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“Let me say, as I sit here before you today having walked on the Moon, that I am myself still awed by that miracle. That awe, in me and in each of us… must be the engine of future achievement, … more
The Edgar County 4-H Fair and the Edgar County Fair open their annual runs in the next week — and we couldn’t be more excited. Both fairs showcase our county’s largest industry — … more
This year, our celebration of the Fourth of July finds a nation, gripped by racial anxiety and at odds on just about everything. Even with all the bitterness and acrimony among Americans, the United … more
The Prairie Press faced a dilemma this week regarding how to report something from the previous weekend. Multiple Paris residents found fliers on their property. This in itself is not newsworthy … more
As the Illinois General Assembly adjourned after what Governor J.B. Pritkzer described as “an historic session,” the groans heard throughout Edgar County and much of East Central and Southern … more
At the stroke of midnight Friday, there was a changing of the guard for the ambulance service serving the seven Edgar County townships that make up the Special Service Area Number 1 Ambulance … more
The growth and sustainability of any great community can be attributed to many factors – location, economic climate, education systems, recreation outlets, infrastructure and people. But no … more
“Hunger can be found in your next door neighbor, your classmates and the most unlikely places. People often have stereotypes about hunger and who it affects, but until you open your eyes to the … more
They birthed us, cleaned, fed, sheltered and counseled us for years, and, when the chips are down, are always there to tell us they love us. Mothers are most worthy of praise, and Mother’s Day is a … more
There is no magic formula that enables one to help another stop —or cut back—on his or her addiction. It’s a complex problem, with many related issues. But family and friends of addicts in … more
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the … more
“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic..music, dance, painting and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and … more
“If people don’t vote, everything stays the same. You can protest until the sky turns yellow or the moon turns blue, and it’s not going to change anything if you don’t vote.” — Dolores … more
For the second time in 2019, an Illinois State Trooper has been killed while making a vehicle stop along an Illinois highway. That doesn’t include the 14 other trooper who have been hit by a … more
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” … more
We understand the meaningless gesture by some state legislators from our area suggesting that a cleaver be taken to the Illinois map, separating Chicago from the rest of us, but let’s face it — … more
Thank goodness there was no fire Thursday morning in the kitchen at Carolyn Wenz School — and thank goodness the leadership of Paris District 95 had planned and drilled the students on emergency … more
There’s always a sense of hopefulness when new administration takes office in Illinois. Public optimism is usually the result of the triumph of hope, not experience. That’s why Gov. J.B. … more
It’s no secret that many in downstate Illinois — including Edgar County — are hoping things can’t get any worse in our state as Gov. JB Prizker begins his term of office with a super majority … more
Illinois is about to swear in six Democratic statewide officeholders and a host of new Democratic lawmakers, but the star of a new 30-second TV spot is the party’s wildly unpopular chairman, House … more
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