• Fogler – Kesterson

    Jessica Ann Fogler and Jason Michael Kesterson, both of St. Louis, Mo., have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • BHS class of '53 holds 60-year reunion

    The Brownstown High School class of 1953 held its 60-year reunion recently with a noon luncheon at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.

  • Births

    Miranda Jane Harner
    Andrew and Elizabeth Harner of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 2:40 p.m. on July 25, 2013, at St. John’s Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.

  • American Legion Auxiliary Officers

    The new officers of Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary were installed recently.

    In front, from left to right, are: Sue Shadwell, treasurer; Sabrina Lineberry, president; Mary Horsthemke, installing officer; and Katie Schukar, first vice president. In back are: Sandy Branham, installing chaplain; Jo Ann Corry, sergeant-at-arms; Alvena Noffsinger, installing sergeant-at-arms; Sharon Harris, secretary; Judy Varga, chaplain; and Evelyn Schmollinger, historian.

  • Proud-50 years

    Theodore and Camille Proud of Springfield celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 27.

  • Births

    Winston Xavier Hall
    Brandon and Cindy Hall of O’Fallon, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 1:50 p.m. on May 10, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.

  • Hill - 50 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hill of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Ramsey American Legion Home.

  • McNeel – McElheney

    Revis Dean McElheney and Anna Beth McNeel, both of Alpine, Wyo., were married beachside during a sunset ceremony in Isla Vista, Calif., on June 29, 2013. The groom is formerly of Brownstown.

  • Birth

    Ruby Nicole Lay
    David and Julie Lay of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    Ruby Nicole weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. She has a sister, Hayden Claire, age 3.
    Grandparents are Bob and Susan Culbertson of Vandalia, and Brad and Julie Lay of Ramsey.
    Great-grandparents are Velda Merriman of Vandalia, Helen Culbertson of Vandalia, Shirley Lay of Ramsey, and Howard and Corinne Mathre of Newark, Ill.

  • Taylor-Reents

    Afthan Renee Taylor of Greenville and Matthew Alan Reents of Litchfield were united in marriage at 6 p.m. on April 27, 2013, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Edwardsville, with Pastor Sheryl Palmer officiating.