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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Illinois News

Grading work next step in Historic Nauvoo plan

Grading work expected to be finished this fall is part of the "landscape features" included in the Historic Nauvoo Long-Term Enhancements Plan, outlined some 18 months ago by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and approved by the Nauvoo City Council, to increase authenticity and improve guest experiences.

Handprints from Baldwin students, staff will be incorporated into biplane sculpture
Education

Handprints from Baldwin students, staff will be incorporated into biplane sculpture

Baldwin kindergartner Kambree McDaniles can't tell you what a sculpture is. Neither can her classmate Derek Lopez. But both had a hand in creating one Tuesday with help from South Carolina artist Bob Doster.

MoBeef for MoKids program comes to Palmyra schools
Education

MoBeef for MoKids program comes to Palmyra schools

Eating homegrown beef at suppertime is nothing unusual for brother and sister Kye and Tyne Lehenbauer and their cousin Heidi Lehenbauer. But now beef from Lehenbauer Farms is on the menu this month for lunch for the cousins and their classmates in the Palmyra school district.

Pittsfield city clerk retiring after 37 years
Illinois News

Pittsfield city clerk retiring after 37 years

Pittsfield City Clerk Cindy Prentice says what she'll miss the most is people coming into City Hall.

Education

QPS celebrates end of a journey with Denman dedication

QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools dedicated Denman School, its fifth and final new K-5 elementary building, on Saturday morning, taking time to celebrate, say thank you and look back at a project designed to change the future of education in the community.

Culver-Stockton freshman from Freeport, Grand Bahama, watches Dorian's wrath from afar
Missouri News

Culver-Stockton freshman from Freeport, Grand Bahama, watches Dorian's wrath from afar

CANTON, Mo. -- From more than a thousand miles away, Craig Rolle watched as Hurricane Dorian bore down on his homeland of the Bahamas.
"I just felt helpless knowing that I'm away from home," the Culver-Stockton College freshman said. "I can't really do any

Education

Building financial literacy key for students' futures

QUINCY -- Elena Mast has a working knowledge of credit and debit cards and how to manage her money when she's older.
"If I were to grade my knowledge, I would probably give myself an A-. There's still way more stuff I can learn," said the seventh-grader at

Education

QPS thinks "outside the box" in hiring teachers

QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools boosted its number of competency-based teachers for the 2019-20 school year.

Education

QPS dedicates new Denman School on Saturday

Sarah Atwater Denman Elementary School stresses the importance of student leadership, so students will play a key part in Saturday's dedication for the K-5 building.

Arts Quincy, Moorman Foundation partner to provide sculptures for Quincy schools
Education

Arts Quincy, Moorman Foundation partner to provide sculptures for Quincy schools

QUINCY -- A new partnership will bring sculptures to eight Quincy schools designed to inspire both students and the community.
Arts Quincy (the Quincy Society of Fine Arts) and the Moorman Foundation expect the eight pieces to be installed by April at Quin