November 23, 2017

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It’s here! 80 kindergarten students share their recipes for cooking your Thanksgiving turkey! You won’t want to miss this issue of the Sidell Reporter. Pick one up at the Reporter office, Sidell Grocery, Sonny’s Cafe or Casey’s in Fairmount or Catlin. Even Doggett has this recipe: "Go to the store and buy one for 100 dollars. Go home and add bacon, eggs, and an apple to it. Cook it for 12 hours. Then eat it."

Salt Fork to seek facility sales tax
The Salt Fork Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution at the Nov. 16 board meeting to seek a one percent sales tax.

School Library gets updates
The Salt Fork Spotlight at the Board of Education meeting last week shone on High School Librarian Keri Wright and the improvements in the high school library.

Have you an old Christmas photo you can share?
Did you have your photo taken while sitting on Santa’s lap when you were a child? Do you have a photo of you around the tree on Christmas morning? The Sidell Reporter wants to share old photos in our Christmas issue.
Bring your photos by the office and we will scan them and you can take them back home with you. Or, you can email them to us. (Please scan them at 300 resolution before emailing for best quality printing).

What is your best Christmas memory?
As every year for more than 25 years, the Sidell Reporter invites our readers to share their fondest Christmas memories for our holiday issue. This tradition has made our Christmas issue very unique and a favorite among our readers. But we need your help! To keep the tradition going! Please drop us a note, or call us on the phone and tell us about that one Christmas event that will always be special to you! Call 288-9365 or email

There are 25 Salt Fork Students pictured in this week’s Sidell Reporter. Is one of them yours?

Sidell to continue recycling
The Sidell Village Board, last Wednesday night, unanimously approved to continue the recycling program for 2018.

Handicap parking installed in Carroll
Two spaces for handicapped parking are now available for use at the Carroll Township building in Indianola.

Resident asks board to stay on task
Fairmount citizen Junior Bennett was present to thank the board for addressing his concerns a few months ago with residents who had less than favorable properties in town.

Cindy Brown shares some heart-healthy snacks that sound delicious! Only in this week’s Recipe Box in the Sidell Reporter.


Charles F. Allen, 96, of Georgetown, went to be with his Lord Nov. 13, 2017, at VA Illiana Health Care, Danville.
    He was born in Indianola April 22, 1921, to Homer O. and Collista J. Allen.
He married Marilyn Grace Humrichous October 27, 1946, until her passing Sept. 28, 2004.
    He is survived by his daughter, Paula (Stan )Boelman, who have been on the mission field for many years in England. He also is survived by two grandsons, Jonathan and Timothy; and one sister, Helen, of Ariz. He also has several living nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lucille; and a son, Norman.
    Charles graduated from Indianola High School and served in World War II in the Army Air Corps for over three years as a B-17 bomber waist gunner. He received an honorable discharge as a Technical Sergeant. He also was an American POW in Germany for 15 months and was forced to march 90 days and walk 600 miles.
    Charles graduated from Pillsbury Bible College in Owatonna, Minn., with a BA degree with majors in Bible and Pastorology and a minor in general education. He pastored churches in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas, and was in Christian education in Arizona and was also interested in missions. He taught Bible at Midwest Bible College in Danville, was a life member of National American Ex-Prisoners of Wars organization, life member of VFW and a member of American Legion Dornblaser Post 203, Georgetown.
    As hobbies, he liked to play basketball, softball, tennis, ping pong and fishing.
    He summarizes his life under the theme: “A prisoner of war is liberated twice.” In April of 1945, he found himself in a POW camp in Germany. Tired, dirty, starving and ready to give up, he cried out to God in desperation, “God get me out of this mess and I’ll do anything for you.” At this time, he was not a Christian. On May 4, 1945, he was liberated by British forces. Six years after his discharge from the Air Corps, he came to realize that he was a sinner and that he needed to be saved. In his own words, he said, “In simple faith, I admitted that I was a sinner, that Jesus Christ died on the cross, that He was buried and rose again the third day for my sake. This was the most significant event in my life. After all these years, I have peace and joy that only Jesus can give. I was liberated from the Germans and I was liberated from my sin. Jesus has set me free. He can do the same for you.”
    A celebration of Charles’ life was held Nov. 20, at Bethel Baptist Church, 501 S. Main St., Georgetown. Pastor Mike Roberts officiated. He was laid to rest in Danville National Cemetery with military rites conducted by American Legion Dornblaser Post 203.



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.


December Deadlines
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news, ads

Dec. 7 & 14 issues – Regular deadlines
of noon on Mondays.
Dec. 21 issue (also Christmas issue) –
Noon on Thurs., Dec. 14
(a full week ahead)
Dec. 28 issue –
Noon on Friday, Dec. 22 (Depending on legal ads,
it is possible there will
not be an issue printed
on Dec. 28)



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