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The National Weather Service defines a White Christmas as having at least one inch of snow on the ground. We will not see that this year. You will have to travel to a city along the Canadian border … more
Truthfully, fire engines can be painted any color. They can be purple with pink polka dots. Chicago fire engines are red and black. Their color is determined by whomever … more
As we face this holiday season take a lesson from Bobby McFerrin. In 1988 he sang, “In every life we have some trouble. But when you worry, you make it double. Don’t worry, be … more
(Editor’s Note: During the month of December Pastor Hoffman will be providing us with a multi-part series on incarnation, today’s column is the first part of that series.) We have … more
This week starts out with a straight line, “A dendrochronologist, marine archaeologist and climate paleontologist walk into a bar.” Not a joke because it really happened. In 2013 … more
I was riding up to the University of Illinois, my dad was driving and he was the leader of Pine Grove Ag Club. My brother was riding with me in the back seat of a '46 Ford and in the front seat … more
It’s not everybody who gets to drive an aircraft carrier — especially if you’re a kid. How many kids can say they’ve driven a 60,000-ton aircraft carrier? Darned few, I say, … more
Addiction is a chronic and complex disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Successful addiction recovery involves a journey of self-discovery, resilience and determination. One of the … more
Earth had the temperature, sunlight, water and atmosphere needed for life combined with lightning  and comet impacts early in the planet's history.  There are early signs left in rocks … more
Sunday, Nov. 12, Paris First United Methodist Church will recognize those from the church family who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces. It is an opportunity to show our … more
Here is a compilation of stories appearing in the November 1923 issues of the Paris Beacon-News. Spelling and punctuation have not been changed except where necessary for better understanding. … more
Native Americans mastered companion planting 5,000 years ago. They planted a few kernels of corn, beans and squash in the same hill in a technique known as the Three Sisters. Beans provided … more
Here is a compilation of stories appearing in the late October-early November 1923 issues of the Paris Beacon-News. Spelling and punctuation have not been changed except where necessary for better … more
For the majority of adults, art class is remembered as a favorite time in school. Art class is often seen and remembered as a messy place for playing with shapes, colors and using scissors. … more
We had cats on our farm for many years. When we lived over by Pine Grove School we had a calico cat who stayed in the coal house. Some of the older farmers called it a wash house. This … more
Here is a compilation of stories appearing in the October 1923 issues of the Paris Beacon-News. DRILL THROUGH DOOR OF SAFE Robbers entered the Hamilton mill office in East Union Street, … more
Methamphetamine use is a serious public health concern in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine use has been associated with long-lasting brain damage, … more
The word disciple likely conjures thoughts of the 12 male disciples of Jesus —an accepted idea. If I tell you there were female disciples, that may not such a comfortable idea for some. A … more
During the Vietnam War, a U.S. Navy LPN amphibious landing craft transporting Marines pulled into the San Diego Naval Base and docked for several days before heading once again for the Gulf of Tonkin … more
It was 340 years ago that Isaac Newton was asked by Edmond Halley for help with a planetary motion problem. Newton spent his time during the Black Plague Pandemic reading and working to rectify all … more
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