August 5, 2021

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#512 School registration Aug. 9 & 10
    Registration for all Salt Fork students K-12 will be held at the Salt Fork South elementary gym on Aug. 9 and 10.
    “Parents can come to one building and register all their kids and take care of everything in one place. Registration will be from 1-7 on Mon., Aug. 9 and from 10-2 on Tue., Aug. 10.

Village of Fairmount issued a boil order on Wed., Aug. 4 at 6 a.m. until further notice.

Vance Township learns about TOIRMA insurance

Catlin Village hires new clerk; McLain to stay 18 months

Catlin Library offers social hour

Gas theft could have had life threatening consequences

Sidell Lions’ tractor pull Saturday

Bike Rodeo this Saturday at North Elementary in Catlin, 1:30 by Scout Pack 221. Bring your bike.

Steeple Contest winner announced in this week’s issue.

Last week for activity page and a chance for kids to get in a drawing for an ice cream sundae, or just a free ice cream for entering the contest. Send entries BEFORE Wednesday morning.


    DONALD GENE SAWYER, 90, of Catlin, passed away at 7:11 a.m., Sun., July 25, 2021, at Pleasant Meadows Senior Living, Chrisman. He was born on March 1, 1931, in Sidell, the son of Willis and Lulu (Tatman) Sawyer. He was united in marriage to Roberta Charlene Howe on April 20, 1952, until her passing on May 11, 2018.
    He is survived by his daughter, Debra (Dale) Dowers of San Clemente, Calif.; his grandchildren, Lindsay Wilson, Rachel Wright, and Heather Hanson; his great grandchildren, Zoe Wilson, Charlie Hanson, and Parker Hanson; and his brother, Clifford (Judy) Sawyer of Georgetown. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Charlene; his son, Kevin Sawyer; his brother, Raymond Sawyer; and his sister, Louise Kilion.
    Donald was a proud Veteran of the US Navy. He worked at Hyster for many years until retirement and was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church. He was known to enjoy a hearty breakfast as well as watch Westerns on TV. He loved his family and especially cherished his grandchildren. Donald constantly missed his wife who had passed before him right up until the end.
    A celebration of Donald’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., July 31, 2021, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown with Pastor Matt Filicsky officiating. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. prior to his service at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest next to his wife at Sunset Memorial Park, Danville. Memorial donations may be given in his name to Georgetown Public Library. Share memories through his Tribute Wall at

    ROBERT LEE BENNETT, 79, of Willis Texas, passed away on July 29, 2021 after a long enduring battle with congestive heart disease. Even though a failing heart took him away from this world, his loving heart left a beacon of light for his family.
    Robert Bennett is survived by his wife, Cyndi Bennett, and his children, Shelly Cody, Kari Lambert and husband Russell, Teresa Bennett, Craig Bennett and wife Kim, Dawn Bolf and husband Jim, Ron Kessler and wife Sara, and Cami Treharn. He was a proud Papa to his grandchildren Ashli Lambert, Miranda Cody, Brandon Cody, Alexis Bennett, Destin Lambert, Seth Bennett, Cali Lambert, Emma Bennett, Chayne Treharn, Cameron Treharn, Caden Renee Treharn, Breanna Kessler, Kapp Kessler, Kase Kessler; his great-grandchildren, Trinity and Trenton McCulloch, Allana Helms, multiple beloved nieces and nephews, his first wife, Sherry Bennett, and stepmother, Betty Bennett.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, Barb and Charles Tiffin, Bernard Bennett; his sister, Carolyn Gourley; his brother Jr. “Benny” Bennett; son Robert Lee, and son-in-law Rodger Cody.
    Robert was born on Dec. 10, 1941 in Fairmount. He graduated from Jamaica High School in 1960. He moved to Texas in 1969 to begin working at Lift-All. After a 39-year-career he retired in 2008 as the Houston Regional Plant Manager to spend time with his wife and enjoy his home on Lake Conroe. He was a simple man, a jokester with a wonderfully dry sense of humor that made everyone laugh around him. He was a loving husband, father and proud Papa.

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