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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Quincy News

Back to School Help Fair planned as drive-through give-away in August

All the details aren't finalized, but Rev. Orville Jones wants the community to know one thing is certain -- the Back to School Help Fair will take place as usual this year.

Parent sues School Board over face mask, temperature check mandates
Education

Parent sues School Board over face mask, temperature check mandates

A Quincy woman has filed suit against the Quincy School Board over requiring face masks and temperature checks for her child to attend school.

Quincy News

COVID scraps annual Neighborhood Federation Back to School Fair but not distribution of bookbags, clothes, shoes

The Quincy Neighborhood Federation wants to make sure kids are ready for the start of school again this year.

Education

QPS to start school year on Aug. 20

Quincy Public Schools will start the school year on Thursday, Aug. 20 with in-person classes and online remote learning.

Food

Trial and error

Sonia Hill says there's a secret to baking bread.
"Don't use as much flour as they call for," the Fowler woman said. "The less flour you can use, the better. Just until you can work it with your hands. That's what I finally figured out."

ECFC tries 'different approach' for summer school
Education

ECFC tries 'different approach' for summer school

The day's lesson might focus on trees. Or maybe the topic is rainbows.
It's fun combined with learning as some of Quincy Public Schools' youngest learners are back in the classroom — virtually — for summer school at the Early Childhood and Family Center.

Superintendent cares for tombstones, grounds, stories of historic Woodland Cemetery
Quincy News

Superintendent cares for tombstones, grounds, stories of historic Woodland Cemetery

In what's become a calling as much as a job, Eric Bruns cares for the remains of lives well-lived. The tombstones, the grounds, the stories of Woodland Cemetery all are under the supervision of Bruns, the cemetery's superintendent for nearly four years.

QPS face shield plan on hold
Education

QPS face shield plan on hold

Quincy Public Schools had planned, based on state guidance, to buy face shields for all students and staff as an alternative to face masks.

Education

Quincy School Board adopts revised calendar for upcoming school year

Quincy Public Schools classes will begin on Thursday, Aug. 20 with two teacher institute days on Aug. 18 and 19, as previously announced, but other changes now are included in the 2020-2021 calendar.

Education

School Board continues conversation tied to increasing need, decreasing revenue

Although the focus remains on getting students back in the classroom, Quincy Public Schools officials also see the need to address the school district's financial needs -- likely with a second try for a tax referendum.