It was a very good year

2018 brought pride, excitement and new businesses to Edgar County


“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”

—Martin Luther

As 2018 winds down and our friends and neighbors look forward to a new year, it’s natural to take stock in our lives and our communities.

It’s no secret we have problems in Edgar County — but who doesn’t? The difference, we believe, is we are trying to do something about them — to make life better for those around us.

We are blessed in this county to have wonderful school systems that have been recognized for the education they provide to our children. Crestwood Elementary School and Mayo Middle School were each honored as exemplary by the Illinois State Board of Education while every other school in our county — Shiloh, Chrisman, Kansas, Paris High School were recognized as commendable.

Our schools are preparing our children just not for college but to enter the workplace. Not everyone feels college is right for them. Our school districts have recognized that fact and are moving to prepare them for a better life.

In this day and age, it seems everyone is negative about everything. But this year has reminded us of the good in our communities. The Kansas Lions Fish Fry. The 2018 Paris Tiger football team. The F3 Festival in Hume. The Edgar County Fair. The Paris Center of Fine Arts and all it has to offer for everyone.

There are those who enjoy tearing down the positives in our county and our communities — for whatever reason. But like Martin Luther in the quote we shared at the beginning of this final Prairie Press editorial of 2018, we choose to move forward and strive to make the lives of everyone better.

Whether it’s joining together to support Shop with a Cop, or pack Community Nurse Christmas Baskets or volunteer to tutor a child, each of us in our own way is making a positive difference.

As we move into 2019, let us recommit ourselves to moving forward.