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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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Weekend Masses to end at three NEMO Catholic churches

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.

Great Girlfriend Getaway features diva contest, fashion show
Hannibal News

Great Girlfriend Getaway features diva contest, fashion show

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.

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary names Volunteer of the Year
Hannibal News

Hannibal Regional Auxiliary names Volunteer of the Year

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.

More than 100 kites in the sky during Hannibal festival
Hannibal News

More than 100 kites in the sky during Hannibal festival

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.

Hannibal News

Month of April serves as a reminder about the life-saving potential each person has

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.

Turnout for annual Senior Expo in Hannibal higher than expected
Hannibal News

Turnout for annual Senior Expo in Hannibal higher than expected

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.

Spring cleanup to remove 500 pounds of trash from Hannibal
Hannibal News

Spring cleanup to remove 500 pounds of trash from Hannibal

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.

Hannibal News

Hannibal School Board OKs 2 percent raises for district staff for 2018-19

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.

Hannibal News

Annual Senior Expo brings about 80 vendors in one location

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.

Holy Family students, teacher carry Show-Me State Games torch
Hannibal News

Holy Family students, teacher carry Show-Me State Games torch

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.