Siren Report
    • Siren Report, Feb. 27, 2024

      Arrests: Feb. 27, 2024 at 12:05 a.m., Michael A. England, 49, of Paris was arrested at Jasper and High Street and was charged with driving …

    • Siren Report, Feb. 26

      Arrests: Feb. 26, at 12:57 a.m., Steven R. Hornbrook, 36, Paris, was arrested at Shaw and Elizabeth and was charged with expired …

    • Siren Report, Feb. 25

      Feb. 25, at 1:40 a.m., Zachary Lucas, 29, Godfrey, was cited at Jefferson and Jasper for driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting …

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Local news

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 …
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
    • Garry Sallee

      TERRE HAUTE, Ind.— Garry Bob Sallee, 83, Terre Haute, passed away at 5:12 p.m., on Feb. 28, 2024, at the Cumberland Nursing Home in …

    • Fred Quinn

      COLUMBUS, Minn —Fred Russell Quinn Sr., 86, of Columbus, Minn., passed away peacefully at home on Feb.19, 2024. A graveside service …

    • Sara Law

      Sara Law Has photo Sara Sue Law, 91, Newport News, formerly Paris, passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, in Newport News, Va. She was …

Redbirds one win away from sectionals

TUSCOLA – Boasting a record of 22-1, the Mayo Redbirds seventh-grade volleyball team is one match away from an IESA 3A Sectional berth. Their only obstacle? The top-seed Shelbyville-Moulton …
    • Eagles combine for 3-5 record

      The Crestwood Eagles seventh and eighth-grade volleyball teams finished the regular season with a string of competitive matches over the last …

    • Titans fall in regional

      It was “Win or Go Home” time for IHSA Class 1A Boys Basketball teams as the Class 1A Tournament began Monday night for the No. 14 Tri-County …

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Agribusiness
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 …
Crop dusters are living their dream

Flying the corn run

Crop dusting is a way of life for many in the Midwest. Pilots from across the country take to the air year-after-year to spray corn and bean fields on what is known in the industry as, the corn run. …
School News

CUSD 4 receives high marks on financial profile

The Crestwood School District met twice in February, the first meeting, held on Feb. 14, was filled with discussions of student and parent involvement, and the second meeting, held on Feb. 19, …

Paris High School hosts career fair

Paris High School’s (PHS) annual career fair is Friday, March 1. Staff members Jayne Brown and Heather Robison team up yearly to invite the community into the high school in an effort to …

The Prairie Press Student of the Week: Makaylah Paceley

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Makaylah Paceley, 12th grade, Shiloh High School. What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …
History

Spencer Werner: ‘Tell me…’

He was “deliberate” and “no-nonsense,” a chain-smoking steam engine who once told his receptionist, “I guess I’m not the vacation type.” Yet, to all who knew …
Lifestyle
What’s that little black spot on the sun? Saturday is the full moon called the Snow Moon. Our next full moon will be on March 25 when we will see a blood-red lunar eclipse. That will be two weeks before the total eclipse. Almost every solar …
International pizza finalist offers treat For those of you interested, Shaggy, our Granddog, is adjusting to his new life in Missouri. He is on sabbatical for a year while my son Matt and Andrea his wife are exploring Southeast Asia and …
Spreading love across the county According to Hallmark, about 145 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged every year. Americans spent approximately $24 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2022 alone. That is a lot of red …
Retrieving a better understanding of personality Created by Kristen Shroyer in 2012, Feb. 3 is National Golden Retriever Day. The creator of the celebratory day selected the particular date because it was the birthday of her own Golden, …
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 …
Year-round sun safety Sunburns and skin cancer don’t have an exclusive partnership with hot months at the beach. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are still present, even in the middle of winter. Karen Boyd, an oncology …
Art

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 …
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 …
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 …
Art in Action Art is alive and well in Edgar County, here are some action shots of art being created here at home.