Online edition uploaded at 11 a.m. CST every Thursday. Online subscribers click here to read.

October 17, 2019

A sampling of headlines in this week’s Sidell Reporter. To read the stories that go with this, plus many more articles in this week’s issue, subscribe today to read the Reporter in print and/or online. For details click here.

Citizens question Indianola Board’s methods
Bruce Stark sworn in as officer after years of no PD department

Catlin receives donation for trees

Electronics recycling
    A free electronics collection event will be held Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Danville Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street, Danville.
    Bring your broken or unwanted CRT or tube televisions, flat screen or LCD televisions; CRT monitors, flat screen or LCD monitors; computers, printers, electronic keyboards, fax machines, VCRs, portable digital music players, video disc player, video game consoles, electronic mice, scanners, converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers, video disc recorders, or small-scale servers.
    There is a limit of no more than a combination of seven items per vehicle.This event is free to any Vermilion County resident. Please bring proof of residency. Visit or call 431-2662, ext. 5 for more details.

Strong second half spurs Storm in 36-0 victory over Hoopeston Area-Armstrong-Potomac

Cindy Brown has been picking apples and you won’t want to miss what she has to offer in this week’s Recipe Box.

Salt Fork South’s FUNd Walk exceeds goal of $12,000. See all the photos in this week’s Reporter.

Linda Rosnett has another chapter on Sidell Streets. This week she takes a look at John L. Jackson who has the next to the last street on the north side of Sidell named after him.

    MARJORIE ANN SPESARD, 89, of Ridge Farm, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Oct. 9, 2019. She was born to Louis and Floy (Bradfield) Mosier of Indianola on Aug. 8, 1930. Marjorie was married to Wilbur Spesard on Feb. 4, 1950. He survives.
    She also leaves behind eight children, Terri (Jay) Tate, Kathy (Gary) Knall, Michael (Roseann) Spesard, Jane (Lon) Gardner, Karen Rhodes (deceased), Sonna (Scott) Rodgers, Lisa (Russell) Akers, and Steven (Mendy) Spesard; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and her sister, Marilyn Ellis.
    Marjorie was a strong Christian woman and influenced all her family and others who came in contact with her to share the love of Jesus. She attended Ridge Farm Church of Christ. She was known for her caring heart and love for everyone. She will be dearly missed.
    A celebration of Marjorie’s life was held Oct. 15, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown. She was laid to rest in Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in her name to Ridge Farm Church of Christ for Oblong’s Children’s Home.

    CHARLOTTE L. JOHNSON, 79, of Catlin departed from this life at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 at the Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
    Charlotte was born Wed., Oct. 2, 1940 in Danville, the daughter of Wilfred Henry and Katharine Fisher Smith. She married Ronnie Johnson on April 15, 1960 at Second Church of Christ, Danville by CM Read. Ronnie preceded her in death on May 16, 2019. Surviving are two sons, Ronald Scott (Lee Ann) Johnson of Danville and Brett (Lisa Hines) Johnson of Springdale Ark.; one daughter, Jeana Katharine Johnson of Catlin; one brother, Mike (Norma) Smith of Ridge Farm; one sister, Patricia Smith Pierce of Catlin; six grandchildren, Kaitlin (Chris) Alvarez, Eirelyn (Christian Rogger) Johnson, Taylor Grace Garwood, Ainslee Kitt Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, and Chase Johnson, and one great-grandson, Lionel “Cisco Kid” Alvarez; and one sister-in-law, Carol Van Dyke (Tom) Napton. Charlotte was preceded in death by two brothers, Ted Fisher and W.H. Smith; three sisters, Stella Taylor, Shirley Beckman and Phyllis Smith; and one son-in-law, Michael Garwood.
    Charlotte worked for C.H. Smith Insurance for over 51 years and served on the Catlin Township Cemetery Assoc. She was the secretary of Catlin Township Zoning and was co-owner of Johnson Construction with her husband Ronnie. She served on the Business & Professional Women’s Board, the PTA, and Youth Football Cheer.
    Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at the Catlin Church of Christ with Pastor Kevin Cox officiating. Burial at Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin.

Click front page above to view online edition

For Sale

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.