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Jamaica graduate dead after crash
A single car accident claimed the life of a 21-year-old Jamaica High School graduate last weekend. Bethany Baker was one of three Jamaica alumni that were in the car that crashed in rural Chrisman at 5:52 a.m. June 18.
Fairmount approves food wagon to set up in park
Fairmount resident Tammy Dixon asked the village board last Wednesday night for permission to set up her food wagon in the village park a couple of days a week.
Unit 512 accepts three year contract with teachers
The Jamaica Board of Education approved a three year contract with the Salt Fork Education Association at their board meeting June 20.
Suzanne Lukehart Woodard is playing made up games in her From the Heart Column only in this week's Reporter.
The editor is crazy over the moon in her Editor's Desk only in the Sidell Reporter.
Sheri Pletch is cooking it up good for June in the Recipe Box found only in the Sidell Reporter.
The archives are dusted off from 1938 in this week's Pages from the Past from the old Sidell Journals.
Salt Fork's FFA is awarded a charter at the state convention under the new school consolidation.
Bethany Mariah Baker, 21, of Champaign passed away June 18, 2016.
"Whisper I love you to a butterfly and it will fly to Heaven to deliver your message."
Bethany was born March 8, 1995 in Urbana, to Michael Baker and Cheri Baker. They survive.
She is also survived by a brother, Tyler Baker; two sisters, Heather and Alexis Baker; great-grandparents, David and Evelyn Darr; grandparents, John and Nancy VanVickle; uncles, Dan Baker and John (Jami) VanVickle; and an aunt, Lori (John) Dorwart.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Gracye Baker and J.R. Baker and great-grandparents, Ralph and Sigried VanVickle and Florence Baker and Lee Baker.
Bethany was a 2014 graduate of Jamaica High School. She also attended Parkland College for two years. She was working at Erwin, Martinkus & Cole, Ltd. as a file clerk, as well as a manager at TCBY.
Bethany was a contestant in the Champaign County Fair Queen Pageant in 2012. She also competed in Champaign County Tractor Pull that same year and received sixth place.
Bethany loved her two animals, a dog, Lola and her rescue cat, Milo. She also enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. Most importantly, Bethany was a loving daughter and sister. Her smile lit up the room, and she was a joy to all who knew her. Bethany was not only beautiful, but she was kind to everyone. Bethany was taken from us all too soon and while she lies in peaceful sleep, her memory we shall always keep.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. June 23 at Morgan Funeral Home, 1304 Regency Dr. West in Savoy. The funeral service will be at Morgan at 1 p.m. June 24. Memorials may be made to Champaign County Humane Society.
LaDonna J. Maskel, 73, of Sidell, passed away at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. She is survived by her husband, Daryl W. Maskel of Sidell; a granddaughter, Christin Santos of Las Vegas; and a great-grandson, Sean.
According to her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory in Tilton is assisting the family. Online condolences: www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com.
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“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.