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On Tuesday, the Massac County Board of Commissioners approved three separate bids with Russell Electric for fiber, electrical, voice and data installation at the courthouse as part of the courthouse renovation project. Commissioner Jerel Childers voted no to all three bids.

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois restaurants and bars can serve cocktails to go Tuesday after Gov. JB Pritzker signed an initiative designed by lawmakers to provide establishments with financial relief in the wake of COVID-19 challenges.

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The State of Illinois has now entered Phase 3 of of Gov. JB Pritzker’s five phase reopening plan after the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, restaurants were allowed to open for outdoor service and non-essential retailers opened to shoppers, both under special guidelines.

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June is Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Awareness Month, but this year MG Ambassador Paula McGinnis says there will be challenges and many alterations in the raise awareness plans due to the COVID-19.

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Beginning Monday, June 8 the Metropolis Public Library will begin curbside, no contact service. The hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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A new A1 Automotive is rising on the lot at 8th and Ferry streets where the former building burned. Owner Jared English says he hopes to open around July 1. In addition to automotive repair, the new 4,000-square-foot building will have space for fixing farm and lawn equipment.

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) announced more than 1100 students who were conditionally eligible to receive one or more associate degrees, diplomas or certificates during Spring 2020.

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Macy Wessel, of Metropolis, qualified for the Spring 2020 Dean’s List at Belmont University. 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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We are beginning the month of June with beautiful weather this Monday morning. Just the right temperature, low humidity and a nice breeze. If only the rest of the week would stay this way, but I guess summer temperatures have to begin.

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At a special called Brookport council meeting held May 29, an ordinance was approved unanimously to issue $1 million in revenue bonds for partial funding of the waterworks system for the City of Brookport. Jim Brown of Brown & Roberts Engineering was present to formalize the signatures.

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Well I think summer may have arrived. The rain may stay away just a bit, but have to admit I have enjoyed the weather this weekend for sure. I didn’t do anything or go anywhere just yet, but think that day is getting closer. I saw where some places are having outside eating, and that’s a goo…

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Normally at this time of year, Metropolis city and community leaders would be busily preparing for the annual Superman Celebration, which at its peak has drawn an estimated 40,000 people to the southern Illinois town.

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The event sponsors for the annual 4th of July Fireworks and Hometown Celebration have decided to cancel this year’s event, scheduled for July 3, 2020. The decision is being made in the interest of public health as the organizers continue to work with the State of Illinois to uphold current a…

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Southern Seven Health Department reports the Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) will soon offer state-wide use of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) for the Women, Infants & Children’s Nutrition Program (WIC). The new Illinois eWIC card will make this federal nutritional servi…

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that it plans to withdraw a controversial emergency rule that would have allowed for criminal charges against businesses that open in violation of Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Senate on early Sunday morning passed a budget package authorizing $42.8 billion in general revenue spending next year, although much of that remains tentative depending on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential congressional action that could send more fina…

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Six more small businesses in Metropolis will hopefully have much needed grant money heading their way. On Tuesday night, the Metropolis City Council approved six resolutions to support grant applications for the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant. Those six businesses are Creations…

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Several members of the Massac County High School Class of 2020 gathered at the Superman Statue for a photo after a parade was held on Market Street to recognize them Friday night.

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Members of Massac County High School’s graduating class of 2020 paraded down Market Street on Friday during a Senior Parade.

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Rev. Geo. Beiswanger, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, returned Friday evening from Elgin where he had been attending the annual synodical meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. William Korte attended the meeting as a delegate. During this meeting Vernon Kotter, a young Metropolis …

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SPRINGFIELD — A pair of health care bills expanding telehealth resources during the COVID-19 pandemic passed the Illinois House of Representatives on Saturday — with one passing the Senate and the other not being taken up as lawmakers wrapped up their emergency special session.

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced his office’s reopening plan — beginning June 2 in Massac County — with the first two months focused on serving only new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and vehicle transactions. Currently there are more than 700…

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A Massac County resident was among students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during spring commencement held May 2, 2020. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual commencement was held in lieu of the traditional in-person ceremony and was live-streamed v…

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The Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization has announced the Miss Illinois 2020 Competition, previously scheduled for June in Marion, has been delayed to next year because of the nationwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health.

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The University of Mississippi recently announced Brittany Danielle Deming, of Metropolis, was named to the Spring 2020 Honor Roll lists, including Chancellor’s Honor Roll.

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Hello folks, hope this news finds you all well. If you’re like me you’re tired of being cooped up with no place to go. Hopefully we can wait just a bit longer to get back to normal.

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Life remains quiet in Brookport. I see people walking their dogs or their children. Sometimes sirens are wailing in the distance.

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Hot and Humid! Is it summer already here in May? Luckily our several days of summer weather will come to an end soon, but lets hope it doesn’t return anytime soon.

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Massac County State’s Attorney Josh Stratemeyer took the opportunity during Tuesday morning’s Massac County Commissioners meeting to address Gov. JB Pritker’s emergency rule handed down last week regarding the enforcement of penalizing businesses with Class A Misdemeanors. The rule aligns wi…

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On May 3, articles and videos discussing the first instance of Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) identified in the U.S. began to run in the national news. These headlines have raised concern about this animal and may leave some wondering if they have seen it or if we need to worry about…

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During the Massac Unit One board meeting via live feed on Facebook Monday night, the board was presented the district’s yearly technology report by Thomas Walker, director of technology.

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Jerry Mizell celebrated one year of good health on Saturday, following a kidney transplant in May 2019.

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Massac County High School Class of 2020 Valedictorian Dawson Troutman addresses the student body and guests during a video graduation ceremony on Friday, May 15. The ceremony was videotaped over three days by Dylan Street Cinema/Photo and presented to the public at the regularly scheduled gr…

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At the regular Brookport City Council meeting on May 12, it was revealed Jones Excavating had the low bid of $31,500 for demolition of the old Rhodes building. He had also demolished the old city hall building a few years ago.

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Several students were recognized by the President’s office, the Office of Student Life, the Athletic Department and the College Honors Scholar Program during the annual Honors Day Convocation, shown live online on May 12, 2020 from the Alexander Campbell Auditorium at Culver-Stockton College.

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I’m hoping this Monday morning finds everyone doing well after our Mother’s Day weekend. It was a beautiful weekend with sunny skies, but a little on the cool side. I am so ready for it to warm up to the 70-80’s and stay there with no rain.

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In statements on their department’s Facebook pages, both Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor and Massac County State’s Attorney Josh Stratemeyer say the executive order from Gov. JB Pritzker to stay home and not congregate, is unconstitutional.

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During the mayor’s report of Monday night’s Metropolis City Council, the council approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to repave a portion of U.S. 45 from 10th Street at the intersection of Ferry Street to Ill. 145 past from the rest area.

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Don Sheehan and his two dogs walk the hiking/biking trail in Fort Massac State Park. Sheehan said the reopening of the park was “big to me and the dogs” because at 4 p.m. every day they are ready to go for a walk.

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During a special called meeting of the Joppa Maple Grove (J-MG) school board on May 7, Dr. Jeffrey Dufour was hired as the new principal of Joppa High School (JHS) and Maple Grove Elementary School. The board had previously voted to not consider a contract extension for current principal Ter…

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The Massac County High School graduating class of 2020 has been awarded almost $1.8 million in scholarships to colleges and universities. For more information on these seniors and Joppa High School seniors, see the graduation special section inserted in today’s Metropolis Planet.

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During the month of April, the City of Metropolis issued three building permits. Permits were issued to:

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A fatal crash on May 9 claimed the lives of two Massac County residents. According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the crash occurred at 8:10 a.m. at the intersection of Joppa Road and Old Joppa Road.

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We are beginning the month of June with beautiful weather this Monday morning. Just the right temperature, low humidity and a nice breeze. If only the rest of the week would stay this way, but I guess summer temperatures have to begin.

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At a special called Brookport council meeting held May 29, an ordinance was approved unanimously to issue $1 million in revenue bonds for partial funding of the waterworks system for the City of Brookport. Jim Brown of Brown & Roberts Engineering was present to formalize the signatures.

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Well I think summer may have arrived. The rain may stay away just a bit, but have to admit I have enjoyed the weather this weekend for sure. I didn’t do anything or go anywhere just yet, but think that day is getting closer. I saw where some places are having outside eating, and that’s a goo…

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Southern Seven Health Department reports the Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) will soon offer state-wide use of Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) for the Women, Infants & Children’s Nutrition Program (WIC). The new Illinois eWIC card will make this federal nutritional servi…

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that it plans to withdraw a controversial emergency rule that would have allowed for criminal charges against businesses that open in violation of Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Senate on early Sunday morning passed a budget package authorizing $42.8 billion in general revenue spending next year, although much of that remains tentative depending on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and potential congressional action that could send more fina…

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Several members of the Massac County High School Class of 2020 gathered at the Superman Statue for a photo after a parade was held on Market Street to recognize them Friday night.

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Members of Massac County High School’s graduating class of 2020 paraded down Market Street on Friday during a Senior Parade.

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Rev. Geo. Beiswanger, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, returned Friday evening from Elgin where he had been attending the annual synodical meeting of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. William Korte attended the meeting as a delegate. During this meeting Vernon Kotter, a young Metropolis …

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A Massac County resident was among students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during spring commencement held May 2, 2020. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual commencement was held in lieu of the traditional in-person ceremony and was live-streamed v…

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The Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization has announced the Miss Illinois 2020 Competition, previously scheduled for June in Marion, has been delayed to next year because of the nationwide impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health.

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The University of Mississippi recently announced Brittany Danielle Deming, of Metropolis, was named to the Spring 2020 Honor Roll lists, including Chancellor’s Honor Roll.

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Hello folks, hope this news finds you all well. If you’re like me you’re tired of being cooped up with no place to go. Hopefully we can wait just a bit longer to get back to normal.

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Life remains quiet in Brookport. I see people walking their dogs or their children. Sometimes sirens are wailing in the distance.

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Hot and Humid! Is it summer already here in May? Luckily our several days of summer weather will come to an end soon, but lets hope it doesn’t return anytime soon.

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Massac County State’s Attorney Josh Stratemeyer took the opportunity during Tuesday morning’s Massac County Commissioners meeting to address Gov. JB Pritker’s emergency rule handed down last week regarding the enforcement of penalizing businesses with Class A Misdemeanors. The rule aligns wi…

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On May 3, articles and videos discussing the first instance of Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia) identified in the U.S. began to run in the national news. These headlines have raised concern about this animal and may leave some wondering if they have seen it or if we need to worry about…

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During the Massac Unit One board meeting via live feed on Facebook Monday night, the board was presented the district’s yearly technology report by Thomas Walker, director of technology.

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Jerry Mizell celebrated one year of good health on Saturday, following a kidney transplant in May 2019.

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Massac County High School Class of 2020 Valedictorian Dawson Troutman addresses the student body and guests during a video graduation ceremony on Friday, May 15. The ceremony was videotaped over three days by Dylan Street Cinema/Photo and presented to the public at the regularly scheduled gr…

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At the regular Brookport City Council meeting on May 12, it was revealed Jones Excavating had the low bid of $31,500 for demolition of the old Rhodes building. He had also demolished the old city hall building a few years ago.

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Several students were recognized by the President’s office, the Office of Student Life, the Athletic Department and the College Honors Scholar Program during the annual Honors Day Convocation, shown live online on May 12, 2020 from the Alexander Campbell Auditorium at Culver-Stockton College.

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I’m hoping this Monday morning finds everyone doing well after our Mother’s Day weekend. It was a beautiful weekend with sunny skies, but a little on the cool side. I am so ready for it to warm up to the 70-80’s and stay there with no rain.

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During the mayor’s report of Monday night’s Metropolis City Council, the council approved an agreement with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to repave a portion of U.S. 45 from 10th Street at the intersection of Ferry Street to Ill. 145 past from the rest area.

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Don Sheehan and his two dogs walk the hiking/biking trail in Fort Massac State Park. Sheehan said the reopening of the park was “big to me and the dogs” because at 4 p.m. every day they are ready to go for a walk.

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During a special called meeting of the Joppa Maple Grove (J-MG) school board on May 7, Dr. Jeffrey Dufour was hired as the new principal of Joppa High School (JHS) and Maple Grove Elementary School. The board had previously voted to not consider a contract extension for current principal Ter…

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The Massac County High School graduating class of 2020 has been awarded almost $1.8 million in scholarships to colleges and universities. For more information on these seniors and Joppa High School seniors, see the graduation special section inserted in today’s Metropolis Planet.

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During the month of April, the City of Metropolis issued three building permits. Permits were issued to:

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A fatal crash on May 9 claimed the lives of two Massac County residents. According to the Illinois State Police (ISP), the crash occurred at 8:10 a.m. at the intersection of Joppa Road and Old Joppa Road.

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The South District Elks Lodges, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children’s orthopedic assessment clinic on Friday, May 29, 2020. The clinic is from 2-4 p.m. and is by appointment only. To make an appointment call the Illinois Elks Childr…

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The city council meeting Tuesday was held remotely again on the Go to Meeting site. The code access was listed on the agenda posted on the door. It’s a bit awkward to connect through and other than the lawyer and treasurer, I don’t know of anyone else using the site. My preference is face-to…

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The Metropolis Rotary Club is currently seeking three host families to open their homes for a youth exchange student for the 2020-21 school year. Each family would host the student for approximately three months with the whole exchange lasting approximately 10 months. This year’s student wil…

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Customers at Save A Lot in Metropolis are reminded, per the ‘new normal’ guidelines, to stay six feet apart while patronizing the grocery store. One floor tile equals one foot.

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This recently-completed 6500 square-foot building includes areas for displays, parts and repairs. Four new employees will sell and service new and used equipment. Linwood purchased the Kubota franchise for the area from Michael’s Equipment on Ill. 145 North.

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The farmers of yesteryear might not be too familiar with their surroundings if they were to visit a modern farm. While the men and women who made their livings as farmers decades ago would no doubt still recognize certain farm features that have withstood the test of time, they might not und…

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Modern industry is driven by technology. Advancements in technology have changed how business is conducted, with some industries undergoing dramatic changes since the dawn of the 21st century.

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A thriving backyard garden requires homeowners to take steps to ensure the garden has the best environment in which to grow and thrive. The right tools and components, including trowels, rakes, soil, amendments and fertilizer, can help gardeners create beautiful spaces. It’s also important t…

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Rick Sare, a long time attendee and sponsor of the Superman Celebration, recently held an online fundraiser for COPE Food Pantry. Sare, a web blogger, talked of his love for Metropolis on a YouTube live stream which eventually led to donations being accepted for Sare to cut his long hair, re…

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During the Metropolis City Council’s second public meeting held over teleconference Monday night, the council approved two ordinances to apply for loans for water projects at the Water Filtration Plant and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The ordinances authorize the mayor to make the applica…

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

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Carlie Haverkamp, of Metropolis, was recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Haverkamp was initiated at Murray State University.

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The Massac County Home and Community Education Association and Massac County Extension Facilities, Inc are pleased to award five scholarships this year to the following students: Kasi Oliver and Owen Westbrooks of Massac County High School (MCHS) and Kalissa Cox, Lillian Garner and Jillian V…

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On April 27 at approximately 8:20 p.m. McCracken County deputies were dispatched to the area of U.S. Highway 60 westbound in front of Tractor Supply in Paducah in reference to a two vehicle collision with injuries.

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I watch the news for new cases of the COVID-19 virus in Massac County, and we have not had more than three cases for a couple of weeks. Staying in place seems to be working. I sure hope we don’t have anyone visiting Chicago and bringing it back. The big cities seem to be breeding grounds, bu…