March 23, 2017

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Sports Preview in this week’s issue –
    See how the spring sports is sized up, the rosters, the schedules and the expectations.

Meet the Candidates
    The Reporter introduces you to the candidates in contested races for the April Election. Meet those running for village trustees in Fairmount, Sidell and Catlin; township trustees of Sidell and candidates running for Jamaica Township clerk in this issue.
    Next week meet the candidates for Sidell Township Road Commissioner and the Salt Fork Board of Education.

Fairmount Water customers given longer due dates
    The Fairmount Village Board approved a change in the water bill payment ordinance at their meeting March 15. The changes will take affect May 1 for the June billing period.

Board of Ed expects new expense for dual credits

Trash is NOT recyclable 
  So many times one or two insolent cretins will ruin a good thing for everyone else.
  So is the risk to Sidell’s recycling program.

Do you recognize these students from Jamaica Grade School, 1964? See if you can name these students only pictured in this week’s Sidell Reporter. Call 217-288-9365 to subscribe and we’ll send this issue out to you so you can take a guess at these students.

Subscribers send their annual kudos and the election is prompting readers to send in their letters to the editors. See who has what to say only in this week’s Sidell Reporter.

The editor dresses things up in this week’s Recipe Box. She pulls from a 1953 Willing Workers cookbook from Fairmount Methodist. See what she shares only in this week’s Sidell Reporter.

Sidell Lions Club changes date for BBQ. Plan to come to Sidell a week earlier this year for the June 10 event.


    Betty E. Conaway, 83, of Tilton, went to be the Lord at 8:02 pm, on March 15, 2017, at Presence USMC in Danville.
She was born on Dec. 28, 1933 in Jackson, Ohio, the daughter of Willard and Mabel Weston Stephenson. She married Mark Conaway Aug. 21, 1970. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2006.
    Survivors include three sons, Steve (Debbie) Robertson of Washington, Donald (Brenda Masulis) Robertson of Danville, and David Robertson of Danville; one daughter, Teresa Evans of Danville; two sisters, Yvonne Aultman of Dayton, Ohio and Martha Highland of Dayton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Tisha Feinstein, April (Jason Gonzalez) Robertson, Brandy (Dale Brandenburg) Robertson, Brock (Janette) Evans, and Lance (Preslee Wheeler) Evans; and 10 great grandkids. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Willard Stephenson Jr., stepmom, Beulah Stephenson, and one great grandchild, Andrew McNew.
    Betty retired from GE and had worked at McCalls Magazine as a secretary. She was an avid Illini Basketball fan. Betty enjoyed making quilts and cooking. She had a green thumb and loved taking care of her plants. Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her family.
    Funeral services were held March 20 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Ramona Logan officiating. Burial was in Davis Cemetery in Fairmount.

    Bert Thomas Kirby, 75, of Fairmount, passed away Sat., March 18, 2017 at 3:53 a.m. at Presence USMC in Danville. He was born October 2, 1941 in Fairmount, the son of Harold and Edith (Goodwin) Kirby.
    Bert was an amazing dad, grandpa, friend, and so much more. He will be greatly missed.
    Private family services will be held and he will be laid to rest at Danville National Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by the Westville American Legion Post #51.


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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