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It was all about finding the eggs at Easter Egg hunts on Saturday as area towns hosted their annual events for the children. They were all well attended and the weather was beautiful for the occasion. Above, Zayne Cunningham, 3 and Liberty Cunningham, 2, were thrilled with their treasurers found at the Fairmount park.
Jamaica Schools to lose more state money
Supt. Phil Harrison gave a report at the board meeting Thursday on the Governor’s latest plans for distributing General State Aide (GSA) for next year.
Fairmount increases budget
The Fairmount Village Board voted Thursday to approve the 2014-15 tentative budget of $231,500. This is an increase of $10,000 over the 2013-14 budget.
Carroll Township approves budget
Evangelist takes over Faith pastoral duties
While Mike Murrell may be new in the position as pastor, he is certainly not a stranger to the Faith Church congregation.
The Sidell Reporter office will be closed Monday, April 28. Deadline for news and advertising will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the May 1 issue.
Chili dinner to send Scouts to camp
Local Cub Scout Pack 244 will host a chili dinner and silent auction at the Sidell Fire Station Sunday. The meal will be served by the Scouts from 12:30-3 p.m.
The Sidell Fire Department is the sponsor for Pack 244 and they are working with leaders Nikki Sands and Brian and Gretchen Lane with the fundraiser. Their goal is to raise $500 that will be used to send eight Scouts to camp this summer.
If you would like to contribute to the fundraiser but cannot attend, you can send a donation to: Pack 244 c/o Sidell Fire. PO Box 415, Sidell, IL 61876.
Day of Prayer
During the National Day of Prayer May 1, Faith Church’s doors at 107 E. Vance, will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. From 7 to 8 p.m. there will be a special time of corporate prayer. Everyone is welcome to stay and pray as long as they’d like. Come and pray for our nation, state and communities.
The Sidell Baptist Church will be open May 1 at 1 p.m. for those wishing to partake the World Day of Prayer.
Indianola May 2-4
Indianola Village Clean up is May 2-4. Dumpsters will be available uptown for residents to bring their unwanted refuse, but not trash.
Items besides trash that cannot be placed in the dumpsters include electronics, tires, batteries and hazardous materials such as paint and chemicals.
Fairmount May 17
Sidell May 31
Fairmount will hold their town wide clean up on May 17 and Sidell will hold town wide clean up on May 31. Both communities will provide dumpsters for citizens to use.
National Book Award titles at Sidell library
Winans family raises awareness; funds
Weather finally cooperates for track teams
Lady Storm continue winning streak 13-0
Salt Fork baseball shuts out Toppers, Devils
Coffman—Jon and Brook (Burroughs) Coffman, of White Heath, are the proud parents of twin boys, Camden Blake and Austin Gray.
They were born April 11, 2014 at Carle Foundation Hospital. Camden at 12:33 p.m. and Austin at 12:34 p.m. Camden was 6 lbs., 3 oz. and 20-1/2” and Austin was 4 lbs., 14 oz. and 18”.
Maternal grandparents are Brad and Holly Varner of Allerton and Loren Burroughs of Martinsville. Maternal great grandparents are Harold and Betty Lareau of Sidell.
Paternal grandparents are David and Georgie Coffman of Mansfield and Howard and Barb Patrick of Farmer City.
Franklin “Buster” Eugene Hollingsworth, Sr., 67, of Paris and formerly Indianola, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
He was born September 27, 1946, in Chrisman to Donald Eugene and Margaret Rose (Powell) Hollingsworth. He married Ruby Smith in 1974, Peggy Smith in 1977, and Sally Kistler in 1983. They all preceded him in death.
He was a member of the Chrisman American Legion Post # 477, Paris American Legion Post # 211, the 40&8, Masonic Bloomfield Lodge # 148, Scottish Rite – Valley of Danville, Ansar Shrine, Edgar County Shrine Club and the Paris V.F.W. Post # 3601. He enjoyed watching football, Nascar and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He proudly served our country in the Army.
Frank is survived by four children: Franklin (Hope) Hollingsworth, Jr. of Terre Haute, Ind.; Donnetta (Jason) Burgess of Chrisman, Bobbi Jo Hollingsworth of Brazil, Ind. and Rose Hollingsworth of Indianola; one brother, George Hollingsworth of Muncie, Ind.; one sister, Mary Forsythe of Chrisman, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was Wednesday, at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman with Masonic rites performed. Funeral services were today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Indianola.
Memorials to the Hollingsworth family or the Chrisman American Legion. Online condolences and service information are available at www.krabelfuneralhome.com.
Charles R. “Chuck” Todd Jr., 62, of Danville, passed away at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Gardenview Nursing Home in Danville.
He was born April 7, 1952, in Urbana, to Charles R. and Marion E. Koontz Todd, Sr.
He married Teresa Huddleson on Aug. 18, 1970, in Fairmount. He later married Sue Moody on June 1, 1991, in Tilton.
Sue survives, as well as one son, Jason (Stacey) Todd of Catlin; two stepsons, Todd Moody of Danville and Justin Moody of Danville; one daughter, Chrissy (Joe) Draper of Oakwood; two sisters, Lenora (Jim) Jones of Catlin and Janice (Kevin) Shepherd of Catlin; six grandchildren, Chase Todd, Camaryn Todd, Carsyn Todd, Kyle Todd, Xander Draper and Bryce Draper; four step grandchildren, Makalah Moody, Parker Moody, Rylee Moody and Justin Moody, Jr.; and special farmhand James Reed.
Chuck was a 1970 Jamaica graduate, owned and operated the former Sports Page Bar in Catlin, was a truck driver for 20 years, as well as serving as union steward at Quaker Oats. He loved all animals and enjoyed golfing, gardening and was a Chicago Bear and White Sox fan. Chuck enjoyed his grandkids’ sporting events and coached youth football and baseball. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.
Funeral services were April 19 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Darren Johnson and Timothy Wright officiating. Burial was in Oakridge Cemetery, Catlin.
Memorials to the Vermilion County Animal Shelter or American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.
James Dean Kuhn, 83, of Champaign died at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Jim was born Feb. 15, 1931, in Longview to Harry Otto and Lillie Alice (Tapscott) Kuhn. They preceded him in death.
He married Leona Pedigo King on Aug. 22, 1963, at Urbana. He later adopted her two children, David Lee and Laura Nell, and they later had another child, Kathleen Ellen. David (wife, Shannon) has two stepchildren, Harley and Kyle. Laura (husband, Tony Garrett) has a daughter, Elizabeth (Bruce Hughes, fiancé), who has a stepdaughter, Bettie. Kathleen (Phil Calvert, fiancé) has a daughter, Monica.
Jim is survived also by a younger brother, John, who lives in Lexington, Ky.
He was preceded in death by an older sister, Doris Jean.
Jim graduated from Sidell High School in 1948 and enlisted in the Air Force, serving in the Korean Conflict. He served until 1952 and was honorably discharged at that time.
He briefly attended the University of Illinois, worked at a gas station/garage in Danville and worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in Ohio for a time. He then began work as a refinery operator at Humko in Champaign. He retired from there after 35 years.
Jim especially loved gardening, hunting and fishing. He was known for his large, beautiful gladioli. He was also very good at locating and harvesting Morel mushrooms from his secret locations. He also enjoyed watching the Illini football and basketball teams play.
Per Jim’s wishes, he was cremated. Graveside services will be scheduled at a later date. There will be no other services.
Rortvedt Funeral Services and Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be offered at www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com.
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