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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 ...

Answers to some questions

Last year, the Massac County Board of Commissioners formed a citizens’ committee to address problems with our courthouse and analyze possible solutions. The committee recommended the county reno ...

Editorial: Arts are important in the schools

Not all children are athletic, and not all children are musical and artistic. Children who participate in either of these activities, though, are well-disciplined and well-performing students. The en ...

From My Orbit: There are still some glitches

Although the heat and humidity are still lingering, summer has come and now it is almost gone for another year. Once again, I have had little time to get out and fully enjoy the summertime. It always ...

News

Stephens waives right to speedy trial

Allan Stephens, 61, was in Massac County Circuit court Tuesday morning for a pre-trial hearing in front of presiding First Circuit Judge Joseph Leberman with his attorneys Jeff Alford and assistant Ab ...

Sports

Taylor brings home Disney soccer trophy

Staff Report

It was a soccer tournament to remember at the most magical place on earth for one Massac County boy. Nathan Taylor, son of Jess Taylor and Robyn Taylor, competed with the Southern Illino ...

Patriots end regular season on a roll

After a dismal middle of the season stretch, Massac County seems to have found something . . . and at just the right time.
Coming out of the Superman Classic, the Pats stumbled badly for a couple of ...

Cougars end Rangers’ year at Elizabethtown

Hardin County’s home standing Cougars shocked Joppa’s Rangers with a stunning reversal of form, coming back from a 24-12 halftime deficit to snatch a 48-31 regional tournament win from the ...

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