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.

November 20, 2014

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

November 27, 2014


See more first grade photos in this week's Sidell Reporter.

Fauver to lead consolidated school board
Organizational meeting is held, terms were set and officers elected.

Coach’s action gets recognized

New tower or sell water works will be considered by Fairmount board

Fourth Graders write about being thankful, only in this Week's Sidell Reporter.

Jamaica's annual Financial Reporter is published only in this week's Sidell Reporter.

Jamaica Student of the Month for October pictured in this Week's Reporter.

Liz Fourez shares another box full of recipes in this week's issue.

See the Channel 3 news celebrity talking with the students during Family Reading Night only in this week's issue.

Dale and Virginia Carico celebrate 63 years of marriage.


Boys and Girls basketball is off and running. Read game details by Richard Lamb and Kala Jo Weller only in this week's Sidell Reporter.


  Mary Morris Lareau, 82, of Homer was graciously lifted up into the loving arms of her Lord at 11:53 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana.
   There will be a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 29 at Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer with Rev. Teri Shane and Rev. Mike Picklesimer officiating.Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, rural Allerton.
   Mary was born Nov. 7, 1932 in Allerton, a daughter of William Paul and Sarah Hart Morris. She married Wayne Franklin Lareau on June 8, 1952 in Palarmo. He passed away July 4, 2010.
   Survivors include three daughters, Cherie Libka of Homer, Susan (Michael) Scruggs of Bourbonnais, and Michele Lareau of Savoy; three sons, David (Phyllis)Lareau of Allerton, Daniel Lareau of Urbana and Dane Lareau of Silversprings, Md.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Rachel Ann Morris of Tyler, Texas.
   Mary was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, John Henry Morris and William Paul Morris.
   She was a former member of the Sidney United Church and a current member of the Homer United Methodist Church. Mary enjoyed being a part of the farming community for many years. She was a part of the Home Economics Department at Heritage schools for numerous years. She was a correspondent for the Sidell Journal/Reporter, a life member of the Allerton Historical Society, and a member of the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter of DAR. Mary also enjoyed working with girl scouts in past years. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed playing music, painting, playing bridge and doing needle work.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney United Church or the Homer United Methodist Church.

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