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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois restaurants and bars can serve cocktails to go Tuesday after Gov. JB Pritzker signed an initiative designed by lawmakers to provide establishments with financial relief in the wake of COVID-19 challenges.

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The State of Illinois has now entered Phase 3 of of Gov. JB Pritzker’s five phase reopening plan after the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, restaurants were allowed to open for outdoor service and non-essential retailers opened to shoppers, both under special guidelines.

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Beginning Monday, June 8 the Metropolis Public Library will begin curbside, no contact service. The hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Normally at this time of year, Metropolis city and community leaders would be busily preparing for the annual Superman Celebration, which at its peak has drawn an estimated 40,000 people to the southern Illinois town.

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The event sponsors for the annual 4th of July Fireworks and Hometown Celebration have decided to cancel this year’s event, scheduled for July 3, 2020. The decision is being made in the interest of public health as the organizers continue to work with the State of Illinois to uphold current a…

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Six more small businesses in Metropolis will hopefully have much needed grant money heading their way. On Tuesday night, the Metropolis City Council approved six resolutions to support grant applications for the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Grant. Those six businesses are Creations…

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SPRINGFIELD — A pair of health care bills expanding telehealth resources during the COVID-19 pandemic passed the Illinois House of Representatives on Saturday — with one passing the Senate and the other not being taken up as lawmakers wrapped up their emergency special session.

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced his office’s reopening plan — beginning June 2 in Massac County — with the first two months focused on serving only new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and vehicle transactions. Currently there are more than 700…

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In statements on their department’s Facebook pages, both Massac County Sheriff Chad Kaylor and Massac County State’s Attorney Josh Stratemeyer say the executive order from Gov. JB Pritzker to stay home and not congregate, is unconstitutional.

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On Tuesday, the Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) confirmed another case of the coronavirus in Massac County — a male in his teens. The health department also confirmed the first death in the Southern Seven region — a male in his 80s from Union County.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker unveiled a plan Tuesday for the gradual reopening of the state’s economy on a region-by-region basis, but he suggested it could take several months or even a year before the state fully reopens.

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With the 2020 Superman Celebration being canceled, many small businesses and restaurants will lose a large portion of revenue they depend on yearly to keep their business going.

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Southern Seven Health Department (S7HD) regrets to report the first death of a resident of the Southern Seven region who tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was a male in his 80’s from Union County.

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SPRINGFIELD — Illinois House Republicans on Monday stepped up their demands that the Pritzker administration release more information about inmates being furloughed or granted early releases from state prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 will leave its mark on the economy for years to come, especially financially. With income taxes put on hold and sales tax figures down in the State of Illinois due to the stay at home orders, Massac Unit One Superintendent Jason Hayes says the next fiscal year (FY) may be financiall…

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Massac County residents are reminded that COPE Food Pantry, located at 1013 North Avenue in Metropolis, is open for business during the stay at home orders because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced last Thursday he is extending Illinois’ stay-at-home order through May 30 with certain modifications taking effect May 1, including opening up state parks, expanding essential businesses and requiring masks in public.

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Graduation ceremonies for 2020 high school and college seniors will be like something no one has ever experienced. With stay at home orders in place through the end of May from Gov. JB Pritzker during the worldwide health crisis, all school events have been canceled, including the year-end g…

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SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday he is extending Illinois’ stay-at-home order through May 30 with certain modifications taking effect May 1, including opening up state parks, expanding essential businesses and requiring masks in public.

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SPRINGFIELD — State lawmakers put mental health on center stage Wednesday during a virtual town hall in which medical professionals offered advice to Illinoisans struggling with the mental and emotional pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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To practice social distancing the Massac Count Board of Commissioners moved Tuesday’s meeting to the large conference room in the Courthouse Annex. The board is currently meeting every two weeks, instead of weekly, through the coronavirus pandemic.

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While working at a jail may be a demanding job, it’s these transformations that make it well worth it for the men and women who put on a jailer uniform every day, and go to work.