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January 17, 2019

Below is just a selection of headlines from this week's issue.

Carroll board votes to seek fire station bond

Catlin Village Board hears report on sink hole

Indianola Board hears residents are bothered by dog running loose

Sidell Fire donates Engine 4 to Kentucky volunteer department

Facebook friends shared LOTS of snow photos with the Reporter. Check out this week’s issue to see if your photo was one of the 14 that made it into this week’s issue of the Reporter!

Storm boys and girls continue county tournament action. The boys play at 6:30 tonight against Oakwood at the Civic Center.

The Recipe column takes one final look at recipes from the Loyal Nonpareil Class of the Sidell Christian Church.

Colby Ferber shares a spot on the editorial page this week, along with Suzanne Woodard’s "From the Heart Column,” Richard Lamb’s new series in his “Observation & Reflection” column and David Porter’s Ramblin’ Man column. Also take a look back to 1995 at a photo from the Fairmount 4th of July parade.


    CLIFFORD JOLLEY, 92, of Fairmount, our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law and uncle died peacefully in hospice care early morning of Wed., Jan. 9, 2019.
    He was married 71 years to the love of his life, Nora, whom he met in high school and knew he wanted to marry her the first time he met her. Nora survives, as well as their two children, Dana (Judy) Jolley and Kathy (David) McGee, grandchildren, Betsy McGee (Craig Davenport), Stacey Jolley, Brad (Jamie) Jolley, and Christian (Natalia) McGee. He lovingly chuckled often about his great-grandchildren, Brady P. Jolley, Gabriel Davenport and Caleb McGee. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Margaret Jamison, and many nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Alma Jeane Finney Jolley and his brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Barb Jolley.
    Cliff was a member of Jamaica United Methodist Church, which then was consolidated with Fairmount United Methodist Church. Later in life he became a member of St. James United Methodist Church, where he was actively involved for many years and believed God had asked him to serve as a Sunday school teacher, which he did for many years.
    He actively taught Sunday school throughout his lifetime and was a lay speaker at times for the Methodist church, as well as serving in positions in the Methodist Conference.
    He believed in supporting world missions after his experience serving in the US Army in occupied Japan opened his eyes to the hunger and poverty all over the world. He, with a few friends, purchased ground in South America in the 1960s to help a missionary group begin a farm to sustain a village.
    He would quietly financially contribute to a need in the community or a person whose house had burned. He valued providing for and protecting his family, and even in the last days of his life, to make sure he had completed that goal.
    He was quiet, compassionate and very loyal to family. Out of his desire to provide, he enjoyed business, keeping farm books, raising livestock as a part of his farming and loved gardening when he had more time later in life. He adored teasing his grandchildren throughout their childhoods, when riding in the truck with him, saying “Hang on tight–I drive fast.”
    He was always on time for a good meal and enjoyed produce from the garden. He farmed his entire life until retirement.
    When he was confronted with the choice of looking into high risk procedures to possibly prolong his life or the choice of comfort care, he said he had lived a long life, God had blessed him every day of his life, he knew where he was going and he was not afraid. From Carle ER/hospital to Carle Hospice, he was able to be home in his last hours, which he wanted.
He leaves many friends from St. James Methodist Church and Liberty Estates.
Private funeral services were held at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Burial was in Stearns Cemetery at Fithian with military honors.
    Memorials in Cliff’s memory may be made to St. James United Methodist Church or Caleb McGee Medical Fund, in care of Robison Chapel P.O. Box 79, Catlin, IL 61817. Online condolences at

    JUDY CATLETT, 79 of Fairmount, passed away at 2:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
    Judy was born August 16, 1939 in Leitchfield, Kentucky to Charlotte and Beulah Johnson Ramsey. In the fall of 1956, Judy met the love of her life, Wilford Catlett, and they were married July 12, 1957 in Fairmount. Wilford passed away August 12, 2018. Survivors include three sons, Greg (Julie) Catlett of Fairmount, Stan (Kim) Catlett of Fairmount, and Steve (Susie Landers) Catlett of Danville; one brother, Roy (Mary) Ramsey of Cookville, Texas; six grandchildren, Alexis (Randy) Webb, Kristin (Alvin) Navarro, Nicholas (Kara Sheahan) Catlett, Brittany (Tim) Gueldener, Christopher (Candy Lewis) Catlett, Matthew Catlett; and six great grandchildren.
    Judy worked for a time in the Vermilion County Clerk’s office. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Fairmount and was a deaconess for several years. She loved her church and church family. She enjoyed bowling on the Elks Ladies League, having monthly lunches with her Homer classmates, and was a former member of the Fairmount Women’s Club.
    Graveside rites were held at the Davis Cemetery west of Fairmount. Rev. Mike Roberts officiated. Memorials in her memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Fairmount. Online condolences at The Robison Chapel in Catlin handled service arrangements.

    CUBA K. POULSON, 56, of Oakwood, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Carle Foundation Hospital.
    Cuba was born Aug. 24, 1962, in Danville to Gordon and Barbara Ann Carrigan Smith.
    She married Monty Poulson on Oct. 14, 1983, in Danville. He survives.
    Also surviving is one son, Levi Charles (Jessica) Poulson of Oakwood; one daughter, Lacey Ann (Brandon) Zaayer of Westville; one brother, Charles K. (Cindy) Smith of Danville; one foster brother, Richard (Laura) Donaldson of Texas; one sister, Carla Kay (Cheryl Girton) Smith of Oakwood; and five grandchildren, Daylin Jade Zaayer, Denim Jet Zaayer, Dottie Jacks Zaayer, Riley Faith Poulson, Hadley Grace Poulson.
Cuba was a personal aide at Salt Fork High School, where she dealt with special needs children and had a profound, great impact on them. She was a member of Morey Chapel Church of Christ.
    She enjoyed her grandkids and family, softball, family events at her home, boat rides, golf cart rides, 4th of July, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, horseback riding and camping.
Funeral services were Jan. 15 at the Salt Fork High School Gym in Catlin with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial was in McKendree Cemetery in Georgetown.
    Memorials may be made to Salt Fork High School Cuba’s Caring Heart Fund. Online condolences can be left at

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