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“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic..music, dance, painting and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and … more
“If people don’t vote, everything stays the same. You can protest until the sky turns yellow or the moon turns blue, and it’s not going to change anything if you don’t vote.” — Dolores … more
For the second time in 2019, an Illinois State Trooper has been killed while making a vehicle stop along an Illinois highway. That doesn’t include the 14 other trooper who have been hit by a … more
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” … more
We understand the meaningless gesture by some state legislators from our area suggesting that a cleaver be taken to the Illinois map, separating Chicago from the rest of us, but let’s face it — … more
Thank goodness there was no fire Thursday morning in the kitchen at Carolyn Wenz School — and thank goodness the leadership of Paris District 95 had planned and drilled the students on emergency … more
There’s always a sense of hopefulness when new administration takes office in Illinois. Public optimism is usually the result of the triumph of hope, not experience. That’s why Gov. J.B. … more
It’s no secret that many in downstate Illinois — including Edgar County — are hoping things can’t get any worse in our state as Gov. JB Prizker begins his term of office with a super majority … more
Illinois is about to swear in six Democratic statewide officeholders and a host of new Democratic lawmakers, but the star of a new 30-second TV spot is the party’s wildly unpopular chairman, House … more
Are you still looking for a resolution to keep in the new year? Here’s a suggestion. Take a trip down to the Lincoln Memorial — if you’re in the Washington D.C. area — or visit via … more
The Paris Kiwanis Club annual pancake tent during the Paris Honeybee Festival raises funds to be used throughout the year to support the youth of our community. We know this because the club’s … more
“We live in a world where finding fault in others seems to be the favorite blood sport. It has long been the basis of political campaign strategy. It is the theme of much television programming … more
Since 1944, the third week in September has been designated National Farm Safety and Health Week. This recognition has been an annual promotion initiated by the National Safety Council and has been … more
Dear Gov. Rauner and J.B. Pritzker:We didn’t think it was possible to sink as low as the 2016 Presidential election between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but boy were we … more
Paris will officially celebrate Independence Day today with fireworks, a band concert and other activities to  mark the founding of America.But there is a second founding we should also remember … more
Indiana State University President Deborah Curtis made a return trip to Paris Sunday, June 24, and in crossing the Wabash River, made a commitment to Paris and Edgar County to work together to … more
  Back in the turbulent Sixties songwriter and poet Bob Dylan wrote, “The times they are a-changing.”It was an appropriate phrase for the period of social upheaval that … more
“We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families. It’s time in Texas ... to make sure this tragedy is never repeated.”­          … more
Edgar County emergency responders have a practice drill during the morning of May 10.It is a serious topic as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and other public safety officials test protocols in … more
The warmer temperatures this past week has brought out our friends and neighbors who enjoy riding their motorcycles. It’s a good time to be reminded of safety both for the motorcycle riders and … more
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