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SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois lawmakers took several steps this legislative session to increase efficiencies in the state's Medicaid-managed care system, which has been widely panned by high-volume Medicaid providers since its inception in 2011.

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An Amateur Radio (Ham) class, sponsored by the Massac County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) will be held Wednesday and Thursday, July 17-18, according to Charlie Richey -- K9DUE -- Massac County ARES coordinator.

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David Brenningmeyer, son of Allen Brenningmeyer of Caseyville and the late Margie Brenningmeyer and the grandson of the late Louis and Dora Brenningmeyer and the late Edward and Gladys McBride, all of Metropolis, has been appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with the approval of Pr…

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Barbara Iris Felker, 78, a resident of rural Karnak, passed away at 9:37 a.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019 at the Southgate Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Metropolis.

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At the June 11 city council meeting, officials listened to two consultants: Roger Noe from Illinois Rural Water Association (IRWA) and Brock Teichmiller from Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP). Both organizations are not for profits serving communities with less than a 10,000 popu…

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It is time again for the annual Bowman family reunion, which will be held on Saturday, July 6 starting at 10 a.m. with dinner being served at noon.

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Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky recently announced the spring 2019 president's list and dean's list. To be eligible for the president's list for superior academic achievement, students must attain a 4.0 grade point average while carrying a minimum of 12 semester hours. To be…

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SPRINGFIELD -- With a fiscal year 2020 operating budget in place and a historic legislative session in the rearview mirror, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is "cautiously optimistic" about the state's new direction.

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The annual Sullivan family reunion will be held Saturday, June 22 at the Massac County Community Center near the high school. Daylong activities are planned -- coffee, snacks, drinks and fellowship at 11 a.m.; potluck luncheon at 1 p.m., with meat, ice, drinks and tableservice provided; and …

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Velda Louise Jones age 77 of Bardwell, Kentucky passed away Sat. June 15, 2019 at the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center In Paducah, Kentucky.

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Gene Ray Stubblefield, 68, of Grand Chain, Illinois, passed away at Baptist Health in Paducah.

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The Manley family reunion will be held at Fort Massac State Park's 1812 Pavillion on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22. A wiener roast will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday at the pavilion. A potluck luncheon is scheduled for noon on Saturday also at the park's pavilion. All family and friends are in…

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Three local teens represented Massac County at the Miss Illinois Scholarship Pageant held last weekend in Marion. Miss Metropolis Madison Cunningham competed for the Miss Illinois title, while Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen Hope Pearcy and Miss Shawnee Sweetheart Gracie Stewart competed fo…

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"Be kind and work hard, and I promise you amazing things will happen," Ashli Schmidt Watts, senior vice president of public affairs for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce told a record number of 2279 students who received degrees from Campbellsville University during three commencement ceremon…

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Randall Madison Mosley, 92, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019 in the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He was born July 27, 1926 in West Frankfort to Walter and Hannah (Palmer) Mosley. He married Ida (Tedeschi) Mosley and they were married for 70 Years.

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Larry Harber, 54 of Vienna, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in Anna.

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) recognized more than 230 candidates for graduation who participated in its spring commencement ceremonies at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center on May 11.

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The supervisor of the Shawnee National Forest has temporarily closed several roads and part of the River to River Trail on the Hidden Springs Ranger District for public health and safety near an active timber harvest.

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The Southern Illinois Pagan Alliances (SIPA) will celebrate the summer solstice as it hosts its Litha ritual on Sunday, June 23 at Shelter 4 at Giant City State Park. The event will be held rain or shine and is open to all ages.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced recently its last tour date of Saturday, June 22 for the 2019 public tour schedule of its site near Paducah.

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Seeking to repurpose the currently-unoccupied Tamms Correctional Center, State Sen. Dale Fowler and State Rep. Terri Bryant are sponsoring legislation to create the Tamms Minimum Security Unit Task Force.

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Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker made Illinois the most liberal state in the U.S. for access to reproductive health care with the stroke of 20 pens on Wednesday at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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The Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority has reached a 10-year lease agreement with an additional 10-year extension option with Southern FS to construct a state-of-the-art fertilizer handling facility in its bulk terminal complex.

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What a beautiful Monday morning we had this week. I'm loving the lower humidity and temperatures, and that breeze is just like icing on a cake.

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The University of Illinois Extension and its Nutrition and Wellness Educator Mary Liz Wright will offer a food preservation program at the Massac County Extension Office, located at 1438 W. 10th St., from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, June 28.

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Hello. Well, I don't know about you, but I'm kind of tired of all this rain. I attended the 41st annual Superman Celebration on Saturday with hat in hand and umbrella and, at times, I needed both. At least it wasn't scorching hot.

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I just got home from Illinois -- yep, just got home from northern Illinois. It's still there and Brandi, Jordyn and I visited with almost all our relatives.