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I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy 16 cruises in the past few years. It’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy travel, briefly experience another country and culture and relax.For the most … more
Michael Reagan’s column in Wednesday’s Prairie Press asked a pertinent question, which he dismissively decided not to answer in a meaningful way.He wonders why people are in the streets … 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
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
The Shiloh school board took a bold step into the future during its board meeting Monday by agreeing to purchase 200 more Chromebooks for the school. That purchase — combined with the 150 … more
In the midst of all the post-election angst in this country, I’m reminded why it’s great living in a small Midwestern town.There was a benefit Friday evening for Ryan Taylor, the son of … 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
As long as I can remember, February has always been associated with the American Heart Association. This national organization has worked since 1924 fighting heart disease and stroke. But until you … more
Probably the two worst secrets about me are that I love Broadway music and I am often moved to tears.I’ve been listening to the music from the Broadway sensation “Hamilton” almost … more
For those of us who are baby boomers, something just seemed right about celebrating Thanksgiving in Paris with basketball.While the Paris Tigers weren’t playing on Thanksgiving Day, they were … 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
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 was among several Edgar County residents who traveled to Chicago Sunday for the matinee performance of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Hamilton” at the PrivateBank Theatre … 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
Occasionally you run across something on social media that just has to be shared to a wider audience.That occurred for me earlier this month when I came across a blog entry by Mackenzie Rogers. … 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
I may have been raised in the Midwest, but after living in the Southeast, when the temperature gets below 60 degrees, I’m freezing.My brother, Sam, called me Wednesday evening to ask if I was … 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
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
I’ve only been able to see the Paris Tiger football team play one time this season — and that was a fluke.I am usually in the office on Friday nights updating the Paris and Tri-County … more
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