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November 15, 2018

Below is just a selection of headlines from this week's issue.

In this week’s issue, read the sports preview for girls and boys Salt Fork basketball and the Salt Fork players out for coop wrestling.

Christmas stories wanted
    The Sidell Reporter would like to know of your favorite Christmas for their annual issue.Each year, we ask you, the reader, to share some of your Christmas memories as we fill the special issue with greetings, stories and photos.
    What is your favorite memory of Christmas past? We’d love to hear about it.
Did you find a favorite toy under the tree one Christmas morning in your youth? Or perhaps something quite unexpected?
    Did your family have a Christmas tradition that was done every year?
    Do you have a photo of you or your children on Santa’s lap?
    We hope our readers will once again help us make our Christmas issue great by sharing a story with us.
    You don’t have to be a writer to share, you can tell us your story over the phone, or write down the facts and we’ll polish it into a story with proper grammar.
The Christmas issue is always a success when our readers share their stories with us.
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Sidell, IL 61876
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Street in Sidell.

Sidell works on financing new water tower
The Village of Sidell continues to make plans for the water tower project.

Sidell Twp. looks at modernizing books
The Sidell Township Board heard at Monday’s meeting newly appointed Supervisor Wendy Partenheimer plans to get the financial records set up with QuickBooks on a computer instead of continuing the use of handwritten ledger books.

Christmas parade
The Village of Sidell will have their Lighted Christmas parade again this year. It will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa
The Sidell Lions Club will host Breakfast with Santa Dec. 1 at the Sidell Fire Station from 7-11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy will be served for a free will donation.

Suzanne Woodard is all about pasta this week. Check out her delicious recipes in this week’s Recipe Box!

Four Salt Fork alumni are headed to the NCAA playoffs. Read about these past Storm players and their success at Eureka.

About 118 students are pictured in the 12 pages of this week’s Sidell Reporter.     Recognize any of these smiling faces? Pick up a copy at the Sidell Reporter office, the news box at the Sidell Post Office or inside the Sidell Grocery or Sonny’s Cafe, or in Fairmount and Catlin, stop in at Casey’s and pick up a copy. You can also view the entire edition for free at Starting Dec. 1 a subscription will be required to read the paper online.

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    Andrew “Andy” Hatke, 76, of Sidell, passed away at 9:35 p.m., Nov. 7, 2018,
at OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center, Danville. He was born on October 15, 1942, in Lafayette, Ind., the son of Isidore “Izzy” and Margaret (Brown) Hatke, both deceased. He was united in marriage to Carla (Sherry) Hatke on Jan. 20, 2005 in Englewood, Fla. She will miss him dearly.
    Andy was a graduate of Lafayette Central Catholic High School. He loved farming. He enjoyed making coffee at the Elevator for the guys and going to farm sales. He was a “John Deere Green” man who loved his family very much.
    Those who will miss Andy include his children, Marti (Steve) Oteham of Battle Ground, Ind., Jan (Parrish) Slate of Lafayette, Ind. and AJ (Kari) Hatke of Carmel, Ind.; his step-children, Ian (Lori) O’Brien of Delphi, Ind. and Nathan (Carmen) O’Brien of Lafayette, Ind.; his siblings, Anna May Hatke of Camden, Ind., Betty Rohler of Lafayette, Ind., Lou (Debbie) Hatke of Crawfordsville, Ind., Gene (Rosanna) Hatke of Crawfordsville, Ind., Chico (Laurie) Hatke of Lafayette, Ind.; his ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and his good and long-time friend from National Auto Diesel College, Butch Klima and his wife, Luann.
    A Catholic Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 13 at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 109 W. 7th  St, Georgetown, with Father Deus officiating. He was laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Sidell. Memorial donations may be given in his name to donor’s choice of charity. Please join his family in sharing memories, photos, and videos through his Tribute Wall at

    Rev. Dr. E. Dale Ferrell, age 89, passed away Nov. 7, 2018 at 3:30 a.m. at his home.
He was born Aug. 26, 1929, at Hoopeston, the son of Elmer Burton and Versia Catherine Kester Ferrell who preceded him in death. He was also preceeded by a brother and four sisters.
    Surviving are his wife, Claudia Pritikin Ferrell, one sister, two daughters, two sons and a step-daughter; three granddaughters and four step-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren. He was married to Inez E. Bloyd, Dec. 18, 1949 who preceded him in death May 7, 1995.
    Dr. Ferrell attended schools in Hoopeston. He was a Language Arts teacher at Danville High School and an instructor of composition at DACC. Following his retirement, he renewed God’s call to the Christian Ministry and was ordained Nov. 9, 1999. He served as pastor of Batestown/Union Corner United Methodist churches, Muncie Baptist Church, and was interim pastor at Sidell Baptist Church and Tuscola Baptist Church. He preached at Cayuga Presbyterian Church before he became ill.
    He was a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church, but he often attended First Presbyterian Church with his wife Claudia.
    Services were at First Presbyterian Church, Danville with Rev. Ann Schwartz officiating. Burial was in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston. In lieu of flowers, donations to “Friends of Carle Hospice”, Carle Home Health, Champaign, IL 61822. Pape Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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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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