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At the present time, both Massac Unit One and Joppa Maple Grove school districts have closed through at least April 7, following Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s press conference on March 20 due to the coronavirus.

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Massac Memorial Hospital Foundation has established a COVID-19 Response Fund as well accepting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations for hospital use. All of which are required for patient and employee safety. If community members wish to help with the COVID-19 response during this c…

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​Joppa-Maple Grove Beta members participated in the state convention in Springfield. All our students did great. The following students placed in their competitions and will progress to the national convention this summer.

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It definitely is spring. Mother Nature can’t seem to decide which weather she’d rather have. Cloudy and cool, rainy, or sunny and warm. I must say above all the uncertainties we are facing with the corona irus, I’m ready to get my yard mowed, shrubs trimmed and trees thinned.

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In this uncertain new world of social distancing, one Metropolis teenager did not keep his distance and acted quickly when he saw an injured woman, laying in the middle the street on March 19.

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Hello! Well I would ask how everyone's doing this week, but I would guess nothing but eating, sleeping and watching the television. I do look forward to my mile walk every day while dodging the rain. Of course you know what they say, "this too shall pass," and I'll be glad when it does

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Gov. JB Pritzker’s mandatory shelter in place is affecting all industries and the national and local economies amidst the international pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19.

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The COVID-19 virus circulating the country has canceled multiple events and gatherings, including the 2020 Metropolis Superman Celebration scheduled for June 11-14.

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Because of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak inching closer to southern Illinois, a proclamation of disaster was signed by Massac County Board Chairman Jayson Farmer and will be in effect for seven days. After seven days it can be extended by the entire county board if needed. Illinois Gov. …

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Following suit with other municipalities in the region, the Metropolis City Council and Mayor Billy McDaniel declared a local a state of emergency at its Monday night meeting in light of the coronavirus COVID-19.

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Every April after an evening mushroom hunt in the timber, the sunset’s glow across the home farm triggers a connective feeling to the land that I struggle to describe.

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At a special called meeting March 18, Brookport Mayor Tami Wessel issued a declaration of a state of emergency due to the recommendations by the federal government to try and slow the transmission of the virus Covid-19. No cases have been detected in Massac County as of that date. By passing…

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Good morning everyone on a sunny March Monday here in Reevesville. It sure is pretty outside.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Thieves steal surgical masks. A clinic sells fake COVID-19 tests. Hate groups encourage sick members to infect law enforcement officers. Imposters pose as public health officials. Con artists peddle fake cures and financial scams.

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois General Assembly on Monday began its second week of shutdown due to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, and officials said it is still uncertain when, or under what circumstances, the session will resume.

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday issued a “Stay at Home” order throughout Illinois, directing all residents to stay home except to conduct essential business, and all non-essential businesses to stop operations.

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Massac Memorial Hospital (MMH) on Friday, will launch a COVID-19 hotline at 618-638-1344, which connects patients to a team of medical staff dedicated to addressing concerns individuals about symptoms associated with the new coronavirus. This line begins Friday at 7 a.m.

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March madness is in the air this year, but it is definitely not basketballs on the court. It is a deadly virus the nation is trying to battle and in the process the steps being taken to combat it, have caused panic, fear, confusion and cause some people to hoard groceries, toilet paper and h…

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The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

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Homes are getting bigger, but it seems like people are still lamenting a lack of storage space.

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Home renovation projects can pay numerous dividends. Renovations can have a positive effect on resale value, make homes more livable for residents and, in some ways, make homes more affordable.

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An eco-friendly home offers many benefits. Besides reducing your carbon footprint and being better for the environment, you can save lots of money on your energy bills in the long run. Plus, many of the latest trends are simply beautiful. Here are some to consider for your next home or remodel:

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Backyard sheds can be useful assets. Sheds can create storage space in the garage, basement or other areas of the house that have become gathering spots for gear typically used outdoors. Sheds are ideal for housing mowers, tools and even pool-care equipment. But they can be put to other uses…

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Asphalt and concrete driveways are common throughout suburban neighborhoods. They are as much a part of a home as lawns, decks and other exterior elements. Regardless of how they’re utilized, driveways need to be cared for and maintained to retain their appearance and function.

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There are many reasons to renovate a home. Some homeowners purchase fixer-uppers and commit to making major renovations before they even move in, while others may renovate their homes with an eye on resale value. But many homeowners also take on renovation projects to make the homes more liv…

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It will be business as usual for Massac County Courthouse and county employees, with precautions, according to Massac County Commission Chair Jayson Farmer during a special Massac County board meeting held Monday because of Tuesday’s Primary Election.

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Shawnee Mass Transit District (SMTD) busses have traveled more than 24 million miles since it first began in January 2001 when it was created. In nearly two decades the transportation district has continued to expand within the five county region and it will grow again with a new depot facil…

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This fall Massac County will have a new circuit clerk, as Marcus Grace was the winner of the Republican Primary, winning with 962 votes, beating incumbent Sandra M. Riepe, who received 776 votes. With Grace winning the Republican nomination in Tuesday’s election, he will now move on to this …

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David Christian of Metro Satellite spoke at the March 10 council meeting about expanding Internet service to Brookport, if the water tower can be used to mount a device. There would be no contract and the fees would start at $39.99 a month with unlimited plans going up to $169.99 a month, de…

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Well things have really gone down hill this week. I was so looking forward to seeing grandson, Jacob, his wife Rachel and that little man, Jace, for a week. However Jacob was called back to the Air Force Base before I got to see them. It was such a sad day for me and for them. I sure wish we…

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Hello. Well, I bet some of you are about to go crazy by now, not being able to get out and go to work, eat out or visit friends and families in hospitals and nursing homes or go to school ballgames. Now they’ve closed the bowling alley. So just think, we only have a few more weeks of this.

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There have been more rainy, dreary days. I’m sure most of us are ready for some sunshine. Our bodies are in need of vitamin D. I just heard Thursday, spring officially arrives with 70 degree temperatures, which sounds awesome, but then the Friday it’s going to be 40. Please, Mother Nature, d…

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Good evening everyone on a chilly, soggy, Lord’s Day here in Reevesville. We sure aren’t complaining, because every day is a gift.

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Last year LEGO building mastermind Nicholas Mastramico created a replica of the Super Museum, along with two replicas of the Superman Statue. This year he put his engineering skills to work again to create a special, Super LEGO Shield, which will help benefit the Metropolis Chamber of Commer…

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SPRINGFIELD – As store shelves across Illinois empty of key products during the COVID-19 pandemic, public and private-sector leaders are urging shoppers to put less stress on the supply chain by not hoarding items.

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The Brookport Alumni had its second meeting. Class secretaries were given the invitations to give out. If alumni haven’t been contacted in several weeks, extra invitations will be at Brookport City Hall, Brookport Library and A & W Express. Please RSVP by Monday, June 1 for the dinner on…

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Gaming Board has ordered all 10 casinos in the state to suspend operations for 14 days starting Monday, citing public health concerns over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois health officials on Tuesday announced the first cases of coronavirus illness in people outside Cook County: a McHenry County resident in his late teens and a Kane County woman in her 60s who are likely the state’s first cases of “community spread.”

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The Metropolis Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual Cosmic Bowling fundraiser on Feb. 28. Almost $4000 was raised during the three game-tournament. The winning team was Silver Collections. Pictured from left are, Perry Dailey, Mark Hunter, Rick Griffey, Mark Walker, owner Kim Faulkner in fro…

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Hello. I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. It sure was a nice one. Maybe we’re done with winter, because spring will be here on Friday March, 20.

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The planning for the spring 2020 Massac County Academic Awards Ceremony is underway. The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 at the Metropolis Community Center. The Academic Awards Ceremony is provided to honor outstanding students from our region who have participated i…

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St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, located at the corner of Third and Catherine streets in Metropolis, will have its annual fish fry from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 27.