JULY 11, 2024

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Sidell Village increases weekly hours for Police Chief

Local solar gives positives to village board

Catlin Fire promotes two members

Vance Twp. approves Budget/Appropriation

Fresh produce sought for food pantry

    The Sidell Food Pantry would welcome fresh produce from area gardens to include in their monthly food boxes which are now supporting 41 families.  If you will have an abundance of produce for their next food pick up on Aug. 5 and again for Sept. 2, please contact Debbie Lyons, 217-493-0172.

The Taylor brothers take ISU by Storm

Marsha Lamb Fletcher – The first of her kind as healthcare surveyor

From the Archives: July 1970 Journal headline reports Stoutin Insurance burns

Sidell Reporter looking to add columnists

    The Sidell Reporter would like to add more columnists to our editorial page. If you are interested in being an occasional columnist, one-time columnist or regular columnist, please contact editor@thesidellreporter.com.
    Also, etters to the editor on local topics are also welcome to be submitted.


    DALE RAY RICHTER, 78 of Sidell, passed away at 11:30 p.m. on July 3, 2024, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, after a battle with cancer.  Dale was born on May 28, 1946, in Danville to Roy Arnold Richter and Mary Louise (Rosnett) Richter. Dale graduated from Jamaica High School in 1964. He then served two years in the United States Army. He retired from General Motors in January of 1992. 
    Throughout the years, Dale had many hobbies and collections. When he was 11 years old, he, his father and brother started hunting Indian artifacts and fossils. He wrote several articles that have been published in various artifact books.
   Dale is survived by his wife, Barbara (Delbridge); two sisters, Carol Geyer of Crossville, Tenn., Bonnie Andrews of Danville; one brother, Charles Steven (Joyce) Richter of Catlin; one daughter Tina (Michael) Karuzis of Catlin; one son, Bryson Richter of Terre Haute, Ind.; one stepdaughter, Michelle Delbridge of Sidell and one stepson, Chad (Melissa) Delbridge of Trafalgar Ind.; eight grandchildren, Abigail (Blake) Pate of Westville, Dale Lee Richter of Fairmount, Tristan Karuzis, Trevor Karuzis and Morgan Karuzis of Catlin; Joseph Delbridge, Chloe Delbridge and Shelby Delbridge of Trafalgar, Ind.; one great-grandson Cohen Ray Pate of Westville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   Dale was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Debra Twardzik and one daughter, Laurie Richter.
   There will be a private family service July 12. Burial will be in Greenview Cemetery, Fairmount.

MICHELLE L. BARRETT HAWK, 57, of Villa Grove passed away on Sat., July 6, 2024 at her home.
    Michelle was born to Jack Barrett and Joanna (LaFrance) Marrow. She married James Hawk on Sept. 7, 2017 in Tuscola.
    She is survived by her loving husband of seven years, Jim Hawk; two children, Isaac (Hailey) Montgomery and Nathan Porter; her mother, Joanna Marrow; three siblings, Amanda Ziemnisky, Matthew (Kyle) Barrett, and Mark (Candy) Barrett; one aunt, Rita (Noel) Hamilton; and one niece and nephew, Brittany (Mike) Barrett and Christian (Raegen) Ziemnisky.
    She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Barrett; grandparents, one aunt, and one cousin.
    Michelle graduated from Jamaica High School in 1985. She loved to go on vacations with her family to Florida, especially Tampa and Clearwater, and loved to spend time with her family camping and fishing.  She was very artistic and enjoyed her time drawing. She loved all animals and was the kind of person that would give you the shirt off her back. Michelle also enjoyed playing computer games on her iPad like solitaire and Scrabble. But over everything, she loved to spend time with her two boys, Isaac and Nathan; they were her whole world. Michelle will truly be missed by all of her family and friends.
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sat., July 13, 2024 at the United Methodist Church in Villa Grove with Pastor Jon Brashear officiating.  Memorial donations may be made to her two sons, or to the Douglas County Humane Society.

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“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”
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