March 22, 2018

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Inside this week’s Reporter – spring sports preview! Catch up on the Baseball, Softball and Track teams only in this week’s Sidell Reporter!

Penny sales tax lost by Danville city voters
The majority of voter across the county, outside of the city of Danville, were willing to pay a one cent sales tax for the county’s schools. But the voters inside the city of Danville voted it down.

Indianola plans events
At its regular monthly meeting on March 14, the Indianola Village Board set dates for two upcoming village events.

Catlin hears water concern
The Village of Catlin addressed a concern from a water customer who lives outside the village limits.

Johnston retires as Carroll Township Clerk
At its March 19 meeting, the Carroll Township Board accepted the resignation of Clerk JoAnne Johnston, effective May 31.

The Sidell Reporter’s newest columnist, Lily DeAth, a second grader at Salt Fork South Elementary, prefers the 1800s over today.

Lady Storm softball off to a 1-1 start to the season.
Storm baseball off to a 2-3 start to the season.

Deb Miller is taking stock of kitchen gadgets on in this week’s Sidell Reporter. Pick up a copy at the Sidell Reporter office (inside or outside); outside the Sidell Post Office, inside the Sidell Grocery and Sonny’s Cafe or inside Casey’s General Stores in both Fairmount and Catlin.Or subscribe today and get the paper delivered straight to your mailbox each week.


    William V. “Billy” Keller Jr., 54, of Catlin, passed away at his home on Dec. 26, 2017 after battling liver disease. Billy was born at Ft. Lewis Army Base in Tacoma, Wash. on Apr. 3, 1963. He was the son of William and Sharon (Beddow) Keller.
    Billy graduated from Catlin High School in 1981. He earned a teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University and later received a nursing degree from Lakeview College of Nursing. Billy was employed and then retired from The Veteran’s Administration where he worked in Health and Occupational Safety. Billy was father to two sons and had been married to Lisa Ferris from 2004 until her passing in 2015.
    He is survived by his mother, Sharon of Monroe, Mich.; son, Cole Keller; sister, Kelly (Doug) Hunt of Monroe, Mich.; brother, Tony (Mindy) of Catlin; and seven nephews, Logan, Leighton, Landyn, Levi, Keegan and Kamdyn. Billy was preceded in death by his father, William V. Keller Sr., one son, Jacob; and one niece, Sloan.
    Billy volunteered for the Catlin Fire Department, and worked for Oakwood Ambulance as an EMT. Working for the Oakwood Ambulance was something that he and his wife Lisa enjoyed doing together. Billy also loved fishing, playing cards and golfing.
    Cremation rites were accorded and burial was in Sunset Cemetery in Danville, next to his wife Lisa. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at 11 a.m. Sat., Apr. 7, 2018 at The Catlin United Methodist Church in Catlin. Patti Wise will be officiating.   Visitation will be from 10 a.m. till service time at the church. We would encourage guests to come and share your stories of Billy with us. Robison Chapel in Catlin is in charge of arrangements. On-line condolences at


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