November 2014

November 6, 2014

Salt Fork School District to begin July 1, 2015

Your opportunity is now to throw your hat into the ring
   The local village boards are seeking candidates for trustees in the spring 2015 elections.

Visit the Sidell Town Hall this Saturday during an open house of their new building from noon to 3 p.m.

To honor Vets
Jamaica Schools will hold their annual Veteran’s Day program on Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.
Band, Chorus Concert
The high school band and chorus concert will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 11. Everyone is welcome to both events.

Readers were asked to share the names of their veterans for our annual salute to veteran's in this week's Sidell Reporter. Pick up a copy at news stands, or order a subscription so you can see the list of local veterans.

Sidell Twp. to dedicate flag
   The public is invited to a dedication of the new Sidell Township Flag Nov. 10 at the township hall at 7 p.m.

  Seniors’ dinner
    The Senior Citizens Thanksgiving dinner at Jamaica cafeteria will be Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m.

  Margaret Artman is about to retire as a long time columnist for the Sidell Reporter. In December she will pen her last column. Pick up a copy of today's paper to read about Living high on the hog as Margaret takes us back to a different time of providing food.

  Cindy Brown delves into the 1903 Sidell Journals and shares what is happening over a century ago in the local communities in the Pages from the Past column, only in the Sidell Reporter.

  Fall sports season ended last week with the Salt Fork girls losing in the championship game of the Regional tournament. They ended a great season! Congratulations girls.

  Did you ever write a letter to someone famous and have them answer you. One of the Reporter writers shares a couple of "famous letter" stories with readers only in this week's Sidell Reporter. Copies are available in Sidell at the grocery store and cafe, or in news boxes at the post office and in front of the Sidell Reporter office, or at Fairmount Casey's and Catlin's IGA. Pick one up today.

  A new guest columnist is introduced this week in the Recipe Box. Married to a local boy, Liz Fourez will be bringing you great recipes that she shares on her own blog. Check out her carmel corn recipe in this week's Reporter.

  A former Jamaica grad qualified for the Boston Marathon. Read about him in this week's Reporter.


  Elmer Miller of Sidney, formerly of Ridge Farm, went to be with the Lord at 2:02 p.m. Sat. (Oct. 11, 2014). Elmer was born to Henry Clay Miller and Olive Landis Miller on March 25, 1928, west of Ridge Farm. He married Marjorie Erb Miller on Nov. 17, 1956, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Reform Church of Sidney.
   He has three children, Dorella (Tom Sinder) Pruitt of Sidney, Keith Miller of Fairland and Deena (Ron) Paine of Mahomet. He has three grandchildren, Aaron and Zachary Miller of Fairland and Lacy Pruitt of Sidney. He has several step-grandchildren and many step-great-grandchildren. He has one step-great-great-grandson.
He is survived by two sisters, Phyllis (Ralph) Haas and Jayne (Gene) Brownfield and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Miller. Also surviving are two aunts, Naomi Duncan and Hester Landis.
   He was preceded in death by one brother, Howard Rex Miller and one sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Gene Ellis.
   He spent most of his life as a farmer near Ridge Farm. He was a policeman for the University of Illinois, served as president of the Ridge Farm School Board and served on the Pilot Grove Cemetery Board and was executive secretary for the Associated Committee of Indian Affairs.
   He was involved in Christian Endeavors, serving as state president for one year. He served in the Paris National Guard.
   Elmer drove a school bus for Georgetown-Ridge Farm and mowed several cemeteries in Vermilion County.
He was a member of Ridge Farm Friends and attended the Sidney United Church. He was a member of Quaker Men and the Friendly Builders Sunday School Class.
   He graduated from Ridge Farm High School in 1946. He loved to read and travel the country.
   Memorials can be made to Longview Fire Department, Ridge Farm Friends Church or the donor’s choice.
Funeral services were held at Sidney United church with Pastor Mike Picklesimer and Ron Drage officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sidney.
   Freese Funeral Home, Sidney, was in charge of arrangements.

November 13, 2014

Readers needed to help with 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

Sidell Township commissions flag

Lin Bates fills vacancy on Sidell village board

Faith Church in Fairmount will behold a revival Nov. 22 to Nov. 24.

Featured in this week's Reporter: Remembering Frankie’s Maverick
Read about Frankie Tyler's 1970 muscle car and how it has returned to its family.

Family Reading Night at Jamaica Nov. 20
Jamaica Elementary will hold a Family Reading Night Nov. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. Activities will be held in the Pre-K – Fifth Grade rooms. At 6 p.m., Matt Metcalf, news personality on WCIA’s CI Living will be reading in the high school gym.

Cloverbuds 4-H for ages 5-7
New 4-H group being organized. Call 442-8615 to sign your child up.

Liz Fourez is getting you all ready for holiday meals with some classic favorites only in this week's Reporter.

A full page salute to our veteran's is included with photos from the Veteran's Day program held at Jamaica on Veteran's Day.


Salt Fork winter tip-off Friday, Nov. 14 7 p.m. at Jamaica High School.
All winter sports teams introduced from Youth Wrestling through High School basketball teams. Storm girls scrimmage follows.

Storm volleyball players making All County and All-Conference is listed in this week's Reporter. Read the five Salt Fork girls that made the teams.

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