December 14, 2017

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Carroll residents request cemetery tax referendum
    At the Carroll Township monthly meeting held Monday, Clerk JoAnne Johnston reported that she had received a petition signed by 50 registered Carroll Township voters requesting that a referendum for a cemetery tax be placed on the ballot for the March 20 election.

Sidell passes tax levy
    The Sidell Village Board, Tuesday, passed their annual Tax Levy, increasing the levy over last year’s levy by five percent.

Sidell Twp. will vote on loaning to Road Fund

Sidell Township board will vote next month to loan money from their General Town Fund to the Road District’s Equipment Fund.

Pet owners to see stiffer fines
Catlin pet owners will be facing stiffer fines for recurring ordinance violations with their animals.

High School Chorus goes caroling
  There are 60 students from Salt Fork Schools pictured in this week’s Sidell Reporter – do one of them belong to you? You will want to be sure to pick up an issue and see! We also have two Jamaica alumni pictured and details of their recent awards, as well as some area farmers. Copies are available at the Sidell Reporter office inside and a news box outside, Sidell Post Office news box outside, inside Sidell Grocery and Sonny’s Cafe in Sidell and Casey’s General Stores in Fairmount and Catlin.

Amanda Rull is sharing easy recipes this week so you can still have time to shop for Christmas and cook good hot meals. You won’t want to miss the Recipe Box only in this week’s Sidell Reporter.


Salt Fork basketball did well this week with a total of 4 wins and one loss between them.


    Doug Prunkard, 72, of Indianola passed away at 4:40 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 7,
2017 in the emergency room at Presence United Samaritans Medical
Center in Danville.
    He was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Charleston to Charles and Esther Hutchison Prunkard. Doug married Patricia Trimble Dec. 1, 1979, in Danville. She survives as well as two sons, Jeff (Michele) Prunkard of Tomball, Texas; Jake (Rosemary) Prunkard, Crawfordsville, Ind.; one daughter, Suzette Carpenter of Indianola; two brothers, Tim (Jackie) Prunkard, Brad (Barb) Prunkard; one sister, Christy (Richard) Eaton; six grandchildren, Kyle (Sarah) Carpenter, Tyler Carpenter, Caleb Carpenter, Olivia Car-penter, Doug Hickman and Maggie Carrion; three great-grandchildren, Landon and Esperanza Carrion and Charlize Hickman; and his granddog, “Charlie.”
    He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles; and one sister, Dorothy.
    He had been an electrician for 50 years, working both with Hyster and Danville Metal Stamping. Doug enjoyed hunting and fishing, being outdoors. He loved country and western music, playing the guitar, collecting knives and gardening.
    Memorial services were held Dec. at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Scott McCurdy officiating. Memorials in Doug’s memory may be made to a local no-kill animal shelter. Condolences may be offered online 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.


December Deadlines
for Reporter’s
news, ads

Dec. 21 issue (also Christmas issue) –
Noon Thurs., Dec. 14
(a full week ahead)
(we will try to take anything that comes in thru Friday, Dec. 15)
Dec. 28 issue –
Noon on Friday, Dec. 22
Jan. 4 issue –
Noon on Friday, Dec. 29



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