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 too important now, but this is what made the news in Massac County in 2011.
Assistant Superintendent Angela Farmer left Massac Unit One to take a position as system director at St. Mary's Schools in Paducah. Farmer had been assistant superintendent for eight years, during which time she had worked with many programs, including Pre-K, advanced placement and special education. There were no immediate plans to fill her position at Unit One.
How Metropolis spends its funds for tourism was in the news, as the City Council voted to maintain a presence with Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau but transfer most of the funding to the newly forming Southern Illinois Tourism Network. At stake were $25,000 for marketing and $57,600 for a local tourism office and director. Local funds come from the hotel and motel tax, while the agency is responsible for securing grants and operating programs. With the change in agency, Angie Shelton resigned as Metropolis tourism director, and Sheryl Durham was chosen to temporarily fill the position.
Metropolis' recycling bins were closed and removed as potentially hazardous items were found on a regular basis. Along with the expected recyclable paper, glass, plastic and aluminum were found ammunition, horse manure, tires, batteries and other unacceptable items. It was hoped that the problems could be resolved and bins again be made available, but at year's end no solution had been found.
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