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.
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!"
Quincy High School teacher Stacie Niffen says there's some important things to understand as Illinois shifts to "remote learning days" for 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.
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.
The Quincy School Board moved forward Wednesday with two projects slated for construction this summer -- or possibly yet this spring.
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.
Quincy Public Schools wants to see students sustain learning levels and decrease regression during the mandated school closure.