Staff Writer

Deborah Gertz Husar

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Deborah Gertz Husar has covered West-Central Illinois and agriculture at The Herald-Whig since 1989. She is a graduate of Knox College and received a master's degree in public affairs reporting from Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a native of St. Louis.

Bylines

Farm and Field

Weather-stressed grass sets seed instead of leaves

Westher-stressed grass sets seed instead of leaves

QND families host German students
Education

QND families host German students

Madelynn McIntyre and Marieke Wippermann live thousands of miles apart and occasionally struggle to speak the same language.

Spring Fling shows off new K-5 building at Monroe School site
Education

Spring Fling shows off new K-5 building at Monroe School site

The buzz of conversation threaded with happy children's voices filled the hallways Thursday night at the new K-5 school on the Monroe site on Payson Road. Call it a "sound" of things to come. Tours of the new building were a popular attraction at the annual Monroe Spring Fling.

Committee proposes 15 options for naming new K-5 buildings
Education

Committee proposes 15 options for naming new K-5 buildings

A superintendent's committee recommended that the Quincy School Board look at eight historical figures and seven other options for naming the five new K-5 buildings. Committee members favored using "all new names" for the buildings instead of using current building names, stressed using names representing diversity in gender and race, and hoped to see the names highlight local history.

Education

School Board approves pilot after-school child care program

Quincy Public Schools will pilot an after-school child care program at the new K-5 building on the Monroe site in the 2017-18 school year.

Ali, Troup re-elected to top Quincy School Board posts
Education

Ali, Troup re-elected to top Quincy School Board posts

Little changed as the Quincy School Board held a special organizational meeting Wednesday night in the wake of the April 4 meeting. Re-elected board members Sayeed Ali, Sheldon Bailey and Richard McNay took the oath of office for new four-year terms.

Planning ahead key ingredient for Basco cook
Food

Planning ahead key ingredient for Basco cook

Jane Althide says planning ahead is a key ingredient in her cooking. "You have to know what you're going to cook for the next week," the rural Basco woman said.

Asbestos removal costs higher than expected at Baldwin
Education

Asbestos removal costs higher than expected at Baldwin

The Quincy School District expects to spend more than anticipated on the first phase of asbestos abatement tied to demolition of Baldwin School. The Building Committee on Tuesday recommended the School Board approve the sole bid for the work.

Quincy News

Third annual Germanfest expanding to two days

The third annual Germanfest will offer twice as much fun. The event, sponsored by the Quincy Sister City Commission, will expand to two days - Friday, June 2, and Saturday, June 3 - in South Park.

Quincy School District committee looks at training targeting bullying
Education

Quincy School District committee looks at training targeting bullying

The Quincy School District will look at offering additional training to staff and students about bullying, hate speech and related issues that often lead to discipline problems.