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.

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Education

QPS looks to finish budget year in the black

Quincy Public Schools will finish the fiscal year with cash on hand. The monthly financial update presented Monday to the Finance Committee projects the district will finish with $300,000 in its operating funds.

END OF AN ERA: Last of seven siblings graduates from QND
Education

END OF AN ERA: Last of seven siblings graduates from QND

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."

Higher production likely to lower cattle prices
Farm and Field

Higher production likely to lower cattle prices

Higher production likely to lower cattle prices

Education

ACRSS director heading back to classroom

Cheryl Dreasler says she's "heading home" to wrap up her career in Quincy Public Schools.

Illinois News

Area farmers focus on 'good memories' of flood

Kevin Keithly's corn and soybean crops look good -- maybe as good as they've ever looked in his 41 years of farming in the Mississippi River bottoms.

Kindergartners 'travel' to Hawaii to celebrate year of learning
Education

Kindergartners 'travel' to Hawaii to celebrate year of learning

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.

Washington School plans 'Memory Walk' Saturday
Education

Washington School plans 'Memory Walk' Saturday

Washington School, which closes for good at the end of this school year, will celebrate its past with a Saturday morning open house. The school's Memory Walk will take place from 9 to 11 a.m.

'GREAT LEADERSHIP': Bricker to retire from U of I Extension
Illinois News

'GREAT LEADERSHIP': Bricker to retire from U of I Extension

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.

Education

QPS officials meet with bond rating agency; board holds hearing on life safety bonds

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 students learn about art - and life
Education

Lincoln-Douglas students learn about art - and life

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.