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Matt Hopf

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Matt Hopf has joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in 2010. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features, and also writes the popular "Answers" column. A Palos Heights native, Matt received a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, Matt interned with the GateHouse Media State Capital Bureau. He also interned at newspapers in Palos Heights and Tinley Park. In his free time, Matt roots for the Chicago White Sox and the Green Bay Packers, watches cooking shows religiously and plays trumpet in the Quincy Concert Band. Matt and his wife, Melissa, live in Quincy and have a daughter.

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Adams County Together Fund receives donation from Knapheide

A fund designed to assist the community recover from economic hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic has received a jump start.

Quincy man pleads not guilty in March shooting
Police & Courts

Quincy man pleads not guilty in March shooting

The Quincy man who is one of the two people facing attempted murder charges in connection with a shooting last month outside Liberty has pleaded not guilty.

June trial set for Quincy man charged in May death
Police & Courts

June trial set for Quincy man charged in May death

A June jury trial has been set for the Quincy man accused in the 2019 strangulation death of another Quincy man.

FAQ: Some questions asked locally about COVID-19
Answers

FAQ: Some questions asked locally about COVID-19

Many questions cropped up in connection with COVID-19. This week's questions focus on several local issues, with the Adams County Health Department and Quincy Public Schools helping with answers.


 


Why is Adams County not getting test results back that quickly?


Adams County Health Department Administrator Jerrod Welch said a majority of the tests are sent to a private lab that has an extreme backlog.


"Right now the labs are batching those, from what I understand, so they could dump positives or negatives to us at any time, Welch said. "We just have to sit and wait for them."


Some priority tests from health care providers can be tested quicker through the Illinois Department of Public Health labs.


"As soon as we get those results, we're going to get some internal notification, which we expect to take about an hour in time," Welch said.

Dorothy Tracy, Dot Foods co-founder, dies at 91

Dorothy Tracy, co-founder of Dot Foods, has died, the Mount Sterling-based company announced.

Quincy man gets 18-year prison sentence for battering teen who later drowned

Quincy man gets 18-year prison sentence for battering teen who later drowned

A Quincy man accused of violating an order of protection for a Quincy teenager who drowned last October was sentenced to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after entering a guilty plea.

Police & Courts

Jail taking steps to prevent COVID-19 cases

Regularly exceeding its capacity of about 120 inmates, the Adams County Jail has seen its average population dip this month, in an effort to keep the novel coronavirus from entering the facility.

Health

Mask donations sought for health care, first responders

Donations of personal protection equipment are being sought to help support health care workers and first responders during the novel cornavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Police & Courts

Former day care worker pleads guilty to child porn charges

A former day care worker from faces up to 18 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to multiple child pornography charges.

FAQ: Some questions asked locally on COVID-19
Health

FAQ: Some questions asked locally on COVID-19

Many questions continue to be asked regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Blessing Health System and Quincy Medical Group provided some of the most frequently asked questions providers have been hearing in recent weeks.