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Why did the 1 percent sales tax fail in the March 15 election? That’s what we have been asking too. As Massac County’s newspaper, we feel we extensively covered the information about the ...

Editorial: Nothing ever gets done

The Massac County Board of Commissioners baffles us.   The most recent example was the March 8 board meeting when on the agenda was the approval of the 2016 budget, which has been on display sinc ...

When Every Second Counts

Four years ago on February 29, 2012, an EF-4 tornado roared through southeastern Illinois, leaving a path of destruction from just north of Carrier Mills through the City of Harrisburg onto Southeaste ...

Ten Commandments of Open Government

“I think heroic deeds were all conceived in the open air.” The quote atop this editorial is from Walt Whitman’s Song of the Open Road,  a cheerful 1856 tribute to freedom and t ...

EDITORIAL: Reminder

REMINDER: Tuesday, March 15 is the primary election day in Massac County. GO VOTE! Anyone needing information regarding their polling place can contact the Massac County Clerk’s office at 618 ...

Editorial: Go Vote!

Please, exercise your right to vote on election day in Massac County on March 15, 2016. In the last election, there was slightly over 9 percent voter turnout.  That is pathetic and embarrassing ...

Here we go again

Here we go again.  The Massac County Commissioners began working on the 2016 budget in the fall of last year, first requesting departmental heads to turn in their budget requests to the commissio ...

Let your voices be heard

With the spring election arriving quickly, now is the time for people to check your election checklist. Are you registered to vote?  If you are not sure if you are, then the best place to start i ...

Hoping for a more exciting 2016

2015 was a year of adjustment for me.  I’ve taken the biggest trip of my life — into home ownership.  This was my first full year living in my house. As a child I lived in two mo ...

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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