Staff Writer

Steve Eighinger

217-221-3377
seighinger@whig.com
@StevieDirtWHIG

Steve Eighinger has been a general assignment reporter and columnist at The Herald-Whig since 1998, covering a wide range of topics from dirt-track racing to religion to reality television. He's also the newspaper's unofficial food critic and an avid fan of "The" Ohio State University, the Big Ten Conference (except Michigan) and the Cleveland Indians. Before moving to Quincy, Steve was a sports writer, editor and columnist in Ohio. He worked at the News Journal in Mansfield, Ohio, and Times-Gazette in Ashland, Ohio, for more than 20 years. Steve is a diehard fantasy athlete and has been in the same fantasy baseball league(s) since 1984. He also loves sports research and is always working on some sort of high school, college, racing or pro baseball/football project from the comfort of his mancave at home. Steve also is a member of two softball halls of fame.

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Quincy News

Payson native named new executive director of Midwest Inland Port

Nicole Bateman finds herself in the position of being a key player in the immediate -- and far-reaching -- economic future of Decatur. Bateman, 34, a Payson native who calls Quincy home, is the new executive director of the Midwest Inland Port.

We've come a long way, but maybe not in the right direction
Steve Eighinger

We've come a long way, but maybe not in the right direction

Twenty years ago, I did not have a cellphone or a smart phone or whatever it is called this week. Ten years ago, I had one of my first cellphones, but it was one of those old "flip" phones and I only had it with me if going out of town ...

Health

HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Early detection important with communication disorders

Quincy Medical Group is accenting early detection as a key to prevent or aid communication disorders.

From Lily to the Rumble Doll, these lunches would be great
Steve Eighinger

From Lily to the Rumble Doll, these lunches would be great

It's time for the second of our four quarterly installments, the spring-time version of "Lunch with Steve."

Auto Racing

Gundaker comes back to win another feature

QUINCY -- Gordy Gundaker is getting quite used to this home-away-from-home thing. Gundaker, a St. Charles, Mo., resident who graduated two years ago from Quincy University, won his second straight late model feature Sunday night at Quincy Raceways. It migh

Downtown residential seminar set for Wednesday
Business

Downtown residential seminar set for Wednesday

A downtown residential redevelopment seminar is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The District is hosting the event at Martinis at 515, 515 Maine.

Journey was life-changing for JWCC grad Hufford
Education

Journey was life-changing for JWCC grad Hufford

Originally, Randy Hufford wanted to make a difference in his own life. Now, he hopes his example can make a difference in other people's lives, too. Hufford, 50, graduated Friday night from John Wood Community College.

GRILLN 1, now there's a license plate to remember
Steve Eighinger

GRILLN 1, now there's a license plate to remember

A year ago at this time I wrote a column about the popularity of vanity license plates in Quincy. I also noted Illinois had more overall vanity plates than any other state, according to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators.

Religion

Appreciative 'Father Mike' retiring after 50 years in priesthood

Monsignor Michael "Father Mike" Kuse will soon be retiring, ending a journey that has covered a half-century and has seen him serve as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Quincy - formerly St. Mary's - since 1995.

Smart Start credit hours have nearly doubled in five years for JWCC
Education

Smart Start credit hours have nearly doubled in five years for JWCC

John Wood Community College's Smart Start program has seen the number of concurrent enrollment credit hours delivered to high school students within the college's nine-county district nearly double in the last five years.