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Matt Hopf

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Matt Hopf has joined The Herald-Whig newsroom as a staff writer in 2010. His primary responsibility is covering Illinois region news and features, and also writes the popular "Answers" column. A Palos Heights native, Matt received a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University. Before starting at The Herald-Whig, Matt interned with the GateHouse Media State Capital Bureau. He also interned at newspapers in Palos Heights and Tinley Park. In his free time, Matt roots for the Chicago White Sox and the Green Bay Packers, watches cooking shows religiously and plays trumpet in the Quincy Concert Band. Matt and his wife, Melissa, live in Quincy and have a daughter.

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Police & Courts

Wagner sworn in as Adams County sheriff

Adams County Sheriff Rich Wagner was "humbled and honored" to serve as sheriff "This is something that I don't know if I dreamt of from a younger age, but it's something I'm glad to be," Wagner said.

Moore reflects on decision to not run
Elections

Moore reflects on decision to not run

Kyle Moore says he decided not seek re-election about two weeks ago, but until that point he kept the option open.

Early voting kicks off in Illinois
Elections

Early voting kicks off in Illinois

More than 100 people cast their ballots in less than an hour Thursday morning when the Adams County clerk's office opened for the first day of early voting in Illinois.

Moore won't seek third term as Quincy mayor
Elections

Moore won't seek third term as Quincy mayor

Mayor Kyle Moore will not seek a third term next year. In a video posted to his Facebook page Thursday morning, Moore confirmed that he will not seek re-election.

Police & Courts

VonderHaar says farewell to Adams County Sheriff's Department

Adams County Sheriff Brian VonderHaar admits that he feels a little nervous as he closes out his career.

Quincy News

New program designed to assist new residents

A new program is being launched to help new residents "plug into the Quincy and Adams County" community.

Health

Adams County passes 1,000 COVID-19 cases, new daily high

Adams County has exceed more than 1,000 total positive COVID-19 cases. The Adams County Health Department 29 new cases Tuesday, bringing the county's total to 1,006 cases.

Local Government

Ordinance to annex property into Quincy fails

A plan to annex two properties on the city of Quincy's north side that would have allowed for the annexation of several other properties was narrowly defeated.

Quincy News

Park District to explore Art Keller Marina privatization

A drop in boat slip rentals over the last decade at Art Keller Marina on Quinsippi Island could lead to changes at the Quincy Park District-owned facility. The main discussion will be whether the Park District should privatize the marina.

What is being built in Madison Park near the playground?
Answers

What is being built in Madison Park near the playground?

What is being built in Madison Park near the playground?

A gaga pit is being built in the park. It is one of two that have been added to Quincy parks in recent weeks.

Both were built as part of Eagle Scout projects.

The project in Madison Park is led by Chris Weber of Troop 91, and it should be complete in the near future.

A gaga pit was installed last month in South Park as part of another Eagle Scout project. Louis Wilson of Troop 5 completed the project

The octagonal structures are for the dodgeball-like game that has gained popularity in Scouts.

What is gaga ball? How is it played?

Basically, it's similar to dodgeball but over a smaller surface area. Usually, it's played with a traditional dodgeball, but any other ball will suffice.

There are no teams. Each player is on their own, and there can be few or many players as the gaga pit will hold.

All players start at the edge of the gaga pit. A...