JUNE 13, 2024

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JHS Class of ’64 to meet
Save the date. The 1964 Class of Jamaica High School is having there 60th Class Reunion on Aug. 10. The event will be held at the Possum Trot.  More information to follow as time gets closer. 

Edgar County Watchdogs take interest in Indianola Village Board behavior

Woodard to not seek another term

Paper for Sale
The Sidell Reporter is looking for someone to take over the 136-year-old publication. Contact Editor Rinda Maddox by phone, text, email, US mail, Facebook, carrier pigeon or thru the Grapevine. Just not by Fax. We got rid of that years ago.

Sidell PD ready to roll

Storm softball, baseball post season awards

Catlin FD Report

New slate of officers for Catlin Legion 

The Sidell Reporter has an opening for a cooking columnist. I’d like to challenge one of our male readers to apply. I hear you can cook as good as us women! 

ALICE MADGE (TRIMBLE) WARTERS of Allerton, beloved wife, mother,  grandmother, and great-grandmother passed peacefully June 4,  2024 at Kirby Medical Hospital in Monticello.
    Madge was the daughter of Orval and Belle (Bishop) Trimble of Newman. She was a graduate of Newman High School and attended Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
    Madge married Dean Warters on Sept 21, 1952. They were married for 58 years until Dean passed in December 2010. They had four children, Kim Warters of Allerton, Ginger Stanfield of Charleston, Tammy (Gary) Frick of St. Joseph and Tim Warters of Allerton.  Madge was preceded in death by their infant son, Kim (1953); son, Tim (2005); husband, Dean (2010); parents, Orval and Belle Trimble; brothers, Gene and Doyle Trimble; sister-in-law Anne Trimble (who was like a sister).
    Madge and Dean farmed northeast of Allerton. They also raised hogs and Polled Shorthorn cattle. Madge loved every aspect of the farm life. She felt the best place to raise a family was on a farm. Madge played a vital role in all the work on their farm … from driving the combine during harvest, to cooking, she did it all.  Besides her family, farming and raising livestock was one of the joys of her life. Their family traveled all over the Midwest to countless State and County Fairs showing their livestock. Madge was a charter member of the Shorthorn “Lassie” organization which was very involved with the promotion of the Polled Shorthorn cattle breed. She served on most of the various boards and committees related to this organization, being named “National Lassie of the Year” in 1981.
    Another passion (besides her family) was music. Her brother, Gene, started an orchestra in Newman, when he was in high school. Madge started playing saxophone in the Gene Trimble Orchestra when she was 12 years old. She filled in for several members in the saxophone section as they left for World War II. She played 1st Sax for over 60 years in his band.  The band also performed as a “Clown” band for entertaining lots of people and various events. The clown band played at the Illinois State Fair for over 50 years. She was looking forward to playing again this summer with the Charleston Community Band which is directed by her daughter, Ginger.
    Madge loved the joy of worshiping and working with the members of the United Methodist Church in Allerton.
    Throughout her entire life, Madge’s biggest priority was her family. She loved being around them every chance she had. 
    A visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Sat., June 15 at the St. Joseph United Methodist Church with the celebration of life beginning at 11 a.m.; Pastor Clyde Snyder will be officiating.
    Memorial donations may be made to the Allerton United Methodist Church.

    HELEN ESTEP, 91, of Danville, formerly of Fairmount, passed away  Wed., June 5, 2024 at Arcadia Care in Danville. She was born  in Fairmount, the daughter of Henry Alva and Elizabeth Coleman Underwood.  She was preceded in death by her siblings, John Amos, Edna Margaret, George Loren, Nora Emma Isabelle, Willard Alva and Joseph Laverne Ervin.  She is survived by her brother, Ralph Wayne and her two sons, Timothy James Estep of Beverly, Mass. and Daniel Lee Estep of Fairmount.  Helen worked as a telephone operator out of high school and retired from the Oakwood Truckstop. She loved “The Price is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune” almost as much as she loved chocolate. She will be dearly missed.
    According to her wishes, there will be no services. Rortvedt Funeral Services & Crematory is assisting the family. Online condolences: www.rortvedtfuneralservices.com.

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Special Issues 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. $15-pick up at Sidell Reporter; $17.50 to be mailed.

“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. $15-pick up at Sidell Reporter; $17.50 to be mailed.

“Jamaica High Alumni Photo Album 1956-2015”
64-page album of each senior composite that hung in the hallway at Jamaica High. $15-pick up at Sidell Reporter, $19.50 to be mailed.