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Doug Quick, who is retiring after 47 years in the media, is preparing for a newscast Thursday at WCCU in Champaign.

Doug Quick, originally from Taylorville, wanted to stay in central Illinois during his television career.

“I didn’t want a permanent contract with U-Haul,” Quick said, noting that job and location change is common in the newscast industry.

So he decided to become a weather presenter.

“I’ve noticed when it comes to the longevity of meteorologists, they seem to have nailed it,” Quick said.

It worked. Quick, 67, has been a mainstay of WCCU Fox Illinois as a weather presenter and will retire at the end of the month after a 47-year career in the broadcast and television industry.

“I love central Illinois. I have worked in all of the central Illinois markets: Springfield, Decatur, Champaign and Danville. I never intended to go anywhere else.

Rick Lipps, Managing Director of WCCU, said he has worked with Quick for the past seven years: “I can say he is a true professional and has been the backbone of our information operation in the world. central Illinois. Doug is a prominent on-air talent, author, historian, and has been a mentor to more journalists than I can count.

The Western Illinois University mass communications specialist, who specializes in radio / television, never became a meteorologist, but said weather was something he had been studying for a long time, which helped him understand what that was going on with the weather and “communicating … in order to relate to people not necessarily on a scientific level like some meteorologists do,” he said. “I didn’t become a weather presenter to run a class. I just wanted to tell the weather.”

Quick worked in radio for 25 years and kept his hand in this industry until 2003, while also working in television.

He was also promotion manager for NewsChannel 15, co-host of “Sunrise Today” before moving on to news bulletins at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. while also serving as a local weather presenter for FoxIllinois News at Nine. . Quick has also hosted the public affairs show “Spotlight 15” for 18 years.

Quick has seen its share of major local news events, including the Danville Church bombing, tornadoes in Springfield, Champaign-Urbana, Ogden and most recently, Gifford and Washington.

“There is a lot that has happened when it comes to the news,” he said. “When it comes to the actual work here, people come and go. I had no desire to go elsewhere.

Quick lives in Alvin and has a studio in his house which he uses for emergency weather broadcasts. He used the studio a lot as he worked from home for several days during the COVID-19 shutdown last year.

Weather presenters these days have a lot more big, shiny gadgets to illustrate the weather than when it started.

“We weren’t far from having small magnetic objects on the map showing the frontal limits” when he started. “We had a huge weather computer. It took 45 minutes to render a 10 second video. The radar was sometimes 30 minutes after the incident.

When Quick started he had an Underwood typewriter in his office and there were only a few computers in the station. Now he estimates there are probably 300 to 400.

He remembers when former meteorologist Keith Page would leave after the first news of the day and return 15 minutes before the 10pm broadcast.

“It doesn’t work like that today,” Quick said.

Mix social media and many other platforms to communicate with the public and it’s more than a day’s work for a weather presenter.

Quick was considered one of the best in his field. He received the Silver Circle Award from the Mid-America Chapter of the National Television Arts and Sciences for his work documenting the history of local television. In 2017, he was named Best Mid-Market TV News Presenter, receiving the Silver Dome Award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association.

Quick also does voiceover, which he intends to continue after his retirement. He said he wouldn’t mind returning to the radio either.

His wife, Melissa, wants him to “sit down for a while”.

Quick said he’d like to get in the car and drive around the country, but Melissa isn’t too keen on the idea.

The Quicks have two daughters – Miranda (Herb Simmons) and Mindi (Derek Martin) and a grandchild.

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Kim Young; his daughter, Rachel Young Dewey, a third-grade teacher; and Violet, Rachel’s daughter.

Granddaughter makes three

It’s kind of a family affair at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Elementary School this year.

Kim Young is a special education aide at the school and her daughter, Rachel Young Dewey, is a grade three teacher.

Rachel’s daughter Violet has entered the preschool program and completes the trio.

Young has been studying for 19 years and her daughter for nine years.

Young said she had recently returned from a bout with cancer and that her return to work was “very therapeutic.”

“I missed the staff and the children very much. I’m so happy to be back, “she said.” I really like it here. “

It is not yet known if Violet dreams of being a teacher.

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The head of the regional establishment is a candidate for re-election

Elected for his first term in November 2018, Gary Lewis will seek re-election as regional superintendent of schools in Champaign and Ford counties in 2022.

He had over 30 years of experience in education before becoming a Regional Superintendent, having served as Superintendent of Catlin Schools for six years and of Oakwood Schools for four years. He began his teaching career at Sheldon High School.

As regional superintendent, Lewis served as the liaison between public health and public and private schools in each county and worked with emergency management during the pandemic. His office helped secure a five-year federal grant to retain and recruit special education teachers across Illinois.

He said his office made sure that the 1% sales tax money reached schools within two days of being released in his office 100% of the time.

Its office serves public and private schools and more than 26,000 students. Services include licensure, homelessness, truancy, professional development, technology support and professional development and alternative school supervision.

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Teacher Assistant Lacey Taylor took a face pie for a good cause – Gibson City flood relief.


Do you want an ice cream with this?

The Fisher High School Student Council recently hosted a fundraiser that raised $ 930 to help with the Gibson City flood relief effort.

Led by Katie Landers and Ryan Grieser, the student council organized 50/50 designs in the first two home football games and held a “Pie-Your-Favorite Teacher” contest at the school.

Staff members who volunteered had pots laid out, and students voted for the staff member by placing money in their pots. The staff member with the most money “wins” the competition.

Lacey Taylor, a teaching assistant in the building, got a pie in the kiss during Friday’s soccer game against GCMS on Friday night.

The Fisher and GCMS school districts, although rivals, also share a close bond with a few cooperative sports teams.

“Our communities are close to each other, so our students wanted to do something to try and help,” said Robert Lindsay, a teacher at Fisher High School.

Sale of books to benefit veterans

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Robert Hayes, author (left) and actor.

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Robert Hays the actor supports Robert Hays, professor emeritus and author at the University of Illinois, in the latter’s efforts to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Hays is the star of films such as “Airplane” and “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey”, the television show “Starman” and the host of the A&E television series “Fasten Your Seatbelt”.

Hays, the author, said he and his actor counterpart have had good-humored exchanges on Twitter “over the past few years due to a funny confusion on the Internet” about the two men.

Hays, the actor, said he hoped people would support the writer “in helping the veterans of our armed forces who have made immense sacrifices in the service of our country.”

All proceeds from sales of author Hays’ latest novel, “An Inchworm Takes Wing” (including publisher’s share) by December 31 will go to the Wounded Warrior Project to help support veteran care suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hays noted that a US Department of Veterans Affairs report last year showed more than 6,000 veterans kill themselves each year. Most, but not all, are considered to be related to PTSD.

“They need help,” he said, “and this is where support organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project can make a difference.”

Hays has also published in the field of military history. His collaboration with General Oscar W. Koch, “G-2: Intelligence for Patton,” published in 1971 and still in press, has become a standard reference for historians writing about World War II.

His latest book, “An Inchworm Takes Wing”, is his sixth book.

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Horizon Hobby officials presented USO officials with a check for $ 50,000 to benefit military service members.

$ 50,000 check to USO

Horizon Hobby presented United Service Organizations (USO) representatives with a check for $ 50,000 to support its programs.

Horizon Hobby President and CEO Chris Dickerson said it was an honor for Horizon Hobby and Hobbies for Good “to support the important work the USO does for our military personnel and their families. We are grateful for our heroes and are happy to give back. “

The USO keeps military service members connected to family, home, and country through acts of kindness, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, not-for-profit organization, not a government agency.

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