Staff Writer

Deborah Gertz Husar

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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.

Bylines

Farm and Field

Tariffs, feed costs sour pork outlook

Tariffs, feed costs sour pork outlook

SIU, QPS partner to listen to community, family issues
Education

SIU, QPS partner to listen to community, family issues

Two part-time workers, hired by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in late February and working with families since mid-March, are the latest step in a partnership with Quincy Public Schools and its school based health care initiative targeti

'It's not your normal student-staff game': Baldwin closes out 20-year basketball tradition
Education

'It's not your normal student-staff game': Baldwin closes out 20-year basketball tradition

Baldwin School students took on the staff on the basketball court for the final time Friday afternoon, closing out a 20-year tradition. It was the last game before the school closes at the end of this school year to make way for the new Baldwin K-5 school.

Health

Board of Health looks at transiton with long-time employee retiring

Director of Operations Leonard Schnellbecker plans to retire in December after 40 years with the Adams County Health Department.

Education

Say farewell to Adams, Berrian and Dewey at open houses

Sharing memories will be the goal of farewell open houses planned from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday for Adams School, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for Berrian School and from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 11, for Dewey School.

Hy-Vee stores donate $1,000 for QPS trees
Education

Hy-Vee stores donate $1,000 for QPS trees

Just in time for Arbor Day, Quincy's two Hy-Vee stores continue to challenge other businesses and organizations to provide trees for Quincy Public Schools' new K-5 school buildings.

Buddies boost brains with books at Ellington School
Education

Buddies boost brains with books at Ellington School

Ryleigh Hoyt read aloud "Llama Llama Red Pajamas" during a Tuesday afternoon get-together at Ellington School focused on the importance of reading and brain development.

Carthage cook says experimenting yields rich rewards
Food

Carthage cook says experimenting yields rich rewards

It's safe to say Kris Pilkington has a sweet tooth when it comes to cooking. Known for baking from-scratch pies and cakes, the Carthage woman would rather share the finished product than enjoy it herself.

Education

Longtime QPS nursing director retiring

Jeanne Martin spent 17 years working in a hospital setting in neonatal intensive care and obstetrics before finding a "natural" fit for the next 22 years with Quincy Public Schools. Martin will retire as QPS nursing director June 30.

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought
Farm and Field

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought