Joppa

Lafarge

Cement manufacturer Lafarge has announced they are no longer expanding operations at their plant in Massac County, Illinois.

The plan had been to add a third kiln at the Joppa Cement Plant which would have created around 50 new jobs.

US Army Corps of Engineers

It was 1987 when the Corps of Engineers formally recommended to Congress that a new dam be built near Olmsted, Illinois. The Olmsted Locks and Dam would replace old wicket dams between Paducah and Metropolis and between Joppa and Olmsted. It's a massive project in an erratically flowing river. The locks were finished long ago. Today, we get an update on the building of the dam and learn more about the controversial construction method being used for the dam, called "in-the-wet." Kate Lochte speaks with Olmsted Division Chief Mike Braden of the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Listen to the conversation:

Two Drown in Massac County

Aug 7, 2012
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Rescue squads recovered the bodies of two Joppa Illinois men who drowned in the Ohio River last night. Officials say 26-year-old Brian Burkhead drowned while swimming and his 50-year-old uncle, Vince Snell also drowned while attempting to rescue Burkhead. The two men were swimming in the Hillerman area of Massac county.  

Energy Electric Inc. to lay off 44

Jun 15, 2012

Joppa Illinois' coal-fired power plant will shed nearly four dozen jobs in the next two months. Energy Electric Inc. President Bill Sheppard says 19 of the 44 job cuts will be management personnel.