Taking a look back: 2012 Year in Review
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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 2012.

October

October started with the Metropolis City Council hearing that the Metro Pony was dropping the appeal to the U.S. District court in the case of Metro Pony LLC versus City of Metropolis on the belief that the city’s Sexually Oriented Business ordinance was unconstitutional.

At the same meeting, the council passed an appropriations ordinance for the 2012-13 fiscal year. This was the first time in many years the city had passed a balanced budget.

Sentencing finally came for Gary R. Towler of Normal in his case involving seven felony counts relating to his operation of Metropolis Memorial Gardens. Towler was sentenced to serve 120 days of jail time and to pay restitution of $62,449.95.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a confirmatory order to Honewell, which outlined actions the company needed to take before it could resume operations.

During an inspection in May, the NRC concluded that should a tornado or major earthquake happen, there would be a higher risk to the public than previously thought if there was a leak of uranium hexafluoride.

One week after the county board heard the county was in the red by $6800 after paying payroll, County Treasurer Floyd Sullivan announced he would retire on Dec. 28 due to health reasons.

The board was informed Sullivan’s replacement must be from the same political party and could be based on a recommendation from any party.

The Lady Patriot golf team brought home a state trophy for the third time seven years. Coach Kim Futrell has led the girls to the state tournament all six years she has been the head coach.

Approximately 40 descendents of Civil War veterans honored their ancestors by re-enlisting 150 years after the original sign-up for the war. The event took place during a Civil War Commemoration held at Fort Massac State Park.

November

November was a month of new businesses. Metropolis celebrated the opening of a comic book store, Daily Star Comics.

The store is owned and operated by Will Bruhn, a Superman fan who moved to Metropolis in June after visiting the town during past Superman Celebrations.

Jonathan and Susan Russell bought the former Pat’s Market in Brookport and re-opened it as Barney’s Market.

The Russells remodeled the inside of the store, opened up the floor plan and added a large mural of the Brookport Bridge to a wall.

The most sought after race in the November general election was the office of Massac County Commissioner. Jeff Weber beat out incumbent Billy Hillebrand with 3133 votes versus Hillebrand’s 2308 votes and Tim Pearcy’s 833 votes.

The 20th annual Groceries For Good in Massac County collected 673 bags of groceries for area food pantries. The event was sponsored by the Metropolis Planet, Big John, Save A Lot and Barney’s Market and collected food for COPE Food Pantry, Faith Tabernacle and Guardian Family Services. It was voluntarily run by local Girl Scout troops and Amvets Post 132.

City residents learned lower electric bills would be coming in December. After voting to suspend the rules, the Metropolis City Council voted to adopt an ordinance amending the Purchase Power Adjustment (PPA). The reduction of the PPA was anticipated to be between 0 and 2.8 cents per kilowatt for the next 12 months.

During County Commissioner Billy Hillebrand’s last meeting as commission chair, he appointed Randy Rushing to fill the seat of County Treasurer after Floyd Sullivan’s retirement on Dec. 28. Rushing’s nomination came from the Democratic Party, and no nominations were received from the Republican or Constitution parties before the appointment was made.

December

The process of the appointment of Rushing was questioned by several groups and individuals.

Former County Treasurer Sharon Glass spoke out against the appointment and questioned the procedure as to which the appointment happened.

Rushing declined the appointment before even taking office, stating it would take too much time away from his business.

Following an elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., county commissioners heard a need for more safety measures and security at the courthouse. Options for one public entrance with a metal detector are being explored.

County residents voiced their opinions at two public hearings regarding a zoning ordinance.

The last time the City of Metropolis passed a zoning ordinance was 1964 and the current Zoning Commission has been working on a new draft for almost 10 years.

County residents were concerned with the one and a half mile extraterritorial jurisdiction.



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