Siren Report
    • Siren Report, April 15

      Paris Police Department April 15, at 4:20 a.m., Cody Freeman, was arrested in the 400 block of Jefferson on an Edgar County warrant. …

    • Siren Report, April 11-13

      Paris Police Department April 11, at 1:32 p.m., Nicholas Carter, 18, Paris, was arrested at 204 East Washington and charged with domestic …

    • Siren Report, April 2&3

      Paris Police Department April 2, at 11:10 p.m., David M Woodworth, 32, Paris, was arrested at 1712 South Main for aggravated battery, …

Local news

CUSD 4 signs contracts for 2024-25 school year

President of the Crestwood school board, CUSTD 4, Jim Blue, remembers when milk was only six cents During the board’s monthly meeting on April 10, he asked various board members what the …

County board pens purchase agreement for radio tower

In its most recent meeting, April 10, the Edgar County Board heard several updates on ongoing projects and approved a purchase agreement that could be a boon to local emergency dispatchers. The …

April 26 and 27 declared “Tootsie Pop” days

After a highly anticipated April 8 solar eclipse climaxed over the city  at 2:05 p.m., Mayor Craig Smith launched the  regularly scheduled Monday city council meeting by proclaiming April …
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
    • Linda Kennedy

      Linda Lu Kennedy, a gift of joy, beauty, and kindness, joined her Lord, Jesus, on April 11, 2024. A celebration of her life is 1 p.m. …

    • Valerie Griffith

      HUME—Valerie Griffith (Porter), 65, Marshall, formerly Hume, passed away April 14, 2024, after a six-year battle with cancer. A celebration of …

    • Cash Wright

      Cash Y. Wright, Jr., 96, Paris, passed away at 11:25 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2024, at Paris Health & Rehab Center. He was retired following a …

Redbird seventh-graders punch ticket to state

Publisher’s note: The results of Friday night’s state match between Mayo and Staunton were unavailable at press time. For updates and scores, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit …
    • Titans experience highs and lows

      The Tri-County Titans experienced the soaring heights of victory and the oppressive lows of defeat this week, sandwiching a dominant 23-run …

    • Eagles smash record

      The Eagles hosted their first meet of the track season with Tri-County and Chrisman, taking first place in three of the four divisions.  …

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Agribusiness
Master Gardeners tackle April in Paris among a variety of other volunteer efforts 

Volunteer activities shape gardens

The Edgar County Master Gardeners are busy right now planning for April in Paris, one of their major volunteer efforts each year, as the area’s top horticulture experts.  Master …
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 …
School News

Mayo Middle School prepare for musical on April 19-20

What do a giant peach, magic potion, friendly insects and an ocean trip have to do with each other? Mayo Middle School students will clear up the mystery when they present their annual musical …

Shiloh student council graduates KDASC board members

The Shiloh student council attended the Kickapoo District Association of Student Councils (KDASC) district convention on Saturday, March 23. KDASC exists to facilitate growth among its member …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Jude Cunningham

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school?         Jude Cunningham, 8th grade, Crestwood Elementary School.   What …
History

Burn for the right to vote

By the summer of 1920, 35 states had ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which stated that “[t]he right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or …
Lifestyle
April brings motivation to ‘move more’ Did you know that one in three adults over the age of 50 gets no physical activity outside of work? The month of April is recognized as “Move More Month” with a mission to stop the slow …
What to know about Monday’s monumental moment Unless you have been living underneath a rock, there is a chance you have heard about an impending, once-in-a-lifetime event happening Monday. On April 8, 2024, parts of Illinois will darken as the …
Is the younger generation’s future jeopardized by growing inflation? They say that money is the root of all evil, an unexpected human creation that can either make or break a person. It’s what our country runs on, it’s a subject of every household in every …
PHS actors ring the bells with talent If you stand outside the doors of the Paris Center of Fine Arts and listen to conversations from audience members who just enjoyed the latest Paris Drama Club’s production – no matter if …
Health
A spray that saves lives The opioid crisis continues to wreak havoc in Edgar County and on communities nationwide. Overdose deaths related to opioids have reached alarming levels, with the National Center for 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 …
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 …
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 …