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.
Illinois farmers may not like what they hear when asking Phillip Alberti how much industrial hemp to grow.
Market reports due out Friday and the hoped-for signing of the first phase of a trade deal with China next week could signal a positive start to the year for farmers.
The Illini West School Board is asking district voters to take a step toward funding a new high school.
Two new major trade agreements set the stage for more stability for the area's farm economy.
The Carthage Park District plans improvements to the tennis courts and ball diamond at the Joe and Helen Grate Sports Complex.
A state program has recognized students at 14 West-Central Illinois high schools for outstanding academic achievement.
Community members will be working to convince fellow voters to support a tax increase for Quincy Public Schools.