September 16, 2021

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Blackburn resigns from Sidell Village Board

Remembering 9-11 twenty years later

PTC plans annual FUNd Walk

Girl Scouts collecting bottle caps to add more benches

Masonic breakfast
Catlin Masonic Lodge #285 will host an All-You-Can-Eat breakfast on Sept. 18 from 7-11 a.m. at 10 N Sandusky in Catlin.

Benefit for Chad Rice
The Sidell Fire Protection District will hold a benefit dinner for Chad Rice, Sidell’s assistant fire chief, on Wed., Sept. 29 at the Sidell Fire Station. Rice has been off work for almost three months after coming down with COVID in early May. The dinner will begin at 6:30 with smoked pork butt sandwiches. Donations of hot or cold side dishes and deserts are welcome. Contact Terry Bates, 898-3686 for any questions. There will be tickets for a gun raffle too.

Edgar County Board member sounds off on wind turbines

Sidell Assmbly to celebrate Jesus

Storm wins offensive battle 49-28 on the gridiron

OSF girls win county cross country
Russell leads way with individual title

Writer seeks family name from a visit to Sidell 100 years ago

Firemen talk with students about 9-11


    JUANITA B. MURRAY, 95, passed away at 11:44 a.m. on Sun., Sept. 12, 2021, at the OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, Urbana.
    Juanita was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Newport, Ind. to Earl and Ethel Underwood Burke. She married Floyd Murray on July 1, 1967 in Chrisman. He preceded her in death in Oct. 12, 1978.
    Surviving are three sons, John Clarkston of Hillsboro, Ind., Howard (Shirley) Clarkston of Advance, Mo., and Jack (Laura) Clarkston of Kingman, Ind.; one daughter, Dixie (David) Sowers of Bloomingdale, Ind.; one stepdaughter, Donna Kindred; one sister, Esther Habicht of Indianapolis, Ind.; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Marty Clarkston.
    She was preceded in death by two sons, Larry and Kenneth Clarkston; four sisters, two brothers; one daughter-in-law, Wanda Clarkston; one step son-in-law, Roy Kindred; and two stepsons, Steve Murray and Jerry Murray.
    Juanita worked at the Vermilion Manor Nursing home and was in the healthcare field for 20 years. She was a member of the Sidell Pentecostal Assembly. She enjoyed reading the Bible, crocheting, cooking, refinishing and caning furniture.
    Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 18 at Robison Chapel, Catlin with Pastor Tim Pearman officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Visitation 11 to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Masks will be required for entry. Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Cemetery, Indianola. Online condolences at

    Earl Wesley Langford, 80, of Fall Creek, Wis. passed away on Mon., Sept. 6,2021.
    Earl was born in Metcalf on Dec. 17, 1940, to Francis and Thelma (Murray) Langford. He grew up in Chrisman, working on the family farm where he bailed hay and detasseled corn during the summers.
    Earl graduated from Chrisman High School in 1960 and soon after enlisted in the Army where he served until 1963.
    Earl is predeceased by his parents; infant sister, Mary Etta; brother, Bill Langford, and brother -in-law, Ray Ford. He is survived by, and will be forever missed by, his sister, Jean Ford of Sidell; sister-in-law, Connie Langford of Bloomington; children, Jon (Janelle) Langford of Fall Creek, Wis., Joe (Liz) Langford of Eau Claire, Wis., Dave (Polly) Langford of Paris; grandchildren, Olivia, Morgan, Natalie and Maya; and step-grandchildren, Edgar Allen Newton, Jennifer Ann Kirk, Natasha Kay Littlejohn.
    He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.
    A celebration of life will be held in Earl’s honor from 2-5 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 18 at Keller Park in Fall Creek. Funeral services and burial will occur at Woodland Cemetery, Chrisman, on October 16.

    Phillip L. Kruzich, 80, of Catlin, passed away suddenly at 3 p.m. Tues., Sept. 7, 2021 at his home.
    Phil was born June 3, 1941 in Danville to Antone and Ruby Lewis Kruzich, Jr. He married Linda Newton on Nov. 10, 1962 in Danville. Linda survives, as well as a daughter, Tammy (Todd) Hall of Greenup; two grandchildren, Katie Whitlow and Sarah (Colin) Cole; two great-grandchildren, Piper Jeffers and Aiden Hayes. Also surviving are his great friends, Bill (Billi) Wicker of Covington, Ind. Phil was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Cumbow.
Phil was a 1959 graduate of Catlin High School. His professional career with insurance spanned over 50 years. He was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He enjoyed wood carving and was a member of the Kickapoo Carver’s.
    Funeral services were Sept. 13 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Chris Lawler officiated. Burial was in the OakRidge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials may be made to Salt Fork High School in his memory. Online condolences at

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