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

Staying busy at home 'good for your mental health'

Judy Taylor doesn't have to look far to find signs of spring.
"I have daffodils blooming," the Quincy woman said. "Hope is in the air!"

Education

Illinois shifting to 'remote learning' during school closure

Quincy High School teacher Stacie Niffen says there's some important things to understand as Illinois shifts to "remote learning days" for students.

Volunteers work to feed QPS students

Volunteers work to feed QPS students

Volunteers from the Crossing worked this week with QPS staff to bag up breakfast items for the school district's food program providing sack breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday at two pick-up sites and 26 delivery sites throughout the community while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Education

QPS leadership 'on full display' in coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic took center stage at Wednesday night's Quincy School Board meeting where the discussion had been expected to focus on next steps following last week's defeat of the education fund tax increase.

Education

School Board moves forward with bleacher, lighting projects

The Quincy School Board moved forward Wednesday with two projects slated for construction this summer -- or possibly yet this spring.

YMCA helping meet child care demand
Quincy News

YMCA helping meet child care demand

The YMCA of West Central Illinois will help answer a critical need in the community by resuming child care this week in Quincy for school-age children.

Education

QND set to launch distance learning plan

Quincy Notre Dame High School intends to launch a distance learning plan on Monday.

Education

Quincy's parochial elementary schools help students keep learning

Blessed Sacrament Principal Christie Dickens-Bliven's Tuesday started out with a different perspective.
In a Facebook Live morning meeting, designed to offer some sense of normal routine for students, "I started out upside down," she said.

Education

QPS rolls out continuing education plan on Wednesday

Quincy Public Schools wants to see students sustain learning levels and decrease regression during the mandated school closure.

QPS finalizing continued learning plans
Quincy News

QPS finalizing continued learning plans

Quincy Public Schools is finalizing details of continued learning plans for students.