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

Missouri cash rent rates drop

Missouri cash rent rates drop

Board looking at 'strong options' for K-5 building names
Education

Board looking at 'strong options' for K-5 building names

The Quincy School Board could decide as soon as this week on another name, or possibly two, for the new K-5 elementary buildings.

Coalition seeks community help on reducing youth drug, alcohol use
Health

Coalition seeks community help on reducing youth drug, alcohol use

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.

State 4-H Hall of Fame honors four from West-Central Illinois
Illinois News

State 4-H Hall of Fame honors four from West-Central Illinois

Four people from West-Central Illinois turned long-standing ties to 4-H into Hall of Fame recognition.

Education

North 12th Street school 'ahead of the game'

Certified staff at the new school on North 12th Street got a first look at the new facility under construction this week as part of a meet-and-greet. They posed for a group photo and walked through the construction site.

New elementary schools means building new PTA organizations
Education

New elementary schools means building new PTA organizations

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.

Police & Courts

Crash near Pearl injures two

A Wednesday afternoon crash near Pearl injured two.

Pilot program offers after-school care at Lincoln-Douglas
Education

Pilot program offers after-school care at Lincoln-Douglas

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.

Education

Berrian alum offers basketball program stressing 'seven habits'

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.

Embree takes over at QPS Foundation
Education

Embree takes over at QPS Foundation

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