November 20, 2014

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Readers’ help needed for Christmas issue
   Christmas is just around the corner! As tradition goes, the Sidell Reporter invites our readers to share your favorite Christmas memories for our annual Christmas issue. Stories of a favorite holiday memory from your childhood, or any remembrance that has special meaning is welcome.
   Also old photos Christmas past is always sought, especially of the kids on Santa’s lap or around the tree Christmas morning.
   Please submit stories by Dec. 12 to

Community Thanksgiving Services
   New Hope Community Church and Faith Church will hold a combined Thanksgiving service Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. The special service will be held at New Hope Community Church, 306 S. Main St., Fairmount.
   Everyone is welcome to come and give thanks for our many blessings.
   On Nov. 23 the three area churches in Sidell will join together for a community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. at Sidell Assembly, 301 East Main Street.
   There will be special singing, scripture reading, testimonials and a message from Pastor Craig Roller. Everyone is welcome to come and join us in giving thanks to the Lord!
   There will be refreshments served following the service.

  Thanksgiving is in just a few days and if you haven't checked into just how to cook that turkey, then you only need to turn to this week's Sidell Reporter. The Jamaica kindergartners have a whole list of their suggestions on "How to Cook a Turkey." For example: Skylar says: "Put it in a pot on the stove and turn it up a little bit. Then take it out and eat it." Read what all the rest of the kindergarden students suggest - only in this week's Sidell Reporter.

  Did you know how the Turkey Pardon became an annual tradition? Read all about it only in this week's Reporter.

  Liz Fourez gives you some easy recipes to get you through the bustle of the upcoming holiday only in this week's Sidell Reporter!

Rebuilding after F2 tornado
REsidents look back a year later

New School Consolidated Board of Ed to organize Monday

Indianola is ready for snow

Salt Fork honored at football banquet


  Salt Fork basketball started with the girls' schedule this week. In this week's Reporter, there is a five-page section on the teams, the coaches, the schedules, the rosters and coach interviews. Get a glimpse into what to expect with this year's winter basketball season - only in the Sidell Reporter!


  George C. Ford, 80 of Sidell, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at the Presence Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. Funeral services were held at the Sidell United Methodist Church in Sidell. Pastor Don Shane officiated. Burial was held at the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Newman.
   George was born on Oct. 30, 1934 in Danville, a son of John H. and Lucille Clarkson Ford, Sr. He married Sara Beth Robinson on Jan. 5, 1964 in Allerton. She survives.
   Also surviving are children Henry (Jandi) Ford of Chandler, Ariz; Gary Ford of Holt, Mich.; Keith (Teresa) Ford of Tolono; and Robert Ford of Sidell. Grandchildren Emily, Joseph, and Catharine Ford; brothers, John H. Ford Jr., Joe Ford, and sister, Grace Ford, all of Sidell.
   George was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Raymond Ford.
   George was a former member of the Sidell Lions Club, Sidell United Methodist Church, and Sidell Historical Society.
   He enjoyed farming, photography, motorcycling, watching football, baseball, racing, and he had a private pilot’s license and enjoyed flying planes.
   Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Sidell United Methodist Church.
   Joines-Appleby Funeral Home of Newman was in charge of arrangements.

  Richard Schomburg, 76, prominent and longtime Danville-area businessman, owner of the former Schomburg & Schomburg Construction Co., passed away at 2:45 a.m., Nov. 13, 2014, at Hawthorne Inn in Danville. 
Richard was born Jan. 2, 1938, in Champaign County to Earl Richard and Portica Elizabeth Parrish Schomburg. He married Barbara Cofoid on Dec. 28, 1978, in Reno, Nev. Barbara passed away July 25, 2013.
   Survivors include one son, Mark Schomburg of Houston, Texas; one daughter: Susan Kitts of Denton, Texas; three brothers, Kenneth Schomburg of Terre Haute, Ind., Gary Schomburg of Terre Haute, Ind., and James (Cindy) Schomburg of Williamsport, Ind.; two sisters, Carol (Tom) Smoot of Catlin, and Helen Clapper of Ariz.; and four grandsons, Jake Schomburg, Kyle Schomburg, Matthew Kitts and Alex Kitts. He was preceded in death by one brother, Calvin.
   Richard was a graduate of Jamaica High in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army. He operated his construction company in Danville for more than 30 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Ansar Shrine. Richard enjoyed wild game and safari hunting all over the globe.
   Private services with Masonic Rites were held at the Robison Chapel in Catlin. Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Burial was in the Davis Cemetery, Fairmount. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The family appreciates the staff of the Hawthorne Inn and Harbor Lights Hospice for their wonderful care of Richard. Online condolences at


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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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