February 15, 2024

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Rickard is Teacher of the Year for East Central Illinois

The sky’s the limit
Sean Anderson’s sights were set high from a young age

Food pantry at Shooting Stars
The Sidell Food Pantry will be at the Shooting Stars at the Salt Fork South Campus this Saturday, 9-11. They will be accepting financial donations, as well as paper supplies and toiletries.The food pantry is currently serving 39 families, taking $3000 monthly.

OSF Wrestlers beat all schools records

Lady Storm wins 4th straight VVC Title with 12-0 record

Boys split wins/losses

Jr. High netters sweep wins for both teams in regular action and the Cupid Shuffle


    STEVEN W. “OSCAR” WADE, 64, of Fairmount, passed away at 9:34 p.m. Wed., Feb. 7, 2024, at his home.
    He was born on Sept. 23, 1959, in Kankakee, the son of Donald and Shirley Parks Wade. Survivors include one son, Logan (Reghan) Wade of Fairmount; one daughter, Mandy Wade of Nashville, Ind.; two brothers, David (Kelly) Wade of Bloomington and Rick (Chris) Wade of Belleview, Fla.; one sister, Diana Davis of Tilton; two grandchildren, Audric and Sierra, and one on the way; many nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Justin Eads; and a neighbor and best friend, Josh Campbell. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Wade and mother, Shirley Johnson.
    Oscar worked as a truck driver for many years before retirement. He was a member of the Fairmount Quarry and the Fairmount Sportsman’s Club. He was an avid Cubs, Bears and Illini fan. He enjoyed riding around town on his side-by-side and didn’t know a stranger due to his gift of gab. He enjoyed scrapping and hunting mushrooms and deer antlers in his woods.
    Funeral services 11 a.m. Fri., Feb. 16, 2024, at Robison Chapel in Catlin with Pastor Matt Filicsky officiating. Burial in Greenview Cemetery in Fairmount. Visitation 5-7 p.m. today (Thursday), Feb. 15, at Robison Chapel. On-line condolences at www.robisonchapel.com.


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