Siren Report
    • Siren Report, May 4-7

      May 4, at 2:19 p.m., Edward S. Akers, 56, Paris, was cited at Jefferson and Court for operating an uninsured motor vehicle. Akers was released …

    • Siren Report, May 3

      May 3, at 12:14 a.m., Ashley M. Smith, 30, Chrisman, was cited at Monterey and Court for operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper use …

    • Siren Report, April 26-29

      Paris Police Department April 26, at 2:13 p.m., Courtney R Swinford, 32, Paris, was arrested at 316 South Main on an In-state Edgar County …

Obituaries
    • Donald Morecraft

      Donald Eugene Morecraft, Sr., 85, formerly of Paris, passed peacefully from this life on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, following a fall the day before. …

    • Norma Yelenick Dillman

      HUME—Norma Yelenick Dillman, 90, formerly of Metcalf, passed away at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Ill. on April 30, 2024, just shy of her 91st …

    • Barbara Mason

      Barbara Christine Mason, 80, of Terre Haute, Ind., passed away at Westminster Village in Terre Haute on May 2, 2024. A funeral service is …

    • Laurabelle Mullins

      Laurabelle Mullins, 86, Paris, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2024, at Marshall Rehabilitation and Nursing in Marshall. A graveside …

    • Laveta Marrs

      KANSAS—Laveta F. Marrs, 95, Kansas,passed away at 4:53 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Willow Breeze Hospice House in Mattoon. A graveside …

Keagan Noel qualifies for IHSA 2A State meet

For the second year in a row, the Paris girls track team will have a state qualifier heading to Eastern Illinois University next weekend. Freshman Keagan Noel met the state qualifying mark of 5 feet, …
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Agribusiness
Master Gardeners tackle April in Paris among a variety of other volunteer efforts 

Volunteer activities shape gardens

The Edgar County Master Gardeners are busy right now planning for April in Paris, one of their major volunteer efforts each year, as the area’s top horticulture experts.  Master …
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 …
School News

High school student creates new sign

Paris High School Senior Ian Anderson, spent two weeks working on a sign for the Edgar County Sportsmans Club. The old Sportsman Club sign was rotted and falling apart, when the maintenance crew came …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Sadie Sallee

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Sadie Sallee, 8th Grade, Crestwood School   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that subject? …

Prairie Press Student of the Week: Danica Rhoads

What’s your name? Your grade? Where do you attend school? Danica Rhoads, 8th grade, Crestwood School.   What is(are) your favorite subject(s)? What draws you to that …
History

Burn for the right to vote

By the summer of 1920, 35 states had ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which stated that “[t]he right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or …
Lifestyle
April brings motivation to ‘move more’ Did you know that one in three adults over the age of 50 gets no physical activity outside of work? The month of April is recognized as “Move More Month” with a mission to stop the slow …
What to know about Monday’s monumental moment Unless you have been living underneath a rock, there is a chance you have heard about an impending, once-in-a-lifetime event happening Monday. On April 8, 2024, parts of Illinois will darken as the …
Is the younger generation’s future jeopardized by growing inflation? They say that money is the root of all evil, an unexpected human creation that can either make or break a person. It’s what our country runs on, it’s a subject of every household in every …
PHS actors ring the bells with talent If you stand outside the doors of the Paris Center of Fine Arts and listen to conversations from audience members who just enjoyed the latest Paris Drama Club’s production – no matter if …
Health
Horizon Health EMS awarded for exceptional service A Horizon Health ambulance crew wasn’t expecting kudos when they responded to a call of a choking victim earlier this year. But unbeknown to them, a special award would follow for their …
A spray that saves lives The opioid crisis continues to wreak havoc in Edgar County and on communities nationwide. Overdose deaths related to opioids have reached alarming levels, with the National Center for 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 …
Faith
Paris native and MAF missionary clings to hope NAMPA, Ida. – When David Carwell first opened the cover of “Jungle Pilot: The Gripping Story of the Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Martyred Missionary to Ecuador” at age 16, he …
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 …
Art

Link Art Gallery showcases artists

 Dave Egan started working in colored pencil at age five, like many children, but it was something he hadn’t done for 40 years. After years of farming, only coloring his …
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 …
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 …
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 …