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Big Blue Photography Contest: Entry Deadline is May 4

3rd Annual Big Blue Photography Contest – 2018
Sponsored by Brookport Betterment Committee

The contest is open to residents in counties along the Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky.
Divisions for entry are: 

  1. Ohio River Scenic Byway, which includes landscapes, flowers and animals
  2. People
  3. Inanimate Objects, such as architecture or buildings
  4. Black & White
  5. 62910 Spotlight, photos of Brookport and Unionville areas
  6. Around the World, photos that don’t fit other categories
  7. Junior Photos, taken by children ages 14 and under

There is a $3 fee per entry with no limit on the number of entries. The Junior Division has a $1 fee per entry. Photos are judged on the quality of composition, creativity, and the use of photographic technique. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place winners.

Photos must be matted for hanging purposes, no glass please. Photos may either be 5×7 or 8×10. The person submitting the photo must be the one who took the picture. Each photograph submitted should have the location of the picture taken, the division in which it is to be entered and the name, address and phone number written on the back of the matting for unbiased judging.

Friday, May 4, 2018
Deadline for Submissions

5:00 p.m.
Brookport Library, 7415 S US Hwy 45, Brookport, IL
Bring your photographs and payment to the library during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m.

May 16 through May 21
People’s Choice Voting

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Mon.-Fri. only)
Brookport Library, 7415 S US Hwy 45, Brookport, IL
People’s Choice Award will be determined by public voting at 25 cents per vote during normal business hours on Monday-Friday. These fees will help fund the projects of the Brookport Betterment Committee. The juried photos will be on display from May 16-31.

Tuesday, May 22
Contest Reception
6 – 8 p.m.
The reception is being held to recognize the local talent taking photographs of the surrounding area. The People’s Choice Award will be announced determined by the public voting.

The Brookport Betterment Committee reserves the right to use credited photographs on their website or organizational material. All proceeds will be used to complete their community projects.

All photos must be picked up after June 15th when the show closes.

For information, call 618-564-2846.

Massac Relay for Life and Benefit Events

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Saturday, May 19 
Massac County Relay for Life: Give Cancer the Boot
4-10 p.m.
Downtown Market Street, Metropolis

The annual fundraising event for the American Cancer Society is a community event where teams and individuals set up campsites and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Teams will be selling pork burgers, barbecue, potatoes, nachos, rib eye sandwiches, lemon and orange shake ups and more. There will be children’s games throughout the afternoon and evening, and local entertainment.

Rain location is Massac County Community Center by Massac County HIgh School. Hopefully it won’t be needed. For information,  contact Lindsay DuBois at or 618-288-2320.  WebsiteFacebook.


MC:  Bobby Cook & Steve Schwetman (Bobby & Steve in the Morning 93.3 WKYQ)
DJ:  Gavin Hayes and Dusty Davis

3:00 p.m. Registration Begins:

4:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony 
We kick off the event by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season.
Prayer: Pastor John Kiehl, Fatih Lutheran
National Anthem: Taylen Ashby
Presentation of the Colors: Boy Scouts Troop 101 Metropolis
Survivor Ambassador: David Hannon, of Metropolis, formerly of Vienna, who is currently battling brain cancer.

Survivor/Caregiver Walk at end of Opening Ceremony
Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. They will take a celebratory first lap to start the event. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.

4:30 p.m. Accounting Opens and Massac County High Jazz Band

5:00 p.m. Haircuts for Hope (closes at 7 p.m.)

5:30 p.m. Sixth & Girard Band 

6:30 p.m. Beth Clanahan 

7:30 p.m. Easter Dance Team 

8:00 p.m. Luminaria Sales Close and Accounting Closes

8:30 p.m. Dusty Davis

9:00 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony and Silent Lap
During this ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.

10:00 p.m. Closing Ceremony 
Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.

Earlier Events

Saturday, May 5  (register by April 28)
Relay For Life  Survivor Breakfast
9 – 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis
This complimentary breakfast is for those in Massac County who have battled all forms of cancer, those who are still in treatment, and those who have been cancer-free for decades. You are welcome to bring a caregiver or loved one with you to the meal. Please RSVP by April 28th at Survivors must register for the Relay for Life at the breakfast, on the website, or calling 800-227-2345 option 2. Hosted by Psi Eta Sorority. Facebook.

Saturday, May 5
Waldo Baptist Church Relay for Life Roadblock
8 a.m.
12th and Metropolis streets, Metropolis
Please come by the roadblock and donate. All the money raised goes to ACS Relay for Life. For information, contact Lisa Davis or the church office, 618-638-2444 or 618-564-2180, or send email to

Monday, April 28
ACS Relay for Life Annual Plant and Bake Sale
8 a.m. – Noon
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
Plants of all kinds, yard and garden accessories, and baked goods will be offered in addition to a variety of other items. Everyone is invited. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Saturday, April 21
St. John’s Annual Chicken and Dumpling Supper
4:30 – 7 p.m.
St. John’s Church, 6201 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
Come and meet old friends and make new ones. Free will donations will be accepted with the proceeds going to Relay for Life. Carry-outs available. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Through May 19
Cardinal Baseball Getaway Raffle
City National Bank Main, 423 Ferry St., Metropolis
City National Bank Branch, 2070 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Four box seats to the Cardinals vs Braves baseball game on Saturday, June 30, 6:15 pm. Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets. Spending money of $300 also included. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Tickets may be purchased from any CNB employee.

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Youth Fair Ribeye Sandwich Dinner is April 8

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Annual Massac County Youth Fair
Ribeye Sandwich Fundraiser Dinner

The Massac County Youth Fair Board along with the Shawnee Beef Association, HCE, 4-H, and FFA will sponsor the luncheon. All proceeds will go to support the 2018 Youth Fair. Come and enjoy good food, friends, and memories.

Sunday, April 8, 2018
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Meal includes choice of Ribeye Sandwich, Smoked Brisket, or Hot Dog and Baked Beans, Slaw, Potato Chips, Homemade Dessert and Beverage.

Carry-outs available.
Free will donation accepted.

Dinner will be served at the Community Center on the Massac County Youth Fairgrounds, 4476 Korte Road, Metropolis .

Contact Clint Smith at 618-638-2120 for more information.

United Way Trivia Night is March 2

Friday, March 2, 2018
United Way Trivia Night
6:30 p.m.  Registration
7:00 p.m. Game starts
Fat Edd’s (upstairs), 323 Ferry St., Metropolis
Up to 8 players per team. Cost is $20 per person and $5 for spectators. To pre-register your team, contact Caroline Jones at 618-524-8100 or Candy Ginger at 618-524-2162. Proceeds benefit the Massac County United Way.  Facebook.

MCDAC Trivia Night is Jan. 6

Saturday, January 6, 2018

6:15 p.m.  Doors open
7:00 p.m.  Trivia Games begin promptly

Location:  Elks Lodge, 104 W. 4th Street, Metropolis

There will be 10 rounds of 10 questions and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Admission cost is $20 per individual, or $120 for a team of six. Drinks available for purchase from the Elks Lodge and participants may bring snacks. Please no outside beverages.

To register, call Cindy Davis at 618-524-2212 ext. 110 or

All proceeds benefit Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition. MCDAC is determined to provide leadership, education and resources in order to build and sustain communities of knowledgeable citizens who make healthy and safe choices through the reduction of substance abuse.

Oktoberfest: Books, Brats & Beer is Sept. 30

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Get out your Lederhosen and enter the German/Bavarian Costume Contest. The two categories are Adult and Under-16. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category. There will be activities for children.

Cost of a dinner plate is $10 which includes:

  1. Choice of meat Bratwurst, Schweinebraten (pork roast), Kalbsschnitzel (wiener schnitzel), or Hot Dogs
  2. Bratkartoffeln (sauted potatoes)
  3. Bavarian Sauerkraut
  4. Brötchen (German roll)

Ala Carte items include Brezel (pretzel) , Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and Drinks

Also featuring a Book Sale and Silent Auction. Forty percent of all sales go to the Metropolis Public Library Project Literacy Community Outreach Program. This program benefits house bound and home schooled children and adults. It also supports after school homework programs. The funds from this fundraiser will cover mileage, books, advertising, and other materials. Staff salary is paid by the City of Metropolis but there is so much more that they need to provide services to those who will benefit from them. This is not just a learning program but a social interaction as well for so many people.

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