November 2015

November 5, 2015

Honoring Our Veterans
The advertisers and readers of the Reporter salute the veterans in this week's issue of the Reporter.

On to Round Two
Second half shutout earns Storm playoff victory over Brown County
IHSA State Playoffs Saturday, 5 p.m. at Salt Fork High School in Catlin.
#11 Salt Fork (7-3) vs. #3 Arcola (10-0)

Salt Fork 512 hosts Veterans Day program
   The community is invited to attend two Veteran’s Day programs to be held at Salt Fork Unit 512 next week.
Monday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. at Salt Fork High School in Catlin
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. at Salt Fork Elementary South/Junior High in Jamaica
All public, especially veterans invited.

Ridge Farm will be holding a dedication service on Veteran's Day, 2-5 with a program at 2:30, for their brand new Veteran's Memorial. Hume will rededicate their Legion and Veteran's Memorial on Veteran's Day at 11 a.m.

Seniors to be guests at school lunch
   All area senior citizens are invited to the Salt Fork School district for a Thanksgiving luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at both the North and South Campuses of District 512. Call 288-9306 for reservations at Salt Fork South (Jamaica) and 427-5331 for Salt Fork North (Catlin).

See the page of color photos from the Salt Fork South elementary Halloween parade. The teachers were WONKY!!

Salt Fork North Elementary Storm Watch winners are pictured in this week's issue.

Amanda Rull is spicing things up in the kitchen only in this week's Sidell Reporter's Recipe Box.

Christmas must be coming because our advertisers are filling our pages with Christmas Open Houses. You won't want to miss where the best shopping will be! Pick up a copy of this 10 page issue at Sidell Reporter office, Sidell Grocery, Sonny's Cafe in Sidell, news boxes in front of Sidell Post Office and Sidell Reporter, Casey's in Fairmount and Catlin or the Catlin IGA. Or better yet, subscribe and get it delivered directly to your mail box every week.


  Marlene Chandler, 75, of Broadlands, passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, at Carle
Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
   She was born the daughter of Albert and Hannah (Osterbur) Franzen on April 12, 1940, in Urbana. She married Robert D. Chandler on Oct. 5, 1958, at St. John Lutheran Church in Royal.
   Surviving Marlene is her husband of 57 years, Bob; sons, Brian (Jamie) Chandler of Philo and Brent (Shelley) Chandler of Gilbert, Ariz.; four beloved granddaughters, Hannah Chandler of Lawrence, Kan., Alyssa Chandler of Gilbert, Ariz., Calli and Cadence Chandler of Philo; sisters Marsha Goldenstein of Champaign and Myrna (Gary) Craig of St. Joseph; sister-in-law Jeanne Nasados of Dunedin, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
   Marlene was preceded in death by her parents and brothers-in-law John Goldenstein, Joe Nasados and Charles Reeves.
   Marlene was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Royal, later transferring membership to the Allerton United Methodist Church. She was dedicated to her church serving in several office positions including   Secretary of the Administrative Board at the time of her passing.
   Having graduated in 1958 from ABL High School in Broadlands, Marlene also attended schools at Gifford, Royal and Allerton.
   Marlene started her working career as a secretary in the Bursar’s Office at the University of Illinois. She then worked as a secretary at Allerton Supply Company where she retired after 31 years.
   One of Marlene’s greatest joys in life, besides her granddaughters, was shopping for her granddaughters. Family and friends were very important to Marlene and she greatly enjoyed family gatherings including her cousins’ parties and her weekly breakfasts with friends at the Broadlands restaurant. She was an avid Illinois and St. Louis Cardinals sports fan. She enjoyed travelling.
   Funeral service were at Freese Funeral Home, Sidney today (Thursday) with the Pastor Clyde Snyder officiating. Burial   was at St. Johns Cemetery, Broadlands.

  Dorothy M. Barnett, 85, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 25, 2015, at her home in Danville.
   She was born to Lloyd and Pearl (Archer) Spesard
on Aug. 27, 1930, in Catlin. She became the beloved wife of Walter Leon “Red” Barnett Sr. April 25, 1956.
   She is survived by her daughters, Cyndee Garrison and Cheryl (Ken) Allison; great-grandchildren, Blake, Austin, Jessica, Brittney and baby girl Thomas to be born; sisters, Myrna (Robert) Elgin and Betty (Larry) Buck; and her beloved dog, BuddhaShe was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brother, Lowell (Carol) Spesard.
Dorothy operated “The 307 Shop” in Danville for over 30 years and attended Calvary Baptist Church. She was a proud grandmother and enjoyed taking an active role in the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved talking with friends and family and liked playing croquet and cards. When she was younger, she attended horse shows and showed horses.
   Funeral services were at Sunset Funeral Home Nov. 3 with burial at Danville National Cemetery.
Memorials came be made to Cyndee Garrison. Share memories through her Tribute Wall at

November 12, 2015

Grass clippings blown in street still an issue
Lawn mowing season is all but over for the year, but the issue was still a hot topic at the Sidell village board meeting Tuesday.

Reading night at SFS
Salt Fork South Elementary will hold their annual Family Reading Night Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m

Thanksgiving meal
A Thanksgiving meal will be served Nov. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sidell Baptist Church hall.
The meal will feature turkey and all the trimmings. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

Cleanup time at Woodlawn
On November 21 Woodlawn Cemetery of Indianola will remove urns that have not been used for the past three years or that are in disrepair. This will help facilitate mowing and trimming and improve the appearance of the cemetery. Anyone with questions may call 217-284-3480.

Drama Club to act Beautiful, Crazy
The Salt Fork Drama Club will be performing their fall play, “Beautiful, Crazy” Nov. 20 and 21. Performances will be held at Salt Fork North Elementary gymnasium at 7 p.m. both evenings. Doors open at 6:15. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

Sidell Township helps to feed local residents
They donated $100 to the food drive from Salt Fork Junior High and Elementary for Thanksgiving basket


Season ends for Storm
Arcola bucks Storm out of playoffs 47-14

A son, Ethan Mason Taylor, born Nov. 7, 2015 to Ben and Mandy (Kimble) Taylor of Mahomet.


  Greg Helm, 67, of Livingston, Texas, formerly of Sidell, died Nov. 3, 2015.
   Greg Helm was born in Robinson Feb. 11, 1948 to parents
   Glenard Helm and Elizabeth Gurnee Howard Helm. He graduated from Robinson High School in 1966. On Sept. 7, 1968, Greg married Carol Ferguson at First Christian Church in Findlay. Greg continued his studies at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston where he earned his bachelor’s of science in education in 1970 and pursued his master’s in kinesiology.
   After earning his degree, Greg began his teaching career in Jamaica Community Unit School District but was interrupted after one year when he was drafted by the United States Army. Greg served two years as a Spec 4 radio/television audio specialist, primarily at Fort Benning, Ga. After his military service, Greg returned to the Jamaica School District where he taught from 1973 until 1985.
   In 1985 Greg and Carol moved to Texas where he taught world history, military history and United States history at the junior high and high school levels. He retired from teaching in 2009.  
   During his 39-year teaching career Greg also served as a head coach for both football and baseball. For many years, Greg was the public address announcer for the Livingston Lions junior high, freshman, junior varsity and varsity football games. He was instrumental in creating the Livingston High School softball team and served as the team’s first head coach.
   Greg traveled extensively as a Civil War re-enactor. He was proud to be a descendent of both Union and Confederate soldiers and held memberships in both the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Sons of Union Veterans as well as the American Legion. As a re-enactor Greg held the rank of Sergeant Major in the Fifth Brigade of Cleburne’s Division.
Greg enjoyed fishing, hunting, softball, and pinochle. He was deeply devoted to his Christian faith and loved his family and friends, students and his dogs.
   Greg is survived by Carol, his wife of 17,223 days; daughter Debbie and her husband Bob Yancy of New Caney, Texas; daughter Micki and her husband Chauncey Lindner of Bryan, Texas; grandson Robbie Yancy and his wife Michelle of Tomball, Texas; grandson Marcus Williams and his wife Rebecca of Peculiar, Mo.; grandchildren Lauren, Lana, and Lucas Hightower; and great-grandchildren Braden and Alexandra Williams.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, his son John Andrew, his brother Robert Helm, his sister Louise Kaley and her husband Vaughn, and his sister Virginia Luffman and her husband Clifford.
   A celebration of Greg’s life was held Nov. 9 at First United Methodist Church of Livingston, Texas.
   In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Green and White Scholarships (P.O Box 1297 Livingston, Texas 77351), an SPCA of your choice, or Hospice in the Pines (
   Cochran Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Please sign online guestbook at

November 19, 2015

In this week's Reporter meet the teams, get the schedules and read the preview of the Salt Fork Storm girls' and boys' basketball teams for Salt Fork. Five pages getting you ready for the upcoming basketball season.

Indianola reinstates Christmas lighting contest
The Village of Indianola will sponsor a Christmas decorating contest this year. Judging will take place after 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Those wishing to participate should have their lights turned on.

Attend the Salt Fork High School play this weekend
Nov. 20 and 21, 7 p.m. at the Salt Fork North Elementary in Catlin.

School board to fund half of uniform funds
The Salt Fork School Board approved $11,000 Monday night to pay the remainder needed for 60 marching band uniforms.

Christmas stories
Sidell Reporter has begun work on the annual Christmas issue and is hoping that readers will again share their Christmas memories and photos of Christmas from their childhood.
Send to by Dec. 10.


Salt Fork Lady Storm opens basketball season in Fisher tournament with a win over Villa Grove 65-19 and a win over St. Joe 59-48.

November 26, 2015

Read about lifelong friends Kelly Reese and Shana Alexander in Suzanne' Woodard's latest installment of "It's all About Friends." Do you have a lifelong friend that you would like to share your story with? Contact


   Edna M. (Lyons) Steinbaugh, 93, of Danville passed away on Sat., Nov. 21, 2015 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Danville. Edna was born on
Oct. 21, 1922 in Sidell, the daughter of Willis and Blanche (Darnell) Lyons. She married Joseph Steinbaugh on May 4, 1941, he preceded her in death.
   Surviving are her two children; Sharon Faye (Jerry) Nesbitt of Danville and Larry Joe (Sandy) Steinbaugh of Alvin; grandchildren, Becky (Larry) Cottle of Danville, Tammy (Robert) Winkler of Danville, Jody (Dan) Hagberg of Bloomington and Chad (Jodi) Steinbaugh of Georgetown; stepgrandchildren, Randy Nesbitt of Danville and Tammy (Scott) Williams of Pearland, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kenneth (Whitney) Cottle, Clayton Cottle, Michael (Chasidy) Winkler, Bricie and Becca Winkler, Caleb, Joshua, Isaac and Rebekha Hagberg, Conor, Lacey, Cale and Cameron Steinbaugh; stepgreat-grandchildren Ryan Nesbitt, Austin and Haley Williams; two great-great-grandchildren, Easton Cottle and Kaden Winkler and a very special friend, Rose Mary Fox.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers Charles and Ervin Lyons.
   Edna enjoyed her flower garden, being a farmer’s wife and spending time with her family. She really enjoyed going to rummage sales and knowing all about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   A celebration of Edna’s life was held Nov. 24 at Sunset Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Carpenter officiating. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Cancer Foundation or to donor’s choice in Edna’s name.
   Please join Edna’s family in sharing pictures, video, and memories on her tribute wall at

  Bonnie L. Mills, 81, of Fairmount, passed away at 3:22 p.m.on Sun., Nov. 22, 2015 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
   Bonnie was born Oct. 18, 1934 in Vermilion County to William Edward and Elizabeth Smoot Thomas. She married Charles Eugene Mills on Jan. 16, 1960 in Catlin. He survives.
   Also surviving are two sons, William F. Spencer of Fairmount and Vernon Spencer Jr of Williamsport, Ind.; one daughter, Nora (Bryson Ritcher) Mills of Tilton; one brother, Robert Thomas of Georgetown; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Beverly Harper and Brenda Schmit, and three sisters.
   Bonnie was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ and had worked as a cook at the Vermilion County Nursing Home. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, fishing, cooking and gardening.
   Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at the Catlin Church of Christ with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial was in Pate Cemetery, Catlin. Robison Chapel, Catlin, was handling the arrangements. Memorials to the Catlin Church of Christ. Online condolences at

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