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May 23, 2019

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Cindy Decker fills vacancy on Fairmount village board

512 makes staff adjustments for 2019-20

Carroll now owns Standard

BBQ Fest will include Community Service

School asks to use water tower for bus radios

Over 140 kids from the Salt Fork School district are pictured in this week’s Sidell Reporter! Don’t miss picking up a copy!

Boys Track Team Sectional Champs

Jesus, Birge place at girls state track meet

Softball team are regional champs

Baseball team are regional champs

Salt Fork spring sports are just flat out blazing hot! (No story here, just the editor’s observation!)

Exchange student has learned a lot

North Elementary FUNd Walk

    JAMES ROBERT BIGGERSTAFF of Longview, Texas and formerly Fairmount, passed away at Carle Hospital Wed., May 22, 2019.
    He was born May 2, 1973 at Lakeview Hospital in Danville to Barbara and Ed Biggerstaff of Fairmount.
    Jim graduated Jamaica High School in 1991.
    He is survived by his wife, Kay Welch, his mother, Barbara Biggerstaff now of Catlin, two brothers, Mark of Legonier, Ind. and David (Gail) of Catlin; two nieces, Danielle (Jared) Hooks of Catlin and Jaimie (Jared) Baker of Kailua, Hawaii; four nephews, Derek and Kevin Biggerstaff of Ligonier, Ind., Beau (Donica) Biggerstaff stationed in Germany and Ben Biggerstaff of Catlin.
    Jim was preceded in death by his dad, Ed Biggerstaff, and both sets of grandparents, Walter and Julia Biggerstaff of Mount Vernon and Lester and Ica Myrick of Fairmount.
    It was Jim’s wish to be cremated. There will be no services held in Illinois.
    We will miss you, Jim!

    RONNIE JOHNSON, 81, of Catlin, passed away at 5:31 a.m. on Thurs., May 16, 2019 at his home.
    Ronnie was born Dec. 19, 1937 in Sullivan, to Melvin and Flossie McCulley Johnson. He married Charlotte Smith on April 15, 1960 in Danville. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Ronald Scott (Lee) Johnson of Danville and Brett (Lisa Hines) Johnson of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Jeana Johnson of Catlin; one sister, Carol VanDyke (Tom) Napton of Hot Springs, Ark.; six grandchildren, Kaitlin (Chris) Alvarez, Eirelyn Johnson, Taylor Grace Garwood, Ainslee Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, and Chase Johnson; and one great-grandson, Lionel “Cisco Kid” Alvarez.
    Ronnie served in the National Guard for eight years as a tank commander. He was the owner of Johnson Construction Company for 40 years. He taught building trades at VOTEC. He had been the Catlin Township Zoning Commissioner and served for 20 years on the Catlin Township Cemetery Board, most of that as president. He was a member of the Homebuilder Assoc., Catlin Church of Christ, and the John Russell and Bill Church coffee club. He enjoyed going to Menard’s and Lowe’s and met his friends from UPS regularly for lunch. He loved old Western movies and hanging with his grandkids.
    Private family burial was at Oakridge cemetery, Catlin. Memorials to the Catlin Historical Society. Robison Chapel, Catlin, handled the arrangements. Online condolences at

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