Taking a look back at 2013: Year end review
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Several members of the Save The Massac committee gathered in May for a ceremonial passing of the building’s key. The committee purchased the building from Larry Ward in April. Pictured are, from left, Bonnie Lillie, Deneal Bullock, Karla Ogle, Glenda Sullivan, Tish Lewis, Ward, coordinator Lisa Gower, Denese R. Peebles, Patti Monday and Evelyn Tanner. Those not pictured include treasurer Randy Rushing, Rozanne Wilkins and Bruce and Paula Cummins.
— Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
Several members of the Save The Massac committee gathered in May for a ceremonial passing of the building’s key. The committee purchased the building from Larry Ward in April. Pictured are, from left, Bonnie Lillie, Deneal Bullock, Karla Ogle, Glenda Sullivan, Tish Lewis, Ward, coordinator Lisa Gower, Denese R. Peebles, Patti Monday and Evelyn Tanner. Those not pictured include treasurer Randy Rushing, Rozanne Wilkins and Bruce and Paula Cummins. — Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
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To remind readers of what happened in Massac County during the past year, the Metropolis Planet is presenting this year-end review. Most of the items mentioned here appeared on the front page of the Planet when the event occurred.

Of course, what was big news here may not seem to important now, but this is what made the news in Massac County in 2013.

April

Land of Lincoln Lumber expanded into Metropolis’ Industrial Park. The company, based out of Harrisburg, supplies coal mines in Illinois and Kentucky with cribbing to support and strengthen a mine shaft. The company was set to hire 12 employees and double the number within a year.

Steve Ptacek resigned as superintendent of Joppa-Maple Grove. Replacing him as interim superintendent was Bill Biggerstaff.

During the spring general election, Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel was re-elected to another term and Brookport elected John Klaffer as the new mayor after Judy Askew resigned early and did not seek re-election.

Margot Kidder and Michael Rosenbaum were announced as the headlining celebrities for the 35th annual Superman Celebration. Both had previously attended the celebration.

Honeywell stated they were still on schedule to re-start production in June after making mandatory updates required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant had been shut down since July 2012.

Joe Matesevac was named the new Massac County Highway Engineer after the retirement of Larry Glasco. He had previously worked at HMG Engineers.

May

Ten years after an EF-4 tornado touched down in Massac County, the Planet looked back at three of the victims of that terrifying night. Ervin Quint, Verna Becker and Calvin and Mary Barnett shared their story with our readers.

After 36 years with Massac Unit One school district, Kelly Glass, coach of the Patriots football, team resigned to take an assistant coaching position at the new McCracken County High School in Paducah.

May also brought us a feature series on local missionaries. Our pages featured the Lange family, Metropolis Postmaster Greg Rednour, Dr. Randy Oliver and Cheryl Brookshire, and Susanne Schneider.

The Save the Massac committee gained ownership of the Massac Theater. After purchasing the theater in 2011, Larry Ward sold the theater to the group after deciding to leave Metropolis.

The Massac County Relay For Life raised over $127,000 for the American Cancer Society at the overnight event at Fort Massac State Park (FMSP).

The City of Metropolis began work on the sewer separation project to to separate the remaining combined sewer lines. The project is from the riverfront to 10th Street and from Vienna to Girard streets and will be completed by November.



June

USEC in Paducah, with employees in southern Illinois, sent notice to 160 employees that they would be laid off in August. USEC was not able to finalize a deal for the short-term extension of uranium enrichment at the plant and began ceasing operations at the end of May.

The Metropolis Public Library celebrated 100 years a Carnegie library with an old-fashioned watermelon bust.

The Metropolis Chamber of Commerce reported record crowds at the 35th annual Superman Celebration. Although attendees broke the record for the most people dressed as Superman at the Superman statue, they failed to break the Guiness World Record.

Bill Hartley of Eddyville was announced as the next CEO of Massac Memorial Hospital after David Fuqua stepped down after five years. Hartley was most recently vice president of business development at Harrisburg Medical Center and has experience at critical access hospitals like Massac Memorial.

Contingent on an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Metropolis City Council authorized the purchase of disc golf equipment to build a disc golf course at FMSP.
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