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November 19, 2020

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Throw your hat into the ring: caucuses scheduled, packets ready

Stay-at-home not an order, for now. More restrictions begin Friday

Citizens show interest in filling seats on Carroll Township board in next election

Christmas memories and photos wanted for annual issue
    The Sidell Reporter welcomes our readers to share their favorite Christmas memories, or photos of Christmases past for our annual Christmas issue. Please send them to or mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL, or drop them off at the office, 116 E. Market Street, Sidell no later than Dec. 10.

Catlin hears report on project updates

Quick joins Indianola Board

Lions cancel Santa, senior dinner, BBQ

IHSA pausing winter sports

Catlin’s Christmas parade Nov. 29


    BETTY MEECE'S 97 years of witnessing history has come to an end. She left
this world Sat., Nov. 14, 2020 from the Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello.
    Betty was born Oct. 25, 1923, in Sidell, the daughter of Oral and Delia Owens Bullerdick. She attended Sidell schools and was a graduate of the LakeView Hospital School of Nursing in 1944. She moved to Michigan after graduation and worked at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich.
    She married Lyle Meece, Nov. 16, 1946, at Nardin Park Methodist Church, Detroit, Mich. Lyle also was born and grew up in Sidell. He went off to war and returned to start work in Dearborn, Mich.
    The family moved to rural Rantoul in 1950. After their children, Patricia and Robert, were old enough Betty returned to nursing to work for Dr. Basler in Rantoul and Urbana for 23 years.
    Surviving is daughter, Patricia, of Champaign.
    Lyle preceded her in death in Feb, 1987. Her son, Robert, preceded her in Jan, 1971. Her sister, Nina Ehler preceded her in 2009.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Rantoul, or an organization of the donor’s choice.
    Lux Funeral Chapel is handling cremation services. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, Sidell at a later date.

    MICHAEL D. TIPSWORD, 76, of Catlin, passed away at 5:17 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 7,
2020 at his home.
    Michael was born June 5, 1944 in Indianapolis, to Deane Tipsword and Mary Genevieve Peters.
    He married Jolene Deal on May 3, 1971 in Danville. She preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 2007.
    Survivors include two sons, Paul (Katy) Bierman of Tolono and Mikey Tipsword of Catlin; three daughters, Brenda (Dave) Edwards of Marshfield, Ind., Annette (Jamie) Pitlik of Danville and Holly (Jon) Kizer of Gifford; one sister, Lynn Velasco of Effingham; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    He is preceded in death by one brother, Tom Tipsword.
    Michael served in the US Army and had been a heavy equipment operator for 17 years at Material Services of Fairmount. He was a member of the Catlin American Legion and the Apalosa Quarter Horse Association. He enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, fishing, reading, and was an avid Cubs fan.
    Services were Nov. 12 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Military honors were conducted by the Catlin American Legion. Memorials in his memory may be made to the Catlin Public Library. Online condolences at

    KATHRYN M. SWANEY, 90, of Catlin, Illinois, passed away at 9:45 pm on
Thurs., Nov. 12, 2020 at the Norridge Gardens, Norridge, Ill. where she resided briefly.
    She was born Sept. 8, 1930 in Danville to Ollie and Josephine Mariage Sexton. She married Claude H. Swaney on May 4, 1962. He preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1993.
Surviving is one son, John P. Swaney; three daughters, Kathryn S. Swearingen, Phyllis (David) Trexler, and Sandra L. (Tom) Mahady; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Robert Sexton; one sister, Doris Clapp; and one son-in-law, Bruce Swearingen.
    Kathryn had been employed by General Electric in Danville and the former Davis Seed Store in Catlin. She was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ.
    Private funeral services will be at Robison Chapelwith burial in the Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Tilton. Online condolences at

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