December 18, 2014

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Merry Christmas from the Sidell Reporter. This week's 16 page issue includes local news and sports, as well as many pages of greetings and Christmas memories from the Reporter reader. If you are not a subscriber pick a copy up on the newstands at the Sidell Grocery, Sidell Cafe, news box at Sidell Post Office and Sidell Reporter office; Fairmount Casey's; and Catlin IGA and Catlin Caseys!


Inside this issue, read about the Jamaica and Catlin band members heading to play in the Russell Bowl in Orlando, Florida during their Christmas break.

Read about decisions made by the Jamaica Board of Education regarding plans of dispersing with junior high red and white Cardinal items to get ready for the consolidation.

Read about the four hour public hearing held on the Sunrise Coal permitting process that took place Wednesday night at the Jamaica schools.

Also, in this issue, Indianola board assisting those in need and the local ghost hunters team collected $870 in tips for Chance Kistler.

Holiday hours for Reporter
   There will not be a Sidell Reporter printed next week. The first issue of 2015 will go to press Friday morning, Jan. 2. The Reporter office will close Dec. 22 and will not reopen until Tuesday, Dec. 30. All news and advertising will be due in the office by 2 p.m. on Dec. 30.
   While the office is closed the editor can be reached at or phone or text 474-9365 for news or advertising questions.

Teresa Sudlow gets your Christmas morning off to a good start with some delicious recipes to share with holiday guests.


Boys basketball wins one, girls go 2-1 for the week.


  Wayne R. “Sonny” Sergent Sr., 79, of Sidell, and formerly of Westville, finished his journey on this earth and headed home to be with the love of his life, Patty, at 4:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. 
   Wayne was born July 11, 1935, in Danville, to Alice Mullins and Wayne Bailey Sergent.
   He married his best friend, Patricia “Patty” Ann Felts, in August 1966. She preceded him in death on May 27, 1990.
   Wayne was loved by all who knew him and will be remembered most for his love of driving. Wayne’s love began with stock car racing and he was an icon on the stock car circuit within the entire area. He moved on later in life to become the “premier limo driver” working for his son Chuck’s limo business, K.C. Express. He also spent time behind the wheel driving school buses for the Westville School District. He concluded his driving career in June 2013 when he retired from transporting senior citizens for Danville Township.
   Wayne enjoyed bowling, golfing, spending quality time with his son Chuck, and cruising the streets of Sidell on his golf cart. Wayne loved to spend his spare time chatting with friends at Sonny’s Corner Cafe, the place which his son Chuck and daughter-in-law Julie named after him as a tribute.
   Wayne will be missed by many including his four sons, Chuck (Julieanne) Sergent, John (Christy) Brumfield, Doug (Nancy) Brumfield and Dan (Deb) Brumfield; two daughters, Debie Sergent and Deb Brumfield; 12 grandchildren, Joey Sergent, Jordyn (Brandon) Richardson, Jessica (Nathan) McGee, Jonathan (Breeann) Brumfield, Angela Brumfield, Christian Brumfield, Justin Brumfield, Bruce “BK” (Wendy Jo) Biage, Starla Biage, Courtney Brumfield, Justin Sergent and Tammy Jean Wilson; and 13 great-grandchildren, Keaton and Kelsey Richardson, Zoe and Kinslee McGee, Ty and Ava Brumfield, Auna and Bella Biage, Lexi Biage, Josiah Biage, Ashtyn and Addisyn Brumfield and Alayna Smalley; one sister, Charlene Warner; several cousins, nieces and nephesws; special friends Ronnie Russell (cousin) and Sandi Lappin will miss having Sunday lunch with Wayne.
   Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patty; sister, Jody King; son, Wayne R. Sergent Jr.; and grandson Josh Biage.
A celebration of Sonny’s Life was held Dec. 16, at Sunset-Urbas Funeral Chapel, Westville. Pastor Tim Pearman officiated. Burial was at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Westville.


  Thomas G. “Jerry” Hays, 75, of Catlin, left this life at 3:11 p.m. EST Dec. 10, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
   He was the son of Thomas and Leotta Smith Hays.
   He married Hilda Gouty on April 11, 1962, in Danville. She survives.
   Also surviving are a son, Chad (Ruth) Hays of Catlin; two daughters, Carla (Dean) Modglin of Muskego, Wisc., and Karen (Mike) Ostaffe of Maple Grove, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Leighton and Caleb Peavler, Damon Hays, Grace and Evan Modglin, and Kate, Michael and Xander Ostaffe; two great-grandsons, Greyson and Wesley Peavler; a sister, Marilyn (Jerry) Atkins of Iowa City, Iowa; a niece, Wendy (Doug) Taylor of Chandler, Ariz.; and two nephews, Eric (Carlyn) Atkins and Brian (Laurie) Atkins all of Lake Forest, Ill.
   Jerry was a graduate of Oakwood High School and attended Danville Junior College. He was maintenance supervisor at the Vermilion Power station in Oakwood for the Illinois Power Company for over 40 years. Under his supervision, the plant was awarded numerous companywide safety awards. He was past president of the Catlin Little League. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard and Catlin American Legion.
   He was a very accomplished master craftsman who could tackle any project or task. He was jokingly known by his family as a mathematical genius. Jerry’s dedication to and love for his family was extraordinary. He was a loyal friend, led by example and had a tireless work ethic, and employed the quick wit and enduring smile of a man who thoroughly enjoyed life.
   A Celebration of Jerry’s life was held Dec. 13, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Danville. Darren Johnson officiated. Burial was at OakRidge Cemetery in Catlin.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Presence USMC Foundation/Faith in Action and to the Catlin American Legion.


  Roseann Cler, 70, of Fairmount, passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at Champaign   Urbana Rehab Center, Savoy.
   She was born Sept. 11, 1944, in Rantoul, a daughter of John and Eva (Chumbley) Irvin.
   She married Robert E. Cler on Aug. 3, 1963, in Penfield. He survives.
   Also surviving are two children, Rod Cler of Davenport, Iowa, and Nicole (Dan) Meyer of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Victor (Carol) Irvin of Penfield; two sisters, Janis Stalter of Gifford and Kay (Rich) McCool of Seymour; and four grandchildren, Whitman Cler, Beckett Cler, Waker Cler and Barratt Meyer.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Roseann loved to travel and she worked in various travel agencies since 1970. She enjoyed Illini sports and was heavily involved in Danville Knights of Columbus.
   A funeral mass was held Dec. 12, at St. Lawrence Church, Penfield. Father Menner officiated. Burial at St. Lawrence Cemetery.





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