September 28, 2023

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Pierce joins Salt Fork Board; reduced speed signs to be added at south campus roadway

Sectional Champs head into Elite 8 action Friday

Vance, Fairmount meet in joint meeting

Fairmount Fest
The Fairmount Fall Festival will be held Sept. 30
starting with a sausage, gravy and biscuit breakfast from 6-8:30 in the fire station, town-wide rummages from 8-1 and vendors will be at the railroad park from 9-2.

Salt Fork Sports

Storm defense bedevils Bismarck

OSF wins two at home, improves to 11-6-1

Russell’s kills, Smith’s aces, are too much for G’town-RF Buffaloes

Three-Peat for Birge

Bill Daugherty’s memoirs of growing up in Sidell, Part 3

Sidell Library to be part of Library Crawl

From corn fields to the capitol


    ANNABELLE SALRIN, 92, of Fairmount passed away at 8:35 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 21, 2023, at the Oaks Manor in Oakland.
    She was born on April 2, 1931, in Fairmount, the daughter of W.H. “Bill” and Grace Parrish Williams. She married James R. Salrin on March 18, 1951, in Fairmount. He survives. Other survivors include: one son Doug Salrin of Fairmount; one daughter, Judy (Frank) Lucas of Sidell; one brother, Harold (Mary) Williams of Penfield; three grandchildren, Heide (Rob) Knoebel, Haley (Clint) McQueen and C.J. Lucas; seven great-grandchildren, Owen Knoebel, Eian Knoebel, Calvin Lucas, Penalope Lucas, Cooper McQueen, Adlee McQueen, and Anna McQueen. She was preceded in death by one brother, John and one sister, Lois.
    Annabelle had been a bookkeeper for Vermilion Service Corp. and later Illini FS, for 25 years. She was a member of New Hope Community Church. She enjoyed square dancing and was a sixty-year card club member. She was lifetime member of weight watchers. She enjoyed flowers, walking, and decorating her home. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s activities.
    Funeral services were Sept. 26 at New Hope Community Church in Fairmount. Burial was in Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Memorials may be made to New Hope Community Church. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences at

    CHRISTOPHER A. RATLIFF, 36, of Fairmount, passed away at 11:42 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 21, 2023, at his home. Arrangements are pending at Robison Chapel, Catlin.

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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.