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Anna Maria Mitchell

CHRISMAN – Anna Maria Mitchell, 93, of Chrisman, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Paris Community Hospital. A graveside funeral is 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Hoult Cemetery. …

Harriet Arrasmith

CHRISMAN – Harriet B. Arrasmith, 91, of Chrisman, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Colonial Manor, Danville. She retired from the Chrisman school district as a bus …

Charleen Woodyard

NEWMAN – Charleen Woodyard, 94, of Hume, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at her residence in Hume. A funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Joines Funeral …

Bill Willison

MARTINSVILLE – Raymond William “Bill” Willison, 73, of Martinsville, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, Ind. A graveside inurnment …

Thelma Jones

MARSHALL – Thelma R. Jones, 72, of Marshall, passed away at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at her home. A services honoring her life is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Pearce Funeral Home, …

Norman Smith

Norman Lee Smith, 83, of Paris, passed away at 8:42 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Paris Community Hospital/Horizon Health. He was an engineering technician for the Illinois Department of …

Kris Vaught

CHARLESTON – Linda Kristine “Kris” Redman Vaught, 73, of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 14, 2019, surrounded by her family at home. A celebration of …

Mary Nichols

CASEY – Mary Annette Nichols, 92, of Casey, passed away at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019, at Heartland Nursing Center.   A funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Markwell …

Bryce Clausen

GREENWOOD, Ind. – Bryce Harlan Clausen was born Jan. 25, 2018, at Indianapolis, Ind., the son of Joel and Andrea Clausen. He spent his first 15 days in the NICU before coming home to meet …
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The Great Watermelon Drop of 2018

The Paris Fire Department helps the First Christian Church youth group with a food smash by dropping watermelons from the tower truck.

Local news

County board meets

What is generally a routine matter generated some discussion during the April 10 Edgar County Board meeting. The agenda item was appointing Susan Saxton, Roger Stanley and Ray Young to terms on …

Graduation for ALOP students

Students who attend the Alternative Learning Opportunities Program (ALOP) being offered by Paris Union School District 95 may participate in graduation if they choose to do so following action by the …

Class X felony charges filed in recent drug cases

Two Paris residents face multiple counts of the most serious felony drug charges possible in Illinois. Dawn M. Ordiway, 34, and Owen D. Hawkins, 36, appeared in custody April 4 and both were …

Teachers, employees not bound by district

Teachers and fulltime employees in Crestwood Community Unit School District 4 may continue to send their children to the school even if they do not reside in the district, following action by the …

Pondering solar power

CHRISMAN – A plan for halving what Chrisman schools pay for electricity was presented to the Unit 6 board of education during the Thursday, April 12, board meeting. Nick Finney and Josh Morgan …

Meeting will decide bid

The Edgar County Board has scheduled a special meeting April 22 to decide if the five-year contract for the seven-township service area is awarded to the Edgar County Special Service Area Ambulance …

Mail SNAFU hurts local candidate

Paris City Council candidate Jacob DuCharme wants the public to know he took running for office seriously and his failure to respond to written questions mailed by The Prairie Press to Paris city …

Paris 95 hones plan for district

The Paris 95 school district is putting the finishing touches on the new strategic plan for the district, the board of education heard during its April meeting Monday, April 8. The first draft of …

City of Paris is preparing for spring

Warm days early this week put the Paris City Council in a spring mode. Street and parks commissioner Jerry Branson announced facilities at Twin Lakes Park will officially open Memorial Day …

Court news from March 25 and 28

Individuals appearing before the bench for the March 25 and March 28 criminal and traffic calls in Edgar County Circuit Court were: In Custody -Kaden Garner, 18, Paris, appeared in custody. He …