Obituaries
    • Andrew Anderson

      Andrew Michael Anderson, 49, of Savoy, formerly of Rowlett, Texas, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2024, at his home. He was a man who served God …

    • Carroll Payton

      NEWMAN—Carroll W. Payton, 85, of Newman, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2024, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living in Chrisman. A funeral …

    • Darin Simpson

      Darin Wayne Simpson, 57 of Paris, passed away at 12:54 a.m. Monday, July 15, 2024, at his residence.  He was a mechanic for several Paris …

    • Gary Butcher

      Gary Lee Butcher, 60 of Paris, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2024, at his residence. A graveside service is 10 a.m. Thursday, …

    • Roger Austin

      Roger Wayne Austin, 73, of Chrisman, passed away peacefully at 12:45 p.m.  Sunday, July 14, 2024, at his residence following a lengthy …

Paris All-Stars top Ridge Beverly in first round of state tourney

The 10U Paris Little League All-Stars opened state tournament bracket play in the best way possible – by surviving. Paris battled to a scrappy, defensive 1-0 win over Ridge Beverly on Monday, …
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Siren Report
    • Siren Report, July 13- 16

      Paris Police Department July 13, Paige C. Plew, 30, was arrested for criminal trespass to real property at 15150 US Hwy 150. Plew was …

    • Siren Report, July 7-12

      Paris Police Department July 7, at 10:59 p.m., Melissa L. Nicholson was arrested in the alley behind 300 S. Main on an Edgar County …

    • Siren Report, July 3-5

      Paris Police Department July 3, at 12:31 a.m., Randy J. Bramlett, 57, was arrested at 310 W. Jasper and charged with criminal damage to …

    • Siren Report, July 1

      Paris Police Department July 1, at 12:27 a.m., Kenneth E. Hovis, 59, was cited at High and Floyd and was charged with driving while license …

    • Siren Report, June 29

      Paris Police Department June 29, at 10:16 a.m., Ryan M. Morris, 18, was cited at the corner of Court and Jefferson. Morris was charged with …

School News

Crestwood prepares for new school year

The first day of school is only a month away for Crestwood students, and members of the school board met for a regular, monthly meeting Wednesday, July 10 to discuss upcoming changes and events. …

Mayo Middle School offers students second chance

On Monday, June 3, Mayo Middle School started its summer school credit recovery program. The program ran Monday through Thursday in the month of June and allowed students who’ve had a high …

Sarah Mitchell steps into new role at Crestwood

Not every student dreams of spending their life at school, but Sarah Mitchell knew pretty early on in her life that the classroom was going to be her home. For the Paris native, attending school …
History

Preserving “the little places”

  METCALF – Like many small hamlets throughout the rural Illinois prairie, Metcalf has seen businesses close and populations dwindle over time, but the village still stands today …
    • Lakers have rich history

      Even with only a 2,500 maximum capacity, Laker Stadium used to be filled with fans ready to watch a game of baseball. To be more specific, a …

Lifestyle
Cognitive calisthenics with Rubik This weekend Erno Rubik will become an octogenarian turning 80 years old. As a young man Rubik was fascinated by design. His room was full of blocks, springs, bands and connecting sticks. This …
Better living through chemistry This holiday weekend, if you are spending time at the pool in a swimsuit, you can thank the Dutch East India Company of the 1600s. There is a direct connection between shipping, dealing with …
Outlaw Grill opens for season At 11 a.m., June 24, Southfork Homestead opened their restaurant, Outlaw Grill, for the season. “We opened the restaurant in 2021 due to the busyness of the farm,” said owner Michael …
Health
A tool for managing stress In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, stress has become an almost inevitable part of life. Whether it is related to work, relationships or personal challenges, stress can take a toll on …
Kim Ross is the new health department director Kim Ross, originally from Charleston, has a long history working in public health in the region. Ross is the new administrator for the Edgar County Health Department. She has a master’s in …
Horizon Health EMS awarded for exceptional service A Horizon Health ambulance crew wasn’t expecting kudos when they responded to a call of a choking victim earlier this year. But unbeknown to them, a special award would follow for their …
Faith
Paris native and MAF missionary clings to hope NAMPA, Ida. – When David Carwell first opened the cover of “Jungle Pilot: The Gripping Story of the Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador” at age 16, he …
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 …
Art

Link Art Gallery showcases artists

 Dave Egan started working in colored pencil at age five, like many children, but it was something he hadn’t done for 40 years. After years of farming, only coloring his …

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 …
Link Art Gallery Reception and Opening for ‘Fertile Inspirations’ HAPPENED ON FRIDAY, JAN. 12

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 …

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 …

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 …