Taking a look back at 2013: Year end review
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The expansion project will extend this north end of the building and bring with it additional space for the shelters many cats.
— Michele Longworth | Metropolis Planet
The expansion project will extend this north end of the building and bring with it additional space for the shelters many cats. — 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.

October

Massac Memorial Hospital was awarded a complete radiology Picture Archiving Communication System from Freedom PACS. FreedomPACS, based out of Michigan, periodically awards HIPAA compliant systems to rural health providers to equip them with the latest medical imaging technology.

The Metropolis City Council passed the 2013-14 Appropriations Ordinance, appropriating $40 million, $30 million of which is in expenditures.

Rachael Leek was crowned the 2013 Homecoming Queen during a Massac County football game against Herrin.

Ground was broken to begin the Metropolis Hope Light at Dorothy Miller Park. The goal of the lighthouse is to communicate awareness of cancer signs and symptoms in order to increase early detection and survivorship.

Brookport City aldermen amended the ordinance adopting rules and regulations governing the sale, distribution and consumption of alcohol to allow package sales on Sunday. Those for the amendment cited economic benefits, while those against the amendment cited moral issues.

Project Hope announced plans to build an 841-square foot addition to the north side of its existing building to house the ever-growing population of cats.

The Friends of Fort Massac was awarded a $116,000 Tourism Attraction Grant from the Illinois Office of Tourism to be used as matching funds to purchase the former Laidlaw property located next to the park.



November

Placing flashing lights at the intersection of North Avenue and Country Club Road was a topic of discussion at the first county commissioners meeting of the month. Local residents feel there are too many car accidents at this intersection and something should be done about it.

The Metro Chamber held its 86th annual banquet with over 150 guests in attendance. Massac Memorial Hospital was recognized as large business of the year and MidCountry Bank was recognized as small business of the year.

At the River Ministries and Life Church Eastland joined forces to host a community Thanksgiving meal.

November 17 was a devastating day when an E-F3 tornado touched down in Brookport and moved through Unionville. The storm left three people dead in Massac county and damaged or completely destroyed over 150 homes and businesses. The county was declared a major disaster area by President Barack Obama.

During National Adoption Month, the Planet featured three family adoption stories – Louise Elliot, the Holbrooks and the Broughtons.

December

Clean-up continued in Brookport after the deadly tornado and donations from the community came in by the truckloads. FEMA set up a temporary office in the Brookport Library to aid residents in applying for financial help.

Brookport’s mayor, John Klaffer, was in a serious car accident and was airlifted to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. Due to his severe injuries, Tom Souders was named interim mayor and continued focusing on clean-up efforts in the city.

A study of the proposed North 45 TIF district was made available to the public. Ten acres of the 17 acres it would account for must be annexed by the city. Rick Abell, city attorney, noted that the district has the potential to generate $70,000 to $80,000 in possible tax revenue with the proposed development of the ambulatory surgery treatment center.

A semi-truck snarled traffic on Fifth Street after the driver knocked down three utility poles along Ferry Street next to the post office. Streets were shut down for over six hours while workers repaired the utility lines.

Four years after its inception, the Massac-Metropolis Port District was still hitting the ground running. They passed their first ordinance at a special called meeting on Dec. 3 relating to permits and usage in and within 40 feet of the Ohio River within Massac County. The ordinance was considered a tool to assist with development plans in the future.

Severe storms in November were followed with an ice and snow storm at the beginning of the month canceling area events including the Metro Chamber’s Christmas parade. The end of the month brought the area heavy rains that caused flooding around the county canceling more Christmas events.

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