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Meanwhile, the clock is ticking

The months of 2017 are already flying by, and the community has not seen much forward movement with the courthouse renovation project.  Now, before anyone reads further, this will not be an edito ... More

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Maintaining law and order

Imagine you are home alone and awakened from your sleep by a noise outside your window. It doesn’t sound like a “ghost” so you rule out calling Ghostbusters. So instead you dial 911. ...

Excercise your right, vote!

Did we do everything perfectly during the Mayoral Forum held March 9 — no.  But for a first time attempt at hosting a forum such as this, we think the event was overall very successful. Pri ...

Editorial: Let’s just hope it stays that way

After two recent special meetings called by the Massac Unit One School District, it’s like a tale of two boards. The first meeting convened on March 7 at 6:30 p.m. and wasn’t over until cl ...

The Way I See It: Fake news. Really?

These last few months national politics have been a roller coaster ride. President Barack Obama is out. President Donald Trump is in. The beginning of the new administration and its relationship with ...

When things get a little heated

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 2000 people lose their lives in residential fires every year in the U.S. A majority of fatal fires happen when families are asleep, so having ...

EDITORIAL: Have you looked at the budget?

Halfway into the second month of the New Year and there has been some progress by Massac County’s commissioners.  We think that is great. In January Eric Weflan, the engineer from the firm ...

The Suicide Stigma

This is one of those editorials where it is hard to find words to even begin. Our hearts ache for so many people hurting in our community. Massac County clearly has a suicide problem that we can not s ...

That’s right, Thursday

It’s Thursday and the Planet is out on news stands. That’s right, Thursday. We answered several calls on Wednesday from people wondering why they had not received their Planet. For the pas ...

Funding A Safe Commute

On Feb. 2, we will know whether the Groundhog saw his shadow suggesting either an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Either way, the weather forecast for the coming weeks here in the Midwest co ...

Recognizing local achievements

Sometimes in the hectic hustle and bustle of everyday life we don’t take time to notice the successes of the people and organizations around us. Or those successes may derive from years of work ...

Trump knows all about ‘fake news’

Donald Trump made his ongoing assault on “fake news” a prominent part of his first post-election press conference this week. But he didn’t stop at just berating it. He showed once ag ...

Staff is vital, contact your legislators

This year, again as the fate of the state’s budget hangs in the balance, it appears the mess in Springfield is again having a direct affect on our local area and could put some familiar tourism ...

Ah, the joys of home ownership

It was 9 p.m. when I got home from work a few Mondays ago, and I was talking to my mother on the phone.  I walked into my kitchen and flipped on the kitchen light. I reached down into the bucket ...

E for Effort?

On Thursday the Illinois Community College Board (ICB) announced seven community colleges in Illinois would share the leftover dollars from a stopgap budget that went into effect last summer and expir ...

Editor: New Year. New Resolutions.

A new year is upon us, and we should all be thankful. New Year’s brings a renewed hope and determination to make each year better than the last. We are proud of our accomplishments as a communit ...

The property tax levy — it is not anything new

There is that old saying about how the only two things for certain in life are death and taxes. There are certainly a lot of taxes people have to pay and it would be great if county residents could se ...

Editorial: A happier New Year?

A job in government years ago might have been considered by many as a “cushy job.”  Certainly the county’s health insurance benefits appear to be pretty good for employees at th ...

EDITORIAL: Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do

A song that became popular in the late 1950s is probably unknown to most of today’s youth. The famous song from the musical The Sound of Music was used to teach the Von Trapp children the basic ...

Be kind to one another and work together

By the time you are reading this editorial, the nation will hopefully know who is the next president is, and we will know who the winners are here in Massac County and we’ll also have an outcome ...

Editorial: There is probably more to the story

With the recent developments with Electric Energy Inc. and one of its parent companies, Dynegy, alluding very publicly that if the 1 percent sales tax passes, it would exacerbate the situation at the ...

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Sports

Kendall signs with SCC to play basketball

Joppa High School’s all-time leading scorer Hailey Kendall signed Monday to play basketball at Shawnee Community College.
Kendall was a four-year starter for the Lady Rangers and a four-year st ...

Sports On My Planet: Spring has sprung

Baseball season is a week old, the Masters has come and gone and the weathermen are telling us that the 80s are right around the corner . . . spring has sprung!
Whether or not you’re a golf fan ...

Softball wrap-up for the region

Century, Joppa and Massac County have all seen recent action with Joppa rallying for four late inning runs but still falling short in a 10-4 loss Monday to Shawnee.
Century got a first inning two run ...

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