September 22, 2022

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Carroll votes to join with Sidell Twp.

Indianola gets bid of $174K to build new town hall

Catlin board considers waiving water, sewer fees to entice new developer

Catlin Fire Protection District makes plans for Spooky Family Fun Day at monthly meeting

Mason’s AYCE Breakfast
    The Catlin Masonic Lodge will hold their all-you-can-eat biscuits & gravy, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage patties breakfast this Saturday from 7-11 am. at Lodge #285 at 107 N. Sandusky, Catlin.

Farm Safety Issue: Inside this Week

Local farmers share ag safety tips as the harvest season approaches

Salt Fork FFA’s “corny” idea

What should a farmer do to be safe?

Farm safety protects ag’s future

Historical Society’s fall dinner

Honor your veteran in annual Vet Day issue
The Sidell Reporter will be publishing their annual salute to veterans on Nov. 10. If you would like to have your veteran’s name included please let us know by giving us their name, branch of service and years (or war). You can also submit a military photo. They can be retired, deceased or currently active.
There is no charge to have names and/or photos included.
If their name appeared in the Reporter last year, we will include them again this year so you do not need to contact us unless their information has changed. We know there are a lot of local veterans that are not on our list. Please share names with us so we can honor all of our local veterans.
Deadline is Oct. 28 to submit names.



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Another close loss for the Storm Football

Storm netters suffer first VVC loss

OSF Soccer’s Ruch sets record with 21 career shutout

Golfers’ season winding down

OSF Cross County runs in Peoria

Junior High softball ends season 7-5-1


    JOHN D. BAIRD, 82, of Ridge Farm, passed away unexpectedly at 6:27 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, at his home.
    He was born April 16, 1940, to Imogene Baird. Imogene later married Leslie Erp and they raised John. John married Dolores J. Mabry April 18, 1961, in Danville. She preceded him in death Dec. 10, 2021.
    Survivors include two daughters, Robin Baird of Ridge Farm and Sheri Baird of Georgetown; four brothers, Lowell Erp, Orval Erp, Kevin (Linda) Erp, and Roy (Rose) Berry; two sisters, Darlene (Cleve) High and Sharon Rice; two grandchildren Melinda and Brent; three great-grandchildren Lilly, Lane, and Logan. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
    John had been a longtime employee of Tee-Pak in Danville, prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Vermilion Grove Friends Meeting. John totally enjoyed the family breakfast club every Tuesday.
    He enjoyed watching Gunsmoke on TV, as well as working in his yard. He had a great sense of humor and never met a stranger. Also enjoyed a good piece of pie.
    Funeral service were Sept. 20 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Joe and Mindy White officiated. Burial alongside Dolores was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola. Memorials to the Vermilion Grove Friends Meeting. On-line condolences at

    JEREMY NEAL GEORGE, 53, of Urbana passed away at 11:20 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, at his home.
    Jeremy was born April 7, 1969, in Seattle, Wash, to the late David Lloyd and Pamella Cox George, Sr. His mother, Pamella Peeples, survives of Danville.
    He married Brenna Jo Deffenbaugh on July 28, 2001, in Sidell. She survives of 21 years.
Also surviving are his six children, Kristopher, Bailey, Konnor, Chloe, Maddie and Gunnar; grandchildren, Alaina, Armani, all of whom Jeremy loved so dearly.
    Jeremy is also survived by his seven siblings: David George, Greg George, Sean George, Ben George, Hannah Landis, Sam George and Holly George. In addition, Jeremy leaves behind three stepsiblings; his stepfather, David Peeples, and a very large extended family.
    Jeremy graduated from Shorewood High School in 1987 and volunteered for service in the Army where he saw combat in operation Just Cause in Panama. He was a talented commercial electrician working for an electrical contractor in Seattle before moving to Illinois in 1997 to help build greenhouses for the family business.
    Jeremy loved sports, particularly the Seattle Seahawks, but more than anything he loved being a father and cheering his children on from the sidelines. Jeremy was soft-spoken, kind and generous with his time. He was also known to bust a move with his daughters on Tic-Toc. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    Memorial services 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Sidell Baptist Church with Mike Cox officiating. Inurnment at a later date in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell.
    Visitation will be 1 to 2 pm on Sunday, prior to services. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

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