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

New group brings teachers together

QUINCY -- New group brings teachers together

Quincy Public Schools: Trying to 'visualize' the new space
Education

Quincy Public Schools: Trying to 'visualize' the new space

Second-grade teacher Cheryl Burghart typically spends much of June in her classroom trying to prepare for the next school year. But this year is a little different.

Monroe School demolition begins: 'I hate to see the old school go'
Education

Monroe School demolition begins: 'I hate to see the old school go'

Watching Quincy Public Schools take a major step toward the future was bittersweet for retired Monroe School teacher Deb Banks.

Students build, code robots at STEM camp
Education

Students build, code robots at STEM camp

Caleb Rogers works carefully, adding one wheel and then a second to the Lego EV3 robot under construction. A novice builder, the incoming Payson eighth-grader already is hooked and thinking about a career in robotics.

Farm and Field

Cover crop residue can complicate nitrogen management

Cover crop residue can complicate nitrogen management

Hands-on science experiments add to summer school literacy lessons
Education

Hands-on science experiments add to summer school literacy lessons

Offered in conjunction with the Summer Academy focused on language arts and literacy for grades K-5 and summer school for grades 6-8, the Center for Creative Learning provides students opportunities for project learning in engineering and technology.

Paraeducator learned to cook during rural upbringing
Food

Paraeducator learned to cook during rural upbringing

A skillet filled with vegetables sizzles on Susan Daggett's stove. She adds salt and pepper to taste, fresh spinach and eggs. "It's an omelet, but it's more vegetables than eggs," Daggett said. "It's healthy."

Family behind Kassing Farms takes home IBA award
Agriculture

Family behind Kassing Farms takes home IBA award

The family behind Kassing Farms of Mount Sterling took home the Commercial Producer of the Year award Tuesday night at the awards banquet for the Illinois Beef Association's Summer Conference.

Agriculture

Beef producers talk trade at summer conference

Kent Bacus was a featured speaker Tuesday morning at the Illinois Beef Association Summer Conference, held in Quincy for the first time in at least a decade.

Mobile clinic project moves to implementation phase
Health

Mobile clinic project moves to implementation phase

The Wellness Express is a step closer to hitting the road. The mobile clinic arrived Wednesday morning in Quincy with newly-hired school-based health care coordinator Beth Forbes on hand to greet it.