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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

Keynote speaker stresses uplifting students, community

QUINCY -- If you could choose your own teacher, what qualities would you look for?
When Ron Clark Academy Executive Director Kim Bearden posed that question to some 2,100 Quincy Conference participants in Friday morning's keynote, the answers ranged from e

Breakout sessions help educators "innovate to great" at Quincy Conference
Education

Breakout sessions help educators "innovate to great" at Quincy Conference

QUINCY -- Jake Miller set out to change mindsets about technology.
Miller, host of the Educational Duct Tape podcast, uses it to make ed tech tools as simple to reach for as duct tape to fix a problem.
"Go into your classroom thinking what am I trying to a

Education

Building relationships with students a classroom key

Robert Jackson says kids can be real simple -- once you learn their language.
But learning their language takes building relationships.

Quincy Conference offers tips, tools to area educators
Education

Quincy Conference offers tips, tools to area educators

Some of Jeff Fessler's fourth-grade students put on a show Thursday at Quincy Conference.

Education

QHS prepares to host Quincy Conference

Scott Hull hefted a stack of folding chairs and quickly set them up, then turned to repeat the process to convert the Quincy High School gym into a massive auditorium.

Education

Michael Bonner kicks off Quincy Conference with tips to help teachers succeed

Not everybody wanted to try to teach where Michael Bonner started his career.

Quincy woman concentrates on soup, stew during kitchen therapy
Food

Quincy woman concentrates on soup, stew during kitchen therapy

Mary Beth Gapinski appreciates the "therapeutic" aspect of spending time in the kitchen. "It's meditative in a way. You're in the moment, and you're concentrating on what you're doing. Everything else is put on hold."

Coaching, training help principals build leadership skills
Education

Coaching, training help principals build leadership skills

Sitting across the table from West Prairie Superintendent Carol Kilver, Jody Steinke talks about recent issues at Quincy High School, reflecting on decisions made and the outcomes.

Education

Principals ponder big questions at training session

With pen in hand, Tammy Hermes adds to her answer to a question facing every elementary and secondary school principal.
How can you do it all?

Quincy business sustains smoke damage in fire
Police & Courts

Quincy business sustains smoke damage in fire

Danni Simmons followed her routine when she got to work about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday at E. Best Plumbing and Heating Supply Co. -- right up until she had to call 911.