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Traveling on the Cherry Point Road (1350th Road) a visitor finds several homes at what used to be a village.The location has a pile of rubble, which was a blacksmith shop, one old house located where … more
Many communities across America have their own personal hometown stars – some go on to great stardom and some just get forgotten. However, every once in a while there is one that is always … more
In the 1830s, when pioneers from many different areas hauled their produce to Chicago, they commonly used a trail that eventually became the first state route in Illinois. It was known by many names: … more
They say that one picture can be worth a 1,000 words. If a person travels to the small town of Chrisman and turns off state Route 1 and onto West Monroe Avenue, the drive leads to the square and on … more
Almost every family has loaded-up the car, headed downtown to the theater, stood in line for tickets, purchased refreshments and settled-in watch in to watch a movie on the big screen. With the large … more
Unfortunately, slavery has been a thorn in the side of humanity since antiquity.When slavery is talked about most often only the bad side of slavery is brought up, but once in a while a glimmer of … more
 Pep bands are long-term fixtures at high school and college sporting events and parades.Over time, bands have become much more than just ordinary high school pep bands. They have evolved into … more
The Edgar County Commissioners first met in 1823 and set up five precincts, which were Carroll, Fairfield, Pike, Ripley and Wayne. The precinct known as Carroll contained what later become parts of … more
When he was 17, John A. Metcalfe — who later founded and developed Metcalf — moved in October, 1828, from Kentucky with his parents. Elizabeth Whitely was born at Ft. Harrison, Ind., … more
During the late 1940s, the way schools were organized became the target of state leaders who sought to improve and reorganize the hundreds of little school districts in Illinois. The changes … more
“You put your right foot in. You take your right foot out. You put your right foot in. And you shake it all about. You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what its all … more
“HUME, THE OLD HOME TOWN”“It doesn’t matter much, be it buildings great or small,The old home town, the home town is the best of all,The cities with their millions have the … more
In 1823, when Edgar County broke away from Clark County there were four precincts that made up the boundaries of the county. They were Fairfield, Pike, Wayne and Carroll. Carroll Precinct took in … more
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., lists more than 58,000 Americans who died in that war.An online memorial exists for military personnel who died later as a result of service in … more
Edgar County has been graced by many prominent families including the Alexander family, the Rives family and the Eads family — many of these families counted as their friends politicians of the … more
early 60 years ago get the picture and the story was what Ned Jenison heard as he became a new photographer and reporter for the Paris Beacon-News. Jenison shared his experience traveling the … more
When the Civil War is mentioned many things come to mind — the Battles of Gettysburg, Shiloh and Andersonville. We also think of leaders like Grant, Lee, Stonewall Jackson and … more
HUME – Ken Ellis wanted to participate in an Honor Flight for veterans, but he also had reservations when another Hume area resident Jeff Bowyer gave him an application form.“I told Jeff … more
Edgar County is now an official Looking for Lincoln community within the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.Local volunteers have created exhibit panels for the Paris Library, the Bicentennial … more
The justice system has played a large part in this country dating back to the beginning of its existence. Louis Farrakhan once remarked there can really be no peace with out justice. Since its … more
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