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Matt Hopf

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Matt Hopf has joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in 2010. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features, and also writes the popular "Answers" column. A Palos Heights native, Matt received a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, Matt interned with the GateHouse Media State Capital Bureau. He also interned at newspapers in Palos Heights and Tinley Park. In his free time, Matt roots for the Chicago White Sox and the Green Bay Packers, watches cooking shows religiously and plays trumpet in the Quincy Concert Band. Matt and his wife, Melissa, live in Quincy and have a daughter.

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Quincy Rotary Club makes last installment on Bill Klingner Trail pledge

The Quincy Rotary Club pledged $108,000 to the Quincy Park Foundation in 2015 to cover the cost of the bridge on the new portion of the Klingner Trail between 12th and Fifth streets. Tuesday, it delivered the last check to meet -- and exceed -- that pledge.

The District pushes campaign to add more Christmas lights in Washington Park
Quincy News

The District pushes campaign to add more Christmas lights in Washington Park

The look that Bruce Guthrie sees on children's faces when they first see the lights in Washington Park during the Christmas holiday season tells him that lighting the park it is a worthy project for the District.

What is the law on keeping animals tied outside 24/7?
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What is the law on keeping animals tied outside 24/7?

The city of Quincy does not have a time restriction on animal tethering, but there are requirements on how an animal may be tethered. "We have no laws about time," said Steve Scherer, Quincy animal control officer. "There are some cities that do."

Auxiliary captains join Quincy Salvation Army
Religion

Auxiliary captains join Quincy Salvation Army

Mika and Grace Roinila landed in a good spot for thier family. Parens of four grown children, the new auxiliary captains for the Quincy Salvation Army are in a fairly central location to visit them all.

Answers

Are there any fall foliage quality forecasts?

There's really no go-to place for fall foliage forecasts, though the Missouri Department of Natural Resources does provide fall color reports on its wbsite. The National Weather Service fall colors guide sends visitors to various state sites for reports.

How hot did it get in 1934 through 1936?
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How hot did it get in 1934 through 1936?

After reviewing weather records from those three years, we can agree that air conditioning is a wonderful thing.

Park Board rejects video gaming at Westview Golf Course
Quincy News

Park Board rejects video gaming at Westview Golf Course

Westview Golf Course will not be getting video gaming machines. After 20 minutes of discussion at Wednesday's Quincy Park Board meeting, no commissioner would make a motion to allow the machines at the 27-hole public gold course, meaning the proposal died.

People share stories of Air Evac as it marks 20 years in Quincy
Health

People share stories of Air Evac as it marks 20 years in Quincy

A flight paramedic with Air Evac Lifeteam in Quincy for about a year, Russell Flick knows how important air ambulance service is in the region. His daughter's life was saved with its help.He shared his story to the crew members and officials with Air Evac as well as others who attended Wednesday's 20th anniversary celebration of the Air Evac base at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Quincy News

Quincy Chamber thanks volunteers, highlights YP

The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its Volunteer Appreciation Celebration Wednesday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center to thank volunteers. It's something Executive Director Latonya Brock hopes may become an annual event.

Judge finds probable cause in Quincy stabbing case
Illinois News

Judge finds probable cause in Quincy stabbing case

Probable cause was found Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court in the case of a Quincy man accused of stabbing a woman in the neck and shoulder on Oct. 2.