January 20, 2022

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Indianola to consider liquor, gaming license

Carroll receives numerous bids for road equipment

Catlin hears plan for municipal court

Steeple contest Part 2 starts this week ; deadline Wed., Feb. 2

FWC seeks donations for Torbit scholarship

Fairmount Beginnings: a start in early 1800s

SF Girls, boys start out on top of county tourney

Red Mask Players “The Trouble With Cats” has local players behind the scenes
Tim Kirby directs, Brandon Hoag manages, Lisa Hoag produces

Salt Fork Junior High Honor Roll


    WILLIAM E. “BILL” KNIGHT, 90, well-known Jamaica area farmer and Jamaica Township Road Commissioner for 45 years, passed away on Sun., Jan. 16, 2022 at 5:25 p.m., at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Bill was born in Jamaica Township to Walter D. and Odessa Olive Simpson Knight. He married Lynda Sue Darr on Sept. 8, 1957, at the former Jamaica United Methodist Church.
Lynda survives, as well as two sons, Gregory Martin Knight of Jamaica Township and Jeffrey William (Debi) Knight of Jamaica; one daughter, Jennifer Lynn (Tim) Risher of Metamora; two sisters, Alice (Jim) McDowell of Catlin and Norma Miller of Indianola; grandchildren Sarah Michelle Knight, Jason Jeffrey (Lesley) Knight, Seth Martin (Carmen) Knight, Emily Nicole (Zach) Bear; and special grandchildren: Brandon Smith and Nathan (Kelly) Smith; three great-grandchildren, Reese Knight, Rylee Knight, Jensen Knight; and great-grandchildren, Kayden Smith, Austin Smith, Brycen Smith, Cee Cee Smith.
    Bill was preceded in death by four brothers, Lee Knight, Paul Knight, Harl Knight and Dan Knight; two sisters, Helen Ross and Kathleen Knight; and special daughter, Diana Smith.
Bill was an Army veteran, as well as a devoted farmer and 32-degree Mason. He had belonged to the former Sidell Masonic Lodge and Danville Consistory. Bill was also a member of the Faith Church in Fairmount. He enjoyed watching westerns on television and FOX news
    Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 21, 2022, at the Faith Church in Fairmount, with Pastor Rob Bolden officiating. Military Honors will be provided. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola at a later date.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. on Friday at Faith Church. Masks will be required for entry into the church. Memorials may be made to the church in his memory.
Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling arrangements. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    LARRY EUGENE BISHOP, 67, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 16, 2022 at his home.
He was born Oct, 9, 1954. He was very loved and cherished by alot of people and had always put a smile on their face regardless of the situation. Larry was a machinist at Thyssen Krupp for 45 years and then enjoyed his short retirement. There wasn’t a day that went by that Larry wasn’t either working on a lawnmower, chainsaw, or small engine. His passion was his working hands.
    Larry showed so much love to his serving wife, Ruth Bishop, that they were always inseparable. Larry loved to spend time with his family and grandkids and teaching them lessons on how to do things, even if it was how to turn the screwdriver the right way. Larry also enjoyed “buggy” rides with his family.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat., Jan. 22 at Krabel Funeral home in Chrisman.Funeral services will follow. He will be laid to rest at Hoult Cemetary outside of Chrisman. A dinner will be held at the banquet hall, Georgetown Fairgounds, following the services.

    GLADDEN “SUE” (KELLER) CORDES, 80, of Danville, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sun., Jan. 9, 2022.
    Gladyne Sue was born on Jan. 10, 1941, in Fairmount, a daughter to Russell and Evelyn Lopp Keller. She graduated from Jamaica High School in 1959. Shortly after graduating, she married high school sweetheart, William Lee Cordes. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1993.
    As the wife of a Master Sergeant, she and her husband were stationed at various Army bases, from Germany to Ft. Lewis to Ft. Campbell. There, they raised two children, Kimberly Sue and William Lee Jr. Kim passed away suddenly on June 13, 2021.
    Survivors include her son, Billy, of Georgetown; son-in-law Curt Young; brother, Jim Keller, of Fithian; sister, Linda Thomas, of Crawfordsville; grandchildren, Brandon (Kari) Ivy, Adam (Dana) Cordes, Sydnee Allison, and Colin Young; great-grandchildren, Parker and Preston Ivy and Emma Cordes; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. They were the loves of her life.
    Besides her parents, twin brothers, husband, and daughter, she was also preceded by her grandson, Brett Ivy, and Brothers, Bill and Richard Keller.
    Growing up, Gladyne Sue attended Fairmount Presbyterian Church. She worked as a waitress, hostess, and banquet coordinator throughout their time in the Army. She was always willing to help those in need, she was a loving and kind wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.
    Per her request, Sunset Funeral Home is handling cremation, and her ashes will be interred in a private service in Clarksville, Tenn., with her husband, Bill. A Celebration of Life will be held in Illinois at a later date. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

    JULIE BARNEY, 70, of Catlin, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Wed., Jan. 12, 2022, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Julie was born on Nov. 8, 1951 in Danville, the daughter of Melvin and Betty Wood Goodner. Julie was a lighthearted and strong woman; she did not want people mourning for her. So instead, we are celebrating all the wonderful deeds she did for folks in the community. Please share a memory of Julie, whether it was working at the IGA, or Pizza Time where she created the famous “Julie Bites” bread sticks! Or maybe you were one of her daycare kids, a friend, or one of the clients she deeply cared for. Julie was a great neighbor, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, great aunt, and friend. In all of her roles she was always amazing. She was the go-to lady to talk to (she was so comforting!) and had a way with people. Julie’s passion was serving others as a generous and loyal caregiver – one who really cared.
    Her creative spirit always had her making beautiful handmade gifts and yummy cakes for every occasion. May she be remembered as the loving and kind soul we adore. Julie loved kids and always wanted to do more than she could afford to. So in lieu of flowers, please make a generous donation to Food for the Children, C/O Rose Gates, 21438 Denmark Road, Danville, IL 61834 https://rosefeedsthechildren.com/donate/
    Survivors include three children, Tim A. (Michelle Haas) Barney of Covington, Ind., Brian (Jackie Pitlik) Barney of Indianola and Jessica Barney of Divide, Colo.; her siblings, Pamela (Dennis) Starkey of Danville, Paula Lucas of Chicago, Sue (John Bukowski) Stahl of Danville, Mark (Kathy) Goodner of Covington, Ind., and Bill (Joanne) Goodner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her grandchildren, Cierra, Jasmine, Destiny, and her six great-grandchildren. Julie is also survived by numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
    Celebration of Julie’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon Sat., Jan. 22 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Jim Russell officiating. Visitation 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Masks will be required for entrance into the funeral home. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

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