April 19, 2018

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Students to present comedy
The Salt Fork Drama department will perform “Murder at Coopersmith Inn” Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 7 p.m. nightly. The performance will be held on stage in the Salt Fork North Elementary building in Catlin.

Indianola makes plans for village clean up
Indianola will have its annual Village Clean-up Days May 3-6.

Scrogham sworn in as Carroll Clerk
At the Carroll Township monthly meeting on Monday, Marty Scrogham was sworn in as township clerk.

Water increase is less than expected for Catlin
While the Village of Catlin will see a water rate increase from Aqua Illinois, it will not be quite as substantial as expected.

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Susan McMahon is playing a little chicken in this week’s Recipe column. And check out what she does with a little Hershey’s syrup! You won’t want to miss this week’s column – only in the Sidell Reporter.

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Salt Fork baseball team has 7-3 record
Salt Fork softball wins all three this week
3200 Relay team breaks school record
Caine Wilson breaks 300 low hurdles record set by Tadd Metzger in 1999.


    Thomas P. Jenkins, 81, of Danville, passed away at 12:10 p.m., Sat., April 14, 2018, at North Logan Health Care Center, Danville.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., April 20, at Holy Family Church, Danville, with Father Loftus officiating. He will be laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery, Danville. He was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Danville, the son of Thomas and Mayme Vacketta Jenkins. He was united in marriage to Norma Altenstadter Sadler on June 15, 1968 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Danville by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Paul Kinder.
    Tom graduated from Schlarman High School in 1954 and from Eastern Illinois University in 1958 with a BS Degree in Education. In 1962, he received his Masters Degree from Eastern. He then received his advanced certification in administration from Indiana State University.
    He loved teaching, especially American History, and coaching. He was a very dedicated educator, coach and administrator in Vermilion and Edgar counties for 33 years.
    He started his career at Henning Grade School, continuing on to Ridge Farm Grade School and High School, Westville Junior High, principal and director of federal programs for Danville District 118, principal at Jamaica High School 1976-78, principal at Schlarman High School, principal at Mary Miller Junior High in Georgetown, principal at Chrisman High School and finished his educational career as the Superintendent at Chrisman.
    Tom received the Golden Ruler Award for excellence in Education. He served as past president of the Vermilion County High School Principal’s Association and the Danville Elementary Principal’s Association. He also served as president of the Schlarman High School Board and a member of the Holy Family School Commission. He was a past member of the IEA, NEA, and IPA educational organizations. He held an Honorary Life Membership in the Illinois Congress of Parents and Teachers Association.
    Tom loved the Chicago Cubs all his life, as well as the Illini football, basketball, and volleyball teams. He really enjoyed playing golf, especially at the VA Course, the Back Nine. He was proud to have made three holes in one.
    He liked playing cards, traveling and going to the Masters three times, and listening to music. Tom was a member of the Chrisman Shakespeare Club, being the first male member of the Club. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and belonged to Holy Family Catholic Church where he served as a lector.
    After retirement from education he kept very busy as a volunteer with AARP Defensive Driving program 12 years and taught Rules of the Road for the State of Illinois. For 14 years, he was the Chief Administrator of the GED exam for the local Regional Superintendent’s Office. He also volunteered at the National Junior College Basketball Tournament.
    He is survived by his wife, Norma; his sister, Mary Ellen Collins of Catlin; his God-Children, Rachel and Sarah Deegan of Newburgh, Ind.; two nieces, Mary Susan (Mark Trompeter) Collins of International Falls, Minn., and Mona Kay (Richard) Elghammer of Danville; a great nephew; a great niece; and a brother-in-law, James Altenstadter of Tucson, Ariz.. He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt, Nina Battani.
Memorial donations may be given to Holy Family Catholic Church or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (Church St. New York, NY 10006). Memories may be shared on his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.

    Ralph Smith Jr., 88, of Georgetown, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Sun., April 15, 2018, at Gardenview Manor, Tilton, with his family by his side.
    A celebration of Ralph’s life will be at noon April 21, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Rev. Joe White officiating with burial at Vermilion Grove Cemetery with military honors conducted by the American Legion Dornblaser Post 203. Visitation will be 10 a.m.–noon Saturday at the funeral home.
    He was born Nov. 28, 1929, in Allerton to Ralph and Ida Bryant Smith. He married Grace Elizabeth “Liz” Snyder Nov. 2, 1952, in Georgetown.
    Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Liz, of 65 years, three daughters, Pam (Alan) Pribble, Penny (Bub) Norgaar and Annie (Randy) Mariage; two brothers, Tommy (Helen) Smith and William (Karen) Smith; one sister, Ruth (James) Thomas; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, James, John, Bobby and Sheldon; and one sister, Marjorie Ballard.
    Ralph served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from the Danville Veterans Affairs hospital as assistant physical therapist in 1988 after 30 years of service. He worked part-time at Burgoyne’s Flower Shop, Sproul’s Construction and Georgetown School District.
    Ralph was a hard worker, a man of compassion, a faithful man, a humorous man and a man of many talents. He had a love for about everything he did and would master it with perfection. Some talents were gardening, woodworking, stained glass and most of all, cooking. He enjoyed his family, friends and traveling. He loved attending Vermilion Grove Friends Church and the love of God they shared as a family.
He was extremely proud of, and loved, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He instilled into them the values of life. Our tears are of joy for him, as he will enter into eternity free of pain with his big smile. He was an amazing husband, dad, poppy, brother, uncle and friend to everyone he met. He was one of a kind.
    Memorials may be made to Vermilion Grove Friends Church or an organization of your choice. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos and videos through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.




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