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Married couple Mitchell and Jennifer Sanders graduated July 31 from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in Carbondale. Mitchell Sanders is the son of … more

Special to The Prairie Press | 8/9/21

MACOMB — Daniela D. Brooks, Paris, a sophomore at Western Illinois University, earned a spot on the dean’s list for the recently completed summer term. To receive this award, an … more

Special to The Prairie Press | 8/9/21

Terry and Barabara Bergdolt of Paris had two grandchildren graduate high school in 2021. Melfina “Mellie” McCollough graduated with honors from Paris High School. She has received a … more

Special to The Prairie Press | 8/9/21

North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL) plans to open a new facility in Mattoon this fall to make room for additional business in its three existing Illinois production facilities. NAL is relocating … more

Special to The Prairie Press | 8/9/21

KANSAS — The effort to piece together a sanitary sewer system between the village of Kansas in Edgar County, the village of Ashmore in Coles County and the village of Westfield in Clark County … more

By GARY HENRY | 8/9/21

The Edgar County Longbeards will once again host their annual Jake Shoot for boys and girls ages 4-17 Saturday, August 14. The annual event includes fishing, trap shooting, archery, target shooting and outdoor crafts. Representatives of local law enforcement, the Boy Scouts and fire departments will also be in attendance to spend the day with large crowd of children, pre-teens and teenagers to attend. The Edgar County Longbeards are preparing to supply local youth with a day full of excitement and learning Saturday, Aug. 14. And the best part: It’s completely free. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. … more

By Robby Tucker | 8/9/21

It’s true that some people have tested positive for the coronavirus even after getting a vaccine, but that is no indication the vaccines don’t work. On the contrary, public health … more


The following people were among those on the dockets for the July 26 and July 29 criminal and traffic calls in Edgar County Circuit Court:   In custody νJason R. Ball, 43, Urbana, … more

By Suzanne Williams | 8/9/21

MARTINSVILLE – What started as a simple idea to create a park for adults has literally blossomed into an adventure area for young and old alike in the small city of Martinsville in neighboring Clark … more

By Suzanne Williams | 8/9/21

Larkfield Glass created this mobile hanging in the Paris Public Library’s main entrance. Editor’s note: The author of this article is proud to call MaryAnn Tucker, fondly known as Nan Nan,  her grandmother. She left a legacy of stewardship in the Paris community and raised a … more

By Samantha Tucker | 8/9/21

Terry Rogers was officially appointed chief of the Paris Police Department July 26, although he served a period of several weeks as interim chief for the period when former chief Eric Brown was … more

By GARY HENRY | 8/9/21

It’s time to party, for those so inclined. Kristin Chittick, Fine Arts Manager for the Paris Center of Fine Arts, said the organization’s oversight committee is hosting a free … more

By GARY HENRY | 8/9/21

CHRISMAN — The committee behind the memorial for Chrisman area veterans is ready to turn over ownership and maintenance responsibility to the city. Judy Wyatt, representing the committee, … more

By GARY HENRY | 8/9/21

Paris parents are speaking out against Gov. JB Pritzker’s mandate requiring all school children, teachers and school employees to wear masks — and are planning a rally at 5 p.m. Sunday at … more

By NANCY ZEMAN | 8/9/21

Spraying the green algae growth on the Twin Lakes started this past week but ceased before completing the task. “I bought all Rural King had, and we used it all,” Chris Redman, … more

By GARY HENRY | 8/9/21

The Edgar County Board is now accepting bids to  replace the Main Hangar doors at the Edgar County Airport. Bid specifications may be found at or by … more


Exactly 705 days since their last concert of 2019, members of the Paris City Band kicked off their abbreviated 2021 season Sunday, June 20, at the Spicer Pavilion in Twin Lakes Park. The warm … more

By NANCY ZEMAN | 6/28/21

Benjamon Brinkley, son of Shannon and Trisha Brinkley, graduated summa cum laude from the Honors College of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and a … more

Special to The Prairie Press | 6/14/21

A dramatic incident, fraught with danger occurred Monday, May 10, when a high-speed chase ended in a crash on Court Street in Paris. The incident started in Montezuma, Ind., when Robert. L. … more

By GARY HENRY | 5/17/21

Damage to the historic Link Art Gallery amounts to broken windows, a bent fire escape, a banged-up overhang and missing bricks. None of the damage was structural, but the gallery has been closed to visitors and most staff while excavators demolished the Horace Link building. The Link Art Gallery is carefully moving toward reopening now that it is out of the Horace Link building’s shadow. The Horace Link building, known locally as a former furniture store, was … more

By Samantha Tucker | 5/17/21


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