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Matt Hopf

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Matt Hopf has joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in 2010. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features, and also writes the popular "Answers" column. A Palos Heights native, Matt received a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, Matt interned with the GateHouse Media State Capital Bureau. He also interned at newspapers in Palos Heights and Tinley Park. In his free time, Matt roots for the Chicago White Sox and the Green Bay Packers, watches cooking shows religiously and plays trumpet in the Quincy Concert Band. Matt and his wife, Melissa, live in Quincy and have a daughter.

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Business

MakerFest spotlights local manufacturing companies for teens

Jacy Castlebury wasn't planning to attend the Tri-State MakerFest on Wednesday, but at the last minute she changed her mind. "I'm really glad I did, just to meet all these cool companies," Castlebury said. She was one of about 300 high school juniors and seniors who attended the event at the Oakley-Lindsay Center, which gave them an opportunity to get a glimpse of jobs local manufacturers have available.

State confirms two cases of Legionnaires' disease at Veterans Home
Quincy News

State confirms two cases of Legionnaires' disease at Veterans Home

The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs said Wednesday that two residents at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy contracted Legionnaires' disease. The head of the home says he's surprised to see two recent cases of Legionnaires' disease surface among residents because the home's frequent water tests have shown no signs of legionella.

Perry sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting husband
Police & Courts

Perry sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting husband

A Quincy woman pleaded guilty but mentally ill in connection with the July shooting of her husband and was immediately sentenced to nine years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Quincy Rotary Club makes last installment on Bill Klingner Trail pledge
Local Government

Quincy Rotary Club makes last installment on Bill Klingner Trail pledge

The Quincy Rotary Club pledged $108,000 to the Quincy Park Foundation in 2015 to cover the cost of the bridge on the new portion of the Klingner Trail between 12th and Fifth streets. Tuesday, it delivered the last check to meet -- and exceed -- that pledge.

Quincy News

The District pushes campaign to add more Christmas lights in Washington Park

The look that Bruce Guthrie sees on children's faces when they first see the lights in Washington Park during the Christmas holiday season tells him that lighting the park it is a worthy project for the District.

What is the law on keeping animals tied outside 24/7?
Answers

What is the law on keeping animals tied outside 24/7?

The city of Quincy does not have a time restriction on animal tethering, but there are requirements on how an animal may be tethered. "We have no laws about time," said Steve Scherer, Quincy animal control officer. "There are some cities that do."

Auxiliary captains join Quincy Salvation Army
Religion

Auxiliary captains join Quincy Salvation Army

Mika and Grace Roinila landed in a good spot for thier family. Parens of four grown children, the new auxiliary captains for the Quincy Salvation Army are in a fairly central location to visit them all.

Are there any fall foliage quality forecasts?
Answers

Are there any fall foliage quality forecasts?

There's really no go-to place for fall foliage forecasts, though the Missouri Department of Natural Resources does provide fall color reports on its wbsite. The National Weather Service fall colors guide sends visitors to various state sites for reports.

Answers

How hot did it get in 1934 through 1936?

After reviewing weather records from those three years, we can agree that air conditioning is a wonderful thing.

Park Board rejects video gaming at Westview Golf Course
Quincy News

Park Board rejects video gaming at Westview Golf Course

Westview Golf Course will not be getting video gaming machines. After 20 minutes of discussion at Wednesday's Quincy Park Board meeting, no commissioner would make a motion to allow the machines at the 27-hole public gold course, meaning the proposal died.