Wednesday, January 04, 2017 - Updated: 9:14 AMA 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 community newspaper in 2016.
We routinely held our local governments accountable for their actions. When the Massac County Board of Commissioners placed a half-way completed budget on display for 2016 we questioned its lack of complete information. After a few more meetings and figuring a more detailed, revised budget was available for public viewing. Was it perfect? No. But it was an improvement.
When the Metropolis City Council started discussions of the elimination of medical insurance for elected aldermen we stood up for the taxpayer and rallied for the abolishment of the insurance. An ordinance eliminating the insurance was eventually passed a month or so later.
When the former County Board Chairman discussed things unrelated to the agenda or inappropriate to the meeting, we called him out on it. He loved to stick his foot in his mouth during 2016.
In 2016, as in years past, we adjusted our practices to keep up with changing times and utilized more social media in our reporting. When the Massac Unit One School Board began talking about replacing the football field with artificial turf, the Planet brought live video on our Facebook page, and when the sheriff addressed the county board regarding budget cuts, we were live. The video regarding the artificial turf was shared and viewed many times and received many comments. The school board did not move forward with the artificial turf.
With the new year, we make new resolutions for things we plan to accomplish in 2017.
First we hope to continue being your most valuable source for community journalism. No where else can you find complete listings of the elementary school’s honor rolls or detailed stories about school board meetings. No where else can you find local high school sports photos and stories EVERY week. No where else will you find pictures of ribbon cuttings celebrating new businesses in the county.
We’re there reporting on the public meetings that are held but we’re here week after week, bringing you feature stories, photos, engagement and wedding announcements and birth announcements. People who want to know ‘what’s happening,’ can find that weekly listing in the Planet. We want to know what’s going on in the community so we can tell everyone about it.
We also plan to continue holding our governments accountable by being the watchdogs at their meetings. The county government has a lot of work to do to get back on track and move forward, and to gain the respect and admiration of many of the county’s residents again.
The Metropolis City Council will see new faces in at least two wards this year after the April election, and the Metropolis mayoral race has seen many residents throw their hat in the ring for election. There is also a contested mayoral race in Brookport and several people are running for seats on the Massac Unit One and Joppa-Maple Grove school boards. We will be there every step of the way.
In order for us to be accountable in providing you, our readers, more timely news relative to government and school board meetings, our first priority is a change of our publication day. Effective the first week of February the Planet will publish on Thursday rather than Wednesday. Our first Thursday issue will be Feb. 2.
We appreciate your business and readership in 2016, and are excited to continue serving you in 2017.