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.
To say Kori Obert has long-standing ties to QND might be an understatement. "My oldest brother was 14 when I was born, so he was just starting out high school," Kori said. "My entire life I've been attending events here with all my siblings and my parents."
Students in the Madison School classes of Lindsay Struck and Rachel Kincaid "jetted off" to Hawaii on Thursday to wrap up a unit on informational writing and celebrate their year of learning. Students splashed in the ocean, a kiddie pool set up in Struck's classroom, shopped for souvenirs and dug for shells on the beach. They learned a few words in Hawaiian, including "mahalo" - or thank you - which they shared with the volunteers that helped make the special day happen.
Earl Bricker sees his career in West-Central Illinois coming full circle as he retires next month from University of Illinois Extension. But he plans to work for part-time for both Action Brown County and Two Rivers Regional Council and do consulting and training with nonprofit organizations.
Quincy Public Schools expects to have its latest bond rating by May 23. District officials met with the bond rating agency Wednesday afternoon as a step toward setting the rating. A higher rating would mean lower interest rates on upcoming bond issues.
Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School turned into a jungle one day last week after school. Tied in with studying French artist Henri Rousseau, students in an after-school art program tried creating their own versions of his famed jungle paintings.