Siren Report
    • Siren Report

      Paris Police Department Feb. 12, at 4:53 a.m., Chancelor A. Carson, 30, Terre Haute, Ind., was cited at Jackson and Marshall for speeding …

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      Paris Police Department Feb. 9, no time specified, Tyler S. Strako, 26, Danville, was cited at North Main and Legion Avenue for speeding. …

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      Feb. 8, at 2:07 a.m., Jeffrey Thomas, 33, Terre Haute Ind., was cited at 15150 US Highway 150 and was charged with speeding over the statutory …

Community Calendar
Local news

PHS searches for athletic trainer

The Paris High School Board meeting Monday, Feb. 12 started with a presentation by Bob Abernathy of the ECCEL program. ECCEL stands for Edgar Clark Career Exploration Leadership, a class for …

Jim Acklin launches write-in campaign for Republican nomination

A Paris native and lifelong public servant has launched a write-in campaign for the Republican nomination for the 102nd district in the Illinois General Assembly. Jim Acklin, who is currently …

Girl Scout cookie sales robust for Troop 2255

Angela Edmonds and her husband, William Breneman, are in year six as troop leaders for Troop 2255 of the Girl Scouts, in Paris. In that troop, 15 hard-working girls are in the midst of selling …
Faith
Finding Christmas spirit again I do not know about you, but with every passing year, I struggle more and more with finding “Christmas spirit.” When I was a kid, it came to me so easily, the excitement came with …
The Christmas Story (The following Christmas reflections were written by the late Billy Graham, recognized as one of the greatest preachers of the 20th century.) The key to Christmas is to remember what it is …
A church focused on family A local church is celebrating its 10th anniversary as it continues to develop a desire to see local families restored. Crosspoint Apostolic Sanctuary first opened its doors Oct. 12, 2013, in a …
Obituaries
    • Kathryn Barrett

      HUME—Kathryn Frances (Shurr) Barrett, 82, Metcalf, passed away at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at her home. Mass of Christian …

    • Judy Branson

      Judy Branson, 79, Paris, passed away at 12:03 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at Marshall Rehabilitation and Nursing surrounded by family and …

    • Marty Tomes

      Marty Allen Tomes, 60 Terre Haute, Ind., formerly Paris, passed away at 2:46 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2024 at Union Hospital emergency room in Terre …

Crestwood wins IESA regional tournament

CASEY — The Crestwood Eagle eighth-grade boys basketball team hoisted the IESA regional basketball trophy after defeating the top-seed Dietrich 41-29 on Thursday evening. The victory means …
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Agribusiness
Envirothon offers high school students a new approach to learning agriculture

PHS students prep for Envirothon 2024

Paris High School has an Envirothon team that participates in competitions every year. The team is sponsored by the Edgar County Soil and Water Conservation District in Land Use Council 7. Paris …

Expanding beyond the farmer’s market

Farm stands and stores, online sales and cooperatives are several strategies for producers to reach customers beyond farmers markets. Farmers markets can be an ideal jumping-off point for many …
Crop dusters are living their dream

Flying the corn run

Crop dusting is a way of life for many in the Midwest. Pilots from across the country take to the air year-after-year to spray corn and bean fields on what is known in the industry as, the corn run. …
School News

Crestwood School presents ‘Little Mermaid Jr.’

Crestwood School’s production for this year is “Little Mermaid Jr.,” a musical that will feature 40 students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades. It “promises to be an …

From bookkeeper to teacher

Rob Boyars has taught at Paris High School since 1993. Originally from Redmon, he attended Shiloh School from kindergarten to 12th grade. After graduation, Boyars pursued an associate’s …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Tara Wakefield

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Tara Wakefield. Twelfth grade. Shiloh High School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? PE. …
History

Eva Kor made changes for good

Eva Mozes Kor was 10 years old when she spotted Soviet Scouts progressing toward the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland where she had been held since May 1944. The group of scouts …
Lifestyle
Spreading love across the county According to Hallmark, about 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year. Americans spent approximately $24 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2022 alone. That is a lot of red …
Retrieving a better understanding of personality Created by Kristen Shroyer in 2012, Feb. 3 is National Golden Retriever Day. The creator of the celebratory day selected the particular date because it was the birthday of her own Golden, …
Judging a snack by its smell I rarely meet a food that I don’t like, and I, a self-proclaimed adventurous eater have tasted several unexpected and perhaps unconventional bites of food around the country. I attribute …
Safely including Kids in the Kitchen Getting children involved in the kitchen should be a possibility for every single child, regardless of age, special needs or academic abilities. The easiest way to involve different kids with …
Health
Health care bills causes mistrust Chantal Panozzo and her husband followed their primary care doctors’ orders last year after they both turned 45, now the recommended age to start screening for colorectal cancer. They scheduled …
Ring in the New Year with health screenings As we get our footing in 2024, millions of people are now working on their resolutions, with some of the most popular goals centering on starting or improving healthy habits. Each year some of …
Year-round sun safety Sunburns and skin cancer don’t have an exclusive partnership with hot months at the beach. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are still present, even in the middle of winter. Karen Boyd, an oncology …
Art

Underdogs take center stage

Paris High School is buzzing with excitement as it prepares for its upcoming drama production of “Puffs,” a whimsical and spellbinding journey into the world of wizardry. Set to …
Patrons of the arts celebrate the first inductees to PCOFA’s Hall of Fame Getting to go backstage and experience the thrill of a theatre production is a rare treat. For art connoisseurs in Edgar County, Saturday, Jan. 13 brought an opportunity to go backstage and witness …
Fertile Inspirations draws a crowd despite weather Local art aficionados milled about among three galleries of works for the opening reception of “Fertile Inspirations” at the Link Art Gallery on Friday, Jan. 12. The exhibit …
Tablescape competition coming to PCOFA The Paris Center of Fine Arts oversight committee is hosting the community’s first tablescapes event, Scapes On Stage, Jan. 12-13. The brainchild of PCOFA manager Tanner Laughlin, the …
Magic and Marvel come to the Fine Arts Center with master illusionist The world’s top touring illusionist is returning to Edgar County on Oct. 29. Reza, the two-time winner of Branson’s Magician of the Year award, first debuted his act at the Paris …
Art in Action Art is alive and well in Edgar County, here are some action shots of art being created here at home.