July 12, 2018

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Sidell starts paperwork for new water tower
    The Sidell Village Board approved a $5500 expense Tuesday to start the process of getting a new water tower.

Children’s Festival
    Sidell Assembly will be hosting a children’s festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 2-10. There is no admission fee.

Sidell Township board raises Fairview maintenance salary
    The Sidell Township Board changed the pay increase for cemetery maintenance from a $100 a month increase they approved last month, to a $200 a month increase approved Monday night.

Teresa Sudlow is the only person in Vermilion County that misses cold winter weather. Well, maybe there is one or two others, but in this week’s Recipe Box she is trying to find a way to stay cool in this extreme summer’s heat. Read all about it only in this week’s Sidell Reporter.


    Donald C. Stevens, 74, of Fairmount, passed away at 1:46 am Saturday, July 6, 2018 at Carle Hospital in Urbana.
    Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Reverend Matt Filicsky officiating. Private family burial will be in the Greenview Cemetery at Fairmount. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Robison Chapel.
    Donnie was born Sept. 9, 1943 in Danville to Carl M. and Irene Nichols Stevens. He married Elizabeth “Ann” Landsdown on Oct. 17, 1970 in Rossville.
    Ann survives, as well as a son, Chad Stevens of St. Joseph; a sister, Ida Mae Neeley of Jacksonville; two granddaughters he lovingly referred to as Princess 1 and Princess 2, Madison Stevens and Brooklyn Stevens.
    He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Stevens and a sister, Mary West.
    Donnie was a graduate of Jamacia High School and was a 32 degree Mason belonging to Catlin Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Fairmount United Methodist Church and had been a locomotive engineer with the Norfolk & Southern Railroad. He loved giving mentoring advice, his most notable quote: “Keep Your Head on Straight.”
    Memorials in Donnie’s memory may be made to the Fairmount United Methodist Church.
Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.

    Kimberly Anne Washkowiak, 39, of Georgetown, passed away at 5:25 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 2018, in the emergency room at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center,
    Kimberly was born Oct. 28, 1978, in Danville to Timothy and Elizabeth High Grigsby.
Surviving are her father, Timothy Grigsby of Oakwood; her maternal grandmother, Joan High of Tilton; her mother, Elizabeth (Joseph) Tharp of Georgetown; her stepfather, Charles Brooks of Danville; four sons, Nicholas Hedges of Charleston, Dylan Washkowiak of Catlin, Kaiden and Christopher Hazel of Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, Ty Grigsby of Danville; two sisters, Amanda Long of St. Joseph and Karha (Eric) Rosson of Danville; and two nieces, McKenna “Bug-A-Boos” Rosson and Maci Long.
    She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert (Peggy) Grigsby; her maternal grandfather, Donald High; and her aunt, Vickie Frazier.
    Kimberly graduated from Jamaica High School. She loved to travel with her sons. She enjoyed spending time with her boys and watching them play sports, going fishing or just sitting around home listening to music.
    Funeral services: noon Thursday, July 12, at Robison Chapel, Catlin, with Pastor James Blue officiating. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Danville. Visitation was 11 a.m.-noon today (Thursday) at Robison Chapel, Catlin. Online condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.


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.

FOR SALE—GREAT FOR JAMAICA ALUMNI—“A Look Back At 39 Years of Cardinal Pride.” 40 pages covering Jamaica sports from 1955-1995. Lots of pictures, stats and memories from fans and athletes. $12.50 includes postage. Make check payable to Sidell Reporter. Mail to P.O. Box 475, Sidell, IL 61876. Click here to order.
   “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.