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Clintonian closes its doors, ends publication

CLINTON, Ind.— The Clintonian, owned by Heartland Media Group, has closed its doors and ended publication permanently. In recent years, the newspaper has decreased its number of publication …

Wilhoit takes role of superintendent

HUME — When Morgan Wilhoit graduated from Shiloh High School in 2013, she headed to the University of Illinois to pursue a bachelor’s in Elementary Education believing she knew what her …

Horizon Health celebrates EMS Week’s 50th year with community

This week, Horizon Health joined healthcare providers across the country to celebrate a special milestone – the 50th annual iteration of EMS Week. EMS Week serves as a celebration of the …

Chrisman BOE considers refurbishing track at Centennial Park

CHRISMAN—The Chrisman School Board met Monday, May 20, in its regular meeting, where maintenance projects were front and center. In New Business, they decided that work on the Centennial …

Shiloh swings into summer plans

HUME— The school year might be rolling to a close but the work for Community Unit School District 1 (CUSD#1) is still plentiful. Members of the board gathered Monday, May 21 for its regular, …

Newman man charged with murdering fiancé

NEWMAN — The small town of Newman has experienced its first murder in more than 60 years.  During the early morning hours of Monday, May 20, law enforcement responded to reports of a …

Edgar County leaders tackle childcare concerns

Childcare – or the lack of it – is a major concern among local industries and businesses but PEDCO is prepared to tackle the problem, according to the group’s president Bob Colvin. …

Village of Hume considers costs and changes

HUME— The village of Hume held a meeting Monday, May 13, discussing various aspects of the town’s plans for the next fiscal year. When it came to the payment of past bills, members of the …

Local graduate overcomes the odds, earns diploma

“Some people don’t deserve to be in college, and you’re one of them,” the professor said. For Billie Jean Galbreath Blair, the recipient of the stabbing remark, her …

Totten case continued, prosecution gathering evidence

Publisher’s Note: This article includes courtroom testimony and evidence referencing sexual exploitation carried out against minors. Reader discretion is advised. A Chrisman resident …

Paris 95 re-homing equipment

On Tuesday, March 14, 2023, Paris 95 celebrated the grand opening of the Tiger Health Center. Now the district is trying to dispose of the facility’s equipment. The Tiger Health Center, an …
LOCAL LIVESTOCK COMPANY REPLACES LAWNMOWERS WITH NATURE’S LANDSCAPERS: SHEEP

Prairie Wolf and solar sheep form unique partnership

 KANSAS – Prairie Wolf Solar Farm, a project of National Grid Renewables (NGR) established in 2022, has allied with an unlikely herd of helpers: sheep. While wolves and sheep tend …

City of Paris recognizes veterans

The Paris city meeting on May 13 opened with a special proclamation from the city’s Mayor Craig Smith declaring May 24 as Poppy Day. The poppy became the official flower of The American …

Prairie Press earns four IPA award nominations

It is not often that I get to write something for the paper as myself, the woman behind one of the many desks at 101 N. Central, but this week I have the distinct honor of writing a letter not to the …

Edgar County Airport gets a face-lift

The long runway at the Edgar County Airport, 9-27, was in the midst of being resurfaced on Wednesday, May 8, as routine maintenance required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The …

Twilight Walk honors local nurses

“Some days are hard. Some days you wonder if you truly are making a difference, but then there will be a patient that will remind you why you chose to be a nurse… Nursing is truly a way …

Armchair Scientist meets his biggest fan

Surrounded by friends and family, Sara Morris, soon to be 92, gazed out at a lush bean field from the patio of her corner apartment at Brookstone Estates. “Science is really a fascinating …

Paris Improvement Organization cleans up Paris

One community group is taking spring cleaning to a whole new level. The Paris Improvement Organization kicked off its Paris Community Clean-Up bright and early Friday, May 10. Volunteers young …

Chrisman moves forward on new (used) police vehicle

Technical issues forced the Chrisman City Council to delay its regularly scheduled meeting to Thursday, May 9, but the council made up for lost time. The board addressed several business items and, …

CUSD #4 approves handbooks

During a time when inflation continues to skyrocket the cost of living more each day CUSD #4 is doing everything it can to ensure the well-being of its students, and their families, by keeping prices …

Ambulance deal reached

As spring brings new life to the prairie, it also brings new developments in Edgar County. During its Wednesday, May 8 meeting, the Edgar County Board reported significant progress on several large …
PARIS POSTMASTER RETIRES AFTER 34 YEARS AND 316 DAYS OF WORKING AT POST OFFICE

Postmaster built career one parcel at a time

Mike Reed officially has control of his schedule, after retirement in mid-April as postmaster for the Paris branch of the United States Postal Service(USPS). Reed spent time recently writing a …

Overcoming challenges with baseball

After volunteering with her two sons at the Tom Jones Challenger League in Champaign, Amanda Minor set out to bring the same opportunity to Paris. Challenger League is a baseball league for …

Bee Well shares excitement

BeeWell held its regular meeting May 2, with discussion about the Community Garden plots that are still available and upcoming ways to get outside and to get active. The big event of the week is …

Shiloh hires superintendent

HUME — Shiloh Community Unit School District No. 1 called a special meeting the evening of Thursday, May 2, to hire a new superintendent. After 39 minutes of intense discussion in an executive …

Animal shelter in need

The Edgar County Humane Association (ECHA) recently welcomed 24 newborn kittens in the safe confines of its facility, to five separate felines. The occasion, they recognize as joyous, however, it …

Vehicle and train collide southeast of Paris, shut down road

A vehicle struck a train southeast of Paris just before 11 a.m. Monday, May 6. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but 1800 E is closed at the railroad tracks south of US Highway 150 until …

Volunteers create windows full of hope for Mental Health month

“When we recover loudly, we stop others from dying quietly,” a freshly painted window at J’s Laundry on Jefferson Street proudly declares, surrounded by colorful flowers and an …

Local servant leaders celebrated at National Day of Prayer breakfast

The breakfast buffet at the Paris Family Restaurant got off to an early start on Thursday, May 2 when pastors, congregants and community groups gathered to observe the National Day of Prayer …

Paris to host Little League tournament

  The Paris Little League is in full swing. The first games of the season are set to be played at Frost Field and Rural King Field, according to Little League President Alex Elmore. In …

Volunteers create windows full of hope for Mental Health month

“When we recover loudly, we stop others from dying quietly,” a freshly painted window at J’s Laundry on Jefferson Street proudly declares, surrounded by colorful flowers and an …

Horizon Health EMS awarded for exceptional service

A Horizon Health ambulance crew wasn’t expecting kudos when they responded to a call of a choking victim earlier this year. But unbeknown to them, a special award would follow for their …

New bathrooms, mini golf repairs discussed by Paris Park Board

A complete rebuild of the bathrooms at Twin Lakes Park in Paris is in the works, and more importantly, is making progress toward completion. The Paris Park Board discussed the project during its …

Kiwanis Club planning kicks up for Honeybee Festival

For any vendor or entrepreneur setting up for the Honeybee Festival in Paris this year, you will have a healthy support network at your fingertips. The Honeybee Festival is the annual fall …

Link Gallery celebrates student art winners with reception

About 50 local students and their family members were in attendance at the Link Gallery on Sunday, April 21, for Student Art Show 2024, showcasing the best talent of Edgar County for the year.  …

Park space dedicated in honor of CK Nay

On Saturday, April 20, a small crowd converged at Twin Lakes Park near the west lake’s large pavilion. Clear skies and a gentle breeze made for a picturesque day – a day to honor the …

Paris 95 hires new Superintendent of Schools

After months of anticipation, the Paris 95 Board of Education named the district’s new superintendent. Mary Morgan Ryan, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Technology, Communication, and …

Rotary supports LIFT with scholarship funds

The Rotary is partnering with LIFT to provide scholarship funds to students, who are tasked with paying a portion of their yearly tuition. Rotary treasurer Katie Knoll said that tuition per …

Edgar County courthouse repairs nearing completion

JANINE BRANN NAMED 2023 “VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR” AT HORIZON HEALTH EVENT

Horizon Health celebrates National Volunteer Week with staff

Volunteer Week offers individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life the opportunity to recognize and honor the incredible contributions of volunteers, including those in healthcare, community …

Paris plans 2025 budget

The Paris City Council adopted the budget for 2025’s fiscal year, estimating they will see revenue of more than $25 million during its regular, bi-weekly meeting Monday, April 22. The …

New Edgar County Public Safety Center bids come in high

Vehicles crowded the parking lot and visitors packed the meeting room of the Edgar County Highway Department on Thursday, April 25. Members of the Edgar County Board, the Highway Department, …

Kansas BOE OKs school improvement plans

KANSAS— The Kansas BOE took a couple of extra minutes Wednesday, April 17, to fit in a meeting, for Waiver of School Code. The board OK’d waiving school code on a five percent limit …

Chrisman Board hears about abandoned vehicles, water bills

The Chrisman Board is undecided on how to handle $11,000 in unpaid water bills, after an ownership change at a local apartment complex left affairs in limbo. The Chrisman Board held its regular …

Concessions coming to West Lake Park

The weather in Edgar County is warming up, and with the sunshine and temperature spike comes the desire of residents to get outdoors and find something to do. Good news for those who are eager came …

Rec moving to 24 hours

The Paris Rec Center has been moving to change its fitness center hours for a while now, but with new updates to the security system, 24-hour access is finally available. The change has been …

Edgar County students recognized

The Illinois Principals’ Association held a breakfast for Edgar County’s outstanding students April 18, recognizing students in elementary, junior high and high school classes across the …

Superintendent search continues for Shiloh

HUME—Shiloh school’s CUSD #1 school board meeting for the month of April included a full house with multiple guests and several students in attendance Monday evening, April 15. …

Stagecoach Coffee is expanding

Before the days of both Starbucks and Scooters on Jasper Street, Paris and its surrounding area was a coffee-shop dessert. Coffee was a mug enjoyed with the accompaniment of delicious breakfasts at …

HRC mourns the loss of founder

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Rev. Jack Young, a visionary leader and the esteemed founder of the Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties (HRC). Rev. …

CUSD 4 signs contracts for 2024-25 school year

President of the Crestwood school board, CUSTD 4, Jim Blue, remembers when milk was only six cents During the board’s monthly meeting on April 10, he asked various board members what the …

County board pens purchase agreement for radio tower

In its most recent meeting, April 10, the Edgar County Board heard several updates on ongoing projects and approved a purchase agreement that could be a boon to local emergency dispatchers. The …

April 26 and 27 declared “Tootsie Pop” days

After a highly anticipated April 8 solar eclipse climaxed over the city  at 2:05 p.m., Mayor Craig Smith launched the  regularly scheduled Monday city council meeting by proclaiming April …

Paris High BOE OKs Hall of Fame account for tax deductions 

The Paris High School Board of Education moved through its agenda with swift timing, in 14 minutes, when it met in its regular meeting Monday, April 8.  All board members were in …

Brocton Council wants parade participants, food vendors

The Brocton Council has big needs right now, with a spotlight on finding parade entrants and food vendors during beer tent time, for Springfest. Any and all are encouraged to participate. The …
Lions Club partners with students to turn recycling into benches and trash cans

Reuse, recycle, relax

For Paris residents, finding a place to recycle plastics nearby can be a hassle, but one local organization is making recycling both accessible and charitable. Starting roughly five years ago, …

Paris 95 faces third payback

During its Monday, April 8 meeting, the Paris Union School District 95 Board of Education received confirmation that an additional $487,115.76 in grant paybacks are due, this time to the Illinois …

Casual Friday for a good cause

The Casual Friday Giving Campaign at Prospect Bank is based around a simple sentiment, that kids should have a wonderful childhood experience, surrounded by a charitable community. The ongoing …

Three-vehicle accident briefly clogs Route 1

A crash involving several vehicles forced first responders to shut down State Route 1 south of Paris on Wednesday, April 10. The accident occurred next to Reynolds Way, just south of North American …

D21 Designs offers tuxedo rentals

Tuxedo rentals are the newest shopping option at D21 Designs, located in downtown Paris on the courthouse square. They offer tux rentals for every age and size, and have tuxedos and suits for …

Chrisman City Council approves changes to slow-moving vehicle ordinance

CHRISMAN – After weeks of back-and-forth debate, the Chrisman City Council has settled on an updated ordinance for the use of golf carts and other slow-moving vehicles on city streets. …

The case of the swindled swine

The case of the swindled swine, aptly named by The Paris Carnegie Library’s director Ceili Boylan is proving to be a tale showcasing the benefits of modern technology in some of Paris’ …

Chamber celebrates local people and places

The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host its annual Chamber Celebration next Saturday, April 13. The event, according to the chamber’s executive director Cassondra Dobelstein, …

Contractors begin work to restore the Rec’s historic pool

For years, the Rec Center has served as a hub for fitness classes, youth programs, athletics and active lifestyles for Edgar County residents, but something was missing. Formerly an aquatics …

Library and schools collaborate

Students in the Paris 95 district elementary and middle schools will all have access to a library card without fees, regardless of their home address, according to the Paris Carnegie Library’s …

Two local nursing homes are facing bankruptcy

Petersen Health Care, which operates two local nursing homes and is one of the largest nursing home operators in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy March 20, following cyberattacks and defaults on …
paris natives Harry and Carol Hughes offered years of service to local banks

Couple retires after decades of work in Paris

For husband-and-wife duo and Paris natives Harry Hughes and Carol Hughes, this week marked the end of more than 100 years of combined work in their community. Wednesday, April 3 was the final …

Grandview Road closed for maintenance investigations

The Edgar County Highway Department (ECHD) announced the closure of a structure on County Highway 20, also known as Grandview Road, early in the morning on Thursday, April 4.  The road will …

Edgar County tentative multiplier announced

SPRINGFIELD – Edgar County has been issued a tentative property assessment equalization factor of 1.0000, according to David Harris, Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). …

Charleston couple is “trading bricks for brix”

Kevin Tracy, a Mattoon native and Charleston resident, owns his own masonry business, Kross Masonry, but what was once a hobby is leading Tracy to “trade bricks for brix.” The …

Sober housing search

The ROSC council meeting Tuesday, March 26 provided community members with several updates on the creation of an Oxford House in Edgar County. Oxford Houses are community-supported, peer-run, …
Paris police officers commended for bravery and selfless actions during fire

Commitment on display

The city of Paris’ regular, bi-weekly council meeting Monday, March 25, featured a large crowd and a handful of cameras in the hands of excited family members. The city’s mayor, Craig …

Crestwood coaches earn IBCA honors

The 2023-24 basketball season proved to be a landmark year for the Crestwood Eagles. Across their seventh and eighth-grade basketball programs, the Eagles notched a combined record of 85-16. Both …

Firefighters respond to burning garage south of Paris

An intense blaze at a rural residence south of Paris is the latest in a significant surge of structure fires sweeping across Edgar County. Trucks from the Paris Community Fire Protection …

Shiloh shoots for gym updates

HUME — The Community Unit School District 1 board is slowly getting accustomed to changes, in both leadership and a variety of scheduled activities and plans. The district’s former …

Amethyst Facial Spa taking new clients

Amethyst Facial Spa owner Morgan Boyer opened the spa March 10, in a space inside the Hello Beyoutiful Salon, at 112 Andrew St. So far, things have been good. Boyer graduated from a …

City of Paris could legalize UTVs

Residents of the City of Paris, and visitors, shared an array of ideas surrounding the future of Paris while attending the city’s preagenda meeting Wednesday, March 20. “I’m …

Chrisman City holds lengthy meeting

CHRISMAN – The Chrisman City Council’s Monday, March 18 meeting was lengthy and involved, clocking in at an hour and two minutes and featuring several heated exchanges regarding a variety …
Queen of hearts jackpot winner receives $305,218 check from American legion

A new Jackpot Queen is named

There was a lot of excitement and anticipation at The Paris American Legion Post 211 was full of excitement Wednesday, March 20 for the Queen of Hearts drawing with a jackpot of $305,218. A …

String of fires continue to burn Paris

Paris firefighters have had a busy week combating fires with back-to-back bursts of flames. An early morning structure fire at the corner of Wood and Sheriff Streets on Wednesday, March 20 marks the …

Early morning fire marks third blaze in two days

An early morning structure fire at the corner of Wood and Sheriff Streets in Paris marked the latest development in a busy week for the Paris Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the scene …

PHS Board hears Scholastic Bowl wins, all-conference names

The Paris High Board of Education met Monday, March 11, in its regular meeting, to approve a list of regular business items and to hear about recent student wins for basketball, band and the …

COVID-19 pandemic leaves a painful mark on history

March 11, 2020, a day in recent history many will never forget. The World Health Organization declares a new disease, Covid-19 a pandemic. The first severe pandemic since 1918, Covid shook the …

Autopsy report reveals cause of death for Grandview resident

GRANDVIEW – In a report published on March 19, Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett revealed the cause of death of a male Grandview resident. Brown’s body was reported on …

Hume prepares for fiber optic

HUME — The village of Hume is gearing up to have fiber network installed by Conxxus. According to representatives from the company, the projected date for the project to begin is the second …

City of Paris continues to make changes

Some things never change when it comes to the running of a city, but on occasion, a few updates are needed, and some of those impending changes were discussed during the Monday, March 11 city council …

Horizon Health bids for ambulance service

More spirited discussion of Edgar County’s ambulance service tax levy took center stage this week during the Edgar County Board meeting on Wednesday, March 13 and the study session that …

Kansas remains in hot water

KANSAS – The Kansas Village Board may be one step closer to adding a trustee to fill the board’s vacancy after its monthly meeting Wednesday, March 13, in the temporary village hall …

Farm auction hits 50th milestone

At the Young Farmers Consignment Auction, Saturday, March 9, groups of farmers clad in head-to-toe Carhartt’s considered flood lights under a shed roof, as the auctioneer truck moved slowly …

Soaring property sale prices could affect taxes

Fatigue, shortness of breath and fever are all lingering side effects of COVID-19, but four years removed from the start of the pandemic, Edgar County residents may start to feel the sting of another …

Head-on collision results in death of Chrisman man

CHRISMAN – A fateful, head-on collision occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, resulting in the death of a Chrisman resident. Two vehicles collided on Illinois Route 1, …

Chrisman swings for a compromise on golf cart ordinance

CHRISMAN – A spirited discussion of golf cart rules and regulations made its way from the fairway to Chrisman City Hall on Monday, Mar. 11. Chrisman resident Larry Cox inquired about the …

BeeWell Celebrates March Health Challenge

This month, BeeWell celebrates “5 Simple Ways to March Healthy” and encourages everyone else to get involved. A flier will be posted online to share with others, including a QR code to …

Lincoln impersonator at Lincoln Day Dinner

An annual event in Edgar County, the Lincoln Day Dinner, was Thursday,  Feb. 29 at Step Station—the evening’s host was Doug Cochran. Cochran is the Edgar County Central Committee …

City discusses fiber optic lines

A pre-agenda meeting for the City of Paris Wednesday, March 6, updated the community on an increase of damages and dangers seen in the past few weeks. “With the fibers going in, there have …

American Idol alum Alex Miller is coming to Paris

Standing at 6 feet, 6 inches tall, Alex Miller could be easily mistaken for someone whose claim to fame was on the basketball court. Instead, the budding star is making a name for himself on the …
Local authors are preparing to join Peace Corps mission to expand literacy

Herbert the Edgy Hedgie goes to Jamaica

When Marie Wimsett and Tara Elmore co-wrote Herbert the Edgy Hedgie, they never envisioned traveling to Jamaica for a Meet the Authors presentation in collaboration with the Peace Corps. That is …

Redbird seventh-graders punch ticket to state

Publisher’s note: The results of Friday night’s state match between Mayo and Staunton were unavailable at press time. For updates and scores, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit …

Quanex Corporation supports Edgar County Community Foundation