Maggie Menderski

Journalist. Storyteller. Conversationalist.

Back to the books

GILLESPIE — Andy Easton has dedicated his career to teaching his students about independence. No wonder he regained his so quickly. Even without his legs. Gillespie High School welcomed Easton … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Moving miracles

PANA — Erica Matthews still remembers the first four-word conversation she had with Connor Taylor. She asked, “Where’s mom?” He said, “She’s upstairs.” Then Matthews began sobbing. Matthews, 26, had … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rochester home renovation project reveals remnants of 19th century log cabin

ROCHESTER — Janelle Melton can easily imagine what life looked like on her property in the 19th century. It’s inside her home, where she still has the log-and-mortar walls the … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Check it out

AUBURN — A yellowing copy of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” has a much longer life span than the computer used to look up its location in the library. For … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘Bring it on!’

EDINBURG — A crash on Illinois 29 in 1992 cut Melody Traughber’s life short, but her legacy has been anything but brief. The dangerous two-lane stretch south of Springfield where … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Herald-Whig earns 41 awards in 2013 newspaper contests

The Quincy Herald-Whig received 39 awards — including two for its coverage of the Newcomb Hotel fire, two for its website and two for general excellence — in the Illinois Press … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

School’s out, forever

TOWER HILL — Brock Schoonover only attended one year of middle school, but he didn’t skip a grade. Instead, many in the Pana Community School District believe the state skipped … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment
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