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August 15, 2019

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Salt Fork will double Pre-K program with grant

Marching band doubles directors

Filicsky appointed to Sidell Board

Sidell Grocery to stay open

Catlin Lions Fish Fry
The Catlin Lions Club will sponsor its 75th Annual Fish Fry Aug. 31. Festivities scheduled for 4-8 p.m. will be held downtown Catlin.

Parking Lot Party II
The Sons of the American Legion, Davis-Busby Post 776 will host Parking Lot Party II on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Catlin Legion Building, in Catlin. Big Guns, will be live at 7 p.m. Food will start being served at 5:30 p.m.

Behind the name on a street sign series continues with the four installment in the series. Is the Sidell Street with two spellings on the street signs really referring to Dickson/Dixon/Dickinson or someone else? Linda Rosnett solves the mystery only in this week’s Sidell Reporter.

Teresa Sudlow shares some bread recipes in this week’s Recipe Box.

Salt Fork alumni studies in Spain.

    DON WADE, 83, of Fairmount, passed away at 7:06 a.m. Mon., Aug. 12,
2019 at his home.
    Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 16) at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Rev. Matt Filicsky to officiate, burial in the GAR Cemetery at Homer. Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at Robison Chapel.
    Don was born March 4, 1936 in Woodland, Ill. to Owen and Bonnie Mae Clester Wade. Don married Shirley Parks and they later divorced. Survivors include three sons, David (Kelly) Wade of Bloomington, Rick (Crystal) Wade of Westville, and Steven Wade of Fairmount; one daughter, Diana Davis of Tilton; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters.
    Don worked for over 30 years for Material Service in Fairmount. He enjoyed gambling and playing the machines, especially at Julees. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar in his earlier years. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union, and enjoyed patrolling Fairmount, and especially loved his dog Billy.
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    CLIFFORD M. HUDDLESON, 83, prominent Fairmount and Catlin area lifelong farmer, passed away at 9:47 p.m. Sun., Aug. 11, 2019 at Gardenview Manor on the Tilton-Catlin road. Cliff was born August 11, 1936 in Danville to Ora and Lucille Greer Huddleson.   Survivors include three cousins, Cheri Voorhees, Lana (Ed) Legacy, Maxine (Earl) Jones; eight second cousins, Justin (Ronda) Voorhees, Barry (Jenny) Voorhees, Rob (Carol) Huddleson, Shanna (John) Carpenter, Sean Legacy, Justin Legacy, Debbie Huddleson, Teresa (Steve) Bruens; one cousin-in-law Katherine Huddleson, and his special friend Mike Black.
    Cliff served on the board of directors of the Catlin Bank, and Butler Point Inc., from 1989 until 2010, and was currently “Director Emeritus.” He joined the Georgetown Fair Association board in 1966 and was currently on the board at the time of his death serving as Fair Board President from 1974 to 1979. He was very active in the operation and planning for the fair. Cliff was “head chef” for many years for the fair family meals. He also handled the ham and bean lunch on Saturday, as well as the pork chop dinner on Sunday, as well as being active with the annual tractor pull. This year’s Georgetown Fair was dedicated to Cliff.
    He was a member of the Fairmount Conservation Club, Vermilion County Farm Bureau, Catlin Masonic Lodge # 285, where he had served as Past Master. Cliff also belonged to the Scottish Rite Valley of Danville, and Ansar Shrine, as well as Eastern Illinois Shrine Club. He owned and operated Catlin Sports & Snowmobile Shop for a time, and had served in the Army Reserves at Camp McCoy. He was also a member of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Special Deputy Unit. Cliff was a life member of the National Rifle Association, and enjoyed owning and flying his own plane.
    Funeral services were held August 15 at Robison Chapel in Catlin, Rev. Matt Filicsky officiated. Burial followed at Sunset Cemetery in Danville. Memorials to the Georgetown Fair Association or the Shriners Hospitals for Children. On-line condolences at

    DAISY ALICIA HIGHTOWER, 18 years old, of Danville, passed away on Aug. 6, 2019.
A celebration of Daisy’s life will be held on Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at Catlin United Methodist Church 106 W. Vermilion St., Catlin Ill. 61817.
    She was born Aug. 29, 2000 in Danville. She is survived by parents Mellisa and Chris Pierce of Catlin; sister, Lydia of Catlin; and a brother, Dylan of Catlin; and a stepbrother, Kaleb Pierce of Westville. Also surviving are grandparents Linda and Don Kiger of Tilton and Bob and Lisa Pierce of Westville and Nadita Mikel of Oakwood. She left behind aunts, uncles, cousins, great aunts and great uncles. She was loved by many friends, especially her husband Diego Hightower.
    She married Diego Hightower on July 30, 2019 in Danville.
    Daisy was a very determined and ambitious young lady. She worked at Monicals in Danville during her breaks from school. She was a graduate of the Danville High School Class of 2018. She attended college at the University of Illinois, majoring in Biochemistry. Due to the loss of family members to cancer, Daisy’s dream was to help find a cure for cancer. She enjoyed school and she was a brilliant student. She participated in Hispanic Leadership and she was a member of The National Honor Society.
    Daisy was a loving, sweet young lady. Many people would consider her to be shy but with a very stubborn side. Her smile and laugh would light up the room. To those lucky enough to get one, her hugs were the best. Those qualities will be missed so much.
    Daisy was selfless. She volunteered for Special Olympics and The Veterans Sleep Out.
    She loved spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite TV shows were Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds. She loved animals especially turtles and her dog Luna.
    She also enjoyed painting, art and going to concerts. She recently discovered her love of traveling.
    She was preceeded in death by her father-in-law Darrin Hightower Sr., her great-grandparents Richard and Mary Jo Boyer, her great grandfather Paps, aunts Cindy Henschen and Kara Boyer, uncle Jerry Binkley and cousins Kristen Bernard, Abram Binkley and Rocky Boyer.
    Daisy touched so many people. She will be deeply missed. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. She will always be loved and never ever forgotten.
    Rortvet Funeral Services and Creamatory, Tilton, were in charge of arrangements.

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