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It was almost six months ago when Vistra announced plans to retire its Joppa plant in 2025.

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Friends of Land Between the Lakes is celebrating Homeschool Month in April at the Woodlands Nature Station with programming and activities designed to turn the outdoors into a classroom.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker took to the road Monday to urge local school districts in Illinois to carefully target the roughly $7 billion in federal funds they will soon receive to help students overcome the learning loss they may have suffered during the pandemic.

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Have you ever made plans to do something, but it did not work out? I’m sure that most of us have. Disappointment is not a stranger, especially to those who are ambitious.

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For at least the last three holiday seasons, the Metropolis Save a Lot store has provided Bags for a Brighter Holiday, a way for customers to assist COPE Food Pantry.

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A new freezer is delivered to the Murphysboro Youth and Recreation Center. The center, along with COPE Food Pantry in Metropolis, was among the recipients of a grant to increase perishable cold food storage.

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Massac County Historical Society meets April 5

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Be careful of what you read today, it just might be an April fool’s joke. Only kidding, but you might think so if you consider special-called council meetings that don’t meet quorums.

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Spring has officially arrived, and along with it is a mixture of weather. We are loving those sunny 70-degree days, but then the cooler 50s sure make you appreciate the warmer days.

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A Thursday night fire at the skate park on Metropolis Street is under investigation by the Illinois State Police’s Division of Criminal Investigations and the State Fire Marshall’s office.

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After extensive public input, the local community development non-profit One Shawnee is forming four task forces and areas of focus for their work going forward as an organization. The deadline to apply is Monday.

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has issued a reminder urging the public to visit his office’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com to conduct transactions online when possible instead of visiting a Driver Services facility.

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But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.”

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Three of Metropolis’s four mayoral candidates — Jim Hambrick, Robert McDonald and Don Canada — came together Monday to answer questions during a live roundtable hosted by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce.

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The Everyday Environment Webinar Series, offered by University of Illinois Extension’s Energy & Environmental Stewardship Team, focuses on a different environmental topic each month. These webinars provide new information on natural resources and will help attendees make small changes in…

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The Illinois Native Plant Society will host the eighth annual Illinois Indigenous Plants Symposium virtually on April 15-17. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Putting Theory into Practice: Ecosystem Restoration and Management.”

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Southern Seven Health Department is now accepting walk-ins at its COVID-19 vaccine clinics spread throughout the Southern Seven region — Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties.

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RACHEL DIANE HENSONRachel Henson has lived in Massac County all her life. As an adult, she has been a resident of the Joppa-Maple Grove School District since 2012. She has been married to Eddie Henson for 10 years. Their daughter, Hannah Wilkins, is a junior at Joppa High School; their son, …

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Spring has arrived here in southernmost Illinois. Signs of new life are budding out all around where, but a month ago, snow and icy temperatures chilled our days.

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With the latest round of utility bills reflecting last month’s frigid dose of winter, corporate counsel Rick Abell informed the Metropolis City Council during its Monday night meeting that many residents are having “sticker shock.”

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Metropolis Chamber of Commerce will host a live round table with the candidates running for the office of Metropolis mayor.

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The Brookport Senior Citizens and the Next Generation are ready to restart their monthly meetings on April 13 — the usual second Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with the business meeting to start at 10 a.m.

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PADUCAH — Growth and retention of business is vital to the success a local community, region and state. With the global pandemic putting a strain on those efforts over the past year, economic development discussions can be more important than ever before.

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For the last several years on her birthday, Laura Ellerbusch has received two bouquets — one from her son and one from her grandson.

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URBANA, Ill. – After a long winter thumbing through seed and plant catalogs for inspiration, March is the time when Illinois gardeners can finally start seeds for the spring garden.

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Pressure-washing a home is an effective way to remove stubborn grime and refresh the look of a home’s exterior.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker took to the road Monday to urge local school districts in Illinois to carefully target the roughly $7 billion in federal funds they will soon receive to help students overcome the learning loss they may have suffered during the pandemic.

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Have you ever made plans to do something, but it did not work out? I’m sure that most of us have. Disappointment is not a stranger, especially to those who are ambitious.

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For at least the last three holiday seasons, the Metropolis Save a Lot store has provided Bags for a Brighter Holiday, a way for customers to assist COPE Food Pantry.

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A new freezer is delivered to the Murphysboro Youth and Recreation Center. The center, along with COPE Food Pantry in Metropolis, was among the recipients of a grant to increase perishable cold food storage.

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Massac County Historical Society meets April 5

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Be careful of what you read today, it just might be an April fool’s joke. Only kidding, but you might think so if you consider special-called council meetings that don’t meet quorums.

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Spring has officially arrived, and along with it is a mixture of weather. We are loving those sunny 70-degree days, but then the cooler 50s sure make you appreciate the warmer days.

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A Thursday night fire at the skate park on Metropolis Street is under investigation by the Illinois State Police’s Division of Criminal Investigations and the State Fire Marshall’s office.

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After extensive public input, the local community development non-profit One Shawnee is forming four task forces and areas of focus for their work going forward as an organization. The deadline to apply is Monday.

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has issued a reminder urging the public to visit his office’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com to conduct transactions online when possible instead of visiting a Driver Services facility.

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But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said.”

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Three of Metropolis’s four mayoral candidates — Jim Hambrick, Robert McDonald and Don Canada — came together Monday to answer questions during a live roundtable hosted by the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce.

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The Everyday Environment Webinar Series, offered by University of Illinois Extension’s Energy & Environmental Stewardship Team, focuses on a different environmental topic each month. These webinars provide new information on natural resources and will help attendees make small changes in…

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The Illinois Native Plant Society will host the eighth annual Illinois Indigenous Plants Symposium virtually on April 15-17. The theme of this year’s symposium is “Putting Theory into Practice: Ecosystem Restoration and Management.”

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Southern Seven Health Department is now accepting walk-ins at its COVID-19 vaccine clinics spread throughout the Southern Seven region — Alexander, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski and Union counties.

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RACHEL DIANE HENSONRachel Henson has lived in Massac County all her life. As an adult, she has been a resident of the Joppa-Maple Grove School District since 2012. She has been married to Eddie Henson for 10 years. Their daughter, Hannah Wilkins, is a junior at Joppa High School; their son, …

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Spring has arrived here in southernmost Illinois. Signs of new life are budding out all around where, but a month ago, snow and icy temperatures chilled our days.

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With the latest round of utility bills reflecting last month’s frigid dose of winter, corporate counsel Rick Abell informed the Metropolis City Council during its Monday night meeting that many residents are having “sticker shock.”

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Metropolis Chamber of Commerce will host a live round table with the candidates running for the office of Metropolis mayor.

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The Brookport Senior Citizens and the Next Generation are ready to restart their monthly meetings on April 13 — the usual second Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with the business meeting to start at 10 a.m.

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PADUCAH — Growth and retention of business is vital to the success a local community, region and state. With the global pandemic putting a strain on those efforts over the past year, economic development discussions can be more important than ever before.

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For the last several years on her birthday, Laura Ellerbusch has received two bouquets — one from her son and one from her grandson.

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URBANA, Ill. – After a long winter thumbing through seed and plant catalogs for inspiration, March is the time when Illinois gardeners can finally start seeds for the spring garden.

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Pressure-washing a home is an effective way to remove stubborn grime and refresh the look of a home’s exterior.

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Once the days begin to grow a little bit longer and the numbers on the thermometer creep a tad higher, outdoor entertaining season is right around the corner. Homeowners may be anxious to once again return to the comforts of their back yards.

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The value of a retreat-like back yard was never more apparent. Over the last year-plus, much of the world has been forced to stay home as a global pandemic has claimed millions of lives while countless others have had to fight to survive in hospitals.

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Lighting in a home serves both practical and aesthetic purposes. It’s easy to maneuver around a well-lit home, reducing the risk of slips and falls, and the right lighting can help homeowners create their desired ambiance, which typically changes depending on which room you’re in.

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Backyarding is the new trend that’s emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Back yards have become the spot to eat, work, play, relax and socialize meaning the green spaces around homes have proven to be vibrant places for connection and vital to maintaining mental health.

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In just over three weeks, Massac County voters will be heading to the polls to take part in the Consolidated Election.