Ashley Szatala joined The Herald-Whig Newsroom as a staff writer in September 2016. Her primary responsibilities include covering Missouri region news and features. An Ohio native, Ashley received her Bachelor of Journalism in 2015 and will receive her Master of Arts from the University of Missouri – Missouri School of Journalism in December 2016. Ashley has vast editorial and design experience and most recently worked as the assistant news editor for the Columbia Missourian before coming to the Herald-Whig.
Weekend Masses are being discontinued at three Northeast Missouri Catholic churches. The Diocese of Jefferson City said in a statement Sunday that the decision stems from a shortage of priests available to serve all of the area churches.
The annual Great Girlfriend Getaway will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown Hannibal. The event, put on by the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council, gives women the chance to hang out, shop, snap selfies and take in entertaining performances.
Jana Suchland typically likes to stay in the background while volunteering with the Hannibal Regional Auxiliary. But on Monday she was put in the spotlight when she was named Volunteer of the Year during the auxiliary's annual service awards luncheon.
Drake Richardson, 13, of Hannibal, envisioned a mutated bug surveying those on the ground below. So on his kite -- a blank plastic canvas on which Drake could draw whatever he wanted -- he drew a four-eyed, multi-legged bug.
Sept. 20, 2017, was one of the hardest days of Melissa Cogdal's life. Her 26-year-old son, Dakota, died from a heroin overdose that day. But out of Cogdal's loss developed the gift of life for two people through organ donation.
The popularity of Hannibal's annual Senior Expo was apparent before this year's event even began Thursday. Many area senior residents were lined up outside of the Armory Coontz Recreation Center about 30 minutes before the expo started at 10 a.m.
Volunteers are needed to help get Hannibal ready for spring. The annual spring cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Y-Men's Pavilion, 100 Hill St. Participants in the cleanup will spread out around Hannibal to pick up trash.
The Hannibal School Board on Wednesday approved a salary increase for school district staff for the 2018-19 academic year. All teachers, support staff and administrators will receive a 2 percent increase.
About 600 seniors and 80 vendors are expected to attend the 11th annual Senior Expo to be held April 19 in Hannibal. The event is designed to help older adults learn about and connect with area services, programs and businesses that assist with aging.
For Holy Family School fifth-grade teacher Cherrie Allen, Tuesday's Show-Me State Games torch run through downtown Hannibal was a throwback to her time participating in Olympic-style games when she was younger.