Staff Writer

Deborah Gertz Husar

217-221-3379
dhusar@whig.com
@DHusarWHIG

Deborah Gertz Husar has covered West-Central Illinois and agriculture at The Herald-Whig since 1989. She is a graduate of Knox College and received a master's degree in public affairs reporting from Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a native of St. Louis.

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Quincy News

Quincy's 'Wondrous' music story to be celebrated with concert

An effort more than a decade in the making has led to a planned Labor Day weekend concert honoring Quincy musicians and music educators. "Wondrous: A Quincy Music Story Concert" takes the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, in the Morrison Theater.

Kids 'ride cool' with tricks, skills at Hannibal's Ramp Park
Hannibal News

Kids 'ride cool' with tricks, skills at Hannibal's Ramp Park

Tricks of all kinds and practiced skills were on display Saturday during Ride Cool at the Ramp Park, an annual competition sponsored by Hannibal Parks and Recreation, Hannibal Clinic Health Services, CoolByke Bicycle Shop and Pedal'rs Bicycle Shop.

Second annual Red, White and Back the Blue Festival thanks area's first responders
Quincy News

Second annual Red, White and Back the Blue Festival thanks area's first responders

Saturday's second annual Red, White and Back the Blue Festival in Washington Park gave area residents a chance to turn out and show their appreciation for local police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

Sixth-grader boosts STEM skills at National Youth Leadership Forum
Education

Sixth-grader boosts STEM skills at National Youth Leadership Forum

Hailey Fisher, who will be a sixth-grader at Quincy Junior High School when school resumes next month, joined more than 240 elementary students from across the nation at the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM session.

Quincy News

Grant doubles purchasing power at Quincy farmers market

A program kicking off Saturday morning allows certain customers to double their purchasing power for fresh fruit and vegetables at the Quincy farmers market.

Local Government

Adams County Board of Health adopts $3.29 million budget, $150,000 levy

Adams County Health Department Administrator Jerrod Welch said the department's financial picture "looks pretty good" heading into the next fiscal year.

Antiques appraiser returning to QPL
Quincy News

Antiques appraiser returning to QPL

Author and antiques expert Mark Moran returns in August to the Quincy Public Library.

Retired teachers group hopes to update one-room school
Education

Retired teachers group hopes to update one-room school

The Adams County Retired Teachers Association is seeking the public's help for needed improvements to the one-room school at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Education

Preliminary report targets QJHS performance

QUINCY -- Quincy Junior High Principal Dan Sparrow points to plenty of positive trends from the 2017-18 school year. Attendance rates increased. Truancy rates fell.

Wells transitions to new school administration manager role
Education

Wells transitions to new school administration manager role

Quincy Public Schools has added a school administration manager for the Adams County Regional Safe Schools and the Academic Behavior and Community Academy.