November 2013

November 7, 2013

Storm fall sports end in post season
Salt Fork falls to Knights in playoff
Storm wins regionals; first in co-op history: Falls to St. Joe in sectionals

Sports Preview
Storm Winter Sports Preview will be on Friday, Nov. 15 at Jamaica. Chili supper will begin at 5:30. Suggested donation is $5. All winter sports participants will be announced at 7 p.m. for both junior high and high school.

Deck the Homes
   The Fairmount Woman’s Club is hosting their second annual “Deck the Homes” Christmas decoration contest.
    Sponsored by the Fairmount Woman’s Club, the contest is planned for Saturday Dec. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Judging will be done at the Vance Township Library in Fairmount by community votes using “a penny per vote” system. Non-residents are encouraged to place their votes, as well. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three homes. Winners will be announced the following week. All proceeds will be used to fund upcoming community projects.
    Registration forms will be available for pick up on November 15 at all local businesses or on the club website: and must be returned by December 7. Maps will be available at businesses and on the website on December 12.
   Call Mary Toy 217-733-2316 for more details.

Jamaica concerts
   Jamaica band and chorus students will perform with two November concerts. The junior high students will perform Nov. 13 and the high school will perform Nov. 19. Both concerts will be held in the high school gym and begins at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Veterans Day assembly planned at school
   Jamaica will honor veterans in an all school assembly on Veterans Day, November 11 at 1 p.m. All veterans and active duty members are invited to attend and all community members are invited to be a part of this day.
Veterans Day is the day to slow down and take time to give honor and respect for those who have helped shape this country – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They have given freely (and their families) of themselves to protect this great nation and help others who long for freedoms in their own country.
   In the past flags were sold to honor individuals whose names were attached to a flag. This year flags will be available for purchase on the day of the assembly. Submit names to the elementary office by Nov.8. Four lines should include: Military branch, name and rank, when served (or are serving), and who is honoring them.

Thanksgiving meal for seniors
   Jamaica Unit 12 will host the annual Thanksgiving dinner for area senior citizens on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at noon in the lego gym. All senior citizens are welcome to the free dinner of turkey and all the fixings.

Allerton UMC to dedicate piano
   Sunday, November 17, the Allerton United Methodist Church will have a special dedication ceremony in honor of the gift of a Steinway baby grand piano. It will be held at 9 a.m. at the church and will be a part of the usual Sunday morning worship experience.
    A few pianists from the area have been invited to play the piano during the service. Anyone wishing to attend the service is welcome.

Reminisce with me: Shopping Day

Letters: Anniversary issue enjoyed


  Ralph F. Oehlsen, 77, of Fairmount, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 at 7:03 p.m. at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the New Hope Community Church in Fairmount with Rev. Mike Roberts officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. A time of reflection and refreshments will follow the service in the church fellowship area.
   Ralph was born March 12, 1936 in Chicago to Frank and Myrtle Becker Oehlsen. He married Karen Williamson November 4, 1961 in Chicago.
   She survives as well as three sons: Jeffrey Oehlsen, San Antonio, Texas; Glenn Oehlsen, Silver City, N.M.; Todd Oehlsen, Anna, Ill. One daughter Nadia Oehlsen, Chicago. Five grandchildren: Samantha Oehlsen, Lukas Phillips, Abigail Oehlsen, Oscar Oehlsen, Solomon Oehlson and one cousin, Janet (Lon) Bendler, Scottsdale, Ariz.
   Ralph worked at the Danville Commercial News as a journeyman for many years. After retirement he drove for Illini Swallow for 15 years and the Carle Hospital Shuttle for three years. He enjoyed his grandchildren, computers and camping. Ralph especially loved jazz music.
   Memorials may be made to The Cradle or Vance Township Library in care of Robison Chapel. Online condolences at Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling service details.

November 14, 2013

Honoring the Best and the Bravest
   Annual Veteran's Day program at Jamaica School District honors area veterans.

Appointments made to Committee of Ten
   The Jamaica Board of Education has selected their five members for the Committee of 10 that will study the issue of consolidation with Catlin School District. Catlin has also selected their committee members and will make the announcement at their regular board meeting tonight (Thursday).

Letter says taxpayers are not represented by Jamaica's Committee of 10

New series starts this week on area hunters.
Week 1 features Musson family.

New ordinances draw citizen comments
   The Sidell Village Board received comments from two citizens Tuesday on the new zoning ordinances that take affect later this week.

Community Thanksgiving
  The Community Thanksgiving service will be held at the Sidell Baptist Church on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. Each church in the community will be taking part. There will be special singing and Pastor Don Shane will be the evening speaker.
   Please come and join us in giving thanks to the Lord.

Christmas issue
Dear Readers
   It pains me to say this, but Christmas is just around the corner! As tradition goes, the Sidell Reporter would like to include your personal Christmas stories again.
   Stories of a favorite Christmas from your childhood, or any remembrace that has special meaning to you is welcome.  Photos, especially of Christmas from days gone by are always wanted. Please submit stories by Dec. 12.

Recipe Box: Donna Smith seeks to keep the doctor away with one of these a day in this week's recipe column only in the Sidell Reporter.

Suzanne Woodard takes a look at a different kind of apple, only in this week's Sidell Reporter.

Catlin American Legion honors 54 year member by naming newly decorated banquet room after him, only in this week's Sidell Reporter.

November 21, 2013

Many area residents agreed it was the strongest winds they had experienced when storms blew through the area Sunday afternoon. The NOAA National Weather Service has now confirmed that it was indeed a tornado that blasted through Jamaica Township, an F2 tornado with winds of 130 mph.
Pick up this week's issue for the full story! Click here for more color photos.

Winter Sports Preview in this week's issue!

Early deadlines
Deadline for all news and advertising for The Sidell Reporter will be Monday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. due to the holiday. The newspaper will be mailed Wednesday and the office closed Thursday and Friday.

Catlin Christmas
Everyone is invited to catch the Catlin Christmas Spirit Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. outside the Catlin community building.
Santa will arrive by horse drawn buggy, making it a perfect evening to visit with him and let him know your Christmas wishes. Don’t forget your cameras! Santa pictures make a lasting keepsake and the horse and buggy will also be available for a great family photo.
Winners of the Catlin school coloring contest will be announced and they will get to help Santa and his elves light the community tree. After the vent all of the coloring papers will be distributed to area nursing homes for their holiday enjoyment.
Light refreshments will be served. All activities are outside so please dress appropriately. If weather is severe the event will move indoors.

Christmas issue
Dear Readers
It pains me to say this, but Christmas is just around the corner! As tradition goes, the Sidell Reporter would like to include your personal Christmas stories again.
We are also looking for someone’s home to share through photos of their holiday decorating.
Stories of a favorite Christmas, or any remembrace that has special meaning is welcome. Photos, especially of Christmas from days gone by are always wanted. Please submit stories by Dec. 12.

Indianola Village to host dinner, Santa
The Indianola Village Board will host a community potluck at noon on Dec. 14 at the town hall. The board made plans to host the event at their board meeting last Wednesday. Santa will visit with the children following the meal.

Catlin’s Committee of Ten
The Catlin Board of Education selected their five members for the Committee of 10 to study the consolidation issue with Jamaica.

Sidell to buy generators
The Sidell Village Board met in an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon to discuss the situation with the storm having knocked power out in the area.

Preserving an American heritage: Area youth learn to hunt


  Jayne Frances Lynch, 55, of Fairmount passed away at 10:17 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
   She was born on Oct. 21, 1958, in Champaign, a daughter to Russell and Marilyn White Lynch.
   She is survived by her mother of Fairmount; her children, Angi Luhrsen (Jeremy) of Mahomet, Jessi Gawthorp (Phil) of Villa Grove, Kaleb Shields of Urbana and Keith Shields of Monticello; her grandchildren, Tyler, Emma and Noah Luhrsen, Gavin and Lilyjo Frances Gawthorp, London Lefkowitz and Isaiah Shields; her dog, Margo; her siblings, Julie Price (Steve) of Clayton, N.M., Joni Markel (Bill) of Sidell, Kenny Lynch (Jennifer) of Fairmount, Kerry Lynch and Brad Hurt of Menomonee Falls, Wis., and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
   She was preceded in death by her father, Russ Lynch; a brother, Keith Lynch; granddaughter, Macey Deuwer; and her grandparents, Eddie and Mary White and Raymond and May Lynch.
   She attended the University of Illinois, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and microbiology as well as a master’s degree in microbiology.
   She was employed at the UI as a research specialist at Vet Med, where she loved her job. She had a love for animals, reading and playing with her grandchildren.
   Funeral services were November 15, at Freese Funeral Home, Sidney. Burial will be in GAR Cemetery, Homer. Visitation was November 14 at the funeral home.
   Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice, Children Advocacy Center or Vet Med Animal Shelter I/C of U of I Foundation Jr. Surgery Fund No. 33625.

  Cleveland High, Sr., 89, of Indianola, passed away at 12:20 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Presence USMC, Danville, with his loving family at his side.
   He was born Jan. 20, 1924, in Indianola, to Merrit Elmer and Louella (White) High, both deceased. He married Naomi M. McNeese on Dec. 11, 1940, in Danville.
   He is survived by his children, Cleve Jr. (Darlene) High of Fairmount, Charles (friend, Teresa) High of Longview, Nancy L. Setser of Indianola, and Betty Wolfe of Fairmount; his 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years; three infant sons; four sisters; three brothers; a daughter-in-law; a granddaughter; and a son-in-law.
   Cleve worked for Gordon Almy for 15 years farming and 21 years at Danville Metal Stamping until his first heart attack forced him to retire in 1986. Then he and his wife mowed cemeteries and did odd jobs for the elderly in Indianola and Ridge Farm until their health deteriorated. He will be missed by everyone he knew.
   A celebration of Cleve’s life was November 16 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Pastor James Blue officiating. He was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

  Beulah M. Thomas, 88, of Georgetown, formerly of Indianola, passed away at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in Danville, with her family at her side.
   She was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Lilbourn, Mo., the daughter of Jay W. and Dora Lola (Austin) Barrett, both deceased. She was united in marriage to Joseph E. Thomas on Sept. 27, 1941, in Danville, until his passing in June of 1984.
   She will be dearly missed by her children, Jim (Ruth) Thomas, Ricky Thomas, Gregory (Sherri) Thomas, Rozella (Fred) Clore, Donna (John) Sloan, Bonnie (Steve) Lyman and Lola (Robert) Snell; her 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Mary Woods. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Barbara Thomas; three grandchildren; and three sisters.
   Beulah was a member of the United Methodist Church of Indianola. She had retired from Georgetown Republic Plastics factory.
   She loved flowers, gardening and cooking for her extended families. She was a wonderful Christian woman and devoted her life to caring for her seven children and their families.
   A celebration of Beulah’s life was November 18 at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with David Almy officiating. Visitation was Sunday at the funeral home. She was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola.
   Memorials may be made in her name to United Methodist Church of Indianola. Please join her family in sharing memories through her Tribute Wall at

  Vivian R. Smith, 90, of Fairmount, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at the Waters of Covington, Indiana where she had resided for the past 10 years.
   Services will be Saturday, November 23, 3 p.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church in Danville with Pastor Scott McCurdy and Pastor Joe Humerichous officiating. Visitation at the church from 2 p.m. until service time.
   Vivian was born September 15, 1923 in Danville to William and Ona Woodard Reese. She married Ray F. Smith in 1943 in Fairmount. Ray passed away in 1994.
   Survivors include two sons: Larry (Laura) Smith of Hendersonville, N.C. and Jerry Smith of Veedersburg, Ind.; one daughter: Judy Martin of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister: Edith Williamson of Kingsport, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Vivian was preceded in death by one sister Fredia Reynolds; two brothers Lyle and Foster Reese and one granddaughter Jess.
   Vivian spent more than 32 years as head cashier at the First National Bank of Fairmount. She was a graduate of Fairmount High School and had been a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Her enjoyment centered around her husband Ray and her family. The couple spent a lot of time attending their grandchildren’s sporting and school activities.
   Memorials to the Calvary Baptist Church. Robison Chapel of Catlin is handling service details. Online condolences at

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November 28, 2013

Debris cleanup across the area continues
  A week after an F-2 tornado travelled 18 miles across the southern part of Vermilion County, people are clearing acres and acres of debris and making plans to rebuild. See pics of the damage here.

Fairmount adds to fire personnel

Christmas issue nears
   Dear Readers
It pains me to say this, but Christmas is just around the corner! As tradition goes, the Sidell Reporter would like to include your personal Christmas stories again.
We are also looking for someone’s home to share through photos of their holiday decorating.
Stories of a favorite Christmas, or any remembrace that has special meaning is welcome. Photos, especially of Christmas from days gone by are always wanted. Please submit stories by Dec. 12.
Not a writer? Just jot down the facts – or call – and the editor will write it for you. 217-288-9365
Sidell Reporter
P.O. Box 475
Sidell, IL 61876

Jamaica board introduces Commitee of 10
   Jamaica Unit 12 introduced the five members of their Committee of Ten at the opening of the regular board meeting Nov. 21. Besides board members Jeff Carder and Ron Taylor, Jamaica staff Dawn Eakle and Jeff Ford and citizen Brian Lane were also present in the audience to be introduced.

Valuation changes due to storm damage
   Township assessors would like to remind property owners with storm damage that their real estate assessments need to be adjusted to account for valuation changes. Assessors have a form to make these adjustments. If your property was damaged you should contact your township assessor as soon as possible to ensure these changes are made.
Catlin Township- Mary Jo McCloud 217-427-9805;
Carroll-Elwood Townships- Ken Hubbard 217-284-3271;
Jamaica-Vance Townships- Marsha Mohr 217-288-9466;
Sidell Township- Shelly Patton 217-288-9439.
You may also contact the Vermilion County Supervisor of Assessments, 217-554-1940.

Mayor clarifies comment

How to cook a turkey Kindergarten-style

Crop, Stock and Ledger:
Ode to Thanksgiving

Subscribers’ kudos
Board getting things done
Leaders need to be wise

From the Heart by Suzanne Woodard: Thanksgiving anticipation

Recorder vies for circuit court judge position


Girls 2 wins, two loss

Boys 1 win

Memorial wrestling tourney to honor Tadd Metzger

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