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April 6, 2011

New Paris school measures winning in early vote totals

TERRE HAUTE — Paris could have a new high school in its future.

Voters in the Edgar County city voted strongly in favor Tuesday of approving spending up to $12 million in local funds on a new Paris High School. Unofficial election results show more than 60 percent of those going to the polls voted “yes” on the new school proposition.

If all goes according to plan, the State of Illinois will kick in another $20 million for the school, said August Griffin, the Edgar County clerk. The current Paris High School is more than 100 years old, he said.

Paris is divided into two school districts. Voters in each district needed to approve the new high school plan for it to move forward, Griffin said. Voters in district 95 approved the proposition 62.5 percent to 37.5 percent, according to unofficial election results. Voters in district 4 approved the proposition by a 66.2 percent to 33.8 percent margin, according to the unofficial results.

Paris Mayor Craig Smith was unopposed in the voting. However, voters did cast ballots for four Paris commissioners on Tuesday. Harry Hughes, Steve Kemper, Bob Boyer and Jerry Branson received the most votes of the eight commissioner candidates on the ballot.

Also in Edgar County, Rodney Ray Wolfe unofficially defeated Daniel L. Owen in the Chrisman mayor’s race.

Voter turnout in Paris was greater than expected Tuesday, Griffin said. More than 3,600 ballots were cast in the school proposition, unofficial results show.

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