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I can't say I have much news. I just haven't gotten out of the house except for taking my mom to her doctor's appointment. For some reason I had them all bunched together, but we take them as they give them. Then again we got the routine appointments out of the way pretty fast.

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Hello everyone. I don't know about you, but I wish the weather would stay one temperature or the other. It's no wonder a lot of us are sick all the time. Of course I see people wearing shorts whether it's 80 degrees or 8 with no hats, gloves or even coats anymore. I guess we're a tough bunch.

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As Monday dawned, it was finally with a little sunshine on the horizon. After all that rain and those dreary days, our first rays of sunshine are so welcomed.

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Massac County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 0.9812, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue.

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Everyone is invited to come on out and support and enjoy the Joppa and Maple Grove ball teams. These guys and girls are working very hard and I am sure more support would be greatly appreciated by the teams. Games are posted on the Joppa-Maple Grove face book page, so check it out and plan o…

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Belmont University has released the names of students who achieved the Dean's List at Belmont University for the Fall 2019 semester. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

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Joppa resident Hailey Kendall-Statam, a junior majoring in social work, was named to the fall 2019 Dean's List from Brescia University for completing at least 12 credit hours with a 3.5-4.0 GPA.

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SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois economy grew at a slower pace than most neighboring states and the nation as a whole during the third quarter of 2019, according to new figures released Friday.

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Kentucky Lake eagle viewing cruises will be hosted on the CQ Princess, a 96-foot, double-decker luxury yacht, on Jan. 18-20, all departing from Kenlake Marina at Kenlake State Resort Park.

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We've given our readers a look back at what happened in 2019, but with a new decade ahead, here is a glance back at some of the highlights from the past decade in Massac County.

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The youth department of First Missionary Baptist Church, located at 413 W. Seventh St. in Metropolis, will observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20.

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Prairie State Insurance Cooperative (PSIC) recently announced an equity return to several members in the amount of $1,205,308. The return includes monies for workers' compensation policy years 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15. According to Robert McDermot, chairman of PSIC, among those …

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The Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition (MCDAC) announced on Jan. 10, it is a recipient of $125,000 per year grant from the Drug-Free Communities Support Program for each of the next five years. The funds will be used to prevent substance abuse among youth in Massac County.

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SPRINGFIELD -- New rules governing how retail gun dealers do business go into effect Friday and include the types of records they must keep, how weapons and ammunition are to be stored and the kinds of video surveillance and security systems they must maintain.

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The New Year is a time when everyone makes resolutions that can lead to better choices for a better way of life. West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) can help meet that goal.

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The 21st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Community Celebration will be held at the Carbondale Civic Center, on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. Doors will open at 3 p.m. for light refreshments and viewing of community organizations' information tables. The theme for this year's celebration is "S…

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The Ohio River, already higher than normal here, always makes a scenic backdrop for those colorful sunsets, like this one from Christmas day. With the weekend's heavy rainfall, it is likely to be on the rise again. More scattered storms are expected later this week.

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Southern Seven Health Department has just reported the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has identified, since September 2018, 177 person-to-person outbreak related cases, with one death, of Hepatitis A (HAV) in the state. Nationwide, there have been over 29,000 cases and over 300 …

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Pope County Supervisor of Assessments Maureen Stafford has recently learned a company named Land REI, LLC has sent letters and purchase agreements to many Pope County residents. According to Stafford, the letter states they want to purchase property and the purchase agreement has a monetary offer.

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Mercy Health-Lourdes Birthing Center will offer free prenatal classes to prepare expecting parents for their new arrivals. The classes provide attendees current and relevant information on childbirth and breastfeeding.

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The Feed My Lambs Ministry, operated out of Grace Church, is announcing the start of a new food pantry, located at Grace Church, 818 W. 10th St., starting next Thursday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) will host a Guns and Cash Bash to benefit elk and other wildlife, during the Kentucky Outdoor Life/Field & Stream Expo in Paducah, on Saturday, at the McCracken County Convention & Expo Center.

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Illinois Army National Guard members serving their first military service obligation have 20,000 reasons to sign up for another six years of military service. But they'll need to act fast to meet the Friday, Jan. 31 deadline.

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So I had a whole list of area birthdays and now can't find them. I put them down somewhere, but there is no telling where. So I just hope the New Year has started off well for everyone.

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Hello. Well it's the year 2020. I can remember when the New Year was 2000. Some thought the world was ending, and the computers were crashing. Here it's been 20 years since then. Boy, those 20 years sure went by fast.

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It's Bunco time for the Senior Citizens and the Next Generation this coming Tuesday, Jan. 14. Teams of two play each other with the losers moving on to the next team after completion of the set. Each win gets a card punched and at the end, the one with the most holes punched is the winner an…

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Time is running out for homeowners and business owners to apply for low-interest, long-term loans provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assist with recovery efforts associated with the historic flood of 2019. The filing deadline to return loan applications for physical …

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Good evening everyone on another blessed Lord's Day in Reevesville. The Lord sure has been good to us, hasn't He.

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Massac County commissioners heard Tuesday morning from visitors Jerry Boney, of Metropolis, and Steve Hogg, of Pope County, who gave a presentation regarding House Bill 101, which is before the Illinois General Assembly. The bill, Hogg said, calls for counties to separate from Cook County.

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The Feed My Lambs Ministry, operated out of Grace Church, is announcing the start of a new food pantry, which will be located at Grace Church, 818 W. 10th St., starting next Thursday, Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Illinois State Police (ISP) is still investigating a hit and run, which occurred Dec. 31 on Butler Street killing Jackie D. Laird, 48, of Metropolis.

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Although the former Dam 52 is still in the process of being dismantled, the Massac-Metropolis Port District (MMPD) has its sights set on trying to obtain the property, as Executive Director Scott Garrett explained on Jan. 3 during a roundtable discussion of city and county leaders along with…

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SPRINGFIELD -- Two of the state's largest electric utilities owe their customers a combined $543 million in refunds, according to state regulators, but there is sharp disagreement over how much time the companies should have to pay it back.

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SPRINGFIELD -- A task force formed to study ways to reduce property tax burden on Illinois residents is calling for consolidation of school districts and other local units of government and a boost in the state's share of funding for K-12 education.

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We've given our readers a look back at what happened last year in 2019, but with a new decade ahead, here is a glance back at some of the highlights from the past decade in Massac County.

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Each year, millions of people around the world welcome the start of a new year by making personal resolutions. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI), Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies thr…

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) officials recently announced the college awarded $855,000 in scholarships to 385 students in the 2019-2020 academic year.

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With Illinois now the 11th state in the nation to legalize adult-use cannabis and the first to do so with equity at the core of its approach, on Dec. 31, 2019 Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker granted 11,017 pardons for individuals whose low-level cannabis convictions have held them back from jobs…

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SPRINGFIELD -- The first day of legal sales of recreational marijuana in Illinois went "extraordinarily well," according to one industry representative, with total sales on Jan. 1 of nearly $3.2 million.