Staff Writer

Steve Eighinger

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Steve Eighinger has been a general assignment reporter and columnist at The Herald-Whig since 1998, covering a wide range of topics from dirt-track racing to religion to reality television. He's also the newspaper's unofficial food critic and an avid fan of "The" Ohio State University, the Big Ten Conference (except Michigan) and the Cleveland Indians. Before moving to Quincy, Steve was a sports writer, editor and columnist in Ohio. He worked at the News Journal in Mansfield, Ohio, and Times-Gazette in Ashland, Ohio, for more than 20 years. Steve is a diehard fantasy athlete and has been in the same fantasy baseball league(s) since 1984. He also loves sports research and is always working on some sort of high school, college, racing or pro baseball/football project from the comfort of his mancave at home. Steve also is a member of two softball halls of fame.

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Steve Eighinger

Some names to consider for city's new elementary schools

I would imagine there will be some serious discussions about what to name the city's five new elementary schools scheduled to open in the next few years. I think it would be a great idea to name them after people who have had an impact on the city.

Mayoral candidates continue to spar over campaign tactics
Elections

Mayoral candidates continue to spar over campaign tactics

Quincy's mayoral candidates Kyle Moore and Jeff VanCamp again traded barbs centered on charges of misleading campaign tactics during a Tuesday debate hosted by WGEM-TV.

Burgtorf plans to sit out 2017 season
Auto Racing

Burgtorf plans to sit out 2017 season

QUINCY -- A familiar face will be missing from the late model starting lineup this year at Quincy Raceways.

Mark Burgtorf, the 16-time track champion who has won titles in three different decades, is sitting out the 2017 season. Burgtorf's most recent track championship came in 2015. He was runner-up to Denny Woodworth in 2016.

"As of now, I am not racing this season -- but I'm not retiring," Burgtorf emphasized. "I'm planning on sitting out this year, because I can't commit to the time needed."

Burgtorf, 51, hopes to use this year to put together a new race package that will allow him to compete in the UMP Super Late Model division in 2018.

"To just put a competitive (late model) on the track costs about $100,000. An engine alone costs $40,000 to $45,000," Burgtorf said. "Twenty years ago, you could field a late model for $30,000 to $40,000."

Burgtorf most recently drove for Northeast Missouri car owner David Janes, who is fielding cars...

Madonna House expanding Everyday Life Skills services
Quincy News

Madonna House expanding Everyday Life Skills services

Madonna House's outreach with its Everyday Life Skills Program continues to grow. "It has been well-received, and I think we're seeing a lot (of progress)," said Joanne Dedert, the fifth-year executive director of Madonna House.

Steve Eighinger

You're never too old to start buckling up

The numbers say 94 percent of drivers in Illinois wear their seat belts. That figure improved slightly over the past week or so when I -- finally -- decided to start wearing mine on a regular basis.

Business is booming at Sammy's, expansion planned
Quincy News

Business is booming at Sammy's, expansion planned

Business is good at Sammy O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Gaming Parlor -- so good that owner Dan Griffin is expanding. Griffin said enclosed outdoor seating for about 60 is in the process of being added.

'Raider Bandstand' music a big hit
Quincy News

'Raider Bandstand' music a big hit

From Don McLean's "American Pie" to Billy Joel's "You May Be Right" to a Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute, the two-act, 2 1/2-hour production seemed to be a major hit.

Quincy News

HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Registration underway for Bridge the Gap to Health event

Registration is underway for the 17th annual Bridge the Gap to Health Race that raises funds and awareness for the Quincy Catholic Charities' MedAssist Program.

Quincy News

Local business participation boosts Big Brothers Big Sisters

Andrea Murray, program director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois. watched teams from local businesses bowling in support of the organization Friday during the first leg of this year's Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser.

Trail Blazer Day at JWCC has been a hit with parents, too
Education

Trail Blazer Day at JWCC has been a hit with parents, too

Billy Schaffer was confident Trail Blazer Day would be a success when John Wood Community College initiated the event three years ago. But it's how Trail Blazer Day has gradually gained its popularity that has been surprising to him.