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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 ...

A Positive Energy

Behind the scenes of economic commerce of our county, is a driving force and somewhat the glue that provides cohesion and holds it together. In recent years the Metropolis Area Chamber of Commerce ha ...

EDITORIAL: Take action

Everyone says a picture is worth a thousand words — and I’m sure we have said it before in another editorial. The video we shared on our Facebook page last Wednesday though really only nee ...

Massac Memo: From the driest to the greenest

From the beautiful adobe city of Santa Fe, my son, Christopher, and I headed our modern-day covered wagon north through the hills and mountains to Chama, and then west toward Arizona. We went over a l ...

Support Project Hope

I hope by now many people have seen the ads and stories about BarkAID Metropolis and people have picked up their phone and called Headlines Salon to make an appointment for a haircut from Master Styli ...

Massac Memo: Love Adobe? It’s Santa Fe and Taos

When my wife, Carolyn, and I travel, we usually fly to a city and explore urban and rural areas.  But on the motor home trip my son, Christopher, and I took in May, we avoided the metropolitan sp ...

Editorial: Motion failed

The topic of providing medical insurance to the City of Metropolis aldermen has been a recent and continuous subject of conversation over the past year, and it should be. During his first ordinance c ...

Massac Memo: In search of Henry McCarty

As a person who has always been interested in history and has a love of the old West, a recent trip fulfilled both interests. In May, my son, Christopher, and I took a motorhome trip to explorer New M ...

EDITORIAL: We are grateful

Last week’s EF-1 tornado took Metropolis by surprise, and there are some important lessons we all can learn from it. The first one being to take action and get to a safe shelter before the storm ...

As always, thanks for reading

Well, it has been a minute or two since I have penned a column. The first half of 2016 was busy and full of changes for the Planet staff. Job duties were changed around, additional tasks were undertak ...

Oops, he did it again

Last month Commission Chair Jeff Weber wanted to cut the budget of the sheriff and/or the jail, and at the June 7 commissioners meeting, he brought up the idea of the county “getting out of the ...

Why continue down this path?

The Democrats got a bit of good news and some serious bad news in a recent Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll. And that bad news is particularly negative for anyone who can be credibly connected to House ...

Half a loaf is better than none

Reprinted from the Southern Illinoisian Governor Rauner proposed two spending plans this week. The first fully funds school districts for fiscal year 2017. It provides more money in total and no less ...

The public should review it

Five months into fiscal year 2016, and on the second attempt, it appears the Massac County Board of Commissioners have placed a more detailed budget on display for the county to review.  As a rem ...

From My Orbit: "This is Janice"

Awhile back a friend of mine took one of those silly Facebook quizzes that are always floating around.  It showed her which of her friends’ lives has been affected by her.  I showed up ...

EDITORIAL: Again, we have to ask?

Massac County Commissioner Jeff Weber continues to make us shake our heads in disbelief at his actions and the things that come out of his mouth. Take the April 19 board meeting as another example whe ...

EDITORIAL: ‘We have to have leadership.’

We believe those five simple words said by Commissioner Jayson Farmer during last week’s Massac County Board meeting are completely true and need to be supported. Farmer currently serves as the ...

MASSAC MEMO: Yes, we are hurting, but

Many people in Metropolis who use computers have been all atwitter in recent days over a story published online by a website called The Guardian. I don’t know if this website is connected with t ...

Massac Memo: The truth would have been better

 I don’t usually see many of the Academy Award-winning pictures before the awards, but this year reading about one of the nominees sure piqued my interest. The movie was The Revenant.  ...

News

Guardian Family receives $8000 donation

 • Wet basement will be repaired

After five years of battling a wet and flooding basement and the headaches that come with it, the Guardian Family Services (GFS) shelter now has enough mon ...

Positive outlook forecasted for Brookport

“Things are beginning to look up for Brookport,” stated Brookport Mayor John Klaffer during the March 14 city council meeting.
Klaffer had just received a letter from Leeann Denny of ...

Sports

Lady Pats softball team splits pair

The 2016-17 season is a 50-50 proposition so far for new MCHS softball coach Tyson Bormann’s squad.
After an impressive 10-0, four hit shutout over Murray in Massac’s opener, the girls pl ...

Baseball team off to good season start

New Massac County High school Patriot head baseball coach Pat Clark has to like what he’s seen so far with the 2016-17 version of Patriot baseball.
While the program is obviously undergoing som ...

Lady Patriots win Centralia Soccer Tournament

Sports are all about distances. A football field is 100 yards long. It’s 60’6” to the pitcher’s mound on a baseball field. Golf courses are measured in thousands of yards. The ...

March Madness — 2017

March Madness is in full bloom this week as the smaller two classes have whittled things down to their final four.
At Carbondale, in elite eight action, Effingham St. Anthony overcame a 13-point half ...

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