Staff Writer

Matt Dutton

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Matt Dutton joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in October 2016. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features. A Monmouth native, Matt received a bachelor’s degree in English from Monmouth College. While at Monmouth College, he studied journalism under former NBC Nightly News Executive Director Joe Angotti. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, he interned with the Gatehouse Media Review Atlas in Monmouth. After receiving his degree, he became the Review Atlas’ staff reporter. In his free time, Matt enjoys hiking, fishing and playing the drums.

Bylines

Illinois News

Dot Foods breaks ground on $17.1M in projects at Mount Sterling facilities

Dot Foods broke ground Tuesday morning on two projects representing a total investment of more than $17 million. The main project is a $14.6 million office expansion that will add 60,000 square feet.

Brothers Osborne to headline Adams County Fair
Illinois News

Brothers Osborne to headline Adams County Fair

Grammy-nominated country music duo Brothers Osborne will headline the Adams County Fair Star Concert this year.

Former Carthage residents adopting four siblings from Colombia
Illinois News

Former Carthage residents adopting four siblings from Colombia

Kurt and Rachel Davis will soon have more children than the Brady Bunch. The Lakin, Kan., couple, who used to live in Carthage, have three biological children and are adopting four siblings from Colombia who believe they are being separated.

LIFE STORIES: Toby character follows actor through life
Illinois News

LIFE STORIES: Toby character follows actor through life

Everyone knows him as Toby Dick Ellis, but to his family, he is still Richard. Born in 1927 in Minneapolis, Richard Elsenpeter's early years came at the height of the Great Depression. "Nobody knew it," he said. "Everybody was poor, but you didn't know that. Everybody was in the same boat."

Illinois News

Golden Windmill Follies to celebrate 25th anniversary

Golden residents will soon take to the stage to perform for the community and raise money for its most notable landmark. For more than two decades, the Golden Historical Society's Windmill Follies has been one of the town's annual social highlights.

Two natives bring new Catholic radio stations to region
Religion

Two natives bring new Catholic radio stations to region

QUINCY -- Two St. Louis residents with ties to Quincy have brought their Catholic radio network to the area. Tony Holman is from Quincy, and Teresa Holman was born in Hannibal, Mo., but they didn't meet until they both moved to St. Louis. A calling to sha

Gus Macker to have live bracket updates through app this year
Quincy News

Gus Macker to have live bracket updates through app this year

QUINCY -- Participants and spectators will be able to follow the action in Quincy's Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament from their phones this year. Gus Macker owner Scott McNeal said an app will be available this year that will allow people to track t

Pike County lodges recognized on statewide lists
Illinois News

Pike County lodges recognized on statewide lists

Harpole's Heartland Lodge ranked ninth on Best of Illinois' top 15 most romantic places in Illinois. Sprague's Kinderhook Lodge was referenced in OnlyInYourState.com's list of "11 Small Towns in Rural Illinois that are Downright Delightful."

Elections

Illinois municipalties seeing contested mayoral elections

A friendly rivalry has developed in Mount Sterling's mayoral race. Independent candidates Matthew Bradbury and Emily Buss have worked together before.

Local Government

Four candidates remain in Hancock County EMS director search

The Hancock County Board discussed the possibility of bringing in an outside company to run the county's ambulance service during its board meeting Tuesday night.