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

Education

New projection shrinks deficit in 20-21 QPS budget

New projections for the corporate personal property replacement tax mean a better bottom line in the 2020-21 budget for Quincy Public Schools.

Illinois News

Renewed effort to make New Philadelphia national park

In a time of social unrest nationwide, Phil Bradshaw believes the story of New Philadelphia and its founder Free Frank McWorter resonates more than ever.

QPS Foundation kicks off Dream Big Campaign
Education

QPS Foundation kicks off Dream Big Campaign

COVID-19 may have forced changes to the Quincy Public Schools Foundation's Dream Big Annual Campaign, but the overall goal remains the same to support the school district, its staff and its students.

New sculpture at Iles 'represents our school well'
Education

New sculpture at Iles 'represents our school well'

Braeden Reed had two words to say about the newest piece of art at Iles Elementary School.
"It's cool," the fourth-grader said.

Quincy News

New app launches Quincy sculpture walk

A new app launched Friday is designed to take people on a sculpture walk in Quincy.

QPS school improvement plans reflect COVID challenges
Education

QPS school improvement plans reflect COVID challenges

One month into the school year, Quincy Public Schools Superintendent Roy Webb says he's "extremely impressed" with district staff, students and the community.

Volunteering 'a way of life' for award winner
Illinois News

Volunteering 'a way of life' for award winner

Abigail Oakley sees volunteering as a good way to give back to the community.
Lloyd Lawber made volunteering a priority through most of his adult life, working with organizations ranging from Cub Scouts to the Dana-Thomas House.

Community health workers connect QPS families, students to services
Education

Community health workers connect QPS families, students to services

Quincy Public Schools will have two, instead of four, community health workers this school year because of a funding change, but work will continue to connect families to resources and keep kids in school.

Agriculture

Ursa Farmers cuts the ribbon at new Camp Point facility

Roger Hugenberg says time is money for today's farmers — especially heading into the busy harvest season.

Crowd pleasing
Illinois News

Crowd pleasing

Cooking for a crowd never bothers Dianna Arnsman.
"I don't care who's at my table," the Mendon woman said. "There's always room for one more."