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Unacceptable.

Unacceptable. That one word perfectly sums up the pain, dysfunction and instability Capitol politicians have inflicted on Illinois by their failure to provide a permanent balanced state budget for two ... More

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Moving oh soooo slooooowly

I have never been a hyper person. Some people think I move very slowly, or just amble along. So where could I go to see something that moves considerably slower than I do. The answer is, Panama, and t ...

Massac Memo: Walking in the woods

Since my retirement several years ago, I have been trying to walk as much as possible.  It may not be the best possible exercise, and maybe I should be doing something more strenuous, but walking ...

Massac Memo: To weddings we go

Weddings in the Wills family have always been low-key affairs. That is, until the younger generation came along. This past year, Carolyn and I had the pleasure of traveling around the eastern United S ...

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 ...

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 ...

News

Memorial Day activities highlight holiday weekend

Staff Report

With Memorial Day fast approaching, various activities throughout the Metropolis Planet area are being planned in observance of the holiday.
The Mound City National Cemetery is hosting i ...

J-MG board informed of a resignation

• District seeks letters of interest

The agenda was long as board members, as well as local residents, gathered for the May 22 Joppa-Maple Grove monthly school board meeting.
 During the me ...

Unit One may have to borrow money

Massac Unit One school board members were told about cost reduction measures for the 2017-18 school year and also were told the district might have to borrow money in order to make payroll in July.
Ma ...

Sports

Prep diamond wrap-up

Everyone is puttin’ the wraps on their baseball/softball seasons now as regionals are winding down in Classes A and AA and just getting started in Classes AAA and ...never mind about 4A.
On the ...

Jordyn Smith finishes stellar year at J.A.L.C.

Jordyn “Jordie” “Shorty” Smith, a 2015 graduate of MCHS and a big part of a couple of stellar teams of that time frame, just completed her sophomore year at John A. Logan Colle ...

Massac County tuning up for regionals

With regionals staring them in the face, Massac County’s baseball and softball teams finished up regular season play and began getting the ducks in a row for tournament play.
The girls took on ...

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