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Americans bid goodbye this week to former President George H.W. Bush “a man of great faith and great integrity, a truly beautiful human being, and to honor his noble character, his life of service, … more
The administration of Paris High School, the community’s two school superintendents and the Paris Police Department are to be commended for quickly resolving the latest incident at the high school … more
Thanksgiving 2018 provides an opportunity for each and every one of us to do more than watch football, eat turkey and continue to argue over the midterm election. Instead, we can use the day to … more
Sunday — Nov. 11, 2018 — Edgar County will pause and recall the end of the war to end all wars. One hundred years ago on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month, leaders signed an end … more
Amid the negative talk about drugs, crime and rural thefts, Paris has found its pride again, thanks to the Paris High School football and volleyball teams. The football team finished the season … more
Glory be and saints be praised, we have a state budget.Ok, that might be a little over the top, but who among the disenchanted Illinois residents really paid any attention to what was going on in … more
Memorial Day is traditionally a time when Americans pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice — their lives — in arms since the birth of our nation.This Memorial Day, … more
“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new … more
Drunk driving is the nation’s most frequently committed violent crime.Sunday is New Year’s Eve and despite falling on a Sunday, there are still plenty of opportunities to party in Edgar … more
Edgar County lost one of his finest native sons this past week when retired circuit judge Richard “Dick” Scott died following a short illness.A native of Paris who returned to his … more
This past week has provided a vivid reminder why living in a small community is so great. When someone — anyone — needs help or support, our friends and neighbors rush to provide whatever … more
I’ve made no secret in this column and my social media posts, I bleed orange and black. And, quite frankly, the 2016-2017 school year has — for the most part — been a great year to … more
“This is the beginning of anything you want.”—unknownOne of the assignments Gary Henry, Suzanne Williams and I enjoy each year is our opportunity to interview the top of the class … more
I’ve never been frightened of storms. In fact, I’ve always been fascinated by the science of weather — particularly thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes.My Grandma (Katherine) … more
I’ve been doing a lot more driving the last month or so as I’ve been working on advertising accounts for The Prairie Press. I haven’t driven this much since I lived in Georgia and … more
Paris Union School District 95 administrators and staff unveiled the district’s draft of its two-year strategic plan this past week, using the suggestions made during a community meeting in … more
While growing older brings the usual complaints of stiffness, slower movement and other ailments, I’m convinced the worst thing about moving past 60 years old is finding the names of … more
A bit lost in the excitement of Brett Eldredge’s visit to his hometown and concert at Eveland Gym was the reason our favorite son came to Paris for the Country Music Television (CMT) special … more
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve sat in Eveland Gym for ballgames, concerts, May Fete and programs. Sunday, I sat at the end of the visitors bench and watched the Paris … more
So what does The Prairie Press going back to publishing once a week mean to you, our loyal readers?In just a few words, it means you’ll get the same weekly newspaper that you’ve enjoyed … more
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