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.
The Quincy School Board could decide as soon as this week on another name, or possibly two, for the new K-5 elementary buildings.
The Adams County Substance Abuse Coalition's Triena Larsen says the statistics from the 2016 Illinois Youth Survey on youth drug and alcohol use are concerning for parents, educators and the wider community.
Four people from West-Central Illinois turned long-standing ties to 4-H into Hall of Fame recognition.
Building five new K-5 schools in Quincy also means building five new PTA organizations. Jeann Morrison, working with PTA leadership at the current schools, is spearheading the process and hopes to have much of the plans in place by December.
Quincy Public Schools is piloting an after-school program this school year at Lincoln-Douglas Elementary, with plans to expand as the district's new elementary schools open. The program, available to Lincoln-Douglas families, is offered to K-3 students 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays when school is in session.
Having after-school fun and learning at the same time is the goal behind the Berrian Basketball Camp - a four-week program spearheaded by Troy Potts, a Berrian School alumnus who now is a senior at Quincy Notre Dame High School. "I just wanted to give back for the kids here. Some of them don't have the opportunities I did as a little kid to come to basketball camp, learn about the game and have fun after school," Potts said.
The Quincy Public Schools Foundation has a new face at its helm beginning Monday. Kent Embree has taken on the executive director's job held for the last 12 years by Julie Ross as the foundation looks to increase its impact in QPS and the Quincy community