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Milestones

  • Koester – 55 years

    Howard and Carol Koester will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary this Saturday.

    For those who wish to send them a card, their address is: 2320 N. 1450 St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Births

    Maliyah Grayce Carroll
    Rick “JR” and Cinde Carroll are the parents of a girl born at 3:20 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel will celebrate her 98th birthday on Saturday, April 23.

    Family and friends are invited to join her for lunch at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia at 11 a.m. on her birthday to celebrate the occasion.

  • Card Shower

    Irene Reed
    A card shower has been requested for Irene Reed, who will celebratre her birthday on June 20.
    Cards may be sent to: Irene Reed, 105 N. Olive St., St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

  • Birthday

    Lucille Taylor
    Lucille Evelyn (Devall) Taylor celebrated her 90th birthday on March 12 with family and friends at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia, where she is a member.

    She was born on March 1, 1926.
    She is the mother of Linda {deceased) (Carl) Neely, Sue (Gary) Grounds, Gerry Taylor (deceased), Chuck (Deanna) Taylor and Diane (Don) Little.  She also has 18 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.

  • Birth

    Abigail Jane DeCloedt
    Jonathon and Aubrea DeCloedt of Carmel, Ind., are the parents of a girl born at 9:31 a.m. on March 10, 2016.

    Abigail Jane weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 19½ inches long.
    Maternal grandparents are Jay and Sayona Perry of Vandalia, and Kim Scott of Beverly Hills, Fla., is the paternal grandmother.
    Great-grandparents are Jane Hall, the late Art and Betty Perry, and Carol Youngblood.

  • Family YMCA Special Olympians
  • Births

    McKenna Lynn Wallace
    Ben and Charli Wallace of Shelton, Wash., was the parents of a girl born at 5:19 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2016, at Capital Medical Center in Olympia, Wash.

  • Masons honor past masters, install officers
  • Vandalia native Paul Stroble publishes two more books

    Vandalia native Paul Stroble recently published his 17th and 18th  books.
    “Walking with Jesus through the Old Testament” is published by Westminster John Knox Press in Louisville, Ky.
    Drawing on the New Testament story of the Walk to Emmaus, where Jesus explains the scriptures to two travelers, Stroble selects scriptures that Jesus might have explained to his companions on the road.