Staff Writer

Ashley Szatala

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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.

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Hannibal News

United Way of Mark Twain Area names new executive director

The United Way of the Mark Twain Area has named Denise Damron as the organization's new executive director starting Tuesday. She replaces Frank Di Tillo, who announced his retirement in November.

Missouri bill would require college students to pass civics test
Education

Missouri bill would require college students to pass civics test

Do you know how many U.S. senators there are, amendments in the Constitution, or who is in charge of the executive branch? Those are the types of questions higher education students would be required to answer in order to graduate if a Missouri lawmaker's

Classes teach women how to maintain, preserve old homes
Hannibal News

Classes teach women how to maintain, preserve old homes

Ever since Joan Lindley of Oklahoma City lost her husband in 2016, she has lived in the couple's 1920s-era home by herself. The building needs maintenance and repair, so when Lindley saw that a historic preservation class was being offered, she signed up.

Mark Twain Lake Rodeo ends after 31 years, scholarship established with leftover money
Missouri News

Mark Twain Lake Rodeo ends after 31 years, scholarship established with leftover money

Barbara and Dennis Nobis had discussed for years shutting down the Mark Twain Lake Rodeo, but Barbara was always hesitant to do so. "I told Denny that I'd know when I was ready," she said. During the close of the 2017 rodeo, with tears in her eyes, Nobis

Hannibal News

New $3,000 award offered to MACC students who transfer to MU

The University of Missouri has announced a new cost-saving incentive for transfer students from Moberly Area Community College, which has a location at 190 Shinn Lane in Hannibal.

Education

Local schools concerned about missed Missouri Board of Education meetings

The Missouri Board of Education has lacked a quorum since early January when Gov. Eric Greitens withdrew, then resubmitted, five appointees. The lack of members has caused the board to miss two of 11 meetings scheduled for this year.

Popular 'Dilly, Dilly' commercial the theme for annual Hannibal chili cook-off
Hannibal News

Popular 'Dilly, Dilly' commercial the theme for annual Hannibal chili cook-off

Sample chili, dress in your best medieval attire and support local organizations by attending Saturday's 35th annual Bud and Bud Light Chili Cook-Off in Hannibal.

Police investigating death of teen who fell from Lovers Leap
Police & Courts

Police investigating death of teen who fell from Lovers Leap

The Hannibal Police Department is investigating the death of a 17-year-old Kirksville, Mo., female, a release by the department said.

Missouri News

Canton student named runner-up in poetry recitation contest

Hannibal High School sophomore Claudia Nichols enjoys writing and reading poetry, so when she had the chance to participate for the first time in her school's Poetry Out Loud contest, she signed up.

Stark Bro's new Scarlet Crush apple wins award
Business

Stark Bro's new Scarlet Crush apple wins award

Stark Bro's Nurseries and Orchards Co.'s new apple, Scarlet Crush, has received the Direct Gardening Association's 2018 Green Thumb award, which each year recognizes "outstanding new garden products available by mail or online."