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A selfless act of kindness

HUME—An act of kindness is something selfless, compassionate and unconditionally charitable. It is something often taught but rarely seen today. Tori Stierwalt, a graduate of Shiloh High …

Advocating for Edgar County

Straight out of high school, Lauren McQueen took a job at Outback Steakhouse, a position she had for six years until she decided she wanted a change. “I woke up one day and realized that I …

Shanks shares passion for announcing with Challengers

In May of 2023, the Challenger League of East Central Illinois gained a very important member, Brody Shanks. Shanks’ family inquired about playing in the league, but due to the age cap of 21, …

Edgar County Board, Sheriff’s Department break ground on safety center project

Patience is a virtue – a virtue the Edgar County Board, the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department and construction consultants on the multi-year, multi-million dollar Edgar County Public …

Local youth playing fiddle in the big leagues

CHRISMAN – Like many kids her age, seven-year-old Mikayla Hoult (soon to be eight) enjoys music, softball, dance and counting down the days to her next birthday. She may seem like a typical …

Details emerge following the release of Paris 95 subpoena

New information has emerged regarding the misuse of grant funding at Paris Union School District 95 following a civil suit against the district. A heavily redacted subpoena sent to the …

County Board moves forward with jail in 5-2 vote

After years of planning and design work, the Edgar County Public Safety Center (ECPSC), the successor to the current county jail, is officially approved and moving toward construction. However, the …

Newman man charged with murdering fiancé

NEWMAN — The small town of Newman has experienced its first murder in more than 60 years.  During the early morning hours of Monday, May 20, law enforcement responded to reports of a …

Prairie Press earns four IPA award nominations

It is not often that I get to write something for the paper as myself, the woman behind one of the many desks at 101 N. Central, but this week I have the distinct honor of writing a letter not to the …

Edgar County Airport gets a face-lift

The long runway at the Edgar County Airport, 9-27, was in the midst of being resurfaced on Wednesday, May 8, as routine maintenance required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The …

Trial of Tyler Poole delayed

Though he was not present, Tyler Poole, 26, of Mansfield, Ohio was the center of attention in courtroom two of the Edgar County Courthouse on the afternoon of Monday, May 6.  Poole was …

Paris 95 hires new Superintendent of Schools

After months of anticipation, the Paris 95 Board of Education named the district’s new superintendent. Mary Morgan Ryan, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Technology, Communication, and …

New Edgar County Public Safety Center bids come in high

Vehicles crowded the parking lot and visitors packed the meeting room of the Edgar County Highway Department on Thursday, April 25. Members of the Edgar County Board, the Highway Department, …

Stagecoach Coffee is expanding

Before the days of both Starbucks and Scooters on Jasper Street, Paris and its surrounding area was a coffee-shop dessert. Coffee was a mug enjoyed with the accompaniment of delicious breakfasts at …

HRC mourns the loss of founder

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Rev. Jack Young, a visionary leader and the esteemed founder of the Human Resources Center of Edgar and Clark Counties (HRC). Rev. …

Firefighters respond to burning garage south of Paris

An intense blaze at a rural residence south of Paris is the latest in a significant surge of structure fires sweeping across Edgar County. Trucks from the Paris Community Fire Protection …

Early morning fire marks third blaze in two days

An early morning structure fire at the corner of Wood and Sheriff Streets in Paris marked the latest development in a busy week for the Paris Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the scene …

Head-on collision results in death of Chrisman man

CHRISMAN – A fateful, head-on collision occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, resulting in the death of a Chrisman resident. Two vehicles collided on Illinois Route 1, …

Shiloh CUSD 1 and Myers part ways

The Shiloh Board of Education and its Superintendent, Bill Myers, decided to part ways during a special board meeting held Monday, March 4. Myers was not present at the meeting but the board …

Three vehicles involved in Route 1 accident

A three-vehicle accident shut down the east lane of state Route 1 on the northern edge of Paris on Friday, Feb. 23. The four occupants in the vehicles did not sustain any major injuries and received …

Husband of former coach calls for two resignations at Shiloh School amid harassment allegations

The Community Unit School District 1 school board’s monthly meeting for February might have been held on Valentine’s Day, but the Feb. 14 meeting was filled with sentiments of …

Edgar County man found dead

The body of missing rural Edgar County man Chad N. Brooks was found Feb. 8 by Cole County Sheriff’s Department investigators, near Westfield Road in rural Charleston. He was pronounced dead at …

PFD battles three fires this weekend

Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 4 were busy for the Paris Fire Department, with firefighters responding to three different fires over the weekend. Paris Fire Department Fire Chief Chad …

Chrisman resident facing charges connected to illegal videos

Publisher’s Note: This article transcribes courtroom testimony that references instances of sexual exploitation carried out against minors. Reader discretion is advised. A Chrisman man is …

Tile failure leaves massive hole on Paris square

Tile archway under the highway, at East Court and South Main Streets, failed Monday, Jan. 29, leaving a gaping car-sized hole on the corner in front of Paris Realty. Several small pipes feed …

Cutest Pet Contest finalists announced

The moment Edgar County's cat, dog, bunny and donkey parents have been anxiously waiting for has finally arrived. Finalists for each category in the 2024 Prairie Press Cutest Pet Contest are here and …

Equipment malfunction sparks urgent response at Chrisman natural gas substation

CHRISMAN – An equipment malfunction at a local natural gas substation caused quite a commotion over the weekend, resulting in the closure of an intersection and the evacuation of a nearby home. …

Weekend fire continues a troubling trend in Paris

Local firefighters and first responders have remained vigilant in the New Year. In less than four weeks, the Paris Fire Department has already responded to six different structure fires. The …

Gas leak forces evacuation of entire Paris block

Just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, first responders and utility crews responded to reports of a gas leak at the 300 block of E Adams Street in Paris. Residents near the site of the leak were …

Single-vehicle rollover briefly closes Route 16 near Kansas

Local paramedics, law enforcement and firefighters responded to the scene of a single-vehicle rollover at approximately noon on Tuesday, Jan. 9. The vehicle’s driver suffered only minor …