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.
Emily Cornett curls up in a comfy chair working on an online class assignment.
Across the room Devin Hermsmerier sits at a computer working his way through a health class.
Issues swirling in the state and national media spotlight are turning up in school policy.
Recognizing the importance of farming, and farmers, in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri is a long-standing tradition for The Quincy Herald-Whig.
Heather Bangert thinks biking should be stressed more in Quincy.
"It just cuts down traffic so much," the Quincy woman said. "It's more economical."
But Bangert understands the challenges of trying to ride a bike in the community.
Along with the perfect gift for everyone on their list, organizers of the annual Kiddie Bazaar hope young shoppers find one important truth about the holiday season.
Charging a laptop computer isn't as simple as just plugging it in for Brown County High School teacher Gail Gallaher.