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The Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization approved over $300,000 in grant requests Wednesday from the city of Metropolis and McCracken County, continuing efforts to support economic development among its member communities.

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According to Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor, Massac County Sheriff's Office and Brookport Police Department have recently taken reports of vandalism and theft from Brookport Lock and Dam 52.

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Despite some clouds in the sky, last Friday night's harvest moon seems to hang low over the Interstate 24 bridge, casting some moonlight onto the Ohio River. The moon was the closest to the autumnal equinox, which will be Sept. 23. It gets its nickname from farming, as the autumnal equinox o…

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Homecoming festivities will begin Monday, Sept. 23 with several "dress up days," leading up to Friday, Sept. 27, when school dismisses early for a homecoming parade, prior to the game, when the Patriots will take on Harrisburg's Bulldogs on the gridiron, followed by a homecoming dance.

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Hundreds of Massac County residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Massac County on Saturday to help finish the fight against cancer.

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Gary Hamm, a member of the Metropolis Rotary Club, was selected to serve as the Rotary International District 6510 Governor and began his term on July 1 at a Rotary Changeover dinner at Giant City State Park.

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The 2020 U.S. Census is hiring for temporary jobs and Massac County Commissioners Jeff Brugger and Jerel Childers heard Tuesday morning from Jeffrey Bond, a Census representative, those jobs could pay anywhere between $14-$18 an hour plus mileage.

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The shade trees of Fort Massac State Park will offer the perfect setting for those participating in this year's Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Walk, set for 10 a.m. Saturday at the park.

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Land Between the Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area offers teachers free general admission to The Homeplace, Golden Pond Planetarium and Woodlands Nature Station on Saturday and Sunday.

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The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm will have Home School Day on Friday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

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With work almost complete on a $400,000 maintenance and repair project on the U.S. 45 Ohio River “Brookport” Bridge at Paducah, the bridge is reopening to traffic more than month ahead of the original November 1 target date. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet engineers plan to reopen the bridge…

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The Shrimp Festival will kick off in Golconda on Saturday. It was created in 2001 to help promote southern Illinois prawn growers. These southern Illinois grown prawn will be served up in a variety of ways or may be purchased by the pound to be enjoyed later.

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The dragons are coming back to Paducah's riverfront. The River Discovery Center in Paducah will host the eighth annual Paducah Dragon Boat Festival on Paducah's riverfront on Saturday. Proceeds from the event go toward the educational programs of the center.

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On Saturday, hundreds of Massac County residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Massac County to help finish the fight against cancer.

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The region is gearing up for the annual Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Walk, set for 10 a.m. Saturday at a new location this year -- Fort Massac State Park.

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The Illinois State Historical Society's Ozark Tour 2019 will offer visitors the scenic views and historic sites in southern Illinois Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 1-3.

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The first full day of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce's annual D.C. Fly-In ended on a high note with some promising news from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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According to information released from Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor, a search warrant was executed the evening of Sept. 9 in the 2900 block of North Avenue. The search warrant was obtained following an investigation dating back to early 2019.

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On Sept. 6, Joppa Junior-Senior High School students had a front row seat to what law enforcement, first responders, paramedics and firefighters see all too often -- a vehicle accident.

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Two Illinois public agencies responsible for protecting the public health -- the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency -- have recently refused to provide data to help the residents of Metropolis litigate their environmental claims, including claim…

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With cooler temperatures coming some day soon, many people may want to hit up the George Rogers Clark Discovery Bike Trail to enjoy the fall weather. But cyclists should take note for the immediate future, they cannot access the bike trail from Fort Massac State Park.

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The Metropolis City Council approved four ordinances at Monday night's meeting.

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Massac County Emergency Management Agency Director Brian Horn told Massac County Commissioners Tuesday morning the mock drill held at Joppa High School went really well. The drill simulated a vehicle accident caused when a teenage driver had been drinking and was distracted by their cell phone.

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The Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) Foundation received a $1000 donation from The Hope Light Foundation, which will be used to help SIH in its fight against cancer.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have started preliminary engineering and environmental analysis work for the eventual replacement of the U.S. 51 Ohio River "Cairo" Bridge between Wickliffe, Kentucky, and Cairo.

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The annual American Cancer Society (ACS) Survivors' Breakfast will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8-9 a.m. at Happy Heart's Senior Citizens Center on Market Street before the first-ever Color Fun Run starts during the Massac County Relay For Life event.

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While Chad Kaylor, of Metropolis, may officially be the new sheriff in town, he is no stranger to law enforcement, as he has been in the law enforcement field for 19 years. Seventeen of those have been at Massac County Sheriff's Department.

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The ninth annual For Kids' Sake Superhero 5K Run/Walk-a-Thon will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Turley Park in Carbondale. After the race, there will be an awards ceremony, food, kids' activities and music.

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Paducah and area ballet students, ages 6 to 18, are invited to audition on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. for Moscow Ballet ballerina Alisa Bolotnikova at The Rhythm Factory Vocal and Dance Experience, located at 701 Jefferson St. in Paducah.

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Massac County's commissioners learned Tuesday morning the county treasurer's office has collected close to $9 million in real estate taxes, according to Massac County Treasurer Jody Haverkamp.

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Mike Hausman, a regular rural carrier at the Metropolis Post Office, was recently recognized for 45 years of service. Hausman has worked his entire career in Metropolis, first as an RCA beginning on July 20, 1974, then on his own route on Feb. 24, 1979. Hausman received a letter of appreciat…

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Members of the Kiwanis Club of Metropolis will conduct a roadblock from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 and again on Saturday, Oct. 5 as part of its 2019 Peanut Day fundraising project.

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Fourteen U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Paducah Site college interns arrived for intern orientation week in May with the deactivation and remediation contractor Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership (FRNP).

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A Republican state lawmaker is calling for the resurrection of the death penalty in Illinois after two mass shootings in the U.S. and recent gun violence in Chicago.

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Agnes Ayres, the silent screen star of the 1920s, is the subject of a program by the Union County Historical and Genealogy Society at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church Hall, located on Centennial Street in Cobden.

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U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, 61, a Republican from Collinsville, representing the 15th District, announced last Friday he would not seek re-election.