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April 18, 2019

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Catlin will review renter’s ordinance
    The Catlin Village Board, Tuesday, agreed to draw up a rental registration ordinance for review by the board.

Preferential tax for undeveloped lots questioned
    The Catlin Village Board, on Tuesday, was notified by Catlin Township Property Assessor David Biggerstaff that many of the undeveloped lots in the Westwood Circle subdivision continue to receive a “preferential” tax treatment even though the original development company does not exist any longer and the lots are owned by an individual.

Indianola plans clean up
    The annual Indianola Village clean-up days will be held May 3, 4 and 5, Village President Tom Gooch announced at last Wednesday’s board meeting.

Lions BBQ’s Saturday events
    The Sidell Lions Club will hold their annual BBQ June 7 and 8 this year. They will kick off day number two on Saturday, starting bright and early at 6 a.m.,

Catlin Twp. meeting
    Catlin Township Road Supervisor Matt McGee reported April 9 that the roads are starting to dry and rock is being spread as fast as they can get it.

Carroll appoints two
    Carroll Township swore in two new trustees at its monthly meeting Monday evening. Jens Gallez retired from the board last month and was replaced by Jim Grissom. At the end of the meeting, Dianna Gallez also resigned from the board. Scott Turner was sworn in to fill her spot.


Track and Field – Salt Fork wins Cumberland’s Pirate Title for third year. Caine Wilson sets fourth school record in 200.

Martin Pedee, Buffalo Soldier, Catlin barber, elected official and first African-American Police Magistrate to be elected in the state of Illinois to be recognized at a ceremony Saturday at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Catlin, at 11 a.m.


    DOT McDANIEL, 72, of Fairmount, passed away at 5:52 p.m. Wed., April 10, 2019 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    She was born Feb. 26, 1947, in Danville to William J. and Lucille Wilson Lamb. Dot married William “Bill” McDaniel June 20, 1965, in Fairmount. Bill survives as well as two sons, William Bryan (Ann) McDaniel of Perrysville, Ind., Micheal Ray (Wyonia) McDaniel of Fairmount; also surviving are three brothers and one sister; eight grandchildren, Kelly Ray (Erica) McDaniel, Alysha ( Jesse) Grubbs, Jesse (Maycee) McDaniel, Seth McDaniel, Olivia McDaniel, Casey Sellers, Lacee Sellers, Tyler Key; three great grandchildren, Aubrey McDaniel, Ava McDaniel, Lexi McDaniel, and one great grandchild on the way.
    Dot had been employed for nine years, both at the Catlin and Oakwood IGA stores. She loved bowling, TV games shows, and sitting on her deck, Her greatest joys were in “Bill” and kids, grandkids, great grandkids.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Merrill G. Ross, as well as one brother.
    In keeping with Dot’s wishes, private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials in her memory to the Fairmount Rescue. The Robison Chapel in Catlin is handling service arrangements. On-line condolences at

    ROBERT “BOB” VARNER, 83, of Catlin passed away after a long hard battle with
cancer, beginning in 2006 with thyroid cancer, lost the fight on April 12, 2019 at 7:18 a.m., with his loving and devoted wife by his side at home.
    Robert Gene “Bob” Varner was born June 4, 1935 to Willie and Pearl (Baker) Varner in Danville. At the young age of six, Bob began his farming career, which he continued until his illness. Starting so young, Bob was too short to reach the tractor pedals so his dad installed wooden pegs so Bob could drive. (As we all know, he outgrew those pegs long ago.) While attending Catlin High School (class of ’53) he received many outstanding awards, among them were American Farmer Degree and Star State Farmer. He was IL State FFA Vice President and he spent a lot of time in Springfield representing our state farmers. After graduation Bob was drafted into the Army where he proudly served his country. When his service was complete he came back home to Catlin to continue farming. He raised a lot of sweet corn for the Hoopeston canning factories and to share with his family and friends. He was a member of the Catlin Masonic Lodge since 1971 and was a Past Master. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite and Gao Grotto in Danville. Bob enjoyed many adventures and hobbies such as flying planes, cooking for get-togethers, chasing hot air balloons, fishing Key West, and riding his Harley. His favorite hobby was digging up and collecting antique bottles. It all started 50 years ago when his buddy Al Sexton introduced him to the finds from the dumps, outhouses, etc. Bob would set up and attend many bottle shows, but unfortunately the tornado in November 2013 destroyed most of his prized collection.
    Surviving is his wife of 41 years, Freda Mae (Haga-Eaton) Varner; his biological son from a previous marriage, Brad (Holly) Varner; and granddaughter, Tabitha; Freda’s children, Michael (Nadine) Eaton, and Lisa (Glen) Martin; step grandchildren, Shane Eaton, Jesse Eaton, and Amanda Ferguson; and two great grand boys, Damon and Carson Ferguson. Lastly, Bob and Freda’s beloved four cats.
  Despite his failing health over the years, Bob never complained and always had a great attitude. That twinkle in his eye was there till his passing.
    Funeral services were held April 16 at Robison Chapel in Catlin. Burial in Oakridge Cemetery. Catlin American Legion provided military honors. Memorials may be made to the local animal shelters. On-line condolences at

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