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March 26, 2020

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#512 Board plans for longer closure

Board disappointed in failed penny tax

Stay at home order issued

Fairmount plans ahead for business due to virus

Meet exchange student Xenia Merceica

Amy Thomas will please your tastebuds for what’s cooking in this week’s Recipe Box.


Darling, Dodd named to Storm record book

Taylor one of Storm basketball’s best

Kimbro gets good and bad news


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    RONALD E. GAFFNEY, 83, of Fairmount, Illinois passed away at 5:54 p.m. on Wed.,
March 18, 2020 at his home.
    Ronald was born Jan. 23, 1937 in Douglas County, to Phillip and Opal Elder Gaffney. He married Margie J. Farnum on October 11, 1959 in Catlin. She preceded him in death on May 8, 2018.
    Surviving are two sons, Ronald E. (Merry Chris) Gaffney II of Fairmount and Kyle W. (Susan) Gaffney of San Antonio, Texas; one daughter, Brenda (Darin) Davis of Fairmount; one sister, Phyllis Mattingly of Danville; ten grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter: Vickie Lynn Gaffney.
    Ronald served as a crew chief in the US Air Force. He was a mechanic at Koehn Motors for over 35 years. He enjoyed mechanic work in his own garage, hot air balloons, and yard work.
    With regard to recent events, graveside services were held March 24 at Fairland Cemetery in rural Villa Grove with Reverend Mike Roberts officiating. A Life Celebration Service will be held at a later date. Memorials to the Fairmount Rescue. Robison Chapel, Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    RICHARD A. “DICK” BRODERICK, 79, of Catlin, passed away at 7:50 p.m. (Indiana
time) on Sat., March 21, 2020 at The Waters of Covington Nursing Home, Covington, Ind.
Dick was born Feb. 25, 1941 in Danville to
    Roy F. and Agnes Moore Broderick. He married the love of his life, Donna M. Rogers, on Sept. 14, 1963 in Covington, Ind. She preceded him in death June 26, 2011. He is survived by three grandchildren, Hunter Gambrel, Sylas Gambrel, and Cotten Gambrel of Ohio; his brothers, John (Sue) Broderick, Stanley Broderick, Don (Carol) Broderick, Ken (Paula) Broderick of Danville; many nieces, nephews, and cousins and a special friend, Willy Williamson of Streator. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Clark Broderick; one daughter, Monica Gambrel; one brother, Roy Broderick; and one sister, Linda Hagen.
    Dick attended Schlarman High School where he lettered in football and basketball and later transferred to Danville High School graduating in the class of 1960. He entered the Army in 1960 and served three years. While in the service, he attended engineering school at Fort Belvoir, Va. At Fort Ord, Calif. he was a construction draftsman in the 3rd brigade assigned to the drafting department. He attended Eastern Illinois University to pursue a teaching career in industrial arts. He played basketball at Eastern Illinois University and in 1968 he earned his master’s degree and graduated with honors. He was an industrial arts teacher at Jamaica High School where he also helped coach football and basketball. He also taught at Danville Area Community College, as well as teaching building trades at the Danville Correctional Center and VOTEC and substituted throughout the district in his retirement. He was a great craftsman and built wood furniture. He was a devoted Christian and avid Bible reader. His family and friends were very important to him. He was willing to help someone in need whether he knew them or not. He attended the Catlin Church of Christ and the Second Church of Christ of Danville. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, and University of Illinois fan.
    Due to the recent events, visitation and memorial services will be held at a later date at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Dick will be buried alongside Donna at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Covington, Ind. Memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice in Dick’s memory. Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences at

    JOYCE (MILLER) YORK, 66, of Palestine, died on March 20, 2020, at her home.
    She was born Jan. 9, 1954, in Danville, the daughter of James Miller and Norma (Finkbiner) Miller, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also raised by Audrey Miller, who also preceded her in death.
    Joyce married Theo York on Sept. 7, 1991 and he preceded her in death on June 10, 2019. She was also preceded in death by her son, Brian Spicer; by her son-in-law, George Harvey; by her brother, William “Bill” Miller; and by her brother-in-law, Roy Johnston.
    She is survived by her children, Stephanie Harvey of Monticello and Bradley (Erika) Spicer of Sheridan, Ind.; grandchildren, Jathen, Sydni, Sofia, Sylvia and Grayson; siblings, Barbara Gail Pereira of Winslow, Ark., John David (Charlotte) Jordan of Helena, Oka., Arthur (Valerie) Jordan of Cleveland, Tenn. JoAnne Johnston of Danville, Janet (Jeff) Poynter of Paris, Rhonda (Hal) Jordan-Doyle of Henderson, Nev., and Roy Michael (Peg) Jordan of Maiden, N.C.; sister-in-law, Becky Miller of Indianola; as well as several nieces and nephews.
    Joyce grew up in Indianola and was a graduate of Jamaica High School. From an early age, it was evident in the way she lived that her life would be one founded on sacrificial love. This was evident in her calling as an LPN, with Joyce having the opportunity to care for countless people over the course of her career.
    Anyone who knew her could attest to the fact that she poured herself into her role as caretaker; not only for her patients at Paris Healthcare, or for the beloved animals she adopted over the years, but for her loved ones as well. They, in particular, will remember Joyce’s fierce sense of loyalty. It didn’t matter what you’ve done, she would stand by you in any and every storm.
    Her family brought life to her living, especially her grandchildren, who were each the apple of her eye. She had the beautiful opportunity to witness all three of her precious granddaughters be born and adored both of her grandsons with all her heart.
    Joyce York was a soul who gave enormously, while asking for very little. In short, Joyce loved, and she loved well. However, she would be the first to offer that she wasn’t perfect. She recognized her need for a Savior, which is why she put her life in Christ’s hands years ago. Because of this, we have the assurance that her light still shines brightly in a place where darkness and death are no more.
    Joyce deserves a memorable tribute. However, in this uncertain time, the family and the staff of the Goodwine Funeral Home in Palestine understand that attending such a service may not be in your best health interest. With this in mind, a memorial service will be set for a later date.


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