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.
Quincy University's counseling program recently was granted accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
The Great River Restaurant Association is no more. "It's been a good run," longtime GRRA president Mark Alleman said. "It's just a natural course that has been run. It's time to move on."
More than 40 non-profit organizations in 12 counties across the region benefitted Thursday from a record $108,927 in competitive grant funding from the Community Foundation Serving West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.
This year's Bridge the Gap to Health Race raised $57,518 for the Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist program. The Quincy Medical Group Healthcare Foundation event has now generated more than $743,000 in the 17-year history of the Bridge the Gap race.
The final checkered flag might soon fly at the venerable Quincy Raceways. Track owner Paul Holtschlag has confirmed to The Herald-Whig that the 43-year-old facility will close at the end of the season if a new promoter or buyer cannot be found.
The City Council adopted an ordinance Monday night that will amend the city of Quincy's fiscal 2018 budget by increasing spending by $61,800 -- the amount a family trust donated to the city to provide lifesaving care for animals.
Quincy Raceways is still looking for a promoter to take over operations once Ken Dobson steps away at the end of the current season, which concludes in late September.
Dobson has operated the track for property owner Paul Holtschlag for four years, but is stepping away for personal reasons. Dobson lives and works in Jacksonville, and in addition is the promoter for Jacksonville Speedway. He said he needs to reign in his time with his children getting older, and the logical cutback is relinquishing ties to Quincy Raceways.
Dobson said it has been frustrating trying to help find his replacement.
"I have spent countless hours on the phone calling people I thought could be interested in operating the track, and to people that could be interested in putting a group together to operate it," Dobson said. "To date, neither myself nor Paul have had any serious interest."
Dobson said it is imperative to have a replacement in line early this fall.