May 25, 2023

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Memorial Day services set in area communities

Fairmount village swears in newly elected trustees

Salt Fork to waive student registration fees again

“School’s out” for final time for seven Salt Fork staff

Catlin Strawberry Festival

New summer hours for Reporter
The Sidell Reporter will begin very limited office hours starting May 30 and lasting thru the summer. However, the newspaper will continue to be published weekly as usual, with the same deadlines. The office will only be open By Chance or By Appointment, except for Thursday mornings when it will be open 8:30-11 each week. The editor expects to be available by email and phone at anytime at 217-288-9365.

Water restored at Carroll

McGee brings home a state medal

Storm softball wins regional
Close game in Sectional ends season

Storm Baseball ends season in Regional Championship

Boys Track Team headed to State

Band and chorus awards


    TROY R. DAVIS, 53, of Oakwood, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Sat., May 20, 2023, at his mother’s home in Oakwood.
    He was born Feb. 24, 1970, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., the son of Bruce R. and Lana L. (Turner) Davis. He is survived by his father, Bruce Davis, his mother, Lana Wasser, his children Joshua A. (Samantha) Davis of Riverton, Jonathan J. Davis of Atlanta, Ga., Justin E. (Ashley-Joy) Davis of Oakwood, and Grace O.R. Davis of Oakwood; his grandchildren, Liliana A.M. Davis, Evelynn A.R. Davis, Ryan C. Davis; and a brother, Jason A. (Kara) Davis of Clearfield, Utah.
    Troy dedicated 30 years to Illinois Law Enforcement, starting his career in 1991 at the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department. During his career, he taught at the Illinois State Police Academy, led the Vermilion County D.A.R.E. program and, through that program, started the Vermilion County Explorer Program, where he introduced youths to how it was to be an officer.
    He then developed the Law Enforcement curriculum at VOTEC. In 2005 he joined the Methamphetamine Response Team for the Illinois State Police. After 21 years of service, he retired from the Illinois State Police.
    Troy was a Master Gardener and enjoyed the outdoors. His hobbies included geology, fossil hunting, history, conservation, gardening, amateur arborist, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and collecting typewriters.
    Troy’s main priority in life was his family. He cherished time with his children and grandchildren. This included attending sporting events, hosting bonfires, planning family events and holiday gatherings.
    Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at United Church of Tilton with Pastor Darin Perkins officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Songer Cemetery in Tilton. Memorials may be made to Kickapoo State Park. Online condolences:

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Great for Jamaica Alumni
“A Look Back at 39 Years of Cardinal Pride.” 40 pages covering Jamaica sports from 1955-1995. Lots of pictures, stats and memories from fans and athletes. $15-pick up at Sidell Reporter; $17.50 to be mailed.
• “The 50th Anniversary of Jamaica High School: 1955-2006” commemorative issue. 32 pages with over 100 photos depicting the first 50 years of Jamaica High School. Includes a list of all graduates and teachers. $15-pick up at Sidell Reporter; $17.50 to be mailed.
• “Jamaica High Alumni Photo Album 1956-2015” 64-page album of each senior composite that hung in the hallway at Jamaica High. $15-pick up at Sidell Reporter, $19.50 to be mailed.