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Afterschool Homework Club for Kids


Monday-Friday during school season
Afterschool Homework Club for Kids
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
718BrewCafe, 718 Market St., Metropolis

This is a totally free supervised think tank, study place for kids. Most of the 718BrewCafe staff are in college or graduates.

Free lemonade or tea, healthy snacks as well as help with homework will be offered. Arts and crafts and a basketball hoop on the patio will be available for kids after they finish their homework.

Owners of the cafe say, “Kids need a safe place after school with a light snack and help with their school work. We are open and not busy during those hours. Helping kids learn and grow is a good investment in everyone’s future.”

For more information, call 524-7180.


BarkAid Returns to Headlines Salon on Aug. 27

Bark Aid LogoSunday, August 27, 2017
Haircuts for BarkAID 50 States Tour

11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Headlines Salon
718 E 5th St., Ste. 200

Bark Aid Patrick cutting hairMaster Hairstylist Patrick Lomantini is bringing his BarkAID 50 State Tour back to Metropolis to help homeless animals.

During the national event, Lomantini, along with local hair stylists, provide at least 50 haircuts in each of the 50 states in just 50 days.

For a $20 minimum donation, you can get a haircut and the proceeds will benefit Project Hope No-Kill Animal Shelter. 

This is the third year that Headlines Salon has partnered with Project Hope for this benefit.

Headlines owner, Linda Ohmes, says, “Make your appointments early, and together we will help save animals in our community!”

A food truck will be on site and a silent auction will be a part of the fundraising effort for Project Hope.

Appointments are expected to fill quickly, so call Headlines Salon at 618-524-4245 to reserve your spot!

Walk-ins are also welcome.Headlines_logo

Night at Noon is Aug. 21

night at noon

Monday, August 21, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, KY

West Kentucky Community Technical College will hold its Night at Noon eclipse party on the big day at the Challenger Learning Center. This will be a NASA official viewing site and it is free.

astronaut WilcuttFormer astronaut, and Kentucky-native, Terry Wilcutt will narrate the eclipse and share his space tales. He will sign autographs on T-shirts and posters that will be for sale.

Night At Noon will have fun, food, vendors, music, Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream and free science demonstrations. Watch the NASA High Altitude Balloon Launch. There will also be a drawing to give away an Xbox One and game.

The partial eclipse begins at 11:54:03 a.m., with 2 minutes and 21 seconds of totality beginning at 1:22:15 p.m. All guests will receive free viewing glasses.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and sunscreen. Night At Noon is free and open to the public and is perfect for family viewing – but please remember that the eclipse is not suitable for those little ones under four years of age.

Red Cross Blood Drive is August 14

Monday, Aug. 14
Red Cross Blood Drive
11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis

Did you know nearly every second of every day; someone is assisted by the Red Cross? Your donations can make an impact in your community and help save lives!

Why Donate Blood?

Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend. Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day. Some believe it is the right thing we do. Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply.  And  you’ll feel good knowing you’ve helped change a life.

You will receive a mini physical to check your: Pulse, Blood pressure, Body temperature, and Hemoglobin


Getting ready for your appointment.

1. Hydrate: Be sure to drink plenty of fluids on the day of your donation.

2. Wear Something Comfortable: Wear clothing with sleeves that can easily be rolled up above the elbow.

3. Maintain Healthy Level of Iron in Your Diet Before Donation:  If possible, include iron-rich foods in your diet, especially in the weeks before your donation.

4. Bring a List of Medications You Are Taking:  We will need to know about any prescription and/or over the counter medications that may be in your system.

5. Bring an ID:  Please bring either your donor card, driver’s license or two other forms of identification.

6. Bring a Friend: Bring along a friend, so that you may both enjoy the benefits of giving blood.

Eligibility Requirements.
Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent form). Height and weight restrictions apply to donors 18 and younger.

To make an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit website, or use the Blood Donor App.

Massac Unit One On-Line & At-School Registration Info

Online pre-registration is now available for ALL Massac Unit #1 Schools.

Parents may now complete most of the paperwork online prior to coming to the school to officially register your child.

The following information has been posted on Massac Unit One’s website:

Your child will NOT be officially registered until you have finalized everything by coming to the school on one of the registration dates.  Completing these online pre-registration forms will significantly reduce the amount of time it will take during the registration dates.

Registration Dates:

  • All Elementary & Junior High: Tuesday, August 8th from 5-7pm or Wednesday, August 9th from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • High School: 11th & 12th grade – Monday, August 7th from 9-11a.m. &  12 Noon-3 p.m.; 10th grade – Tuesday, August 8th from 9-11 a,m. & 12 Noon-3 p.m.; 9th grade – Wednesday, August 9th from 9-11 a.m. & 12 Noon- 3 p.m.

New Students

Online pre-registration is not available for new students to the district, this does include kindergarten students. All new students and kindergarten students must be registered at the school office.

Returning Students

The following information is for parents/guardians of returning students in grades 1 through 12 for the 2017-18 school year. For this school year, we are moving from traditional paper based registration to online registration forms. The forms that will be checked and/or filled out online are as follows:

Contact Information
Medical/Emergency Information
Photography Release
Internet Usage Permission
Disclosure of Armed Services
Student Insurance

If these forms are filled out online before our normal registration days in August, then the only other forms that need to be completed at school are:

Free/Reduced Lunch Form
Add funds to Lunch Account (if desired)
Bus Rider Form (if applicable)
Pay Registration Fee

Follow this link for instructions on completing on-line registration.

Bee Healthy Tip: Kids and Sleep – How Much Is Enough?

Your Monthly Bee Healthy Tip from the trusted team
at Metropolis Drugs II:  from left: Tim Lawson,
Dacia Stewart, Leslie Lawson and Lauren Scott.


Kids and Sleep: How Much Is Enough?

What happens when your kid doesn’t get enough sleep? Does he turn into Oscar the Grouch? Not a surprise, really. But moodiness isn’t the only downside of a lack of shuteye.

Sleep is critical for mental and physical development. In fact, a lack of sleep can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, injuries, diabetes, and obesity in kids, as well as depression in teens (and adults) *1,2

Sleep guidelines for kids. About a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out with new sleep guidelines for kids. In case you missed it, here’s what they now recommend: Continue reading

School Supply Giveaway is July 28

school-supply-giveaway900 W. 10th Street, Metropolis
Friday, July 28, 2017 ~ 5:00 p.m.

Need help gathering necessary school supplies for the upcoming school year? The employees of Harrah’s Metropolis, along with other local businesses and organizations are teaming up once again to distribute school supplies gathered through fundraising and donations.

Individuals may stop by the Metropolis Community Center beginning at 5 p.m. to pick up items, while supplies last. Due to demand, adults without children present are allowed up to 3 students’ supplies. Once through, they may return to the back of the line for the chance to acquire more.

Dental Safari Company, a mobile dentistry company specializing in children of all ages 0-18, will be on site offering dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants as needed. Any child is eligible and it is at no cost to the family. Dental Safari accepts Illinois medical card and all private insurance. Find them online at or on Facebook.

Southern Seven Health Department will also be on hand offering vaccinations for individuals with medical cards and those who are private pay. There will be a vast array of information on hand as well as information on which car seat is appropriate for your child. Website

Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition (MCDAC) will be handing out drug awareness buttons among other supplies. Facebook

Local hair stylists are donating special offers and free haircuts. They will be giving out coupons that may be redeemed only once at one of the participating businesses.

“Beginning a new school year can be very stressful for both kids and parents. Our goal for this event is to make sure we help alleviate the stress and make their school year enjoyable,” says Chad Lewis, Advertising and Public Relations Supervisor for Harrah’s Metropolis. “Among the many offerings we have planned this year, I’m particularly excited to see some of the local hair stylists who jumped on board by offering their talents and services. A simple haircut alone can boost self-esteem and increase confidence when starting a new school year.”