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Faulty update freezes tech worldwide and across Edgar County

A faulty security update resulted in what NBC News called “arguably the largest global information technology outage in history” on Friday, July 19. The outage affected law enforcement …

Paris All-Stars claim third place in Little League state tournament

For the 10U Paris Little League All-Stars, the quest for a state championship came to a premature end on Tuesday, July 16 after a 12-2 loss at the hands of top-seeded Hinsdale. Fans of both teams …

Coroner rules death of rural Chrisman man a homicide

CHRISMAN – A news release from the Edgar County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of James H. Lutz a homicide. Lutz, a resident of rural Chrisman, was killed Friday, March 15 after a …

“Chicago” premieres on Paris stage

“Chicago: The Musical” opened at the Paris Center of Fine Arts last night at 7 p.m. – a funny and entertaining satire of the criminal justice system in the jazz age presented by the …

Paris 95 BOE holds first meeting with new superintendent

Mary Morgan Ryan was announced as the new superintendent of schools for Paris Union School District in late April. On Monday, July 8, Morgan Ryan participated in her first Board of Education meeting …

My friend, Willie

On Tuesday, June 18, the world lost Willie Mays: a 24-time All-Star, a record-setting outfielder, a champion on the baseball field and a towering example of grace and resilience in the face of racial …

The Paris Tiger Mural is on display

This week the Paris Tiger Mural, which has been in the process since the beginning of summer, has finally been put up on display for the community of Paris to see. The mural was created by …

Local auction find offers Chrisman a glimpse into a presidential past

CHRISMAN – When lifelong Chrisman resident Mike Henry started browsing local auction listings, he had no idea he would discover a historical document connecting his hometown with a past U.S. …

"Step"ping into service

Mike Step became a Rotarian in 1995, almost 30 years ago. Since joining, he has served as a secretary, a vice governor, a district governor and president of a local chapter, not once but twice, …

Paris home erupts in flames

Paris residents near the corner of Madison and Campbell Street were startled by what was described as a loud explosion around 5 p.m. on Friday, July 5. Moments later, a nearby home was engulfed in …

Kansas man detained following shooting

The second party involved in a shocking Kansas shooting Friday, June 28 appeared for a pre-trial release hearing Monday, July 1. The shooting, which ended with what has been reported as a …

A road to remember

CASEY— On Jan. 12, 1981, Charles Lamb was born in Paris. According to his friends and family, Lamb was an outdoorsman and hero, a family man with a signature smile who enjoyed fishing and …

Kansas shocked by shooting

KANSAS – Residents of the small, sleepy town of Kansas reported hearing gunshots, sirens and the whirring rotors of a helicopter on Friday, June 28. Shortly after 2 p.m., “six to …

Fatal crash shuts down State Route 1

A fatal, two-vehicle accident at the intersection of State Route 1 and 1400 North resulted in a mass mobilization of emergency responders and the closure of the highway late Thursday, June 27. …

Thunderstorms wreak havoc, close several roads

Edgar County, alongside much of the Midwest, received its first true taste of annual summer thunderstorms on Tuesday, June 25. A large storm front swept across the area, leaving downed trees, power …

A selfless act of kindness

HUME—An act of kindness is something selfless, compassionate and unconditionally charitable. It is something often taught but rarely seen today. Tori Stierwalt, a graduate of Shiloh High …

Advocating for Edgar County

Straight out of high school, Lauren McQueen took a job at Outback Steakhouse, a position she had for six years until she decided she wanted a change. “I woke up one day and realized that I …

Shanks shares passion for announcing with Challengers

In May of 2023, the Challenger League of East Central Illinois gained a very important member, Brody Shanks. Shanks’ family inquired about playing in the league, but due to the age cap of 21, …

Edgar County Board, Sheriff’s Department break ground on safety center project

Patience is a virtue – a virtue the Edgar County Board, the Edgar County Sheriff’s Department and construction consultants on the multi-year, multi-million dollar Edgar County Public …

Local youth playing fiddle in the big leagues

CHRISMAN – Like many kids her age, seven-year-old Mikayla Hoult (soon to be eight) enjoys music, softball, dance and counting down the days to her next birthday. She may seem like a typical …

Details emerge following the release of Paris 95 subpoena

New information has emerged regarding the misuse of grant funding at Paris Union School District 95 following a civil suit against the district. A heavily redacted subpoena sent to the …

County Board moves forward with jail in 5-2 vote

After years of planning and design work, the Edgar County Public Safety Center (ECPSC), the successor to the current county jail, is officially approved and moving toward construction. However, the …

Newman man charged with murdering fiancé

NEWMAN — The small town of Newman has experienced its first murder in more than 60 years.  During the early morning hours of Monday, May 20, law enforcement responded to reports of a …

Prairie Press earns four IPA award nominations

It is not often that I get to write something for the paper as myself, the woman behind one of the many desks at 101 N. Central, but this week I have the distinct honor of writing a letter not to the …

Edgar County Airport gets a face-lift

The long runway at the Edgar County Airport, 9-27, was in the midst of being resurfaced on Wednesday, May 8, as routine maintenance required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The …

Trial of Tyler Poole delayed

Though he was not present, Tyler Poole, 26, of Mansfield, Ohio was the center of attention in courtroom two of the Edgar County Courthouse on the afternoon of Monday, May 6.  Poole was …

Paris 95 hires new Superintendent of Schools

After months of anticipation, the Paris 95 Board of Education named the district’s new superintendent. Mary Morgan Ryan, currently the Assistant Superintendent of Technology, Communication, and …

New Edgar County Public Safety Center bids come in high

Vehicles crowded the parking lot and visitors packed the meeting room of the Edgar County Highway Department on Thursday, April 25. Members of the Edgar County Board, the Highway Department, …

Stagecoach Coffee is expanding

Before the days of both Starbucks and Scooters on Jasper Street, Paris and its surrounding area was a coffee-shop dessert. Coffee was a mug enjoyed with the accompaniment of delicious breakfasts at …