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

Google Expedition AR takes students into what they're studying

Sixth-grader Aiden Leigh didn't expect to spend part of his school day inside the Earth. But with a little help from Google Expedition AR, demonstrated Tuesday at Quincy Junior High School, Aiden could see the ins and outs of the planet at his fingertips.

Shelbina man named to Marketeers Hall of Fame
Agriculture

Shelbina man named to Marketeers Hall of Fame

Tim Lackey laughingly described the honor as more longevity than accomplishment. The Shelbina, Mo., man recently was named to the Hall of Fame by the Livestock Marketeers.

'Feed less, need less' to stretch short hay supply
Farm and Field

'Feed less, need less' to stretch short hay supply

"Feed less, need less" to stretch short hay supply

QND Pommers win state title for seventh consecutive time
Education

QND Pommers win state title for seventh consecutive time

Emma Schlepphorst followed her older sister Alyssa onto the Quincy Notre Dame Pom Pon Squad, but set a goal to do even better.

Education

Rauner's pension shift proposal 'financially devastating' to QPS

Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Roy Webb says a proposal by Gov. Bruce Rauner to shift pension costs to local schools would be "financially devastating" to the district. "It's not in our budget at all. It's not projected to be in our budget at all," Webb said. "It would be very tough for Quincy Public Schools to try to take that on."

Speaker: Be proactive, not reactive, to 'new normal' weather
Agriculture

Speaker: Be proactive, not reactive, to 'new normal' weather

Weather was a top concern at Friday's 23rd annual Western Illinois/Northeast Missouri Crop Production Conference, where James Garriss with the Browning World Climate Bulletin was the morning's featured speaker.

'Celebrity' bartenders pour for a cause to help Quincy Humane Society
Quincy News

'Celebrity' bartenders pour for a cause to help Quincy Humane Society

Thursday night's Pouring for a Cause fundraiser for the Quincy Humane Society brought out several local "celebrities" willing to mix drinks to help out a good cause.

Farmer donates grant money to Liberty music program
Education

Farmer donates grant money to Liberty music program

The Liberty School District's music program is reaching for a high note with new classes -- and some help from a local farmer who won a $2,500 grant through America's Farmers Grow Communities.

Hannibal News

Short in wiring blamed for Hannibal blaze

A Hannibal family can credit a chandelier for helping them escape an early Wednesday morning fire.

St. Peter students learn to cook healthy foods
Food

St. Peter students learn to cook healthy foods

Trying new foods, and learning how to cook healthy foods, is a goal of the after-school cooking class at St. Peter School that complements efforts to offer healthier foods in the school cafeteria.