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August 6, 2020

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Back to School Registration
Mon., Aug. 10, 1-7 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Registration will be in-person. Masks must be worn. Temperature checks will be taken at the door and a maximum of 50 people will be allowed in one space.

Football season moved to February

Junior high fall sports is back on

Central Land Bank to market Catlin-owned lots

School board to discuss return to school plans at special open meeting tonight

Free outdoor movie night

Sidell Lions tractor pull
The Sidell Lions Club will host a tractor pull weekend Aug. 8-9 behind city hall on Chicago Street. Central Illinois Garden Tractor Pullers Association will be pulling Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. A kiddie tractor pull will begin on Saturday at 2 p.m. on the basketball court at the park. Sign-ups begin at 1:30 p.m. Each kid who participates in the kiddie tractor pull gets a free hot dog. Extra precaution with the kiddie tractor pull will be taken to meet social distancing guidelines. A food booth with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chips and drink will be available both days, starting at 11 a.m. On Sun., Aug. 9, the 3rd Annual Antique Tractor Pull will begin at 1 p.m. with weigh-in and pull starts to begin at 11 a.m.

Catching up
A new series by Brett McMahon begins this week that looks at our former neighbors and catches up with where they are now.

Amy Thomas is sharing the garden’s bounty in this week’s Recipe Box.

    WILLIAM “BILL” EDWARD BALLARD, 70, of Georgetown, passed away at 4:45 p.m.,
Wed., July 29, 2020, at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville.
    He was born on Aug. 2, 1949, the son of Everett and Freda (Johnson) Ballard. He was united in marriage to Thresa “Janie” Becker on June 2, 1973, in Georgetown. She survives.
Bill is also survived by his daughters, Staci Jordan of Urbana and Shana (Greg) Filicsky of Sidell; two brothers; one sister; and seven grandchildren, Brandon, Brenden, Brianna, Brylee, Daniel, William and Annabelle. He was preceded in death by his parents, as well as his father-in-law, Robert “Bob” Becker.
    Bill was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. He worked at Hostess Cake and Sunbeam Bread for 35 years as a sales representative. He was known to many as a huge Chicago Cubs fan, as well as an avid poker player; and he enjoyed fishing. Bill was a family man and cherished spending time with his family, kids, and grandkids.
    The family requests that everyone dress casually and wear a Cub’s shirt or bib overalls in his memory. Because of his charitable spirit, he chose to be an organ donor and through that will help others in need.
    A celebration of Bill’s life was held Aug. 3 at Sunset Funeral Home, Georgetown, with Pastor Matt Filicsky officiating. He was laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

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For Sale

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.

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