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May 6, 2021

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Vance Township Clerk says goodbye after 52 years

Committee’s identity not revealed as they discuss use of public funds

512 Plans for return to normal

Fairmount Town/Township Hall deteriorating, has mold

Birthday surprise for Swinford


Storm football handled in VVC title tilt

Russell signs with Cedarville U

Tevebaugh headlines OSF soccer post-season honors

Storm track strong in Lady Sages Invite

Taylor breaks discus mark as Storm opens season

Storm baseball drops season-opener

Young Storm softballers drop first two games

Wrestlers open with pair of wins

Trio of college tracksters hit personal bests

Kimbro continues to shine in college final season

Cobb-Griffin named college all conference
Phillips completes college season


    WALTER L. ALCORN, 85, of Fairmount, longtime Village of Fairmount police officer, passed away at 11:48 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2021 at his home.
    Walter was born Jan. 31, 1936 in Danville to Marvin W. and Leona E. Kirby Alcorn. Walter married Annie Jean Woodside on Oct. 22, 1960 in Westville. She survives as well as two sons, Lee Alcorn and Jason Alcorn, both of Fairmount; two daughters, Lori Ann (Joe) Thatcher and Lisa (David) Delbridge, both of Fairmount; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and his dog “Scrappy.”
    Walter served in the United States Marines and had been a diesel mechanic. He enjoyed camping, watching Jimmy Swaggart and listening to his talking Bible.
    Cremation rites will be accorded and no formal services held at this time. Memorials to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter in his memory. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at

    VIRGINIA JUNE (CUNDUFF) McFARLAND, 89 of Fairmount passed away on April 30, 2021 at Carle Hospital in Urbana. She was born on July 15, 1931 in Pilot Township to John William and Emma Edith (Atwood) Cundiff. June married John Edwin McFarland on June 20, 1954 at Cedar Grove Nazarene Church.
    June is survived by her husband of 66 years, John, a daughter Darla June McFarland (Steven) Sigmon, grandson Jacob Paul Sigmon, granddaughter Sarah Grace Sigmon, and a brother, Theodore Cundiff.
    She is proceeded in death by her parents, John and Emma Cundiff and seven siblings, Leslie Cundiff, Viola Cundiff, Francis Cundiff, Sarah Henriott, Grace Cundiff, Jesse Cundiff and Marie Miller.
    June graduated from Armstrong High School in 1950 and retired from General Electric in 1991. She enjoyed working outdoors and was known for June’s Jellies. She also delighted in going to antique car shows and parades with her husband. June cherished time spent with her daughter, son-in-law, grandson, and granddaughter. June loved to keep in contact with many members of her extended family and friends.
    June was a member of the Governor Bradford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
    A Celebration of June’s life will be held May 5 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Oakwood with burial at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Oakwood.
    Share memories and photos on her tribute wall at

    CAROLYN SUE BALL, On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, Carolyn Sue Ball, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away surrounded by her family at age 80.
    A Memorial Service will be held on Sat., May 8, 2021 at the Sidell Pentecostal Assembly at 1 p.m.
    Carolyn was born on March 31, 1941 in Tell City, Ind. to Albert Duffin and Gracie Farmer. She had one sister Beverly Bedsaul.
    On Aug. 23 1958, she married Jackie Lee Ball Sr. They raised their three children, Connie, Jackie and Charles Ball.
    Carolyn had a passion for God, cooking and people. She was a born again believer in Jesus Christ and spent all her years being a witness for Jesus. She published multiple cookbooks and always enjoyed cooking fantastic meals for her family.
    She was also a very social person being involved with her church, TOPS and other groups. She spent many evenings with her friends and family playing card games and also one of her favorites, Yahtzee. She was always known for her warm hugs and loving personality.
    Carolyn was preceded in death by her father and mother and sister. She is survived by her husband, her three children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
    Flowers or donations may be sent to 210 Logan St. Georgetown, IL 61846.

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