growing concern not just here but in schools across the nation, and they plan to address it locally in a decisive and consistent manner.
  • Memphis woman injured when van runs off road, overturns

    Memphis woman injured when van runs off road, overturns

    Thursday, March 19 2015 10:27 AM EDT2015-03-19 14:27:39 GMT
    A 21-year-old Memphis driver was injured about 6 a.m. Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident on Mo. 15, one mile south of Route D.
    A 21-year-old Memphis driver was injured about 6 a.m. Wednesday in a one-vehicle accident on Mo. 15, one mile south of Route D.
  • Used oil collection Friday benefits Hancock County Fair

    Used oil collection Friday benefits Hancock County Fair

    Thursday, March 19 2015 9:35 AM EDT2015-03-19 13:35:33 GMT
    The Hancock County Fair Board and Hancock County Farm Bureau partnered to offer a used oil collection on Friday.
    The Hancock County Fair Board and Hancock County Farm Bureau partnered to offer a used oil collection on Friday.
  • Quincy Christian School looking for new administrator

    Quincy Christian School looking for new administrator

    Thursday, March 19 2015 9:17 AM EDT2015-03-19 13:17:57 GMT
    Quincy Christian School is looking for a new administrator after the recent resignation of Bob Murray, who has returned home to Southern California.
    Quincy Christian School is looking for a new administrator after the recent resignation of Bob Murray, who has returned home to Southern California.
  • Ameren: 6,500 were affected by Wednesday’s power outage

    Ameren: 6,500 were affected by Wednesday’s power outage

    Thursday, March 19 2015 8:48 AM EDT2015-03-19 12:48:37 GMT
    Kelsey Pigg was vacuuming a carpeted hallway inside the Oakley-Lindsay Center when "the whole place just went dark." Pigg spent the next 90 minutes or so waiting for the lights to come back on following a massive power outage on the west end of town. She was not alone. But many of those who were caught in the blackout seemed to handle the situation with a matter-of-fact resolve.
    Kelsey Pigg was vacuuming a carpeted hallway inside the Oakley-Lindsay Center when "the whole place just went dark." Pigg spent the next 90 minutes or so waiting for the lights to come back on following a massive power outage on the west end of town. She was not alone. But many of those who were caught in the blackout seemed to handle the situation with a matter-of-fact resolve.
  • Online credit hours at JWCC have nearly doubled since 2011

    Online credit hours at JWCC have nearly doubled since 2011

    Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:12 PM EDT2015-03-19 03:12:52 GMT
    The share of online credit hours taken by students at John Wood Community College has almost doubled since 2011. 
    The share of online credit hours taken by students at John Wood Community College has almost doubled since 2011. 
  • State auditor's office picks Hannibal schools for review

    State auditor's office picks Hannibal schools for review

    Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:08 PM EDT2015-03-19 03:08:07 GMT
     Representatives from the Missouri State Auditor's Office will soon begin reviewing Hannibal School District departments and operations as part of an initiative to look at school districts around the Show-Me State.


     Representatives from the Missouri State Auditor's Office will soon begin reviewing Hannibal School District departments and operations as part of an initiative to look at school districts around the Show-Me State.


  • Capacity crowd turns out for meeting to help save Timewell camp

    Capacity crowd turns out for meeting to help save Timewell camp

    Wednesday, March 18 2015 11:43 AM EDT2015-03-18 15:43:09 GMT
    Morris McClelland, site manager at Jensen Woods Camp near Timewell, secures tarps loosened by high winds on one of the tree houses available for campers in this 2014 file photo. | H-W Photo/Lisa WigodaMorris McClelland, site manager at Jensen Woods Camp near Timewell, secures tarps loosened by high winds on one of the tree houses available for campers in this 2014 file photo. | H-W Photo/Lisa Wigoda
    Organizers of an effort to save Jensen Woods Camp found overwhelming support at a Tuesday night community meeting in Golden. Supporters plan to make a formal proposal to church leaders at the annual conference in June when the camp-closing resolution is considered.
    Organizers of an effort to save Jensen Woods Camp found overwhelming support at a Tuesday night community meeting in Golden. Supporters plan to make a formal proposal to church leaders at the annual conference in June when the camp-closing resolution is considered.
  • Hannibal City Council OKs turning flood properties into park space

    Hannibal City Council OKs turning flood properties into park space

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 10:42 PM EDT2015-03-18 02:42:31 GMT
    The Hannibal City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with a Liberty, Ill., company to begin developing flood buyout properties into park space.
    The Hannibal City Council on Tuesday approved an agreement with a Liberty, Ill., company to begin developing flood buyout properties into park space.
  • Murder case for man accused of stabbing half-brother delayed again

    Murder case for man accused of stabbing half-brother delayed again

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 5:59 PM EDT2015-03-17 21:59:44 GMT
    The lawyer representing an Arizona man facing first-degree murder charges asked for another delay in his case on Tuesday in Pike County Circuit Court. Pike County Public Defender Keisha Morris asked that the arraignment of Joseph M. Coffman, 29, be delayed. 
    The lawyer representing an Arizona man facing first-degree murder charges asked for another delay in his case on Tuesday in Pike County Circuit Court. Pike County Public Defender Keisha Morris asked that the arraignment of Joseph M. Coffman, 29, be delayed. 
  • Grain Belt Express transmission line has its backers in NEMO

    Grain Belt Express transmission line has its backers in NEMO

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 11:55 AM EDT2015-03-17 15:55:22 GMT
    SHELBINA, Mo. -- An owner of a Northeast Missouri concrete and trucking company says a proposed $2.2 billion transmission line could bring a boost to the region despite a recommendation from a state regulatory agency's staff that the project be rejected. Cindy O'Laughlin of Leo O'Laughlin Inc. said the Shelbina-based company could offer ready-mix concrete, rock and trucking services during construction of Clean Line Energy's 750-mile Grain Belt Express line.
    SHELBINA, Mo. -- An owner of a Northeast Missouri concrete and trucking company says a proposed $2.2 billion transmission line could bring a boost to the region despite a recommendation from a state regulatory agency's staff that the project be rejected. Cindy O'Laughlin of Leo O'Laughlin Inc. said the Shelbina-based company could offer ready-mix concrete, rock and trucking services during construction of Clean Line Energy's 750-mile Grain Belt Express line.

  • Quincy's Mays is director of the Illinois 'employment office'

    Quincy's Mays is director of the Illinois 'employment office'

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 9:38 AM EDT2015-03-17 13:38:40 GMT
    Jeff Mays wants the state agency he directs to be known as the employment office, instead of the unemployment office. During a Monday meeting with members of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, Mays told how the Illinois Department of Employment Security coordinates ...
    Jeff Mays wants the state agency he directs to be known as the employment office, instead of the unemployment office. During a Monday meeting with members of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, Mays told how the Illinois Department of Employment Security coordinates ...

  • Bethel company cited for death at LaBelle dairy farm

    Bethel company cited for death at LaBelle dairy farm

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 9:06 AM EDT2015-03-17 13:06:51 GMT
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Bethel company for eight safety violations after an investigation of the Sept. 1 death of a worker at a LaBelle dairy farm.
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Bethel company for eight safety violations after an investigation of the Sept. 1 death of a worker at a LaBelle dairy farm.
  • Controlled burn spreads quickly in Lewis County

    Controlled burn spreads quickly in Lewis County

    Sunday, March 15 2015 6:28 PM EDT2015-03-15 22:28:38 GMT
    Four Lewis County fire departments battled a brush fire Sunday afternoon off of Highway Z. LaGrange Fire Chief Grant Kennedy said a fire at 26185 Palm Ave. started as a controlled burn, but high winds and dry top conditions caused it to spread across 15 acres.
    Four Lewis County fire departments battled a brush fire Sunday afternoon off of Highway Z. LaGrange Fire Chief Grant Kennedy said a fire at 26185 Palm Ave. started as a controlled burn, but high winds and dry top conditions caused it to spread across 15 acres.
  • Ralls County officials await outcome of property assessment change

    Ralls County officials await outcome of property assessment change

    Sunday, March 15 2015 12:11 AM EDT2015-03-15 04:11:59 GMT
    Ralls County taxing bodies are waiting to see how an increase in the county's 2015 average real estate assessed value will affect rate-setting processes later this year. Ralls County Assessor Tom Ruhl announced two weeks ago that the Missouri State Tax Commission found that the average real estate assessed value is 15 percent below a state-set tolerance level, due to a decades-old costing system that couldn't adjust values within a range outlined in state statutes.
    Ralls County taxing bodies are waiting to see how an increase in the county's 2015 average real estate assessed value will affect rate-setting processes later this year. Ralls County Assessor Tom Ruhl announced two weeks ago that the Missouri State Tax Commission found that the average real estate assessed value is 15 percent below a state-set tolerance level, due to a decades-old costing system that couldn't adjust values within a range outlined in state statutes.

  • Illini West still alive in IHSA Scholastic Bowl series

    Illini West still alive in IHSA Scholastic Bowl series

    Friday, March 13 2015 11:25 AM EDT2015-03-13 15:25:18 GMT
    Illini West is the only area school still alive in the Illinois High School Association's Scholastic Bowl series.
    Illini West is the only area school still alive in the Illinois High School Association's Scholastic Bowl series.
  • Marion County Relay for Life team holding dinner and auction April 18

    Marion County Relay for Life team holding dinner and auction April 18

    Thursday, March 12 2015 11:20 AM EDT2015-03-12 15:20:32 GMT
    A team participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Marion County will hold its annual dinner and auction April 18. The "Flower Children" team is hosting its 15th annual Spring...
    PALMYRA, Mo. -- A team participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Marion County will hold its annual dinner and auction April 18. The Flower Children team is hosting its 15th annual Spring...
  • Hangars, taxi lane work planned at Hannibal Regional Airport

    Hangars, taxi lane work planned at Hannibal Regional Airport

    Thursday, March 12 2015 9:58 AM EDT2015-03-12 13:58:21 GMT
    Construction on new hangars and taxi lanes at the Hannibal Regional Airport should begin this summer, a design engineer told the Airport Advisory Board on Wednesday.
    Construction on new hangars and taxi lanes at the Hannibal Regional Airport should begin this summer, a design engineer told the Airport Advisory Board on Wednesday.
  • Two injured in motorcycle crash at Quincy mobile home park

    Two injured in motorcycle crash at Quincy mobile home park

    Thursday, March 12 2015 9:14 AM EDT2015-03-12 13:14:09 GMT
    QUINCY -- Two people were injured in a motorcycle crash at about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Maine Point East mobile home park near 36th and Maine. Timothy S. Crowl, 52, of 3704 Amanda Drive, was taken to Blessing...
    QUINCY -- Two people were injured in a motorcycle crash at about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday at the Maine Point East mobile home park near 36th and Maine. Timothy S. Crowl, 52, of 3704 Amanda Drive, was taken to Blessing...
  • QUINCY'S 175TH: Quincy was starting to bustle even before it was incorporated as a city in 1840

    QUINCY'S 175TH: Quincy was starting to bustle even before it was incorporated as a city in 1840

    Friday, March 6 2015 8:37 AM EST2015-03-06 13:37:20 GMT
    Local officials last week launched a yearlong celebration of the 175th anniversary of Quincy's incorporation as a city in 1840. However, Quincy's history goes back farther than that -- specifically to 1822, when New York native John Wood became the first settler in this frontier community, initially known as Bluffs.
    Local officials last week launched a yearlong celebration of the 175th anniversary of Quincy's incorporation as a city in 1840. However, Quincy's history goes back farther than that -- specifically to 1822, when New York native John Wood became the first settler in this frontier community, initially known as Bluffs.

  • 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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  • 'Walking around in history': Volunteers search Nauvoo for metal reminders of 1846 battle

    'Walking around in history': Volunteers search Nauvoo for metal reminders of 1846 battle

    Monday, March 30 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-03-30 16:00:57 GMT
    With headphones on, Adrian Rolfe trudged across the farm field slowly moving his metal detector from side to side. The machine's beeps hinted at what lurked beneath the surface of a one-time battlefield. "You never exactly know what you have until you dig it," said Rolfe, who lives in Lamoni, Iowa, and spends probably 2,000 hours a year metal detecting. "Hopefully it's something good, not just trash."
    With headphones on, Adrian Rolfe trudged across the farm field slowly moving his metal detector from side to side. The machine's beeps hinted at what lurked beneath the surface of a one-time battlefield. "You never exactly know what you have until you dig it," said Rolfe, who lives in Lamoni, Iowa, and spends probably 2,000 hours a year metal detecting. "Hopefully it's something good, not just trash."

  • Traveling student production to focus on autism

    Traveling student production to focus on autism

    Sunday, March 29 2015 1:31 AM EDT2015-03-29 05:31:57 GMT
    QUINCY -- The Quincy Community Theatre is ready to deliver a special message during its annual "On the Road" performance tour in April. A cast of student actors will perform "Snowflakes," a theatrical documentary that explores the world of autism. The performances coincide with April's Autism Awareness Month.
    QUINCY -- The Quincy Community Theatre is ready to deliver a special message during its annual "On the Road" performance tour in April. A cast of student actors will perform "Snowflakes," a theatrical documentary that explores the world of autism. The performances coincide with April's Autism Awareness Month.

  • Schock resignation-Special Election

    Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. Schock's seat

    Tentative special election date for ex-US Rep. Schock's seat

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 12:17 PM EDT2015-04-01 16:17:11 GMT
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to comply with federal voting law. Rauner has set the primary for June 8 and general election for July 24.
    Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday scheduled a special election for this summer to fill the vacancy caused by U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's resignation, but he acknowledged the date likely would be pushed back to comply with federal voting law. Rauner has set the primary for June 8 and general election for July 24.
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