March 26, 2015

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Chelsey House, left and Abby Lutz enjoyed the short-lived warm weather last Saturday for a horse back ride through Fairmount. Chelsey was riding Jack and Abby was on TJ.

Petitions circulating for highway support
   Petitions have started circulating to get support to urge the Vermilion County Board to accept the State of Illinois’ $6.06 million deal to rebuild the Sidell-Fairmount highway.
   The public is very strongly encouraged to write letters, make phone calls and especially attend the April 15 Transportation Committee Meeting of the county board. A decision by the committee at that meeting could strike down the deal, possibly for the last opportunity. The Transportation Committee makes the decision to bring the matter to the full board for a vote.
   Chuck Nesbitt, Vermilion County Board representative for District #3 says he fears if the County Board doesn’t take this deal with a large offer of funds to rebuild the road that the state could force the county to take over the road with no funds to do any repairs.
   The State is offering $6.06 million to rebuild the 10 mile of road that includes three bridges and five major culverts, including the large bridge at the north end of Sidell. The State would keep charge of the bridges and culverts until they are rebuilt but would reduce the monies to the county to $5.3 million.
   Nesbitt said with the members of the Transportation Committee being from the north end of the county, support from residents on the south end need to stand up and let them know how important replacing this road is to the people who drive it every day.
   Among those driving the road are school busses and students and staff of the Jamaica School District - soon to be a consolidated district with Catlin.
  “The safety of the kids riding the bus to the school should be of upmost importance,” Nesbitt said.

Fairmount man hit by train
   Tina Davis is giving all the glory to God this week that she still has her son. The 22-year-old was hit by a train while standing on the tracks near the Park Street crossing in Fairmount.

IDNR seeks more info for mine permit
   The wait is still on for Sunrise Coal to find out if the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals (IDNR) will issue a permit for their coal mine proposed for the Sidell Township.

Board action
   The Indianola Village board set the town clean up days for May 1-3.
   The Village of Fairmount set the annual village clean up day for May 16.
   The Jamaica Board of Education approved dismissal of three teachers at their meeting Monday.

Free electronics collection event in Vermilion County April 11. Pick up a copy of this week's Reporter to get the details of how to clear out those unwanted electronics at no cost to you.

Consolidated Election coming up April 7. See the full specimen ballots only in this week's Sidell Reporter.

On the Editorial page only in this week's Sidell Reporter— The Editor feels appreciated; Suzanne Woodard enjoys conversation without a cell phone and Ramblin Man realizes how little he knows.

Readers express themselves with letters to the editor only in this week's Sidell Reporter.

  Did you see the Allerton Ministrel Show? I guess it was a success, at least according to the Pages of the Past highlighting news on March 31, 1933! What a fun read! Only in the March 26, 2015 issue of the Sidell Reporter! Pick one up today at Sidell Reporter office, Sidell Grocery or Sonny's Cafe, or at the news boxes in front of the Sidell Reporter office and post office; Casey's in Fairmount and Catlin or Catlin IGA. Or get your subscription started today! $30 in Vermilion County and $35 out of Vermilion county for 12 months!

Amanda Maddox Rull is cooking up chicken leftovers in this week's Recipe Box only in the Sidell Reporter!

Have you ever seen an albino Robin? Professional photographer Bob Schifo of Catlin captured on "on film" this week in the Catlin area. See the gorgeous color photo in this week's Sidell Reporter. And send in your bird watching reports. We would love to have a photo or bird story every week in the Reporter!

Storm goes 3-0 at the Jacksonville Jamboree
Girls go 2-2 at Jacksonville Jamboree

   Robert Dale Setser Sr., 77, of Danville, passed away at 2:30 p.m. March 20, 2015, at North Logan Health Care Center, Danville.
   He was born July 22, 1937, in Indianola, a son of Robert Frederick and Helen Mable (Lewis) Setser.
   He married Becky Tabor on Feb. 27, 1993 in Danville. She preceded him in death in April 2005.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Sisney.
   He is survived by two sons, Robert D. (Nora) Setser Jr. of Westville and Greg A (Lisa) Setser of Danville; two stepchildren, John Tabor of Marshall and Amy (Jason) Moore of Williamsport, Ind.; two brothers, Henry (Lucy) Setser of Danville and Richard (Betty) Setser of Tilton; nine grandchildren, Patricia (Brent) Curry, Angela Hines, Nicole (Todd) Roberts, Ethan Alblinger, Kimi Setser, Elise Setser, Emma Moore, Anna Moore and Meghan Tabor; and four great-grandchildren, Ayden Curry, Drake Hines, Dallas Hines and Kurstyn Roberts. He also is survived by the mother of his children, Nancy Setser of Indianola, and special friends, Bonnie Vance and James Duell.
   Robert was a sheet metal worker at Danville Metal Stamping, retiring in 2000. He attended Georgetown First Church of Christ. He enjoyed playing pool, euchre and fishing.
   A memorial service was held March 24 at First Church of Christ in Georgetown with Pastor Phil Miller officiating. According to his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and private burial will be at a later date.
   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family. Online condolences:


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