Of course, what was big news here may not seem to important now, but this is what made the news in Massac County in 2012.
The month of July began as a feel good news month in Massac County. Two separate groups were featured for undertaking community gardens to help community members and COPE food pantry. First Baptist Church planted vegetables at its new Massac Creek Road location and a group of citizens grew a garden along the riverfront.
Three local churches also agreed to a church building swap. After First Baptist Church’s move to its new location on Massac Creek Road, its former building needed new tenants. In a perfectly organized swap, First Baptist agreed to give its building to Eastland Baptist Church, which in return would give its building to Ohio Valley Baptist. Ohio Valley Baptist then would turn its building over to First Baptist.
An extreme drought in southern Illinois caused the city and county fire departments to enact burn bans on June 28 on open burning in Massac County. The Harrah’s Metropolis firework show was still put on as usual on the banks of the Ohio River.
Sentencing for Gary Towler was moved to Aug. 6 after his attorney, Dale Pruett, in the July 6 court proceedings made a motion for continuance. The proceedings included two and one-half hours of testimonies of employees of the Illinois Comptrollers office.
Honeywell officials met with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss upgrades that were needed to safely restart production at the facility. A spokesperson for Honeywell stated there were no current plans to close the facility permanently and they were working with the NRC to determine what upgrades to complete. They later announced layoffs and a shutdown for more than two-thirds of their workforce, union and non-union, until at least Sept. 21.
The Massac County Sheriff’s Department welcomed a new K-9 officer to its team. Balak, who was undergoing training for narcotics, would eventually be trained to smell cannabis, methamphetamine, opiates, heroin and cocaine.
Nationwide Glove Company permanently shut their doors on July 16. The landmark Metropolis business had been in business since 1978 and employed less than 10 people at its closure.
Starting the month of August was the bust of two active methampetamine labs in Metropolis within a three-day time span. The Massac County Sheriff’s Department arrested five people in relation to the labs.
There was full house at the first meeting of the month for the Metropolis City Council after the city started enforcing an ordinance that had been in existence at least 2008. The ordinance held property owners of rental properties liable for unpaid utility bills left by tenants. At the request of citizens objecting to the enforcement, an ordinance meeting was scheduled to review it. At the meeting, the Ordinance Committee recommended to the council that any part of any ordinance that holds owners of properties responsible for payment of all charges assessed that is not in their names be repealed.
Six local girls competed in the 2013 Miss Metropolis Scholarship Pageant held yearly at Harrah’s Special Events Center. Taylor Deming, daughter of Scott & Sherry Deming, was named 2013 Miss Metropolis.
The county mailed out and began collecting property tax bills for 2011. Normally, tax bills were mailed out in November of the year the taxes are for, but Massac County, as well as other surrounding counties, were late this year.
After suffering a building loss from a fire in early spring, Upper Salem Baptist Church merged with Weaver Creek Baptist Church. The two congregations had worshipped together since the fire in May.
The Super City-Quilt City Connection welcomed an estimated 200 people and 12 vendors to the quilt show. Lindsey Light, Metropolis Tourism director, said those numbers were up from the previous year.
A Halloween skit in the Labor Day Parade, hosted by the Lions Club, caused quite a stir. The skit featured military men with guns killing zombies, which many parents felt was not suitable for children to witness.
The stir led the Lions Club to hold a meeting with the City of Metropolis to establish guidelines for future Labor Day parades.
The Massac-Metropolis Port District, with support from the City of Metropolis, announced it was in the process of purchasing the Ingram Barge property. Ingram Barge had recently moved its operations to Paducah after acquiring the former U. S. United Barge line in Metropolis. The 20-acre riverfront property would allow the building of a Metropolis River Port.
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