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.

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Quincy News

"Queer Eye" episode featuring QHS debuts Friday

QUINCY -- The fourth season of "Queer Eye," including the episode shot at Quincy High School, debuts Friday on Netflix.
Quincyans will be glued to the screen, including at a watch party planned Friday night at Grown N' Gathered and the Tap Room.

WW contest takes Brumbaugh to meet Oprah in Hawaii
Quincy News

WW contest takes Brumbaugh to meet Oprah in Hawaii

QUINCY -- Lexi Brumbaugh had no idea that committing to the WW approach for a third time would not only change her lifestyle but take her to Hawaii and to an opportunity to meet Oprah.
The art teacher at Unity High School in Mendon was one of 10 winners

School Board sells Washington School
Education

School Board sells Washington School

A school building housing children for generations will continue providing for children and their needs. The Quincy School Board, meeting in special session Monday morning, agreed to sell Washington School, 1400 N. Eighth, to Carl Douglas.

Antique appraisals to return to QPL
Quincy News

Antique appraisals to return to QPL

A favorite returns for the fourth time to Quincy Public Library next month for a program focused on antiques, the stories behind them and their value.

Illinois News

Emergency food, shelter funds available in Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike

QUINCY -- Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike counties have been awarded an estimated combined $35,000 in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Memorial Hospital Auxiliary disbands
Illinois News

Memorial Hospital Auxiliary disbands

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary may have disbanded, but it's made a lasting impression on the hospital and community.
"It is the end of an era," Auxiliary President Helen Walker said.
The auxiliary made the decision to disband in May 201

Homeward Bound Waggin opens adoption center in Quincy Mall
Quincy News

Homeward Bound Waggin opens adoption center in Quincy Mall

Kelsey Myers spent some time rocking the baby to sleep, and the yet-unnamed puppy luxuriated in all the attention. Comfy chairs for rocking puppies to sleep are just one feature of the new Homeward Bound Waggin Adoption Center, which opened Saturday.

Addiction coalition highlights drug-related items that don't merit second thought
Illinois News

Addiction coalition highlights drug-related items that don't merit second thought

CARTHAGE, Ill. -- What looks like a typical teen's bedroom with a bed, a desk and an assortment of stuff is hiding some secrets. Drug paraphernalia and red flags indicating substance use are "hidden in plain sight" in a new parent education display develop

Food

Savory over sweet

Don't expect Tracee Farmer to take the sweet route in the kitchen. "I've always liked salty and savory over sweet," she said.

Illinois News

Farmer Bureau to hold meetings about lock closures

MEREDOSIA, Ill. -- Planned closures next year on the Illinois Waterway System will impact transportation and markets -- and Illinois Farm Bureau wants farmers to be ready.
The organization will hold a series of five meetings in July and August, including on