Staff Writer

Matt Dutton

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Matt Dutton joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in October 2016. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features. A Monmouth native, Matt received a bachelor’s degree in English from Monmouth College. While at Monmouth College, he studied journalism under former NBC Nightly News Executive Director Joe Angotti. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, he interned with the Gatehouse Media Review Atlas in Monmouth. After receiving his degree, he became the Review Atlas’ staff reporter. In his free time, Matt enjoys hiking, fishing and playing the drums.

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Quincy News

Quincy woman restores forgotten dolls, donates to Toys for Tots

Cally Lewis can't bear to see a toy go to waste. Two years ago, the Quincy resident began collecting old dolls that were likely destined for the garbage. She dresses them up, packages them, and donates them to Toys for Tots.

Harman House Museum expansion almost finished
Illinois News

Harman House Museum expansion almost finished

The expansion of the Harman House Museum in Pleasant Hill, Ill., will soon be completed. Harman House Board President Lynn Guthrie said the work should be finished by the end of the month.

LIFE STORIES: Model T collection keeps retired engineer young
Life Stories

LIFE STORIES: Model T collection keeps retired engineer young

Machines are an art form for Elvin Townsend. The 85-year-old's garages are a testament to his mechanical inclinations. He has several Model Ts -- eight antique vehicles in total -- from the early 1900s, most of which he either built or restored by himself.

Three Quincy dancers to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Quincy News

Three Quincy dancers to perform in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Three Quincy dancers will perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year in New York City.

Quincy News

Good News of Christmas recipient paying it forward

After burning through her paid time off following the birth of her fifth child, money was tight for Marty Gonzalez and her family.

Sisters to honor late mother with concert
Illinois News

Sisters to honor late mother with concert

Three Adams County sisters will honor their late mother Sunday by performing together on the third anniversary of her death.

Ameren warns business owners of utility scams
Quincy News

Ameren warns business owners of utility scams

A dozen Ameren Illinois employees hit the streets Wednesday morning around Washington Park to warn small-business owners about the more common utility scams they see. Wednesday was National Utilities United Against Scams Day.

Western Elementary adds wellness fair to Family Reading Night
Education

Western Elementary adds wellness fair to Family Reading Night

Western Elementary School has incorporated a new health and wellness fair into its annual Family Reading Night.

Quincy News

Adams County Board cuts more than $400,000 from new jail cost

The Adams County Board shaved more than $400,000 from the new Adams County Jail project Tuesday night, leaving the estimated cost about $3 million over budget.

LIFE STORIES: Retired two-star general says 'the military is a young man's game'
Life Stories

LIFE STORIES: Retired two-star general says 'the military is a young man's game'

From behind the desk of his second floor office at First Bankers Trust Co., Scott Thoele looks to be far removed from the life of danger and tough decisions he once led. Maj. Gen. Thoele, 59, retired from a 35-year military career in September 2015 and settled in as internal audit manager at First Bankers Trust. He held on to the buzz cut.