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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

Registration underway for Quincy Conference

QUINCY -- Registration is underway for this year's Quincy Conference.
"We simplified the registration process for teachers. Last year, it was a bit much, so we revised the process to make it easier for them," said Emily Pool, a Rooney third-grade teacher a

Health

Board of Health adopts budget

QUINCY -- The Adams County Health Department budget for the coming fiscal year calls for lower revenues and higher expenses.
The fiscal 2020 budget, approved Thursday night by the Board of Health, projects a beginning balance of $779,099.74, revenue of $3,

Education

Illinois boosts teachers' minimum salary

QUINCY -- Quincy High School teacher Brandi Many got a first-hand look as Illinois took its next step to deal with a statewide shortage of classroom teachers.
Many was in the audience Thursday as Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation raising teachers' mini

QND ahead of projected enrollment for 2019-20
Education

QND ahead of projected enrollment for 2019-20

QUINCY -- Quincy Notre Dame High School started the 2019-20 school year with a new look to its exterior -- and by beating projected enrollments for freshmen and total students.
QND reported its largest freshman class in more than a decade.

Health

Revised vacation schedule could help Health Department staff retention

The Adams County Health Department hopes boosting a benefit may help with staff retention. The Board of Health on Thursday adopted a revised vacation schedule helping employees earn more vacation time with less years of service.

QHS updating "outdated" dress code
Education

QHS updating "outdated" dress code

QUINCY -- A simplified dress code policy at Quincy High School will put the focus on learning and keeping students in the classroom.
The revision, outlined at Tuesday's Policy Committee meeting, follows an audit of the QHS student handbook, curriculum guid

Ursa Farmers Co-op kicks off centennial celebration
Agriculture

Ursa Farmers Co-op kicks off centennial celebration

QUINCY -- Ursa Farmers Cooperative General Manager Roger Hugenberg says things went very well right up to the end of the past fiscal year.
"Our fiscal year ends May 31. On May 30, we had a levee breach at Gregory Landing," Hugenberg said.

Quincy News

League of Women Voters of Adams County plan Sunday event

Barb Richmiller wants people to remember the effort involved in women gaining the right to vote.

Lookin' Good

Project converts basketball court to seating area

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- A family gathering spurred a backyard home improvement project for a Hannibal woman.
"There just wasn't room for everybody to sit," Janie Monroe said. "Through that weekend I mulled things through my mind and came up with this idea."
What

St. Dominic students work with nonprofit to help veterans
Education

St. Dominic students work with nonprofit to help veterans

QUINCY -- St. Dominic eighth-grader Ethan Rose brought more than just papers and pencils to class last year.
He and the rest of the school also brought in plastic caps -- from water bottles, milk jugs, toothpaste tubes and other items -- to recycle into benc