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When frontline healthcare workers at Massac Memorial Hospital were asked why they were getting the vaccine against novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it didn’t take long for Whitney Bradford to state her reason.

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Natalie Harris will have a much different view of the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice president-elect Kamala Harris than she imagined a few weeks ago.

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Boy Scout Troop 101 paper drive is SaturdayThe Metropolis Boy Scout Troop 101 paper drive is Saturday, Jan. 16. Newspapers should be bundled together and set out for pickup from 8:30-11 a.m. The paper drive community project is held the third Saturday of odd numbered months. Future collectio…

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CHICAGO — While students are struggling nationwide with remote education and college plans seem to be more up in the air than ever, there is some good news in Illinois.

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SEMO announces fall 2020 dean’s list

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Enjoy a continuation of the year in review looking the news that made headlines in 2020.

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Survey teams are using the next few months to conduct flood studies of Massac Creek, primarily focusing within the creeks’ riparian corridor from the confluence with the Ohio River near Metropolis up to Rosebud Road. Residents should be aware of the periodic presence of survey crews in the area.

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ANNA — Rural Health, Inc., is funding and administering eight healthcare scholarship opportunities. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior at each of the following schools: Anna-Jonesboro, Cobden, Dongola, Goreville, Joppa, Massac County, Shawnee and Vienna. Home-school…

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The Illinois Fire Marshal's Office is investigating what caused the fire that destroyed Bob Harper Ford in Vienna on Friday night, Jan. 8. Vienna firefighters responded to the business about 7:30 p.m. and remained at the scene until 2:16 a.m. Saturday. It took almost two hours to get the bla…

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois motorists saved $200,000 in 2020 after Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White agreed to waive electronic check processing fees to ease the financial burden on Illinoisans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As 2020 was wrapping up, business owners around Metropolis took a few moments to fill out an application seeking at least some reimbursement of funds related COVID-19.

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The Massac County Commission approved a motion to display the 2021 budget at its meeting Tuesday.

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These are certainly strange times that we are living through!

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For years, as a volunteer and board member at Project Hope Humane Society, Tish Lewis noticed something, to the point it began gnawing at her.

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SCC extends hours for spring registrationShawnee Community College is offering extended registration hours for its spring semester. Registration is open until 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 7; from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 9; and until 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11. Students have opt…

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Metropolis Planet. It’s amazing to me to think that as you read these words, it’s quite likely that the first week of 2021 will have already passed!

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers will return to the capital city on Friday for a “lame duck” session that is expected to focus on the state’s COVID-19 response, a nearly $4 billion budget deficit and a host of social issues being advanced by the Legislative Black Caucus.

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Enjoy this year in review of the news that made headlines in 2020. The review will conclude next week.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging residents to take time in the coming weeks to test their homes for radon as part of Radon Action Month. Radon related health risks are preventable with a simple home detection test.

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Jeff Stroder, with Cape Girardeau, Missouri, CPA firm Beussink, Hey, Roe & Stroder, presented the 2019 audit results to the Massac County Commission at its meeting Tuesday. Commission chairman Jeff Brugger was absent.

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For years, with its location on Metropolis Street just blocks from the Ohio River, the Washington Park gazebo has been a central part of the Metropolis landscape.

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SPRINGFIELD — When a new year begins in Illinois, there typically are dozens if not hundreds of new laws going into effect.

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I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday, but I must admit that it did not seem like a normal Christmas. Yes, we sent out cards and decorated the tree, but there was something strange about the atmosphere.

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Happy New Year to everyone. 2020 is one year I am glad to kiss goodbye, but hope is on the horizon. Mostly, that concerns the virus pandemic and the vaccinations coming on line. It would be nice to have gatherings once more and feel safe going to the movies or festivals. Small businesses and…

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Massac Memorial Hospital Foundation recently received a donation of nearly 300 articles of clothing from West End Plaza. The clothing, including sweatshirts, sweatpants, pullovers and T-shirts, will be distributed to the hospital’s emergency, New Beginnings and inpatient departments. When pa…

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Paper drive dates announcedMetropolis Boy School Troop 101 has announced it will continue its paper drive community project. The drive is held the third Saturday of odd numbered months. Collection dates are: Jan. 16; March 20; May 15; July 17; Sept. 18; and Nov. 20. Newspapers should be bund…

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Southern Seven Head Start will reopen its Head Start Early Learning Centers on Tuesday, Jan. 5, for in-person classes. Remote learning classes are still available for families that request them.

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With surges in COVID-19 numbers projected to rise following the holidays, Metropolis City Hall and all city buildings are remaining closed to the public.

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Barry W. Irby of Metropolis, Illinois, formerly of Rosiclare, Illinois, passed peacefully on Saturday, December 26.

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Just as report cards provide parents and teachers with an idea of how their students are progressing during the school year, school districts have their own report card that lets their constituents know how schools individually and districts as a whole are doing.

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With all members voicing their agreement that students need to be back in as normal a school week as possible, the Massac Unit 1 School Board unanimously voted at its meeting on Monday to return to the four-day learning schedule on Monday, Jan. 4.

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Four hundred twelve students have been named to the Union University dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester.

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Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and otherwise happy holidays. It has been a different one this year. The sentiments are there, but my family gatherings are not. Keeping to small groups is the name of the game for now. Share that you care is the only thing to do, but not in person. …

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CHICAGO — While students are struggling nationwide with remote education and college plans seem to be more up in the air than ever, there is some good news in Illinois.

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SEMO announces fall 2020 dean’s list

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  • 0

Enjoy a continuation of the year in review looking the news that made headlines in 2020.

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Survey teams are using the next few months to conduct flood studies of Massac Creek, primarily focusing within the creeks’ riparian corridor from the confluence with the Ohio River near Metropolis up to Rosebud Road. Residents should be aware of the periodic presence of survey crews in the area.

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ANNA — Rural Health, Inc., is funding and administering eight healthcare scholarship opportunities. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior at each of the following schools: Anna-Jonesboro, Cobden, Dongola, Goreville, Joppa, Massac County, Shawnee and Vienna. Home-school…

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The Illinois Fire Marshal's Office is investigating what caused the fire that destroyed Bob Harper Ford in Vienna on Friday night, Jan. 8. Vienna firefighters responded to the business about 7:30 p.m. and remained at the scene until 2:16 a.m. Saturday. It took almost two hours to get the bla…

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois motorists saved $200,000 in 2020 after Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White agreed to waive electronic check processing fees to ease the financial burden on Illinoisans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As 2020 was wrapping up, business owners around Metropolis took a few moments to fill out an application seeking at least some reimbursement of funds related COVID-19.

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The Massac County Commission approved a motion to display the 2021 budget at its meeting Tuesday.

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These are certainly strange times that we are living through!

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For years, as a volunteer and board member at Project Hope Humane Society, Tish Lewis noticed something, to the point it began gnawing at her.

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SCC extends hours for spring registrationShawnee Community College is offering extended registration hours for its spring semester. Registration is open until 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 7; from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 9; and until 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11. Students have opt…

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Metropolis Planet. It’s amazing to me to think that as you read these words, it’s quite likely that the first week of 2021 will have already passed!

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers will return to the capital city on Friday for a “lame duck” session that is expected to focus on the state’s COVID-19 response, a nearly $4 billion budget deficit and a host of social issues being advanced by the Legislative Black Caucus.

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Enjoy this year in review of the news that made headlines in 2020. The review will conclude next week.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is urging residents to take time in the coming weeks to test their homes for radon as part of Radon Action Month. Radon related health risks are preventable with a simple home detection test.

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Jeff Stroder, with Cape Girardeau, Missouri, CPA firm Beussink, Hey, Roe & Stroder, presented the 2019 audit results to the Massac County Commission at its meeting Tuesday. Commission chairman Jeff Brugger was absent.

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For years, with its location on Metropolis Street just blocks from the Ohio River, the Washington Park gazebo has been a central part of the Metropolis landscape.

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SPRINGFIELD — When a new year begins in Illinois, there typically are dozens if not hundreds of new laws going into effect.

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I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday, but I must admit that it did not seem like a normal Christmas. Yes, we sent out cards and decorated the tree, but there was something strange about the atmosphere.

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Happy New Year to everyone. 2020 is one year I am glad to kiss goodbye, but hope is on the horizon. Mostly, that concerns the virus pandemic and the vaccinations coming on line. It would be nice to have gatherings once more and feel safe going to the movies or festivals. Small businesses and…

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Massac Memorial Hospital Foundation recently received a donation of nearly 300 articles of clothing from West End Plaza. The clothing, including sweatshirts, sweatpants, pullovers and T-shirts, will be distributed to the hospital’s emergency, New Beginnings and inpatient departments. When pa…

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Paper drive dates announcedMetropolis Boy School Troop 101 has announced it will continue its paper drive community project. The drive is held the third Saturday of odd numbered months. Collection dates are: Jan. 16; March 20; May 15; July 17; Sept. 18; and Nov. 20. Newspapers should be bund…

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Southern Seven Head Start will reopen its Head Start Early Learning Centers on Tuesday, Jan. 5, for in-person classes. Remote learning classes are still available for families that request them.

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With surges in COVID-19 numbers projected to rise following the holidays, Metropolis City Hall and all city buildings are remaining closed to the public.

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Barry W. Irby of Metropolis, Illinois, formerly of Rosiclare, Illinois, passed peacefully on Saturday, December 26.

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Just as report cards provide parents and teachers with an idea of how their students are progressing during the school year, school districts have their own report card that lets their constituents know how schools individually and districts as a whole are doing.

top story
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With all members voicing their agreement that students need to be back in as normal a school week as possible, the Massac Unit 1 School Board unanimously voted at its meeting on Monday to return to the four-day learning schedule on Monday, Jan. 4.

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Four hundred twelve students have been named to the Union University dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester.

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Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and otherwise happy holidays. It has been a different one this year. The sentiments are there, but my family gatherings are not. Keeping to small groups is the name of the game for now. Share that you care is the only thing to do, but not in person. …

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Many offices and local businesses will be closed Friday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas, and again on Friday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s Day.

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CARBONDALE — Houseplants are popular holiday gifts, but caring for them through winter with its shorter days, low humidity and lower light intensity presents challenges. Clinton Chamness, a greenhouse manager at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, has tips for winter plant care and sugg…

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CARBONDALE — Nearly 300 FFA students throughout the country virtually gathered at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for its first-ever national horse judging event on Dec. 11.