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Coroner rules death of rural Chrisman man a homicide

CHRISMAN – A news release from the Edgar County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of James H. Lutz a homicide. Lutz, a resident of rural Chrisman, was killed Friday, March 15 after a …

Single-vehicle accident downs pole

Around 10:30 a.m., July 17, Paris Fire, Paris Police and Horizon Health EMS personnel responded to a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Main and Kimble Street in Paris. First …

Buzzing with Culture

The oldest human with evidence of tattoos on their skin was discovered in a glacier of the Otzal Alps, near the border between Austria and Italy. The man, often referred to as “Otzi the …

"Powder Puff" autocross class making its first appearance

Fair week is an exciting and eventful time for Edgar County, with carnival rides, fair food and adrenaline-pumping events. In addition to the traditional, something new is coming to the fair this …

Edgar County Fair hosts 65th Annual Queen Pageant

The Edgar County Fair is hosting the 65th Edgar County Fair Queen Pageant at 7 p.m., July 21, at the Edgar County Fairgrounds grandstand. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. The 2023 …

“It Will Grow on You”

“It Will Grow on You,” is the theme of the 2024 Edgar County Fair – and the competition and exhibition in the Art Hall might be the best personification of the theme. Two of …

Edgar County Fair set to bring the party

In its 162-year history, the Edgar County Fair has provided spectacle, amusement and summertime memories to attendees. This year, the Fair is providing something new: a “party barn.” …

Paris 95 BOE holds first meeting with new superintendent

Mary Morgan Ryan was announced as the new superintendent of schools for Paris Union School District in late April. On Monday, July 8, Morgan Ryan participated in her first Board of Education meeting …

PHS focuses on AP class opportunities

Paris High School’s AP classes have grown not only in numbers but also in the number of advanced placement classes available for students. Assistant Principal Denise Young provided a …

Community Center controversy in Hume

HUME—This village of Hume received a substantial donation from the congregants of the former Hume United Methodist Church during its regular, monthly meeting July 8. After holding their …

Coroner called twice

A press release from the Edgar County Coroner revealed two fatalities resulting from a head-on collision near Redmon on Saturday, July 6; an additional report three days later uncovered a deceased …
Helping Hands Soup Kitchen is on a mission to feed the people of Paris

Serving more than soup

For the first time in a long time, Paris has its soup kitchen back with the help of Vicky Dick, Sue Sheeran, and a handful of community groups, grants and several churches in Paris. Together, the …

“Trauma season” hits Edgar County

Summer is a busy season. Perhaps nobody knows this better than the emergency personnel, EMS, fire, law enforcement and the coroner’s office, of Edgar County. In the past three weeks, The …

Edgar County continues searching for sober housing

HRC, ROSC and other organizations focusing on community well-being are entering into a new fiscal year in the month of July, and with the new year comes a new budget. “We just passed a new …

Erosion is eating away at a Paris park

Directly across from the All-Abilities Playground at the West Lake, erosion damage is taking its toll and causing concern for the Paris City Council. Chris Redman, the city’s …

Two-vehicle crash causes multiple injuries north of Chrisman

WOODYARD – A two-vehicle accident on the northern edge of Edgar County resulted in multiple injuries on Wednesday, July 10. The Chrisman Fire Department, Neal EMS and Horizon Health …

Legal disputes loom over Chrisman fiber optic lines

CHRISMAN – Fiber optic internet is a technological leap in internet speed and bandwidth compared to rural internet, and in recent weeks, crews have been hard at work installing the cables …

Edgar County man found dead in home

On Monday, July 9, 911 dispatchers were contacted at 2:59 p.m. and asked to provide a wellness check at a West Madison Street residence. The caller told operators they were calling from the …

Metcalf to celebrate sesquicentennial

METCALF—The Village of Metcalf will celebrate its sesquicentennial on Saturday, July 20 with a full day of fun activities including local vendors and food trucks. The main event begins at …

New Community Council hopes to serve locals in need

The world sometimes needs a little bit of help to get it back on its feet, even with the simplest of gestures. April Burns has led with this example showing those around her that a small gesture of …

Two deaths result from State Route 133 crash

A press release from the Edgar County Coroner has revealed that two fatalities resulted from a head-on collision near Redmon on Saturday, July 6. “Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett has …

Local auction find offers Chrisman a glimpse into a presidential past

CHRISMAN – When lifelong Chrisman resident Mike Henry started browsing local auction listings, he had no idea he would discover a historical document connecting his hometown with a past U.S. …

The art of making a difference

“I don’t like to see anybody suffering. I don’t like to see animals suffering. I’ll just help who I can help,” a talented Midwestern artist said. It is the …

"Step"ping into service

Mike Step became a Rotarian in 1995, almost 30 years ago. Since joining, he has served as a secretary, a vice governor, a district governor and president of a local chapter, not once but twice, …
Wandering Spirits mobile dry bar opens to serve the Edgar County area

Shaken, stirred and on the move!

Wandering Spirits mobile dry bar opened this summer. Owners Kali Martin and Whitney Sprinkle feel it is important that potential customers understand the purpose of a dry hire bar. “A dry …

Kansas man detained following shooting

The second party involved in a shocking Kansas shooting Friday, June 28 appeared for a pre-trial release hearing Monday, July 1. The shooting, which ended with what has been reported as a …

Paris home erupts in flames

Paris residents near the corner of Madison and Campbell Street were startled by what was described as a loud explosion around 5 p.m. on Friday, July 5. Moments later, a nearby home was engulfed in …

Food trucks, Fireworks and Freedom; Paris celebrates the Fourth of July

Man found dead in Paris home

Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett has released details on a Paris man found dead at his residence on Friday, July 5. Emergency dispatchers were called at 9:57 a.m. on Friday, July 5, with an …

4-H Marketplace bringing entrepreneurship to the Edgar County Fair

A youth-run marketplace filled with handmade goods, startup businesses and local services is debuting during the Edgar County 4H Fair this summer. The vendor fair is called “The …

Kansas man detained following shooting

The second party involved in a shocking Kansas shooting Friday, June 28 appeared for a pre-trial release hearing Monday, July 1. The shooting, which ended with what has been reported as a …

Grace Lutheran school fundraises for Edgar County Animal Shelter

Grace Lutheran Church, with the help of Leigh Ann Willmoth, came together to make a considerable donation to the Edgar County Animal Shelter. On Friday, June 28, Willmoth, along with the Grace …

Paris 95 discusses $1.2 million budget deficit

The Paris 95 Board of Education has endured its fair share of financial hardship over the last 12 months – and the district’s budget reflects it. A budget amendment hearing for the …

Standing against the stigma

Nicki Hanks never would have imagined herself working for Edgar County Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), or preparing to step into the role of the county coordinator six years ago, but she …

More money and more parks highlight Paris City Council

The Paris City Council meeting on June 24 was short and sweet, with the majority of the conversation centering on praise for the city’s employees and their dedication to the community. …

Kansas BOE passes school handbook with changes

The Kansas Board of Education approved the student handbook Wednesday, June 26, in its regular meeting, with three changes. They added state mandated changes in physical education policies, OKed …

Powered by faith: O’Rourke fights cancer

Originally from Terre Haute, currently residing in Marshall, Kelsie O’Rourke, 28, finished her Master’s program last year, majoring in Mental Health Counseling. She works part-time doing …

Learning about “stranger danger”

Human trafficking has always been a problem in the United States, and as each year goes by it gets worse and worse. Police officer, Doug Cochran, of the Kansas Police Department was the guest …

Work is officially underway at the future site of the Edgar County Public Safety Center

Watching the Sunset: Paris Park Board ponders surveillance solutions for west-end park

Staring at the sunset is typically ill-advised, but keeping an eye on Sunset Park is a good idea as observed by members of the Paris Park Board. The best way of monitoring the park is up for debate. …

A road to remember

CASEY— On Jan. 12, 1981, Charles Lamb was born in Paris. According to his friends and family, Lamb was an outdoorsman and hero, a family man with a signature smile who enjoyed fishing and …

Kansas shocked by shooting

KANSAS – Residents of the small, sleepy town of Kansas reported hearing gunshots, sirens and the whirring rotors of a helicopter on Friday, June 28. Shortly after 2 p.m., “six to …

Fatal crash shuts down State Route 1

A fatal, two-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 1 and 1400 North resulted in a mass mobilization of emergency responders and the closure of the highway late Thursday, June 27. …

Paris 95 hires transportation director

Paris High School is one step closer to transportation independence following a special meeting on Wednesday, May 29, held by the Paris 95 Board of Education. The district hired a familiar face as …

Link exhibit showcases Wabash Valley art

An art exhibit titled “Works by the Wabash Valley Art Guild” runs until July 12 at the Link Art Gallery, where 65 works by near-local artists can be found. The exhibit includes …

Chrisman Council hears concerns

CHRISMAN— Down two commissioners, the city of Chrisman proceeded with its June 19 council meeting, the same evening of the community’s zip code day celebration. The daylong event was …

Paris man charged with grooming, solicitation of a child and sexual assault

Publisher’s Note: This article references courtroom testimony and accounts of sexual exploitation,  sexual acts and assault carried out against a minor. Reader discretion is advised. …

Thunderstorms wreak havoc, close several roads

Edgar County, alongside much of the Midwest, received its first true taste of annual summer thunderstorms on Tuesday, June 25. A large storm front swept across the area, leaving downed trees, power …

"Zip Code Day" a success for Chrisman

CHRISMAN —Zip Code Day went off without a flaw Wednesday, June 19, and was such a success that locals want to duplicate it several more times for the summer. Kids activities ran from 11 …

Edgar County seeking additional dentist

The Edgar County Public Health Department (ECPHD) met in the early morning of June 18 in their regular, monthly meeting where they discussed hiring an additional dentist from Champaign. If …

Saying “hello” to help

Edgar and Clark County residents now have immediate access to a variety of health and human services close to home, all by dialing three numbers. The 211 hotline is a free information and …
Making an impact

Soap shop turned charity

On a bright summer day that would typically lend itself to a trip to the lake or an ice cream run, April Burns spent Saturday, June 15 doing something quite different. Burns, accompanied by a trio of …

Broadband could be coming to rural Edgar County… if you act fast

Life in rural Edgar County comes with plenty of perks, but consistent access to high-speed internet is rarely one of them. As of Thursday, June 13, the State of Illinois is one step closer to …

Shiloh School debates gym renovations and upgrades

HUME — With summer in full swing, preparations for the next school year are fully underway for Community Unit School District 1. Members of the school board met on the evening of Monday, June …

High praise for a pie

REDMON—On Mother’s Day, a truck driver named Sam brought a surprise to Ruth Erwin at Redmond Pit Stop. He wrote a poem to celebrate her passion and the dedication she displays at the …

Unofficial Fourth of July Parade

The fifth annual “Unofficial Fourth of July Parade” is July 4. All vehicles including tractors, side-by-sides, four-wheelers, motorcycles, etc. are welcome. Participants must display …

Park Board, Rotary partner to expand Sylvian Park playground

Keen observers may have noticed some new hardware at Sylvian Park in Paris. The last of three new pieces of playground equipment was installed at the park last week thanks to a collaboration between …

PHS board OKs student fees, handbooks

The Paris High School Board talked back and forth on next year’s fees, and took multiple votes, until they came to a consensus for the 2024-25 school year charges, when they met in their …

Paris 95 salutes retirees, approves raises

Three Paris 95 employees took one final bow after a career of distinguished service on Monday, June 10, during a Paris 95 Board of Education meeting. Cheryl Mihalko, Kim Woods and Mindy Wooten …

Paris Police Department hiring new officers

The regular, bi-weekly city council meeting for the city of Paris June 10, was short and sweet with prompt approval of resolutions, disbursement of funds and the official approval for the …

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 …

Prairie Press wins statewide excellence award from IPA

The Prairie Press was honored as the best large-circulation, non-daily newspaper in its class at the 2024 Illinois Press Association awards, held on Thursday, June 6 in downstate Bloomington. …

Hume finalizes fiber-optic plans

HUME— The village of Hume met Monday evening June 10, for two separate meetings. During a brief, five-minute budget hearing village trustees detailed the town’s projected yearly budget …

Shrine BBQ brings out the crowd

The Shrine Barbecue on Saturday, June 8, was a relaxed celebration during the last days of spring, before the summer heat kicks into action. Former Shrine kid Dustin Pruett, the honorary grand …

Make-A-Wish grants local family a vacation to Hawaii

In the early morning of July 6, Athena Terrian and her family will be jetting off to Oahu, Hawaii thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Riley Hospital for Children. Athena and her family …

Another day, another audit for Paris 95

Members of the Paris 95 Board of Education felt an all-too-familiar dread during a Monday, June 10 meeting. Another grant awarded to the district has been audited, and Paris 95 may be on the hook for …

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 …

"Our Walk for Menopause Awareness" coming to Twin Lakes

On Saturday, June 15, the first annual Our Walk for Menopause Awareness takes place at West Twin Lakes Park. Check-in is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. with the walk beginning at 10:30 a.m.  …

2024 Shriners Weekend Parade

Chrisman Council raises police pay

CHRISMAN – A familiar face returned to the Chrisman City Council during its Monday, May 3 meeting. Danny Owen, former Mayor of Chrisman, was sworn into the council once more, this time as …

Chrisman approves story walk

CHRISMAN – Inside the walls of the Chrisman Public Library, library director Cheri Oates, her staff and the library’s board are on a mission to keep kids learning through literature. …

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 …

Victoria Leitch joins Prairie Press team

Growing up in the middle of Illinois, Victoria Leitch always knew she wanted to do something with her life, but what she was going to do was never perfectly clear. Ten years ago she never would have …

Sydney Melton joins Prairie Press team

A conversation with a former co-worker sparked a new path for Paris native Sydney Melton, a track that led her inside the doors of The Prairie Press and to a desk in the back newsroom, where she …

Lane closures on Illinois 1 begin June 10

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the northbound lanes of Gilbert Street (Illinois 1/U.S. 150) over the Vermilion River in Danville will close June 10. The lane closures …

Paris Library gaining funds for community technology

Among updates on volleyball court creations, street closures and proposed expenditures for the city council to entertain in a future meeting, members of the Paris city council heard community news …

Amphitheater plans summer shows

The Prospect Community Foundation (PCF) is a non-profit corporation created in 2021 with a mission to advance community health and wellness through philanthropy and support of the communities where …

Preparations underway for 2024 Miss Edgar County Fair Queen Pageant

An informational tea will be held Monday, at 6 p.m. June 10 at the 1870 House & Gardens, 423 W. Court St., Paris, for any young lady interested in becoming a contestant in the 2024 Miss Edgar …

ISU’s first woman president retires

Deborah Curtis, who recently completed 6½ years as president of Indiana State University (ISU), began her journey in Paris. Curtis came to Paris as a newlywed with then-new Paris Tiger …

Kansas honors students with awards

KANSAS—Kansas School District #3 has announced their fourth quarter award recipients and end of year award winners. Perfect Attendance was awarded to Lady Macabebe, Landon McIntyre, Waylon …

Firefighters battle Chrisman garage blaze

CHRISMAN – Picturesque summer skies were obscured by thick, ominous plumes of black smoke over Chrisman on Monday, June 3 when a garage caught fire southwest of town. The fire was first …

Chrisman celebrates zip code with rare day and unique celebrations

CHRISMAN — Zip Code Day is coming to Chrisman, an event that occurs for most people just once in a lifetime. Kids activities will run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and other activities will run from …

Park Board chooses patience on issue of mini golf renovations

Patience is an admirable trait, both for golfers on the green and park board members looking to update the green. Once again, the Twin Lakes Park mini golf course was a topic of extensive …

Paris Council OKs vacating alley

The Paris Council began its regular meeting Tuesday, May 28, by vacating an alley in town, to allow use of a parking lot in a public hearing held 10 minutes before the regular meeting. The alley in …

Swift response by Paris Fire Department saves restaurant

Paris firefighters, first responders and local police officers responded to reports of smoke and flames at the local Hardees on S. Main, just after 11 a.m. on June 3. The restaurant was swiftly …

Paris 95 subpoena released

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

Edgar County honors veterans on Memorial Day

“It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.” Those words, …

Lion’s Den closure

MARSHALL—After nearly 20 years of service, Lion’s Den Pizzeria in Marshall, Ill. announced its permanent closure this week in a social media post. The last day of business was Friday, May …

Shriner’s BBQ weekend finally back

The wait is up for the Shriners Barbecue Weekend, an early June tradition each year with live entertainment and great food. The three-day weekend is June 7, 8 and 9, with the annual Shriners …

Goodall never stopped believing, his journey is just beginning

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A local personality, known as the singing janitor, has been catapulted to national stardom on the stage of a TV talent competition. Richard Goodall, a Terre Haute native, …

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 …

“Pack the Park” kicks off with Union Street bash

In a post-COVID and increasingly digitized society, many social spaces are falling into decline, disuse, or both. Paris boasts 12 unique parks, and the city’s Park Board is doing its best to …

Horizon Health celebrates EMS Week’s 50th year with community

This week, Horizon Health joined healthcare providers across the country to celebrate a special milestone – the 50th annual iteration of EMS Week. EMS Week serves as a celebration of the …
JOEY TIBBS IS PUTTING HIS HANDS AND PASSIONS TO WORK CRAFTING WOODEN SIGNS WITH MEANING

Local veteran is hand-crafting his own business

Joey Tibbs, a Paris native, started 22 Rounds to have a second income, on top of another job and an already busy family life. Tibbs was working part-time as a merchandiser for Nestle on weekends …

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 …

Demolition work begins for Rec Center's pool project

For years, the indoor pool located at 109 E Madison Street in Paris has sat almost entirely silent and still. This week, that changed. After some initial preparation in April, demolition work is …

Clintonian closes its doors, ends publication

CLINTON, Ind.— The Clintonian, owned by Heartland Media Group, has closed its doors and ended publication permanently. In recent years, the newspaper has decreased its number of publication …

Wilhoit takes role of superintendent

HUME — When Morgan Wilhoit graduated from Shiloh High School in 2013, she headed to the University of Illinois to pursue a bachelor’s in Elementary Education believing she knew what her …

Horizon Health celebrates EMS Week’s 50th year with community

This week, Horizon Health joined healthcare providers across the country to celebrate a special milestone – the 50th annual iteration of EMS Week. EMS Week serves as a celebration of the …