May 24, 2018

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Inside this week’s Reporter – 20-Page Special Keepsake Edition 2018 Salt Fork Graduates! Meet every senior, read about their school career and future plans. See 138 photos of the Class of 2018. And if you are a resident of Sidell, Indianola, Fairmount or Catlin, you will be getting a complimentary copy of this 30 page issue in your mailbox! Thank the many advertisers in this special edition for allowing us to not only put out the largest edition we have ever published – likely in our 130 years of publication!
A few extra copies of the Graduation Keepsake are available at the Reporter Office.

In our regular issue, 10 pages of news includes:

Salt Fork #512 will tighten security to visitors

Catlin receives pump from county grant

Carroll Township begins process to get ownership of two pioneer cemeteries

Catlin Village Board approves agenda items

Early graduation 2019 approved for 10 students

Civil War Vets to be honored
Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount, will hold a memorial dedication to two Civil War Veterans, Chauncy Trimble and his brother, Adam Trimble. The ceremony will be held May 28, 1 p.m. at their graves. The public is welcome to attend.

Ceremony at Woodlawn
At 1 p.m. Saturday, a rededication ceremony will be held for the veterans memorial marker at Woodlawn Cemetery. John Pigg will be the speaker and the Patriot Guard Riders will ride through the cemetery. Arrive by 12:45, bring lawn chairs.

Final bell rings for #512 staff
Meet the final six

When the last day of school lets out, there will be 12 staff members at Salt Fork District #512 walking out the doors into retirement (it was incorrectly stated last week there were 11). Four teachers, two aides, one secretary, two bus drivers, one kitchen worker, one library aide and a maintenance worker will retire, most after many years of service in the two local districts that are now combined as Salt Fork. This week, meet six more retirees. (The first six were introduced in last week’s issue).

Whatever floats your boat
Salt Fork math students compete with Danville High Math Students in a boat regatta.

Salt Fork athletes won’t let one team ahead of the other as the boys' baseball team and girls' softball teams both won their regional championships and the boys’ track team won sectionals all in one weekend!

Cindy Brown is all about salads in this week’s Recipe Box. Try out these recipes sure to be a hit this summer.

Exchange student sweet on ice cream

Catlin Legion making positive moves


    Jeffrey R. Whaley, 57, of Sidell, passed away suddenly at 9:55 a.m. Tues., May 15, 2018 at his home.
 He was born Jan. 28, 1961 in Danville to Raymond C. and Shirley C. Maring Whaley. Survivors include his mother, Shirley Whaley of Sidell; two sons, Steven (Kendra Woodard) Whaley of Fairmount, Brandon Whaley of Danville; one sister, Cathy (Allen) Orndorff of Sidell; four grandchildren, Nathan Whaley, Nicholas Whaley, Stella Whaley, Benton Cox. Jeff was preceded in death by his father Raymond Whaley; one brother, Tim;, maternal grandparents, Clarence and Imogene Maring, and paternal grandparents, Elmer & Clara Whaley.
    Jeff had worked for a time at Crop Production Services. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, yard work, and mushroom hunting. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, and a Chicago Cubs fan, as well as being totally involved with his grandkids.
    Funeral services were held at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Craig Roller officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery west of Sidell.

    William “Bill” Coon, 60, of Fairmount, passed away May 10, 2018, at his home.
He was born Dec. 23, 1957, in Danville, the son of Raymond and Pauline Coon.
Bill lived in Fairmount. You could find him riding his scooter and soaking up the sunshine in the summer. He loved hanging with his friends, country music, western movies and cold beer. Bill was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.
    Before he was divorced, he was married to Kim Wolfe-Coon, who remains a part of our family. Bill loved spending time with his son, Billy, and his six beautiful grandkids. His favorite thing to do with them was to give them rides on the scooter when they were little. They visited grandpa every Saturday and he looked forward to their visits.
He had a special place in his heart for his Uncle Ray and couldn’t wait to be with him and his dad and sister.
    Bill had been able to be at his mother’s house for the last few months, surrounded with her loving care. Friends and family were at his side, helping to care for him. Memories of his earlier years were good conversations. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
    He is survived by his mother, Pauline Coon Hendrix; son, William “Billy” Dean (Lacey) Coon; brothers, Raymond Edward Coon Jr., Ted Ernest (Cintarie) Coon ; sisters, Paulette (Kenneth) Miller, Rosann (Carl) Pinney, Shirley (Steve) Hauger, Rhoda (Tom) Kelly, Chris (Mike) Dougherty, Pam (Bill) Elliott; grandkids, Alexis Lee Anne, Makayla Nichole, Landon Dean, Connor Allen, Brenden Lane, Elena Rayne Coon; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
    A celebration of Bill’s life was held May 15, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Danville with Pastor Mike Roberts officiating. He was laid to rest at Oakhill Cemetery.
    Memorials can be made in his name to Heart 4 Life.



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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.

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