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

Viking halts plans to offer cruises on Mississippi River

Viking Cruises has put on hold its plans to offer Mississippi River cruises within the next few years. Hannibal city officials, who hoped the plans would come to fruition, were recently notified of the company's decision.

Family's elaborate Christmas displays now set up in Hannibal park
Hannibal News

Family's elaborate Christmas displays now set up in Hannibal park

Mike and Donna Coons' yard was a holiday destination for 32 years. The couple thinned out their collection of holiday displays - many of which they built themselves - and gave some to their children and grandchildren. The remaining light displays were donated to the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department.

Students relieve stress before finals at QU Cram Jam
Education

Students relieve stress before finals at QU Cram Jam

Quincy University students took a break from studying for upcoming finals by attending the university's sixth annual Cram Jam.

Christmas at the Mansion provides kid-friendly holiday fun
Quincy News

Christmas at the Mansion provides kid-friendly holiday fun

Families had the opportunity to make ornaments and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County's Family Christmas at the Mansion event Sunday.

Missouri News

Palmyra man makes, sells his potato cutter in the U.S., internationally

Terry Moon didn't train as a chef, but he's helping those in the food industry. The Palmyra resident is the maker and seller of a ribbon potato cutter sold both in the U.S. and abroad.

Upcoming China ban on plastics affects Hannibal recycling business
Business

Upcoming China ban on plastics affects Hannibal recycling business

2 Rivers Industries no longer accepts for recycling five types of plastics used in everyday items. The ban on plastic numbers 3 through 7 took effect Monday.

Hannibal News

FACT encourages people to enroll in ACA health insurance

Families and Communities Together in Hannibal wants to remind people there is still time to enroll in 2018 health insurance. The Affordable Care Act is in place for 2018, and almost everyone must have health insurance or pay a fee.

German officer interns with Quincy police, broadens police skills
Quincy News

German officer interns with Quincy police, broadens police skills

Members of the Quincy Police Department and city government sadly said goodbye to the department's newest officer. Stefan Schott, 31, of Frankfurt, Germany, began interning with the Quincy police Nov. 20, and his final day of duty was Wednesday.

Hannibal News

Workshop aims to generate ideas to create a healthier Hannibal

Hannibal-area residents are invited to attend a free workshop to generate ideas that will help make Hannibal a better and healthier place. The unnamed workshop will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Hannibal Quality Inn and Suites.

NECAC: Utility rate hike 'scary' for seniors, minimum wage workers
Missouri News

NECAC: Utility rate hike 'scary' for seniors, minimum wage workers

In Lewis County alone, North East Community Action Corp.'s local service center has seen hundreds of requests for utility assistance since November. A driving factor behind that is Liberty Utilities' decision to raise natural gas rates Dec. 1.