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Members of the Kiwanis of Metropolis will launch their 2020 Peanut Day fund raising project on Saturday, Sept. 19, and again on Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Members of the Kiwanis and Massac County High School Key Club members will set up roadblocks at two intersections in Metropolis to so…

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After suspending the rules at its meeting Monday, the Metropolis City Council adopted the annual appropriations ordinance for fiscal year 2020-21.

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories examining how local school districts are handling instruction in the era of COVID-19. The second story will appear in next week’s edition.

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In some 35 days, Election Day 2020 will be here. But that one day means a lot of preparation for the Massac County Clerk’s office, especially in the year of COVID.

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What a cool Monday morning. Just a small taste of fall to tease us. Hopefully fall temperatures and humidity will return soon to stay.

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Members of the Kiwanis of Metropolis will launch their 2020 Peanut Day fund raising project on Saturday, Sept. 19, and again on Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the Kiwanis and Massac County High School Key Club members will set up roadblocks at two intersections in Metropolis to sol…

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Hope Light initiated its 2020 ovarian cancer campaign in March beginning on World Ovarian Cancer Day and continuing through this month of September that is ovarian cancer awareness month.

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As Christians we often think the world does not know about God and this is the reason they go about their merry way being captivated by sin. This may be partly true as they do not understand all the details about the Bible and what God wants from them, however, every human has inherited the …

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My neighbor turned 60 last Sunday. His daughter surprised him decorating his fence with birthday greetings, balloons and a surprise parade of honking horns. Belated happy birthday, Roy Wayne Neely.

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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can catch families off guard. When such a diagnosis is made, patients and their families typically have a host of questions, including how far the disease has progressed and what to expect as it advances.

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During the prime of their lives, people typically don’t give much thought to scenarios in which they become ill or are facing the end of life. Sickness and mortality are not easy conversations to have, but it is important for everyone to approach these heavy topics with close family members …

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Regular visits with a medical professional are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Too often people visit the doctor only when they are ill, as they may not realize just how essential well visits and physical exams are.

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Regular visits with a medical professional are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Too often people visit the doctor only when they are ill, as they may not realize just how essential well visits and physical exams are.

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A downpour of rain with booming thunder and lightning didn’t stop the Massiac Marines on Saturday afternoon during their monthly visit to Fort Massac State Park. As re-enactors of military and civilian life in the 18th century, they’re used to all kinds of weather.

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Charlie Stubblefield is recovering from surgery, hoping he has a speedy recovery. He will have a big surprise when he gets home — Tom Mclelland and Mike Joiner spent most of Saturday re-doing his driveway and fixing up the yard. I was also lucky enough to have them spread new gravel in my driveway.

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Charles Russell “Hop” Hopson, Metropolis, whose lifetime of service to his country and community spanned decades, died Friday at Superior Care Home in Paducah. He was 101.

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As we witness more and more of the chaos going on in our country, it is sometimes hard to know what the responsibility of the follower of Christ might be. I speak as a believer and pastor who greatly appreciates this wonderful country in which we live realizing that it exists within a fallen…

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OK, folks, this week is all about me and modern technology. We do not do well together. If it wasn’t for my awesome neighbors, William and Michelle Meyer, I would still be back in the 70s!

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When depression and anxiety affect your daily life, treatment options such as counseling can be a helpful tool in recovery. There are many different forms of counseling, but at the center of each is the caring relationship between a mental health professional and a patient.

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“Let food be thy medicine” is a quote attributed to Hippocrates, the ancient scholar considered to be the father of modern medicine. The saying relates to the notion that what people put in their bodies can heal and/or prevent certain conditions.

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For many people, the old adage of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” is the motto they have lived by throughout their lives. Often times, this philosophy has served them well. However, at some point in life, it has failed many people. Depression often affects people to the extent forme…

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Coming off the Labor Day weekend, the Southern Seven Health Department confirmed 27 new cases of COVID-19 in its seven-county region Tuesday, including three from Massac County — a female in her 40s, a female in her 60s, and a male in his 60s.

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CARBONDALE — The number of first-time college students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale increased by 31.2% this fall. The total reflects a 32.9% increase in new first-time students enrolling from the Southern Illinois region.

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The Massac County Commissioners approved a federal aid agreement and funding resolution Tuesday for the county’s share of a paving project from Teague Hill Road to the Johnson County line on New Columbia Road.

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It sure was nice to get a break in the humidity for a couple days, but as Labor Day arrives it has returned. At least the rain has subsided for a few days. I think we got enough last week to last for quite a while.

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If you are in need of food assistance, Emmanuel Temple Ministries COGIC will be distributing food on Sept. 15 from 4-6 p.m. The food pantry is here to serve the community and all is welcome.

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Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies. High school seniors, as well as qualifying college students, should apply now for 2021 admission.

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Depression is a mental illness, but it can affect your body as well as your mind. Sleep problems, for example, can be a symptom of depression.

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Pets bring much joy to the lives they touch. So it should come as no surprise that the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey, which was conducted by the American Pet Products Association, found that about 85 million families in the United States own a pet.

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A rainy Monday was in store for us this week. Just hoping with September beginning this week we will begin to feel some cooler temperatures and humidity. Fall is just around the corner. I’ve already seen some leaves turning.

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The Ole Timers Southsiders Reunion/Luncheon, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at Calvary Baptist Church in Paducah, will not be held this year due to COVID-19. Mark your calendar for next year, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, and pass the word to other Southsiders.

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SPRINGFIELD — Included in the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan in 2019 was a $400 million investment aimed at providing statewide broadband access to every residence, business and community institution across the state by 2024.

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Massac County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp has begun allocating money from the $1.8 million in property tax payments received as of last week into the various county funds, she told the county commissioners in a recent meeting.

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With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the rise, the Southern Seven Health Department will host two free mobile testing sites in the region over the Labor Day weekend.

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While outgoing Metropolis Municipal Airport Manager Jerry Caudle will be available to help with the transition, the new manager is no stranger to the operation.

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Word is if the conditions are right, the Harry Statham Youth Basketball League may get started in October. Originally, plans were to have an early league but that would have conflicted with soccer and we want as many kid activities as we can safely have.

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The city council approved the hiring of Wayne Helm as the new manager of the Metropolis Municipal Airport on Monday night, effective Sept. 1.

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A male is his 70s is the first confirmed death in Massac County related to COVID-19, the Southern Seven Health Department announced Tuesday.

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The Metropolis Lions Club has reluctantly cancelled its annual Labor Day Parade over concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19.

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When thinking about renovating their homes, homeowners may imagine changing wall colors, expanding room sizes or upgrading appliances and fixtures. However, unless people take inventory of the less glamorous components of the home, such as structure, plumbing, heating and cooling, and insula…

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Gardens provide an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In fact, many gardening enthusiasts typically cannot wait for the spring thaw so they can spend the next several months tending to their plants under the warm sun. But a gardener’s work is never truly done, and th…

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Remote work has been around for many years, though it certainly picked up steam in 2020. In an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in March 2020 government officials implemented stay-at-home measures that mandated many working professionals to begin working from h…

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Members of the Kiwanis of Metropolis will launch their 2020 Peanut Day fund raising project on Saturday, Sept. 19, and again on Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the Kiwanis and Massac County High School Key Club members will set up roadblocks at two intersections in Metropolis to sol…

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Hope Light initiated its 2020 ovarian cancer campaign in March beginning on World Ovarian Cancer Day and continuing through this month of September that is ovarian cancer awareness month.

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As Christians we often think the world does not know about God and this is the reason they go about their merry way being captivated by sin. This may be partly true as they do not understand all the details about the Bible and what God wants from them, however, every human has inherited the …

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My neighbor turned 60 last Sunday. His daughter surprised him decorating his fence with birthday greetings, balloons and a surprise parade of honking horns. Belated happy birthday, Roy Wayne Neely.

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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can catch families off guard. When such a diagnosis is made, patients and their families typically have a host of questions, including how far the disease has progressed and what to expect as it advances.

  • 0

During the prime of their lives, people typically don’t give much thought to scenarios in which they become ill or are facing the end of life. Sickness and mortality are not easy conversations to have, but it is important for everyone to approach these heavy topics with close family members …

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Regular visits with a medical professional are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Too often people visit the doctor only when they are ill, as they may not realize just how essential well visits and physical exams are.

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Regular visits with a medical professional are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Too often people visit the doctor only when they are ill, as they may not realize just how essential well visits and physical exams are.

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Charlie Stubblefield is recovering from surgery, hoping he has a speedy recovery. He will have a big surprise when he gets home — Tom Mclelland and Mike Joiner spent most of Saturday re-doing his driveway and fixing up the yard. I was also lucky enough to have them spread new gravel in my driveway.

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Charles Russell “Hop” Hopson, Metropolis, whose lifetime of service to his country and community spanned decades, died Friday at Superior Care Home in Paducah. He was 101.

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As we witness more and more of the chaos going on in our country, it is sometimes hard to know what the responsibility of the follower of Christ might be. I speak as a believer and pastor who greatly appreciates this wonderful country in which we live realizing that it exists within a fallen…

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OK, folks, this week is all about me and modern technology. We do not do well together. If it wasn’t for my awesome neighbors, William and Michelle Meyer, I would still be back in the 70s!

  • 0

When depression and anxiety affect your daily life, treatment options such as counseling can be a helpful tool in recovery. There are many different forms of counseling, but at the center of each is the caring relationship between a mental health professional and a patient.

  • 0

“Let food be thy medicine” is a quote attributed to Hippocrates, the ancient scholar considered to be the father of modern medicine. The saying relates to the notion that what people put in their bodies can heal and/or prevent certain conditions.

  • 0

For many people, the old adage of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” is the motto they have lived by throughout their lives. Often times, this philosophy has served them well. However, at some point in life, it has failed many people. Depression often affects people to the extent forme…

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Coming off the Labor Day weekend, the Southern Seven Health Department confirmed 27 new cases of COVID-19 in its seven-county region Tuesday, including three from Massac County — a female in her 40s, a female in her 60s, and a male in his 60s.

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CARBONDALE — The number of first-time college students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale increased by 31.2% this fall. The total reflects a 32.9% increase in new first-time students enrolling from the Southern Illinois region.

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The Massac County Commissioners approved a federal aid agreement and funding resolution Tuesday for the county’s share of a paving project from Teague Hill Road to the Johnson County line on New Columbia Road.

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It sure was nice to get a break in the humidity for a couple days, but as Labor Day arrives it has returned. At least the rain has subsided for a few days. I think we got enough last week to last for quite a while.

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If you are in need of food assistance, Emmanuel Temple Ministries COGIC will be distributing food on Sept. 15 from 4-6 p.m. The food pantry is here to serve the community and all is welcome.

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Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies. High school seniors, as well as qualifying college students, should apply now for 2021 admission.

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Depression is a mental illness, but it can affect your body as well as your mind. Sleep problems, for example, can be a symptom of depression.

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Pets bring much joy to the lives they touch. So it should come as no surprise that the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey, which was conducted by the American Pet Products Association, found that about 85 million families in the United States own a pet.

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Massac County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp has begun allocating money from the $1.8 million in property tax payments received as of last week into the various county funds, she told the county commissioners in a recent meeting.

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While outgoing Metropolis Municipal Airport Manager Jerry Caudle will be available to help with the transition, the new manager is no stranger to the operation.

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The city council approved the hiring of Wayne Helm as the new manager of the Metropolis Municipal Airport on Monday night, effective Sept. 1.

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When thinking about renovating their homes, homeowners may imagine changing wall colors, expanding room sizes or upgrading appliances and fixtures. However, unless people take inventory of the less glamorous components of the home, such as structure, plumbing, heating and cooling, and insula…

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Gardens provide an idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In fact, many gardening enthusiasts typically cannot wait for the spring thaw so they can spend the next several months tending to their plants under the warm sun. But a gardener’s work is never truly done, and th…

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Remote work has been around for many years, though it certainly picked up steam in 2020. In an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in March 2020 government officials implemented stay-at-home measures that mandated many working professionals to begin working from h…

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Homeowners know that the process of buying a home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. The anxiety associated with buying a home has hit new heights during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

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People have been spending more time at home in 2020 than in years past, and certain projects around the house have become a priority. One home improvement idea that serves the double benefit of creating organization and making cooking at home more efficient is to reimagine the kitchen pantry.

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Fall is a great time to tackle projects around the house. The weather each fall allows homeowners to make improvements to their homes’ exteriors without worrying about extreme heat or cold, while interior projects like painting are made easier because homeowners can open the windows to allow…

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Removing leaves from the yard is a task that homeowners must perform each fall. Thousands upon thousands of leaves can drop from a single tree. Multiply that by the number of trees on a property, and it’s no surprise the task of leaf cleanup can seem so daunting.

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Homeowners know that the process of buying a home can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. The anxiety associated with buying a home has hit new heights during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

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Dr. Sharon Burris, left, Director of Weekend Blessings, recently updated the Metropolis Kiwanis Club by reporting that over 7,000 bags of food were distributed to children in need during the last school year. She also spoke of the plans to continue this effort in the coming school year. Burr…

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Azotus Homecoming, Aug. 30., preaching by Mark Staton begins at 11 a.m. Dinner afterwards. For information, call 618-683-4004.

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My, how August has flown. Here we are at the end of the month already. School has started and in two weeks we’ll know if it was the right thing to do. Hopefully the virus will be at bay.

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Many adults lament that even if they were solid sleepers in their younger years, by the age of 50, their quality of sleep has unraveled. Some cling to the wisdom that people simply do not need as much sleep as they get older. Even though that is partly true, sufficient sleep is still a vital…

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Heart disease is a formidable foe. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease accounts for nearly 25% of all deaths in the United States each year.

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Does it seem like your hamper is always full and the washing machine is running constantly? You may not be imagining it. Laundry Butler for You, a wash, dry and fold service, says the average household washes 50 pounds of laundry a week and 6,000 articles of clothing every year.

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Does it seem like your hamper is always full and the washing machine is running constantly? You may not be imagining it. Laundry Butler for You, a wash, dry and fold service, says the average household washes 50 pounds of laundry a week and 6,000 articles of clothing every year.

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Does it seem like your hamper is always full and the washing machine is running constantly? You may not be imagining it. Laundry Butler for You, a wash, dry and fold service, says the average household washes 50 pounds of laundry a week and 6,000 articles of clothing every year.

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Each weekend in spring, summer and fall, millions of homeowners fire up their mowers and cut the grass in their yards. A few hours spent mowing the lawn can be a great time to get some sun and some exercise in the great outdoors.

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It has finally arrived. A&W Food Mart is open for business again. Plate lunches are now on the menu this week. Just sandwiches were available last week when they opened. Look for the daily specials for breakfast and lunch Mondays through Fridays barring any new regulations from the state…

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Farmland values throughout central and southern Illinois were generally stable with benchmark values increasing 2.07% from last year, according to the 2020 annual study of 20 benchmark farms by the Farm Credit Illinois appraisal team.

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The Brookport City Council approved invoices from MidWest Petroleum and Brown & Roberts Engineering last week as the new water project is underway.

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Krypto, an 18-month-old Dutch shepherd, is the newest addition to the Metropolis Police Department’s K-9 unit.

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August has arrived, now it’s time for schools to begin. But this year, school will begin so much different than ever. So many changes are in place due to the COVID virus. The only good thing is the temperatures and humidity will be a little lower this week.