Staff Writer

Ashley Szatala

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Ashley Szatala joined The Herald-Whig Newsroom as a staff writer in September 2016. Her primary responsibilities include covering Missouri region news and features. An Ohio native, Ashley received her Bachelor of Journalism in 2015 and will receive her Master of Arts from the University of Missouri – Missouri School of Journalism in December 2016. Ashley has vast editorial and design experience and most recently worked as the assistant news editor for the Columbia Missourian before coming to the Herald-Whig.

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Missouri News

Palmyra man makes, sells his potato cutter in the U.S., internationally

Terry Moon didn't train as a chef, but he's helping those in the food industry. The Palmyra resident is the maker and seller of a ribbon potato cutter sold both in the U.S. and abroad.

Upcoming China ban on plastics affects Hannibal recycling business
Business

Upcoming China ban on plastics affects Hannibal recycling business

2 Rivers Industries no longer accepts for recycling five types of plastics used in everyday items. The ban on plastic numbers 3 through 7 took effect Monday.

Hannibal News

FACT encourages people to enroll in ACA health insurance

Families and Communities Together in Hannibal wants to remind people there is still time to enroll in 2018 health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is in place for 2018, and almost everyone must have health insurance or pay a fee.

German officer interns with Quincy police, broadens police skills
Quincy News

German officer interns with Quincy police, broadens police skills

Members of the Quincy Police Department and city government sadly said goodbye to the department's newest officer. Stefan Schott, 31, of Frankfurt, Germany, began interning with the Quincy police Nov. 20, and his final day of duty was Wednesday.

Hannibal News

Workshop aims to generate ideas to create a healthier Hannibal

Hannibal-area residents are invited to attend a free workshop to generate ideas that will help make Hannibal a better and healthier place. The unnamed workshop will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Hannibal Quality Inn and Suites.

NECAC: Utility rate hike 'scary' for seniors, minimum wage workers
Missouri News

NECAC: Utility rate hike 'scary' for seniors, minimum wage workers

In Lewis County alone, North East Community Action Corp.'s local service center has seen hundreds of requests for utility assistance since November. A driving factor behind that is Liberty Utilities' decision to raise natural gas rates Dec. 1.

Former Mark Twain Boyhood Home director to lead Hannibal bicentennial event
Hannibal News

Former Mark Twain Boyhood Home director to lead Hannibal bicentennial event

The almost two-month search for a Bicentennial Steering Committee event director to handle Hannibal's bicentennial celebration in 2019 is over. The Hannibal City Council appointed Cindy Lovell to the position Tuesday.

Quincy, Hannibal Hardee's restaurants abruptly close
Business

Quincy, Hannibal Hardee's restaurants abruptly close

Tri-State fans of Hardee's now have two fewer options in getting a fast-food fix. The Hardee's restaurant at 12th and Jefferson in Quincy and the Hardee's at 4729 McMasters Ave. in Hannibal, Mo., abruptly closed Monday.

Illinois News

Ground broken for Ursa Retreat House bunkhouse

A year's worth of fundraising has culminated in the Sunday groundbreaking for a new bunkhouse at the Ursa Retreat House.

Church Walk features holiday music, history
Missouri News

Church Walk features holiday music, history

Get into the Christmas spirit by attending the free 24th annual Louisiana Mid-Town Church Walk, sponsored by the Louisiana Area Historical Museum, that will take place 3:00 p.m. December 10. Six churches are part of the Church Walk.