November 2016

November 3, 2016

Stockton wasn’t prepared for Storm
Salt Fork advances to Round 2

In this issue meet the candidates of the contested raced in Vermilion County – Both candidates for auditor and for coroner give you an inside to who they are in this week’s Sidell Reporter. You will also hear from Joe Eakle and Jason Asaad who are running for one unexpired 2 year seat on the county board in District 3; and from Chuck Nesbitt and Lori DeYoung who are running for one 4 year seat on the county board in District 3.

Catlin postpones permits, posts notices
Tuesday the Catlin Village Board tabled a decision on building permits.

Citizens bring up concerns after missing public time
The Catlin Board started their meeting when their clock struck 7 p.m. Tuesday night. But when several citizens showed up the board had already passed public expression on the agenda. Those present were not recognized since they missed the public portion of the meeting.

Chili and white elephant
The Indianola Methodist Church will hold their annual chili supper and white elephant auction Nov. 6. The supper is free and starts at 5 p.m.; the auction starts at 6 p.m. All proceeds go to the Danville Rescue Mission.

Seniors invited to lunch
All area senior citizens are invited to the Salt Fork School district for a Thanksgiving luncheon on Thurs., Nov. 17 at 1:00 p.m. at both the North and South Campuses of District 512.

Benefit dinner for Bob Key
A Chicken and Noodle Supper will be held Nov. 12 to benefit Bob Key of Sidell. Key is battling cancer and all funds raised will help with medical expenses.

Sheri Pletch is sharing comfort food in this week’s Recipe columnn.

Fall Festival is a fun night in Sidell. Beautiful weather brings out people for a delicious Lions Club fish fry, trunk or treat, live music and hayrides.


Violet Lucille Hoag
    Violet Lucille Hoag, 96, of Fairmount passed away at North Logan Health Care Center on Oct. 26, 2016.
    Graveside service will be held at Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by Sunset Funeral Home.
    Violet was born on March 31, 1920 in Purdin, Mo. She was the daughter of Ora and Maude Smith. She married the love of her life, Clifford Hoag, on July 6, 1937.
    She is survived by her children, Clint (Sharon) Hoag of Fairmount, Pamela K. (Tim) Tighe of Homer, Norma Hoag of Pittsburgh, Pa.; six grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
    She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her son Terry Hoag.
    Violet loved her family very much and spending time with family out in Missouri and attending her grandchildren’s events meant the world to her. She was a past member of the Fairmount Women’s Club, DanGees, and Fairmount Baptist Church. She would go by the nicknames “Flower” or “Glou.” Violet loved cardinals and had quite a collection of cardinal decorations at home with her.
   Please join Violet’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on her Tribute Wall at

November 10, 2016

Voter turnout is high
Locally, Joe Eakle and Chuck Nesbitt won their rebid for a seat on the Vermilion County Board, district 3.

Sidell approves funds toward Christmas parade

Storm season ends with loss to Panthers in 2nd round of football playoffs

Inside this week’s Reporter – photos of Indianola’s Halloween costume winners, Salt Fork Cubs Fans,


    Wenona Jane Cox, 92, of Sidell, formerly of Fairmount, passed away at 10:17 a.m. Fri., Nov. 4. 2016 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    She was born July 5, 1924 in Jamaica to Charles William and Florence Warters Williams. Jane married Ralph Cox on November 17, 1942 in York, Pa., while they both were serving in the armed forces. Ralph preceded her in death June 10, 1999.
    Survivors include one daughter, Pam (Dave) Peeples of Lynnwood, Wa.; three sons: Jim (Cathy) Cox of Danville, Rick (Pam) Cox of Fairmount, Mike (Kathy) Cox of Sidell; one brother, Jim (JoAnn) Williams of Jamaica; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her infant son, Charles; one daughter in-law, Paula “Pixie” Cox; one son-in-law, David George; and two great-grandchildren.
    She grew up in Jamaica, graduated Catlin High School and served in the United States Marine Corps.
    Jane raised her family in six states while Ralph served in the Air Force. She also worked for Illinois Bell Telephone and Riess Strauss in Danville, as well as The Fashion. Jane was a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church. She also worked for a time at the Pentagon and on VE-Day she was one of the girls being kissed by all the soldiers on the street.
    Jane knew sorrow as well, losing her first child who only lived two hours. She wasn’t allowed to hold or see him, as that was considered the kind practice of that time.
    Jane loved time spent with her brother and sisters, playing cards and jokes on each other. Family was always her priority; she valued hard work. Jane and Ralph settled in Fairmount in 1960 to be close to family and friends.
    Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Mike Cox to officiate. Burial with military honors by Catlin American Legion will follow in Mt. Vernon Cemetery west of Catlin. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. till 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Robison Chapel. Memorials to “Honor Flight” in her memory in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    Linda K. Shelly, 63, of Indianola, passed away Mon., Nov. 7, 2016 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
    She was born Nov. 27, 1952 in Urbana to Robert W. and Helen E. Davis Eyestone. Survivors include her significant other, J.D. Lane; two sons, Isaac Lane of Champaign and Robert (Sara) Lane of Tolono; three daughters, Dawn Shelly of Indianola, Jimmi Munch of Indianola, Amanda (David) Reed of Catlin; one sister, Angela (Eric Smith) Williams of Urbana; six grandchildren, Danni Munch, Addison O’Brien, Aidan O’Brien, Emree Reed, Alexis Lane, Henry Lane. Linda was preceded in death by one son, J.D. Lane.
    She had been a clerk in the Vermilion County Recorder’s Office for ten years. Linda enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting her former co-workers at the recorder’s office. She especially enjoyed watching the recent World Series.
    Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial visitation is 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Memorials in her memory to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter in care of Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at

    Vivian Eleanor Beers, age 94, was born near Fairmount on a snowy, bitter cold night of January 3, 1922 to Ernest and Jean Beers. She attended Union School and Wesley School, one-room country elementary schools, then later graduated from Indianola High School, Indianola. She also graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Education degree from Pestalozzi Froebel Teacher’s College, Chicago.
    Vivian invested her life in teaching, especially second-grade children. For many years she was a member of First Baptist Church, Blythe, Calif., and more recently Mountain Avenue Baptist Church, Banning, Calif. She was very active in church work, including AWANA, choir, library, Sunday school teaching and helping with arts and crafts in a nursing home.
Vivian went to be with Jesus on November 2, 2016, at Yucaipa, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Ransom. Surviving are her sister Nora, her brother Gilbert and his wife Arlisle, three grand-nieces and one grand-nephew, and ten great-grand-nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be at the Wiefels Mortuary, Banning, Calif. at 10:00 a.m., Sat. Nov. 11. Burial at the San Gorgonio Memorial Park, Banning, Calif.

November 17, 2016

Special inside this week’s Reporter – meet the players.
Meet the coaches. Get the schedules. See the Rosters.
Get everything you need to know about this season’ hoop activities for Salt Fork High School boys and girls.

Sidell-Fairmount road transfer is approved
County board approves deal

Road work will not begin until 2018 but it is a “done deal” and will finally happen.

Police officer hired in Indianola

IGA stores in Catlin and Oakwood to close Nov. 23.

No changes to be made for semi parking in Catlin

Christmas Light Parade planned for Sidell Dec. 11, 5 p.m.

The Salt Fork Drama Club will present “Dracula in Love” Nov. 18-19 at the Salt Fork North Elementary gym. Showtime 7 p.m.

The editor has an “oh crap” moment in this week’s Editor’s Desk – only in the Sidell Reporter.


Caleb Fauver called Storm’s best ever!
Exclusive story only covered by The Sidell Reporter’s sports writer Perry Dable.


    Jim Williams, 84, lifelong Jamaica resident, passed away at 5:10 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12, 2016 at the Danville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was born March 23, 1932 in Jamaica to Charles and Florence Warters Williams.
    Jim married Betty Joann McComas Dec. 30, 1951 in Danville. She survives as well as one daughter, Mary Jane Williams of Jamaica; one granddaughter, Carrie Orwig; two great-grandsons, Connor Bond and Jackson Orwig. He was preceded in death by four sisters who he truly adored, Mary Alice Graham, Helen Marie Pate, Dorothy Mae Akers and Wenona Jane Cox.
    Jim was a well traveled and longtime salesman for the J.I. Case Company, selling farm implements for over 20 years. He was a 32 Degree Mason, and and avid and loyal Cubs fan. He loved the times he spent with his sisters laughing and enjoying each others company. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jim loved to visit and tell stories.
    Memorial services were held Nov. 17 at The Robison Chapel in Catlin. Mike Cox officiated. Catlin American Legion provided military honors. Memorials to Honor Flight in his memory. On-line condolences: 


November 24, 2016

Read all the ways to cook a turkey by Salt Fork Kindergarten students from Salt Fork South and North Elementary – only in the Sidell Reporter!

Workers help two young ladies after their pick up truck rolled after crossing through the northside ditch about a mile west of Sidell on Tuesday afternoon. Details and identifcation of the passengers was not available at press time.

Salt Fork looks at adding coop sports
    The Salt Fork Board of Education discussed additional cooperative sports options with Oakwood at their meeting Nov. 17. The options of golf, cross-country and wrestling were discussed. Currently the two schools co-op soccer.

First phase of water tower repair is complete
    The work on the inside of the Fairmount water tower was completed this month with some good news

What is your one favorite memory?
Will you share it for our Christmas issue?

    Dear Readers, for the past 25 years the Sidell Reporter’s annual Christmas issue has been written mostly by our readers. Last year response was down so we are hoping this year we can get many of you to share your favorite stories with us.
    We are looking for anything you fondly reminsice about your Christmas past. Perhaps as a child, it is a favorite gift Santa left you, or a story of how Santa surprised you. As a parent, maybe you have a fun story about your children or a special way they were surprised. Maybe your favorite memory has a tear of sadness to it. We are also looking for those Christmas photos of the kids in pajamas around the tree, opening gifts, or the family gathered around the table.
    We hope you will help the Reporter staff have a great Christmas by sharing with us so we can bring you another exciting Christmas issue! Please share your stories by Dec. 9 so we can go to press on time with plenty of stories!
    Email:; Call 217-288-9365; Stop by: 116 E. Market Street; or Mail: P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876.

Lady Storm ends their season opener tournament. Read all about it in this week’s Sidell Reporter.

Remember the Lucas Wall Mode and Gift Shop? You won’t want to miss this vintage photo – only in this week’s Sidell Reporter.

Sheri Pletch shares a scrumptious looking Pecan Pie Cheesecake only in this week’s Sidell Reporter Recipe Box.

Students at Salt Fork South have studied the Native Americans. See the detailed colorings by two of those students – only in this week’s Sidell Reporter!

The Sidell Reporter toots their horn in their latest notoriety by a national magazine Read all about their honor in this week’s Sidell Reporter.


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