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Health Board approves resignation

The Edgar County Board of Health held its monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 21. In her Administrator’s report, Monica Dunn said this is a busy time for the Health Department. She reviewed …

Kansas School Board OKs graduation dates

The Kansas School Board accepted the resignation of Terry Smothers, as the high school assistant baseball coach, at its Wednesday, Feb. 21 regular meeting. The board also hired Josh McCollum as …

City of Paris audit reveals $4 million net position

The City of Paris received the audit report from Katie Knoll of Larson, Woodyard and Henson during its Wednesday, Feb.21 pre-agenda meeting. The audit highlighted a surplus of $4 million while also …

Twelve-year-old apprehended after high-speed chase

In the early hours of Feb. 27th, 2024, at approximately 02:30 a.m., Terre Haute Police Department Uniformed Officers observed two vehicles traveling at high speed northbound on S. Seventh Street near …

Chrisman Mayor details frightening break-in

CHRISMAN – A detailed account of a weekend break-in and an ensuing arrest captivated councilmen and a handful of visitors during a Tuesday, Feb. 20 Chrisman City Council meeting. Chrisman …

Natural deaths not found

In recent months, Edgar County coroner Scott Barrett has seen a significant uptick in the number of decomposition cases countywide. Elderly residents who are homebound or who don’t live with …

Horizon Health Foundation promotes mental health

For some, Thursday, May 11, 2023, marked the end of the COVID-19 pandemic – it was the day the CDC lifted the Public Health Emergency Declaration (PHE) associated with the virus. For others, …
Mayo art students lend their talents to help a community organization raise funds

Students "sea" a better future

Millie Arp Hamilton is an art teacher at Mayo Middle School who is simultaneously pursuing her master’s degree. The grad student has had the opportunity to share several experiences with her …

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 …

Towne and Countrie Garden club meeting

Towne and Countrie Garden Club met Friday, Feb. 9, at Betty Jane’s Kitchen for their February meeting. The hostesses were Eleanor Wesch and Jane Cheesewright. The speaker at the meeting …

Hume City Council introduces overseer for fiber optic project

HUME— The village of Hume’s monthly meeting shared citizens’ concerns over half-demolished buildings and brand-new installations on Monday, Feb. 12. Beginning the …

Paris enters Homefield Energy agreement

The city of Paris is striving to fuel its citizens, and their businesses with the funds they need to flourish, and, in some cases, events that get them up and moving towards a better future. One of …

Kansas turns off water supply to homes

KANSAS – The Kansas Village Board received good news during its monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 14, a clean audit. Nick Sibenaller of Gilbert, Medsker and Madigan in Charleston discussed …

County Board approves ambulance service bid specs

The Edgar County Board covered plenty of ground between its Tuesday, Feb. 13 study session and a Wednesday, Feb. 14 meeting this week. Most notably, the board approved outgoing bid …

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 …
Paris High School Hall of Fame inducts second class during weekend event

Remembering the greats

Some of the best teams and athletes to ever wear the orange and black of Paris High School were welcomed into an elite group during the second annual Tiger Senior Apartments Community Room – …

Paris 95 begins search

A month and a half into 2024, Paris Union School District 95 is turning the page on a new chapter. During a Monday, Feb. 12 Board of Education meeting, Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) …

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 …

Library providing free fire safety forum

The Paris Carnegie Library is joining forces with the Paris Fire Department to give Edgar County residents an hour of free knowledge. Winter Fire Safety, a program presented by Paris firefighters, …

Daddy Daughter Dance at Bloomfield Barn

CHRISMAN— The Bloomfield Barn in Chrisman pays homage to the barns of time gone by while featuring modern conveniences, the barn’s owners, Mark and Jill Mattingly, strive to do the same. …

Chrisman weighs legal action following painting mishap

CHRISMAN – The Monday, Feb. 5 Chrisman City Council meeting covered a lot of ground, including a debacle that may lead to legal action and could cost the city up to $30,000. Near the end of the …

A compassionate community comes together

On Feb. 5, Paris resident Kelly McCrocklin took to Facebook to share a need with her community. The need, she informed her friends, was cereal boxes for a local food pantry. Boxes of dried …

Paris parks plan for growth

During a busy pre-agenda meeting for the city of Paris on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Paris area parks became a growing topic. The green conversations launched as Dave Riggen presented an idea to the …

IDOT Teamsters approve strike

Across Illinois, Teamsters working for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) voted to authorize a strike earlier this week, as revealed in a statement released by the International …

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 …

Better connections could be on their way to rural areas

Rural areas, including Edgar County, have long needed more reliable and affordable internet connections, a recent release of funds could see those needs met across the state if businesses and …

Dilemma for law enforcement

A bill amending the Illinois Vehicle Code and placing a slew of restrictions on agents of the law was proposed Monday, Jan. 29. Representatives opposing the suggested changes say crimes will spike …

Alumni night upcoming

Former Paris High School Marching Tigers are invited to join the present band for the annual Alumni Night Saturday, Feb. 10, as part of the Paris High School Athletic Hall of Fame festivities. …
Local non-profit is pairing students with mentors to build a brighter tomorrow

The "PERKs" of friendship

Since 2002, legislators, businesses, adults and children have come together every January to celebrate National Mentor Month: a time to encourage, appreciate and challenge adults of all backgrounds …

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 …
Why risk of injury should not prevent students from playing contact sports

Contact sports should be enjoyed

Contact sports are the sports where the players will regularly collide and interact with each other. Some, such as football and wrestling, feature a great deal of human contact when compared to other …

Ink Gallery now open in Paris

The former House of 2,000 Needles is now under the name The Ink Gallery and the ownership of engaged couple Kyle Ward and Hannah Godsey. Business has been steady,” Ward said. …

Houghland is 90 years young

Marge Houghland celebrated her 90th birthday in a big way. In honor of her special birthday, a celebration was held at the First Christian Church in Paris. Surrounded by family and friends, …

Horizon Health extends social services

Social work is one of the fastest-growing professions in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At its core is social services, a public service intended to provide support and …

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 …

Leader commits to DACC, looks forward to role in new program

At six years old, Aubree Leader had dreamed of becoming a college athlete. This week, she proved dreams can come true. On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Leader inked her letter of intent with Danville …
The Edgar county ROSC is working with community members to create change

Recovery care is healing Edgar County

Edgar County is taking strides to create a supportive environment for individuals in a community struggling with substance use disorder, thanks to the instillation and involvement of a system of care …

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 …

Kansas School Board begins to consider bus leases

The School Board for Kansas Community Unit School District No. 3 met Wednesday, Jan. 17, in its regular meeting, where they wrestled with bus lease options and agreed to approve the Tri-County …

Changes are coming to Shiloh school

HUME — January is School Board Appreciation Month, a time set aside to recognize the hard-working members of local communities who volunteer their time and energy to make decisions about the …

SHARE program saves money for library patrons

The SHARE program, in 2023, saved Paris library patrons more than $415,000. That program, which makes interlibrary loans an easy and convenient online service, provides extra popular titles to …

Meet a Paris firefighter

“Events from my childhood gave me perspective on what it’s like to be on the other side of an emergency call,” Zach Bell said. Bell joined the Paris Fire Department on July 10, …

Volunteers Honored for Compassionate Food Ministries

Dr. Marilyn Frey hosted a luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 17, to honor volunteers of Compassionate Food Ministries, the food pantry dedicated to serving Edgar County residents. Volunteers met for lunch …

School faces snowy situation

Local school boards are currently contending with tempestuous winter weather and trying to balance their responsibility to care for students’ well-being and their education. The Community Unit …
Meals on Wheels volunteers are bringing healthy meals and compassionate care

Delivering a different kind of care

Hundreds of thousands of adults across the country struggle with hunger and isolation, and in a world that is still struggling to fully recover from the stressors of a worldwide pandemic compounding …

New name for the new jail

The Edgar County Board’s jail project has a new due date for schematics and bids, pricing estimates and, most notably, a name for the facility. As discussed during a Jan. 8 Edgar County …

Paris 95 audit report shows marked improvement with one caveat

Members of the Paris Union School District 95 (Paris 95) Board of Education breathed a collective sigh of relief on Monday, Jan. 8 after a briefing on the district’s most recent audit revealed …

Gretchen Stone joins the Prairie Press newsroom

A lifelong love of journalism has carried Gretchen Stone across the country, from the wilds of West Virginia to the banks of the Mississippi and now, as of Monday, Jan. 8, to Edgar County as a staff …

Paris Council OKs new Liquor License

The Paris City Council approved a new Class B Liquor License, moving the city up to 10 Class B liquor licenses, during its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 8. The license was granted under an …

PHS received clean audit

The Paris Cooperative High School Board of Education met on Monday, Jan. 8, and presented its annual audit. Tami Knight from the Kemper CPS Group LLP reported it was a clean audit with no issues …

Dueling Pianos Returns on Jan. 27

Cure the Winter Blues: Dueling Pianos celebrates three years running on Jan. 27, the major annual fundraiser for Hopes and Dreams. Doors open at 6 p.m. that Saturday, in the Ernie Eveland Gym, …

Meet a Paris firefighter

Like other firefighters, River Wilken believes his role is to serve and protect members of the community. “My responsibility is to provide support to the community by education, medication …

Eyes, ears and opinions are shared in Hume

HUME — It may be a new year, but the same issues and concerns are plaguing Edgar County communities. During the Hume village board’s meeting in December, former trustee Fern Keys …
Former Edgar County state’s attorney resigns, Dobelstein fills vacancy

A familiar face steps into new office

A new name will soon be emblazoned above the door to the Edgar County state’s attorney office. Former state’s attorney Timothy Gilbert resigned from the role this week, passing the baton …

Tiger Health Center shuts its doors following frozen grant funds

After launching in October of 2022, the Tiger Health Center is closing its doors. The facility, located at Paris High School, closed its doors yesterday, Jan. 12, after nurse practitioner Amber Pitts …

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 …

Link Exhibit at art Gallery

A new exhibit, Fertile Inspirations, opens with a reception at the Link Art Gallery at 5 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2024. The exhibit and reception showcases work by members of the Coles County Arts Council. …

Edgar County state’s attorney resigns, Dobelstein to fill vacancy

During an Edgar County Board study session on Monday, Jan. 8, chairman Jeff Voigt revealed that Timothy Gilbert, Edgar County state’s attorney, has inked a resignation letter effective …

Paris Bowling Alley gets a family-friendly face lift

The Paris bowling alley has recently had a change in ownership. The new owners, brothers Riley Bouge and Casey Bouge wanted to change up the way the old bowling alley operated with a focus on …

Miss Edgar County prepares to compete for the title of Miss Illinois

In the middle of the summer of 2023, at the start of fair season, Kelsie Dosch accomplished the fantasy of many young girls in Edgar County by winning the county pageant and landing the title of Miss …

Chrisman still working to meet EPA deadlines

CHRISMAN – The new year is underway. For the Chrisman City Council, that means an important Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deadline is creeping closer. During the group’s …
Local firefighters battle two house fires in the first four days of the year

A fiery start to the new year

The new year sparked to life when a house caught fire at the corner of Main and Roberts Street in Paris at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024. Members of the Paris Fire Department …

Tingley joins 500 club with recent win

After sustaining a tough loss on Tuesday, Jan. 2 to a solid Mt. Zion squad, the Paris Tigers girls basketball squad bounced back in a big way, routing Terre Haute South on the road and reaching a …

Fire, possible explosion, reported in Paris

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, a structure on Douglas Street caught fire following a loud sound, possibly an explosion, that shook the neighborhood. The cause of the fire is currently under …

Chrisman hustling to “get the lead out”

CHRISMAN – Chrisman city officials are racing against the clock as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to implement the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act …

Remembering Paris’ first carousel

Many remember the carousel at Twin Lakes Park, it was a popular ride that delighted kids for many years. But it was not the first carousel the park had.  A carousel dating between 1898 and …

Holiday lights honor a lifelong friend

Many local residents like to drive around town looking at all of the beautiful Christmas lights and displays, even after the Christmas holiday has ended. One place many visit is the home of …

Restored book brings history back to life in Chrisman

CHRISMAN — In 1905 the women of the Chrisman Methodist Episcopal Church put together a cookbook. The book featured famed recipes passed down from generation to generation, tasty treats and …

New law gives (almost) all employees paid leave

Governor JB Pritzker signed a landmark legislation in March of this year, making Illinois the third state in the nation, and first in the Midwest to mandate paid leave for (almost) everyone. …

Community Nurse Association sees success with return of annual Christmas Basket event

Christmas is a time of traditions. Whether with family, friends, work colleagues or church members, many inaugurate the season with their own set of holiday routines. In Edgar County, perhaps no …

Local veterinarian starting fresh

After 10 and a half years with her previous clinic, local veterinarian Andrea Hansel and her team are making changes that are sure to inspire wagging tails and purring smiles in pets across the …

A 100-year legacy continues

In 1923, Edgar County native William Zieren opened a funeral home on W. Court Street in Paris. This year, six generations later, members of his family spent the year celebrating the legacy created by …

Firefighters close down Main Street to battle New Year's Day blaze

At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, members of the Paris Fire Department braved the cold to respond to a house fire at the corner of Main and Roberts Street in Paris.  As a …

Paris 95, Larson part ways

More than six months after audits revealed $3.24 million in grant funding reserved for Paris Union School District 95 (Paris 95) was misappropriated, the district and Superintendent Jeremy Larson are …

2023 in review

From the publisher’s desk, More than any other holiday, New Year’s is a time for reflection and introspection. With 2023 nearing its end, The Prairie Press has compiled a collection …

Illinois Minimum Wage Increases January 1

SPRINGFIELD – The minimum wage in Illinois is increasing on January 1st, 2024.  Workers will see an increase of $1 per hour from $13 to $14. The minimum wage for tipped workers will …

Local man charged with Christmas burglary

In the early morning hours of Monday, Dec. 25, local police intercepted a suspect wanted for a Grinch-esque crime. At 3:22 a.m., Matthew L. Smith, 39, was arrested at 211 W. Washington and …

Unit 6 school district residents will see a drop in property taxes

CHRISMAN — The Chrisman Community School District 6 is in strong financial shape and the Unit 6 school board learned district taxpayers will likely see another drop in their property taxes …

Harvest House closes its doors

Harvest House, a non-profit located in the former HRC building at 118 East Court Street in downtown Paris, is closing its food pantry. The news first broke on the Harvest House Facebook page and was …

Theft charges brought against Paris woman

A Paris woman appeared in Vigo County Court facing level five felony charges of theft and fraud on Dec. 4. Jody Quinn, 60, was arrested while at Walmart by Edgar County Police on Nov. 29 on an …

2023 Christmas Service Roundup

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are important holidays that carry a variety of traditions. Alongside several of those traditions are special worship services, holiday hymnals, musical performances …

Paris Rotary Club funds Christmas Basket Program

Paris man wins $50,000 as part of sweepstakes

To say Christmas came early for Dale Shewmake is an understatement. Shewmake, a resident of Paris, received $50,000 after participating in the Ring in the Riches Sweepstakes by J&J Ventures. He …

Kansas school aims for improvements

KANSAS— Kansas Community Unit School District 3 is looking to improve the education of students by working together as a community. Principal Tiffany Huisinga explained a newly formed …

A small gift with big value

With Christmas only days away, boys and girls young and old will soon begin unwrapping their gifts. While stocking stuffers and presents under the tree are always delightful, one Salvation Army …

Barking up the right tree, Chrisman Council ponders dog park

CHRISMAN – While the plan is more bark than bite at the moment, members of the Chrisman City Council discussed an intriguing opportunity during the group’s Monday, Dec. 18 meeting. The …

Harvest House closes its doors after nearly three years of service

Harvest House, a non-profit located in the former HRC building at 118 East Court Street in downtown Paris, is closing its food pantry. The news first broke on the Harvest House Facebook page and was …

Two-vehicle crash in Paris briefly clogs Main Street, damages sign

Paris Police officers and Horizon Health emergency personnel responded to a two-vehicle crash at the corner of Main and Carroll Street in Paris around noon, Tuesday, Dec. 19. Emergency responders …

DG Market soft launches new location in Paris, generates excitement.

For residents living on the northern edge of Paris, shopping for groceries just became a whole lot easier. The cross-town crawl down High Street or Central Avenue to get to a grocery store is now a …

Hume seeks counsel

HUME —   The village of Hume has hired an attorney. Attorney David Hamilton comes to the village board highly recommended and they hope with his assistance they can move forward with …

Local insurance agent equips Tigers for success

The Paris girls’ varsity basketball team is once again set to participate in the 44th annual State Farm Holiday Classic in Bloomington-Normal. This year’s tournament, one of the largest …

PHS announces midterm graduates

The Paris High School Board met and approved the calendar for next school year, along with the first reading of board policy updates, on Monday, Dec. 11.   The changes will be approved and …

Six months later, Paris 95 teachers want answers

Wednesday, Dec. 13, marked six months since the home of Paris Union School District 95 Superintendent of Schools Jeremy Larson was searched by FBI agents, kicking off a chain of audits, reports and …