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A car is just a car, or is it?  Maybe not if the vehicle is owned and driven by three generations of a family. Back in 1980 this Massac Memo told the story of one such special automobile.  Now all that remains is a hubcap, and many years of memories.

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No one can deny that newspapers have drastically changed in the past several years, especially after the great recession in 2008. About the same time the social media market exploded, and newspapers found themselves trying to figure out how to incorporate this new digital world into our prod…

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Dear readers, in today’s edition of the Metropolis Planet you will find the candidate questionnaire section filled with questions and answers from local and state candidates seeking public office for this spring’s primary election. Election Day is Tuesday, March 20. These questions include t…

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In 2017 there was a problem with the Joppa-Maple Grove School district tax rate that taxpayers discovered.  The county had failed to apply Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) — which limits the amount of money a taxing district can receive — for numerous years.  That mistake result…

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I think it’s safe to say it’s been a really rough week and a half for many people. What happened at Marshall County High School on Tuesday, Jan. 23 is something we never expect to happen around here. Especially given the fact that it happened just 20 short years ago at Heath High School in W…

  • Rich Miller
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For a while now, the book on Chris Kennedy has been that he may not be cut out for a career in politics, despite his famous last name and pedigree as the son of Bobby Kennedy and nephew of John F. Kennedy.

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Is there any safe place nowadays? There seems to be more and more incidents of violent incidents on our television screens as breaking news or during the nightly news.  Is it because news is more readily available than it was years ago, or is it because there are just more people committing …

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Editor’s Note: This Massac Memo from 40 years ago tells the sad story of United Mine Workers from north of here coming down to ransack the offices at Cook Coal Terminal.  The Cook employees were able to escape out the back way before the mob reached the offices.

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I’ve always heard fashion comes and goes in cycles and what used to be “in,” with enough time, would be back “in” again.

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As 2018 begins, we cannot help but think Massac County will begin the year with a lot of challenges on different fronts.

  • Rich Miller
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“I’m not in charge,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said recently, “I’m trying to get to be in charge.”

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It only happens once in a lifetime. A great state of the United States of America will celebrate its 200th birthday on Dec. 3, 2018 resulting in a year long bicentennial celebration that kicked off on Monday in Massac County.

  • Susan Odum
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In this season of giving thanks, it is fitting we “Show Some Love” for our small businesses and entrepreneurs. Our local businesses are a reflection of our region’s unique character. They help define who we are and play an integral role in making our region a great place to live, work and play.

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Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season, but it’s the next day, Small Business Saturday, that really puts me in the holiday spirit.

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Until recently, state Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) had been passing separate nominating petitions for both her reelection to the Illinois House and a possible primary bid for governor against incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner.

  • Rich Miller
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen House Speaker Michael Madigan move faster to get in front of a legislative issue than he did last when he vowed action to address the climate of sexual harassment at the Illinois Statehouse.

  • Rich Miller
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Democrat JB Pritzker spent $21 million on his gubernatorial campaign through the end of September and recently opened his tenth campaign field office.  The billionaire spent more money on staff and consultants last quarter ($1.5 million) than any of his primary opponents raised.

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Over the past several weeks, we have had different questions arise about our policies here at the Metropolis Planet. Some of these are printed each week in the newspaper, while others are not. We hope this editorial will help our readers understand our procedures better.

  • Jim Zachary
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While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.”

  • Areia Hathcock
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There are good things going on in Metropolis. Last month I was given the opportunity to tag along with community leaders, business owners and city officials to a meeting of the International Council of Shopping Centers for downstate Illinois. The meeting took place in Edwardsville — a town c…

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Late last Thursday night I was chasing a story about the rumored retirement of state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, Illinois’ first ever female house majority leader, when I got a text message from a high-level employee of Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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Where do we go from here in dealing with the addition problems to methamphetamine and other drugs?

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It’s been clear for decades that the way Illinois funds its public schools has been wrong-headed. But finding a solution has eluded everyone who has tried. Until now.

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For a town dependent on tourism and tourism dollars, there are a few Metropolis motels that need to shape up.  In the weeks leading up to the total solar eclipse, there were media reports about how the rates at some motels were inflated.  That is legal for motels to do.

  • Rich Miller
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Chicago has vast property wealth and the largest population by far in Illinois. But it also has a large amount of that property wealth locked up in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts.

  • Clyde Wills
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Eight days in Cuba does not make me an expert. But remembering the Cuban Revolution, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis and then visiting Cuba, does give me some insight into the problems between our two countries.

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There is currently a poll on our website, www.metropolisplanet.com, asking where people will watch the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. The majority of those people who have answered the poll have indicated they will be watching from home.

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Within the past week two plans have been revealed — both dealing with aging, iconic buildings in the community. The first plan was that of the Massac County Commissioners, dealing with the on-going effort to renovate the old courthouse.

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The majority of county residents probably received a very misleading automated phone call Sunday and Monday slamming State’s Attorney Patrick Windhorst and the Massac County Board of Commissioners.

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Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno was the first ever female leader of a state legislative caucus in Illinois. That alone puts her in the history books.

  • By Michele Longworth
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I wasn’t excited about it at first, I’ll admit. Maybe it is because everyone started talking about the eclipse well over a year ago. But, the closer it gets, the more excited I have become. We are now officially less than two months away — just seven more Mondays and it happens.

  • Chris Brockow Super Fan
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The Superman Celebration started Thursday, June 8 at 5 p.m. but we arrived in Metropolis Tuesday, June 6.

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In over a decade, Massac County has seen its fair share of disasters. Some had more of an impact than others, but all had an affect on the people who experienced them.  In 2003, there was the tornado that touched down in northern Massac County during the middle of the night.