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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
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
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
I’m not sure there’s a better sight to stir even the most curmudgeonly heart as watching families, teenagers and county residents work together to assemble and deliver the Paris Community … more
I finally unpacked the Christmas decorations from the Savannah house this week. The decorations were packed away in 2009 by my friends after Don died when we were on vacation in Mississippi.I … more
When I am stopped by the traffic light at the corner of West Wood and Central Ave., it’s rare that my thoughts don’t turn to a place where Cheryl and I spent many hours from kindergarten … more
The bell ringers who volunteer their time this time of year for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign provide an important service to this community. The funds raised through the campaign help many … more
Paris and Paris High School put its best foot forward when Mayo Middle School hosted the 2016 Class 7-2A girls state basketball finals this week at the new school.The good news for local basketball … more
After celebrating — and I use that term loosely — my 62nd birthday this past week, I find myself being more shook by the losses of those who were heroes and friends in my youth.Thursday, … 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
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
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
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
I’ll be the first to admit, I was more than a little rusty when I agreed to direct the Mayo Middle School drama program earlier this year.It had been 16 years since I walked off the stage in … more
Once again, this election will probably show the person elected president did not receive the majority of the vote.Five men have ascended to the presidency by winning the vote of the Electoral … more
“At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper — no amount of … more
Amidst all the stress and long hours I put in to bring The Prairie Press to you each week, I find solace in listening and watching anything Broadway.I’m sure that’s no surprise to any of … more
I attended the HRC program on domestic violence Wednesday morning (see the page 1 story in today’s issue). Much of what I heard was familiar, but there was something new to consider. The … more
“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”— Paul “Bear” BryantFootball coach at … 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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