August 21, 2014

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A foggy start to the school year
Students arrive at Jamaica School District Monday morning for the first day of school amid a dense
fog. Drivers should be reminded to watch for school bus stop arms and for students walking near the bus stops. It is unlawful to pass a stopped bus with the stop arm extended even on school property.

Black fills Miller’s vacancy on DACC Board

Apples in pool cause resident issue

Sidell Village displays KVCB car to be raffled off

Mother’s love of glass started glassware collection

Junior High opens baseball season

Deb Miller sends her grandkids off to school and prepares easy casseroles to feed the kids after school.

Letters in this week's Reporter urge public support for Stand Up To Coal and sets the Editor straight on cars misidentified in last week's issue.


  Peggy M. Lyons, 89, of Sidell, passed away at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Danville.
   Peggy was born on March 13, 1925, in Indianola to R. Dale and Mary Wilson Mills. She married Ervin W. “Tic” Lyons on Feb. 14, 1946, in Sidell. He preceded her in death on July 22, 2012. Survivors include: two sons, Keith (Kelly) Lyons of Sidell and Steve (Sandra) Lyons of Sidell; five grandchildren, Kendyl Lyons of Dallas, Texas, Tyler Lyons of Fithian, Trenton (Ashley) Lyons of Fairmount, Katlyn (Aaron) Masters of Leroy, and Corby (Melisa) West of Rantoul. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Eugene Mills.
   Peggy attended McMurray College and the University of Illinois. She worked at Sidell State Bank for 19 years and then worked as a mail carrier until she retired. Peggy attended the Sidell United Methodist Church. She was a University of Illinois fan. She enjoyed camping, boating, and going to her grandkids’ ball games.
   Funeral services were held Aug. 21 at Sidell United Methodist Church with Pastor Don Shane officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
   Robison Chapel in Catlin handled the arrangements. On-line condolences at

  Thomas Clough Zeigler, 64, of Fairmount passed away at 11:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
   He was born on July 12, 1950 in Baltimore, Md. He was the son of Clarence and Evelyn Jones Freeland. He married Joan Zeigler. He later married Annette Puzey on June 22, 1992 in Baltimore, Md. She survives.
   Other survivors include his six children, Thomas Scott (Brooke) Zeigler of St. Louis, Mo., Kurt Andrew (Michael Pitch) Zeigler of Champaign, Michael Christopher Zeigler of Urbana, Anthony James Schomburg of Urbana, Gregory Alan (Grace) Schomburg of St. Louis, Mo., and Andrea (Jonathan) Tunick of Chicago; one brother, Leroy Zeigler of Florida; two sisters, Mary Louise of Pennsylvania and Norma Jean of Maryland; three grandchildren, Gabrielle and Thomas Zeigler and Aliya Tunick; a beloved god-daughter, Beth Walthrup of Baltimore, Md.; and special friends, Jeff and Carole Torell. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
   Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam Era. He was stationed in Kagnew, Ethiopia, and has remained friends with many of the guys he was stationed with. He was a police sergeant in the village of Atwood for 15 years before his retirement in 2007. Thomas was an avid photographer.
   Funeral services were held August 19, 2014 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Darren Johnson officiating. Burial was in the National Cemetery in Danville with military honors by American Legion Post #210. Memorials may be made in his honor to the Wounded Warriors at the University of Illinois. On-line condolences at


FOR SALE— Star Spangled Recipes cookbook — 545 recipes and 37 pages honoring local veterans are included. $17.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial. Mail c/o Sidell Reporter, P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Proceeds from the book support the upkeep of Sidell Veteran’s War Memorial Board.

FOR SALE—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. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order.
   “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. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order




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