Maggie Menderski

Journalist. Storyteller. Conversationalist.

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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

King Sam

ROCHESTER — Rochester High School’s prom king is well-known for greeting his public. Sam Forestier walks through the hallways daily and says hello to every student and faculty member he … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

But they didn’t teach me to cut wedding cake in J-School?

I fell asleep last night with nearly a whole can of hairspray in my hair and a hunting knife larger than a high heel just inches from my head. Still, … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Growing a memory

CHATHAM — Susan Baird spent only a few days as a student at Glenwood Intermediate School, but her memory there will continue to grow. The 10-year-old left hospice care at … Continue reading

May 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

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