Taking a look back at 2013: Year end review
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William “Bill” Daley, former Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, visits with Metropolis News Editor Linda Kennedy during his visit to the Metropolis Planet in July.  
— Terra Temple | Metropolis Planet
William “Bill” Daley, former Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, visits with Metropolis News Editor Linda Kennedy during his visit to the Metropolis Planet in July. — Terra Temple | 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.

July

The second half of the year began with the members of First Baptist Church sharing their bounty. For the second year in a row, church members planted a community garden and distributed fresh vegetables to those in need.

I-66 Corridor officials met with the Massac County Commissioners in an effort to receive feedback on the proposed new road connecting Paducah to Cape Girardeau. A public meeting was scheduled.

After several farmers in the area complained, the Massac County Sheriff’s Department had to step up patrols in monitoring ATV usage on private land and farms.

Work officially began on the city’s sewer separation project to install a storm sewer along Metropolis Street. It was scheduled to conclude in November.

Honeywell began full production on July 10 after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission okayed the restart. The plant underwent upgrades that stemmed from a shutdown after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in 2011.

William “Bill” Daley, Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, visited Metropolis on a road trip across southern Illinois. Daley is a native of Chicago and worked for the Clinton administration in Washington, D. C.

Miss Metropolis Taylor Deming placed in the Top 11 in the Miss Illinois pageant held in Marion. She was recognized as the People’s Choice winner in a new online voting contest.



August

At the first Massac County Commissioners meeting of the month, the commissioners passed an Equal Employment Opportunity ordinance stating they would abide by the federal and state law. They also heard from ESDA director Joe Miller that the county was officially a “storm ready county.”

Metropolis’ first dog wash opened at Larry’s Corner Laundry. The enclosed room features a dog wash station and also includes a hair drying station.

The 20th annual Gospel Benefit at First United Methodist Church raised almost $6000 for the American Cancer Society and featured several musical guests from Nashville, Tenn.

Four local girls took the stage for the Miss Metropolis Pageant in late August. Haley McCaslin, daughter of Bradley and Karri Leach, won the Miss Metropolis 2014 crown and will compete in the Miss Illinois pageant. Kristin Foster won Outstanding Teen and Courtney Burgess won Outstanding Pre-Teen.

The Save The Massac organization filmed a Kickstarter video for an upcoming fundraiser. Superman Josh Boultinghouse was in town for the production of the video.



September

Having been open since 1954, Farley’s Cafeteria officially closed its doors forever. Cindy Wilke, who had owned the business since 1998, cited her health and slow business for the reason for closing.

A $5.8 million surgical center, to be built on Fifth Street, was supported by the county commissioners when they wrote a letter of support. The center is being opened jointly by Massac Memorial Hospital and the Orthopedic Institute of Paducah and will be completed in late 2014 or early 2015.

The disc golf course at Fort Massac State Park was installed right before Labor Day weekend. The city hopes to increase attendance to the park by attracting disc golf tournaments.

A report detailing what repairs needed to be completed at the fort at Fort Massac was expected to be completed by December. There was currently over $750,000 in an escrow account earmarked for repairs.

After the retirement of Tim Fornes in late August, Josh Stratemeyer was sworn in as the Massac County Assistant State’s Attorney. Stratemeyer had previously been employed at Kruger, Henry & Hunter.

The highly debated zoning ordinance saw its first reading at the Metropolis City Council meeting. Those impacted by the new ordinance and its accompanying zoning district map are those who receive City of Metropolis utilities.

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