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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Illinois News

Dot Foods donation helps area food pantries

Christmas came early to several West-Central Illinois food pantries, thanks to Dot Foods. The Mount Sterling-based company delivered $50,000 in donated food to 10 pantries Thursday and Friday through its Neighbor-to-Neighbor program.

Grant aims to improve soil health
Agriculture

Grant aims to improve soil health

Spreading the word about soil health is the goal of a $9.4 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to the Soil Health Institute, the Soil Health Partnership and the Nature Conservancy.

Hancock County farmer earns Illinois Farm Bureau's highest award
Agriculture

Hancock County farmer earns Illinois Farm Bureau's highest award

Terry Pope, a corn and soybean farmer in Hancock County, was honored Sunday with the Illinois Farm Bureau's highest award, the Charles B. Shuman Distinguished Service Award.

A tipping point for weed control?
Farm and Field

A tipping point for weed control?

A tipping point for weed control?

Education

Survey finds major, minor needs at QPS facilities

The initial report tied to Quincy Public Schools' 10-year health life safety survey lists 250 items with a price tag of $14 million to $17 million. Work to prioritize the project list begins in December by a subcommittee of the Building and Grounds Commit

Hamilton schools studying future facilities, with option of tearing down historic auditorium
Education

Hamilton schools studying future facilities, with option of tearing down historic auditorium

The Hamilton School District's focus on the future could jeopardize a significant piece of its past. One option in a study on updating facilities includes the demolition of the high school's Safford Auditorium, which come people oppose.

QPS preparing to auction Dewey, Washington schools
Education

QPS preparing to auction Dewey, Washington schools

The Quincy School Board expects to auction off Dewey and Washington schools in early 2018. Board member Mike Troup said the board likely will set an auction date at its Dec. 19 meeting to sell the two buildings.

Tradition important in Carthage woman's Christmas baking
Food

Tradition important in Carthage woman's Christmas baking

Tradition is one of the most important ingredients in Amy Graham's Christmas baking. The Carthage woman enjoys passing down the recipes she learned to love as a child -- like rosette cookies always made by her mother -- to her nine great-nieces and nephews.

Education

Survey targets 'essentials' in school districts

A sixth statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions provides an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools.

Agriculture

Nominations due Dec. 15 for ag educator award

The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations through Dec. 15 for the fourth annual Ag Educator of the Year award.