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Abraham Lincoln was a master at using words to motivate and inspire. Now his words will be part of a new sculpture honoring the 16th president, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum announced (ALPLM) on Lincoln’s 211th birthday.

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Massac Unit One school board members got their first look at a possible new elementary school at Monday night’s board meeting, where Ryan Dodd, project manager from Baysinger Architects in Marion distributed project books and went over the design of a building.

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State Rep. Patrick Windhorst was appointed to serve on a state panel which will review and hear challenges to the recent appointment of Eva-Dina Delgado to the House of Representatives. Delgado was selected to fill the vacancy of State Rep. Luis Arroyo. Arroyo resigned late last year amidst …

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“Rainy days and Monday always get me down” makes for the perfect phrase for our last Monday of February. It’s hard to believe February draws to a close this week, and we still haven’t gotten any measurable snow for the winter. Once March arrives, it’s time to think of spring. But, before we …

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Howdy to everyone, on another wonderful Sunday here in Reevesville. It looks like the rains are back for a few days, but we’re not complaining, because we know it’s going to make some beautiful flowers and blooms.

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Hello. Well, we’re on our last week of February. This month has flown by like all the rest have.

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Seventeen Murray State University students flew over 17,558 miles to study agriculture in New Zealand. To join this program students were selected from a pool of applicants. After acceptance into the program students began a half semester course to study the country before visiting.

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Pauline “Polly” Ragland, center, was serenaded with a few tunes from the golden era, by Massac County High School Choir on Sunday afternoon, during her 100th birthday party held at Central Hall. Many friends, family and loved ones joining her to celebrate the momentous occasion. Two Sisters …

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The Metropolis Public Library has several youth events planned over the next few weeks. The library kicked off its first meeting of the Bookworm Club last Wednesday for children ages 5 and under. The Bookworm Club will meet every Wednesday at 11 a.m. The meeting will include an activity, sna…

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85 Years Ago Republican Herald February 27, 1935

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The Kincaid Mounds Support Organization (KMSO) will host an Artifact Day on Saturday, March 14, at Fort Massac State Park. The program will start at 10 a.m. with artifact collections displayed in the State Park Visitor’s Center.

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Following some hesitation Monday night, Joppa-Maple Grove board member Chris McGinness finally put a motion on the floor to consider a contract extension for Terri Waddell, who is currently the principal of both Joppa High School and Maple Grove Elementary.

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How we care for our farm’s small herd of beef cows gives off a nostalgic vibe: The lineage of the cows traces back to Grandpa’s herd. Cows give birth to calves in the shelter of a century-old barn. Hedge posts harvested from the farm frame the pasture fence, and we paid the local FFA chapter…

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The Brookport High School Alumni held its first meeting Sunday to plan for the all-class reunion to be held this year. The all-class reunions are held every three years now. The next meeting will be Sunday, March 15 at First Baptist Church at 2 p.m., when invitations will be available. Some …

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On Jan. 30, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order creating “safe areas” for use of heroin and other opiates — under supervision. This is a part of the $4.1 million to help fight Illinois’ opioid crisis.

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Brookport City Council held a mandatory meeting with the fire department on Feb. 18 and discussion was held on several matters brought to the attention of Brookport Mayor Tami Wessel by the city’s insurance company.

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On Feb. 20, as part of an ongoing crystal methamphetamine investigation, agents from the Southern Illinois Drug Task Force (SIDTF) in Ullin, Massac County Sheriff’s Department, Metropolis Police Department, Illinois State Police SWAT and Illinois State Police (ISP) District 22, executed a se…

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Due to the absence of Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel at Monday night’s Metropolis City Council meeting, Alderman Mike Hall served as temporary chairman to preside over the meeting.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local, state, and federal health partners to take all preventative steps available to limit the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). While COVID-19 is not spreading in communities in Illinois or the U.S., there is evid…

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The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local, state, and federal health partners to take all preventative steps available to limit the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). While COVID-19 is not spreading in communities in Illinois or the U.S., there is evid…

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Every year, the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) organization crowns the best community college quiz bowl team in North America at the Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT). This year, the Shawnee Community College (SCC) Scholar Bowl Team has an opportunity to achieve tha…

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Gov. JB Pritzker has tied his second-year state budget proposal to the unfinished marquee policy initiative of his first year - a constitutional amendment that allows the state to impose higher income tax rates on higher income earners.

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The Massac Unit One School District will hold upcoming screenings for kindergarten pre-registration and special education Child Find screenings as well as Pre-K screenings.

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The Ohio River is yet again out of its banks. According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, the most current hydrograph indicates the river crested on Feb. 19 at about 47.94 feet and is expected to start falling, but those who are affected by river flooding may want to keep sandbags …

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Our crazy February weather continues. Rainy, dreary cold days followed by a couple days of sunshine and warmer temperatures, then it repeats itself. We are halfway through the month, so as March approaches I'm beginning to lean toward spring rather than snow. I've looked ahead on the weather…

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Hello everyone on a great Lord's Day here in Reevesville. We are rejoicing, and are glad in it.

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The regular scheduled Brookport Council meeting took place Tuesday, Feb. 11, with all aldermen present except Debbie Workman, Ward 2.

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The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) encourages older Illinoisans to think about fire safety, while keeping their limitations in mind when creating a fire escape plan. In 2018, out of the 118 fire deaths in Illinois, 44 percent of those deaths were people over the age of 60.

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I drove around the city on Friday checking our water levels. I was surprised the school ball field was empty, the wet area on either side of highway U.S. 45 at the north end of the town was barely wet and Davis Creek was not overflowing. I guess the sandbags in front of the flap gate are doi…

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While the list of sheriff's department bills this week, was not lengthy, Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor told the board of commissioners at Tuesday morning's meeting he is exploring a couple of ways to potentially help bring more revenue into the detention center.

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SPRINGFIELD -- Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will provide health care at two state prisons in a test that could expand statewide and which could provide answers for a troubled, $180 million-a-year medical program for 40,000 inmates, officials said Monday.

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Massac Memorial Hospital (MMH) has announced Massac Memorial Wound Center is a recipient of RestorixHealth's Patient Satisfaction and Clinical Distinction swards. Recipients of this award meet or exceed national patient satisfaction and quality benchmarks over a six-month period.

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SPRINGFIELD -- There was little support Tuesday at the former stomping grounds of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich for President Donald Trump's decision to commute the remaining years of the disgraced former Democratic governor's 14-year corruption sentence.

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CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted in a wide-ranging political corruption case just months after he appeared on Trump's reality TV show. The president called the sentence "ridiculous."

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Eating a balanced diet is one of the best ways to improve heart health. As a leading provider of cardiac care and services, Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital offers six foods that are good for heart health, and when combined with exercise and healthy living can help to lower the risk for heart…

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At the River Ministries will offer a free hot meal on Monday, Feb., 24 for anyone who has need. This month's meal will be served at 5 p.m. at New Beginnings Baptist Church, located at 720 E. 12th St. The meal will be followed by a time of worship and distribution of gifts. Anyone who needs a…

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Since taking office, Illinois State Rep. Patrick Windhorst has been a supporter of Second Amendment Rights. Windhorst, has introduced a bold legislative agenda aimed at protecting the 2nd Amendment Rights of the people of Illinois.

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According to Forbes, the cannabis industry is among the fastest-growing job markets in America. According to Leafly's 2019 Cannabis Jobs Count, cannabis directly employs more than 211,000 full-time workers in the U.S. and now Western Illinois University (WIU) students interested in careers i…

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SPRINGFIELD -- Criminal justice reform is high on Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker's agenda this year, but a legislative committee hearing Thursday in Chicago showed that reform advocates and the law enforcement community have widely differing views on the issue.

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At the most recent annual meeting of the Board of Directors of the Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau, the board members were re-elected and include, from left, Toni Cannon, of Keller's Crossing Golf Course, as president; Carol Hoffman, Southernmost Illinois Tourism Bureau, executive direc…

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As it celebrates its 10th year of providing daily jet service from Barkley Regional Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International, SkyWest Airlines has been awarded a new, three-year contract.

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By adoption of ordinances on Monday night, the Metropolis City Council approved two bids for the sale and lease of properties. During the mayor's report to the council, a bid of $2970 was accepted from SherrieMae Pam for a lot at 1120 Vienna St. The lot had been acquired by the city for the …

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The Quilts of Valor (QOV) Foundation has named the Little Egypt Quilting Group as a registered QOV group. The Little Egypt Quilters had its first meeting in June of 2019 with a goal to cover every veteran in southern Illinois from Mt. Vernon to Cairo On Saturday afternoon, they helped cover …

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Claire Pauline "Polly" Ragland was born in Metropolis on February 23, 1920 to Lillie Mae (Williamson) Williams and John "Butch" Williams. She was the youngest of eight siblings -- Bertha Hopson, Estelle Williams, Belle English, Lillian Grace, Otis Williams, Earl Williams and Fern Williams.

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From left, Assistant Den Leader Tara Houseman-Burns, Brooke Burns, Bear; Kaylee Dennis, Bear; Goldie Bates, Wolf; Lydia Sumnlers, Wolf; and Samantha Parmer, Den Leader. Not pictured was Zoe Davis, Wolf.