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.
Todd Knorr always bales cornstalks to use for feeding and bedding his cattle, and this year the practice is more important than ever. Dry weather put added pressure on area pastures -- and on farmers with cattle to feed. "We just haven't got any rain at all or very little," said Knorr, who farms near Golden.
Incorporate nut, berry trees and shrubs in alley cropping system
Good Samaritan Home will celebrate six decades of service with a Denim and Diamonds 60th Anniversary Fundraising Gala on Friday, Oct. 20.
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas offered handshakes to students at the front door of Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School on Friday as a part of a special day of activities that provided a lesson on how the two men helped shape Quincy's history.
Quincy Public Schools has taken another step in transitioning to its five new K-5 elementary schools by making support staff assignments. The process to place noncertified staff began the same way as it did for the certified staff -- with a survey.
Street rods will take to the pavement of Quincy this weekend with the Early Tin Dusters Fall Color Run. Organizers expect 850 to 900 cars for the 42nd annual event showcasing pre-1949 street rods. The street rods draw thousands of people to downtown Quincy for Saturday's Show and Shine and then to Upper Moorman Park on Sunday, where cars, vendors and food stands will be available.
It's easy to find signs of fall in Deborah Thornburg's kitchen. "It seems like in summertime, we get in so late I don't really have time to make a meal," she said. In the fall and winter, "I cook more. I like to make a lot of soups. I like appetizers."
Quincy Superintendent Roy Webb wants a more comprehensive policy on the use of drones on school property. District policy already requires students to have permission from Webb to fly drones on campus. Webb wants that extended to the community.
The Quincy School Board and Quincy Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Personnel head into another session next week with a federal mediator no closer to reaching a new contract.