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.
Digging into the history of early Nauvoo residents Orson and Marinda Hyde as part of restoration work on their home, Trisha Willmore found a family connection that touched her heart.
The wide rivers and the opportunity for a fresh start brought the first settlers to the bit of Illinois prairie known as Pike County, but what made them stay and put down roots was the land.
A new Illinois law allows school districts statewide to use e-learning days in lieu of emergency days, but don't look for that to happen any time soon in Quincy Public Schools.