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Let’s face it. There were many in the Edgar County community who didn’t believe the determined committee who began their quest to make an all-abilities playground available for our … more
“The highest responsibility of every member of Congress is to do what they think is right for the nation.”—Sen. John McCainU.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) returned to the U.S. … more
“There’s something that feels so all-American about a county fair.”—Anonymous County fairs have been around a long time. In the beginning, they were a place for farmers … more
Finally, after great pain and a catastrophic failure in leadership, Illinois has a budget.The Illinois House voted Thursday afternoon to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a budget, the first … more
“Without the organ donor, there is no story, no hope, no transplant. But when there is an organ donor, life springs from death, sorrow turns to hope and a terrible loss becomes a … more
Attendance appeared sparse at the June 2, 3 and 4 Brocton Spring Festival but the event came off without a hitch otherwise.Brocton kicks off a variety of community festivals in Edgar County, and it … more
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Prairie Press is joining with the Illinois Press Association and newspapers across Illinois in running this editorial demanding the Illinois General Assembly approve a … more
We were reminded this past week of the dangers of the abandoned houses in our community. A fire in an empty home on East Madison turned into a trip to the emergency room for six members of the … more
May is a great time of the year because it is a month of promise and optimism.Nowhere is that sense more prevalent than in the new rounds of high school graduations that started May 12 at Shiloh High … more
Who could have predicted it?In a winter when there was little winter weather and no snow days, who would have thought all Edgar County schools would dismiss early because of heavy rain and … more
“Music is the soundtrack of your life.” —Dick ClarkIt’s no secret music in all its forms has been an important part of life in east central Illinois. Whether it’s … more
EnerStar has gone above and beyond with its training program Thursday for first responders in dealing with downed, dangerous power lines.The co-op has traditionally held a demonstration for fourth … more
Charles Dudley Warner, an American essayist, novelist and a friend of Mark Twain, once said, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”It’s much the … more
“The investments we are making here won’t just help our students explore music, dance and the arts. They will help these children grow in a way that helps them succeed in school and in … more
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” —Marian Wright Edelman The Paris 95 school district … more
One week ago Centennial High School sophomore Luke Miller, 15, died after his battle with injuries sustained from an attack by fellow students a few days before.Even though police are still … more
Thirty-five Edgar County landowners won a battle in their war against Ameren March 3 when the Illinois Supreme Court denied a motion by Ameren to force a circuit judge to rule in the utility’s … more
“I come from the heart of the Heartland where pictures shows where the corn grows in rows and rows of summer greens and winter snows and it goes on.”—“Illinois” by Brett … more
There is a hidden treasure in the Edgar County Courthouse at the base of the building’s tower. This stained glass dome is as old as the historic courthouse standing at the center of the Paris … more
PEDCO, our educational leaders and the Edgar County Community Foundation are to be commended for their foresight in making vocational education a priority for our high school students.This … more
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