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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.