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In some 35 days, Election Day 2020 will be here. But that one day means a lot of preparation for the Massac County Clerk’s office, especially in the year of COVID.

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A downpour of rain with booming thunder and lightning didn’t stop the Massiac Marines on Saturday afternoon during their monthly visit to Fort Massac State Park. As re-enactors of military and civilian life in the 18th century, they’re used to all kinds of weather.

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A rainy Monday was in store for us this week. Just hoping with September beginning this week we will begin to feel some cooler temperatures and humidity. Fall is just around the corner. I’ve already seen some leaves turning.

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The Ole Timers Southsiders Reunion/Luncheon, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at Calvary Baptist Church in Paducah, will not be held this year due to COVID-19. Mark your calendar for next year, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, and pass the word to other Southsiders.

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SPRINGFIELD — Included in the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan in 2019 was a $400 million investment aimed at providing statewide broadband access to every residence, business and community institution across the state by 2024.

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With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the rise, the Southern Seven Health Department will host two free mobile testing sites in the region over the Labor Day weekend.

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Word is if the conditions are right, the Harry Statham Youth Basketball League may get started in October. Originally, plans were to have an early league but that would have conflicted with soccer and we want as many kid activities as we can safely have.

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A male is his 70s is the first confirmed death in Massac County related to COVID-19, the Southern Seven Health Department announced Tuesday.

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The Metropolis Lions Club has reluctantly cancelled its annual Labor Day Parade over concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19.

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Librarian June Badgley, of Grand Chain Community Library, cleans and packs books in preparation of the library’s move from its present location on Main Street to the former Christian Church site at 312 E. Second Street. The library board is accepting donations to help finance the purchase of…

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Massac County EMA Director Brian Horn, at left, is shown with Rotary officials Gary Hamm, immediate past district governor, and Joe Miller, past district governor, who presented the county with COVID-19 supplies from Rotary International. The supplies are part of a $25,000 Rotary Internation…

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While William and Laura Nichols paid for the new fountain that adorns the front of their downtown bed and breakfast, they say it really belongs to the entire community.

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With face masks a part of their daily apparel, students in Massac Unit 1 and Joppa-Maple Grove District 38 returned to class this week in the “new normal” school environment.

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Paducah-based Dippin’ Dots has opened a new $3.2 million manufacturing facility which helps expand use of its patented technology to other industries beyond flash-frozen ice cream and will add 45 jobs.

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Administrators, faculty and staff in Massac Unit 1 and Joppa-Maple Grove District 38 are getting ready for the start of school next Monday, with COVID-19 preparations added to their to-do lists.

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Shawnee Community College students who reside in Alexander and Pulaski counties, who have been impacted financially by COVID-19, may be eligible for tuition reimbursement from the Springfield Urban League (SUL).

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Tourism efforts in Metropolis took another COVID-19-related hit Monday with the cancellation of the 2020 Fort Massac Encampment, which was scheduled for Oct. 17-18 at Fort Massac State Park.

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Brookport customers who have outstanding water bills are being urged to contact City Clerk Lori Klotz to arrange a payment schedule as disconnections for nonpayment are scheduled to resume this week.

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Big John grocery continues to follow Southern Seven Health Department guidelines after reporting two positive COVID-19 cases among its staff last week.

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Massac County Clerk Hailey Mills’ office has begun processing applications for residents who wish to vote by mail in the Nov. 3 general election.

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I have been a community news writer for several years now and have always loved having the Metropolis Planet staff readily available if I should ever need advice or assistance with ads, etc. But I’m so sorry to have the office close and relocated to Paducah. I feel we will lose the hometown …

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Interviews with the eight candidates for Shawnee Community College president continue this week, including facility tours and virtual forums allowing faculty, staff and community members to participate in the process.

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Undeterred by the pandemic and aided by technology, the 99th annual Mescher Family Reunion took place July 26 via Zoom instead of at its usual location, Zion United Church of Christ in Metropolis. The gathering attracted 37 family members from around the country, including California, North …

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Students in Massac Unit 1 and Joppa-Maple Grove 38 districts will return to class Aug. 17, in calendars approved Monday night by the respective school boards.

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The organizers of the #SUPPORTMETROPOLIS program, which began at the onset of the COVID pandemic, have announced the program will cease on July 6. To date, the program has given a total of $1300 to local businesses including the Super Museum, Sissy’s — A Sweet Shoppe, Creations the Florist, …

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The Shawnee College Student Senate is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, June 25 from 1-6 p.m. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions on the college campus, this year's event will be located at Karnak United Methodist Church at 302 Illinois Street in Karnak. 

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SPRINGFIELD — Restaurants across the state are set to open for indoor dining Friday among other additions to allowable activities under the state’s Restore Illinois plan. The state released new guidance for reopening businesses Monday.

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We are finally seeing a little relief from our hot humid days over the weekend. We were in need of slow rain, and hopefully with Monday upon us we won’t see any downpours. Praying the humidity and temperatures will be lower this week. One good thing those hot sunny days was good for was maki…

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Eight local agencies and organizations were awarded a total of $39,000 in grant funding last Thursday. The funds were distributed by the Illinois COVID-19 Response (ICRF) through the Southern Illinois Community Foundation (SICF) and the Massac County United Way.

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CHICAGO – Gov. JB Pritzker today released plans to safely continue reopening businesses and industries as Illinois moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. Working with public health officials and business representatives, guidelines were developed to keep workers and customers safe …

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Legence Bank was a recipient of a $20,000 grant, through a partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (FHLB), for COVID-19 neighborhood relief. With this funding, Legence awarded 50 grants to local organizations in all southern Illinois and southern Indiana.

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SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday he will extend a moratorium on evictions in the state until July 31, and a new state grant program that will begin in August to give assistance to those who are behind on rent.

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Shawnee Community College (SCC) is scheduled to host a food distribution day Thursday, June 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m. to help combat food insecurity in the region. Many seniors and low-income families are struggling at this time, and the Laborers' Local 773, along with Sen. Dale Fowler, hav…

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As of June 1, the City of Metropolis has resumed utility shutoffs to past due electric and water accounts. Shutoffs had been voluntarily discontinued during March, April and May at the recommendation of Gov. JB Pritzker to help Illinois residents who were impacted with work layoffs because o…

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Shawnee Community College (SCC) is working to implement its plans under guidelines set by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to prepare for campus reopening under Phase 3 planning.

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On Tuesday, the Massac County Board of Commissioners approved three separate bids with Russell Electric for fiber, electrical, voice and data installation at the courthouse as part of the courthouse renovation project. Commissioner Jerel Childers voted no to all three bids.

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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.