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The Massac County Commission approved a motion to display the 2022 budget at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 11.

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The youth department of First Missionary Baptist Church, located at 413 W. Seventh St. in Metropolis, will observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16.

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Following a closed session, the Metropolis City Council voted to provide a financial contribution to a property tax appeal litigation.

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Birthday notables this week are: Rachel Allen on Jan. 14; Sharon Schnaare, Jan 15; Nick Christiansen and Julie Giltner, Jan. 16; Nickey Johnston and Rance Phillips, Jan. 17; Kathadale Harris, Jan. 18; and Stacy Ward and Tim Fairfield on Jan. 19. Best wishes to all you people for a happy and …

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We sure are having a lot of weather changes as we begin our new year.

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Out of an abundance of caution and due to the continued high numbers of new COVID-19 cases statewide, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday afternoon, Jan. 13, that all Secretary of State departments, including Driver Services facilities, will remain closed an additional week.

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SPRINGFIELD — The 2022 session of the Illinois General Assembly will be even shorter than originally planned due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Democratic leaders announced Monday, Jan. 3.

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You who read these words stand in the earliest days of a new year — 2022! It’s understandable that we may feel both excitement in facing a new calendar with fresh opportunities. At the same time, we may very well feel anxiety as we turn to 12 months unfolding which hold the known.

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We are finally getting a taste of winter with our cold temperatures, but what would make it even better? Snow! We did have a few flurries up on the ridge over the weekend, but hopefully come Thursday, we will get a few inches.

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It’s bingo for the Senior Citizens and the Next Generation on Tuesday, Jan.11. Doors at the activity center will open at 9:30 a.m. with a short business meeting at 10 a.m. The building is located behind First Baptist Church on Pell Road. Participants are asked to bring an inexpensive item to…

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Feeling confident following the great Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, Lt. Tom Day of “K” Company of the 29th Illinois wrote in the May 10, 1862, Metropolis Sentinel newspaper, “You may look for Egypt to give a good account of herself in a few days.”

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PADUCAH — West Kentucky Community and Technical College recognized more than 1000 candidates for graduation during walk-thru fall 2021 commencement ceremonies that aired on the college’s Facebook page and YouTube channels on Dec. 11.

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Here we are closing out 2021 and entering 2022. We’ve had the best of times and the worst of times, and I hope everyone has overcome the worst in grace and in honor. We can look forward to new beginnings and another chance in the coming year.

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If you’ve been avoiding or even cancelled routine medical exams and cancer screenings due to COVID-19, Southern Seven Health Department encourages you to make time this January to schedule your medical appointments for the year and get your health back on track.

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Billy Conder wasn’t quite sure what to expect when he asked his friends to read his first attempt into the literary world.

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Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to live healthier, and that has been teaching me a lot about myself. Not only am I learning about my habits, but about motivation in general. Here’s a conclusion I’m coming to about motivation: Usually, motivation is waiting on the other side of action.

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The county’s increase in COVID-19 numbers has shut down in-person visitation at the Massac County Detention Center.

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Graduation dates for the Class of 2022 have been set.

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The Kiwanis Club of Metropolis recently donated $3000 for the relief effort following the Dec. 10 tornado. Metropolis' Len Maggio (left), presents the check to Kiwanis District 36 Lt. Gov. Randy Kinder (center), of Anna, who delivered the donation to the Kiwanis Club of Mayfield. Also presen…

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URBANA — With their bright red blooms, poinsettias are a holiday tradition. But buyers don’t have to limit their selection to one color. This winter, celebrate and decorate with a rainbow of poinsettias.

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URBANA — With their vibrant, floral displays and low-maintenance needs, holiday cacti are a great holiday gift. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter cactus are each different species. They bloom reliably each year without much upkeep.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) proposed administrative rules for the use of dicamba on soybeans were published Friday, Dec. 17, in the Secretary of State’s Illinois Register. The proposed restrictions for dicamba use on soybeans are the same restrictions that w…

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Our temperatures continue to fluctuate — the 60s are nice, but then those 20'=s in the early mornings are a little on the chilly side. We sure did have a heavy frost up here on the ridge this morning. 

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Bronda Jones had submitted her resignation as Brookport alderman in Ward 1 after having moved into a different ward leaving a vacancy in that area. Residents in Ward 1 may submit a letter of intent to Mayor Rance Phillips for that position.

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It’s the time of year when a plethora of holiday scenes can be found throughout Massac County — from the festive figures and colors on 18th Street in Metropolis to the simple reminder at the parsonage of First United Methodist Church Metropolis to festive meeting wardrobes to even a spotting…

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Natalie Hosman received more than her bachelor of science in nursing on Saturday, Dec. 11. During Murray State University’s fall 2021 commencement ceremony, Hosman was also named Outstanding Nursing Student. She is the daughter of Joe and Joanie Hosman, of Metropolis. A total of 699 degree a…

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Merry Christmas to everyone.

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Janssen receives McAllaster Honors Scholarship

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After voting 4-3 at its Dec. 13 meeting to decrease its tax levy by 25%, or over $416,000, the Joppa-Maple Grove School Board met again Monday, Dec. 20, in a special-called meeting to consider amending that decision.

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Birthday notables this week are: Rachel Allen on Jan. 14; Sharon Schnaare, Jan 15; Nick Christiansen and Julie Giltner, Jan. 16; Nickey Johnston and Rance Phillips, Jan. 17; Kathadale Harris, Jan. 18; and Stacy Ward and Tim Fairfield on Jan. 19. Best wishes to all you people for a happy and …

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We sure are having a lot of weather changes as we begin our new year.

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Out of an abundance of caution and due to the continued high numbers of new COVID-19 cases statewide, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday afternoon, Jan. 13, that all Secretary of State departments, including Driver Services facilities, will remain closed an additional week.

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SPRINGFIELD — The 2022 session of the Illinois General Assembly will be even shorter than originally planned due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Democratic leaders announced Monday, Jan. 3.

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You who read these words stand in the earliest days of a new year — 2022! It’s understandable that we may feel both excitement in facing a new calendar with fresh opportunities. At the same time, we may very well feel anxiety as we turn to 12 months unfolding which hold the known.

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We are finally getting a taste of winter with our cold temperatures, but what would make it even better? Snow! We did have a few flurries up on the ridge over the weekend, but hopefully come Thursday, we will get a few inches.

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It’s bingo for the Senior Citizens and the Next Generation on Tuesday, Jan.11. Doors at the activity center will open at 9:30 a.m. with a short business meeting at 10 a.m. The building is located behind First Baptist Church on Pell Road. Participants are asked to bring an inexpensive item to…

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Feeling confident following the great Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, Lt. Tom Day of “K” Company of the 29th Illinois wrote in the May 10, 1862, Metropolis Sentinel newspaper, “You may look for Egypt to give a good account of herself in a few days.”

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PADUCAH — West Kentucky Community and Technical College recognized more than 1000 candidates for graduation during walk-thru fall 2021 commencement ceremonies that aired on the college’s Facebook page and YouTube channels on Dec. 11.

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Here we are closing out 2021 and entering 2022. We’ve had the best of times and the worst of times, and I hope everyone has overcome the worst in grace and in honor. We can look forward to new beginnings and another chance in the coming year.

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If you’ve been avoiding or even cancelled routine medical exams and cancer screenings due to COVID-19, Southern Seven Health Department encourages you to make time this January to schedule your medical appointments for the year and get your health back on track.

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Billy Conder wasn’t quite sure what to expect when he asked his friends to read his first attempt into the literary world.

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Over the past few months, I’ve been trying to live healthier, and that has been teaching me a lot about myself. Not only am I learning about my habits, but about motivation in general. Here’s a conclusion I’m coming to about motivation: Usually, motivation is waiting on the other side of action.

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The county’s increase in COVID-19 numbers has shut down in-person visitation at the Massac County Detention Center.

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Graduation dates for the Class of 2022 have been set.

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The Kiwanis Club of Metropolis recently donated $3000 for the relief effort following the Dec. 10 tornado. Metropolis' Len Maggio (left), presents the check to Kiwanis District 36 Lt. Gov. Randy Kinder (center), of Anna, who delivered the donation to the Kiwanis Club of Mayfield. Also presen…

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URBANA — With their bright red blooms, poinsettias are a holiday tradition. But buyers don’t have to limit their selection to one color. This winter, celebrate and decorate with a rainbow of poinsettias.

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URBANA — With their vibrant, floral displays and low-maintenance needs, holiday cacti are a great holiday gift. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter cactus are each different species. They bloom reliably each year without much upkeep.

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SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) proposed administrative rules for the use of dicamba on soybeans were published Friday, Dec. 17, in the Secretary of State’s Illinois Register. The proposed restrictions for dicamba use on soybeans are the same restrictions that w…

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Our temperatures continue to fluctuate — the 60s are nice, but then those 20'=s in the early mornings are a little on the chilly side. We sure did have a heavy frost up here on the ridge this morning. 

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Bronda Jones had submitted her resignation as Brookport alderman in Ward 1 after having moved into a different ward leaving a vacancy in that area. Residents in Ward 1 may submit a letter of intent to Mayor Rance Phillips for that position.

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It’s the time of year when a plethora of holiday scenes can be found throughout Massac County — from the festive figures and colors on 18th Street in Metropolis to the simple reminder at the parsonage of First United Methodist Church Metropolis to festive meeting wardrobes to even a spotting…

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Natalie Hosman received more than her bachelor of science in nursing on Saturday, Dec. 11. During Murray State University’s fall 2021 commencement ceremony, Hosman was also named Outstanding Nursing Student. She is the daughter of Joe and Joanie Hosman, of Metropolis. A total of 699 degree a…

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Merry Christmas to everyone.

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Janssen receives McAllaster Honors Scholarship

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After voting 4-3 at its Dec. 13 meeting to decrease its tax levy by 25%, or over $416,000, the Joppa-Maple Grove School Board met again Monday, Dec. 20, in a special-called meeting to consider amending that decision.

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“You’re a beautiful lady for doing this,” Donna Monzulla told Jean Aviles as she walked into the Joppa High School library Wednesday, Dec. 15.

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Christmas is certainly a time for wishes and hopes. So here are some things I have been thinking about due to recent events in southernmost Illinois and western Kentucky.

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Many offices and local businesses will be closed Saturday, Dec. 25, in observance of Christmas.

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Several churches in Massac County are planning their annual Christmas services. Everyone is invited to attend.

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Old Tyme Christmas