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

Quincy School Board adopts K-5 boundary plan for new elementaries

The Quincy School Board adopted a plan Wednesday night proposed by the Boundary Advisory Task Force that assigns students to the five new elementary schools.

Quincy woman grew up cooking, then found love of baking
Food

Quincy woman grew up cooking, then found love of baking

Karen Wagner remembers standing on a chair at the stove to help her mom cook. "I've cooked as long as I can think of, and I got totally hooked on baking," Wagner said. "It's fun. It makes people happy."

Baldwin site schematic design raises questions
Education

Baldwin site schematic design raises questions

Quincy Public Schools' Building Committee recommends moving forward with the schematic design for the K-5 elementary school at the Baldwin site, but questions remain about how to route traffic and pay for the project.

Groundbreakings at two elementary sites mark new beginning
Education

Groundbreakings at two elementary sites mark new beginning

Quincy Public Schools officials used the first day of spring to mark a new beginning in the effort to build five new K-5 buildings.

Education

QPS closes in on goal in midyear testing

Students in Quincy Public Schools continue to move closer to reaching a district goal of scoring at or above the 50th percentile in math and reading as measured by the MAP Insights Report.

Education

QPS plans closer look at year-end fund balances

Quincy Public Schools Treasurer Ryan Whicker plans to take a closer look this week at projected year-end balances for the School District.

Using drones next step for plant breeders
Farm and Field

Using drones next step for plant breeders

Using drones next step for plant breeders

Education

QHS dealing with rise in hate speech

Quincy High School is taking a proactive approach to dealing with a rise in what it calls casual hate speech among students.

Agriculture

Speaker: Ag has 'opportunity to be heard' in Trump administration

Mike Dreith believes agriculture's largely solid support of President Donald Trump gives it a louder voice in the new administration. Dreith was the featured speaker at Wednesday night's First Bankers Trust Ag Banquet at Town and Country Inn and Suites.

Monday ceremonies will break ground for two new schools
Education

Monday ceremonies will break ground for two new schools

Quincy Public Schools will hold groundbreaking ceremonies Monday to mark the start of work on the next two K-5 elementary schools. Events are planned at 9:30 a.m. at the 48th and Columbus Road site and at 11 a.m. at the North 12th Street site.