December 1, 2016

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She’s quite a character – read about the many faces of Melanie Reed Clark as she takes center stage – only in this week’s Sidell Reporter!



What is your one favorite memory?
Will you share it for our Christmas issue?

    Dear Readers, for the past 25 years the Sidell Reporter’s annual Christmas issue has been written mostly by our readers. Last year response was down so we are hoping this year we can get many of you to share your favorite stories with us.
    We are looking for anything you fondly reminsice about your Christmas past. Perhaps as a child, it is a favorite gift Santa left you, or a story of how Santa surprised you. As a parent, maybe you have a fun story about your children or a special way they were surprised. Maybe your favorite memory has a tear of sadness to it. We are also looking for those Christmas photos of the kids in pajamas around the tree, opening gifts, or the family gathered around the table.
    We hope you will help the Reporter staff have a great Christmas by sharing with us so we can bring you another exciting Christmas issue! Please share your stories by Dec. 9 so we can go to press on time with plenty of stories!
    Email:; Call 217-288-9365; Stop by: 116 E. Market Street; or Mail: P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876.

New owners to reopen Sidell Pub
Read more in this week’s Sidell Reporter.

Now is the time to throw your hat into the ring!
Candidates are needed for local government.

Christmas parade, Santa will come to Sidell on Dec. 11
    If you enjoy a parade, come to Sidell Dec. 11. Ten lighted floats will parade through town starting at 5 p.m.. The parade route will start at the Sidell Post Office, go north to the end of town and then come down Chicago Street (the highway) and end at the town hall.
    Ahead of the parade the kids can come by the town hall from 3:00-4:45 and visit with Santa and receive a free photo with him, as well as a goodie bag.
    There will also be sandwiches, chips, relishes, homemade cookies and drinks before and after the parade at the town hall! Hot cocoa will be ready to warm you up! All refreshments are free!
The event is sponsored by The Sidell Reporter, Village of Sidell, Sidell Fun Days Committee and Sunrise Coal LLC.

Salt Fork Students’ Christmas Concerts
Dec. 7 – 7 p.m. Salt Fork High School band and chorus concert in the high school gym.
Dec. 14 – 6 p.m. Salt Fork Junior High Band and Chorus Concert at the junior high gym at Salt Fork South (in Jamaica).
Dec. 15 – 6 p.m. Salt Fork South K-5 Elementary Chistmas Concert at Salt Fork South (in Jamaica).
Dec. 16 – 1:30 & 6:30 p.m. Salt Fork North Grades K-2 Holiday program at Elementary gym in Catlin
Dec. 16 – 2:10 & 7:15 p.m. Salt Fork North Grades 3 & 4 Holiday program at Elementary gym in Catlin.

Amanda Rull pins some delicious recipes in the Recipe Box column only in this week’s Sidell Reporter! You won’t want to miss these.


Salt Fork girls drop their game to Villa Grove this week.
Salt Fork boys finish 1-3 in the Thanksgiving Tournament in Paris.

Upcoming games:

Boys’ Basketball
?  Dec. 3
at Cissna Park, 1:30 pm
?  Dec. 6
at Judah Christian, 6 pm
?  Dec. 9
at Georgetown-RF, 6 pm

Girls’ Basketball
?  Dec. 1
at Georgetown-RF, 6 pm
?  Dec. 5
home with Chrisman, 6 pm
?  Dec. 8
at Armstrong, 6 pm


    Scott Eric Brown, 44, formerly of Catlin, passed from this life on Nov. 24, 2016, at his home in Carroll-ton, Texas. Scott was born to Charles William Brown and Jacqueline Ann (McGee) Brown in Danville on May 24, 1972.
    He is preceded in death by his father, maternal grandparents, Mac and Lola Cunningham, Bill and Betty McGee, and paternal grandparents, Dean and Helen (Kehlenbach) Brown.
    He is survived by his mother, Jackie; his brother, Tim (Sarah) Brown of Derby, Kan., his sister, Kim (Rob) Huchel of Fairmount; his wife, Erica Brown of Carrollton, Texas; his mother-in-law, Rita Patterson of Dallas, Texas; his father-in-law Robert Fults of Lincoln; his nieces Ashlyn, Teagan, Mattison and Elle; and his nephews, Ryan (Chris), Troy, Terran Brayden, JJ, and Anderson.
    His love for his family, including numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins, is matched only by their love for him. He was known to reminisce fondly of summers and vacations he spent with them, something that the miles between could never erase.
    It is this reverence for family that instilled in Scott a desire to commit his whole heart to what he cherished most, his five beautiful children that survive him. Alexander Patrick, Andie Jacqueline, Sennett William, Sawyer Nathaniel and Blake Boden had a father that put them first in every way.
    Sharing their accomplishments in all manners great and small was something this devoted father did whenever the opportunity arose. His children knew well and understood his perpetual pride in them. He found ways to nurture each individually, creating sometimes simple and at other times special outings with each, one-on-one.
Scott found great joy in taking his children to school, supporting and attending those activities they participated in, and even designed a demanding career so that he could work primarily from home spending as much time with them as he possibly could.
    He was a 1990 graduate of Catlin High School. He earned a Bachelor’s in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
He made many friends in college while traveling extensively playing rugby, a sport his son Alec plays at Texas Tech which gave Scott great pride. Upon graduation, Scott went on to work as a Service Engineer for Microsoft.
The family and friends blessed to know and love Scott will remember a smile that was like no other and brighter than the sun, and the heart of a gentle but strong man. Someone who stood head and shoulders above most but never left anyone feeling small.
    It has been said that the most difficult goodbyes are those that are never said and come without warning. The truth is the loss of this humble and kind soul would ache no less if many years from now.
    His loved ones feel it is a Broken Chain: “Little did we know that morning that God would call your name.
    In life we loved you dearly and in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone; for part of us went with you Scott, the day God called you home. You left us warm memories, your love is still a guide; and though we cannot see you, we feel you by our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
    Funeral Service will be Friday, Dec. 2 at the Catlin United Methodist Church with Pastor Curtis Flake officiating. Burial in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday) at the church.
In lieu of flowers, for his children’s education memorials may be made to the Scott Brown Memorial Fund in care of Robison Chapel, Box 79, Catlin, IL, 61817. On-line condolences at




FOR SALE— Star Spangled Recipes cookbook — 545 recipes and 37 pages honoring local veterans are included. $17.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial. Mail c/o Sidell Reporter, P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Proceeds from the book support the upkeep of Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial Board.

FOR SALE—GREAT FOR JAMAICA ALUMNI—“A Look Back At 39 Years of Cardinal Pride.” 40 pages covering Jamaica sports from 1955-1995. Lots of pictures, stats and memories from fans and athletes. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order.
   “The 50th Anniversary of Jamaica High School – 1955-2006” commemorative issue. 32 pages with over 100 photos depicting the first 50 years of Jamaica High School. Includes a list of all graduates and teachers. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order.




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