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Milestones

  • Maske Sworn in as Ensign

    Daniel Maske, a fourth year student at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, is shown in the first photo being sworn in as an ensign in the Chaplain Corps of the Navy by his father, the Rev. Steven Maske, a retired Navy lieutenant and pastor of Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Elgin.

  • Veal-50 years

    Bill and Ann (Houston) Veal of rural Vernon celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

    They were married on Aug. 16, 1964, at the First United Methodist Church in Patoka.
    They are the parents of a daughter, Andrea (Mark) Britt of St. Peters, Mo., and a son Brent Veal, deceased. They have two granddaughters, Kathryn "Kate" and Lauren Britt.

  • Haslett-50 years

    Verlin and Marcia Haslett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on July 3 at their home in Fleming Island, Fla.

  • Birth

    Brody Ryan
    & Nolan Richard Rinehart

    Mark and Leanne Rinehart of Vandalia are the parents of twin boys born on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at St. Mary’s Health Center in St. Louis, Mo.
    Brody Ryan, born at 6:44 p.m., weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and was 17.7 inches long, and Nolan Richard, born at 6:45 p.m., weighed 4 pounds 3 ounces, and was 17.3 inches long.
    They have a sister, Caroline, age 2.

  • Kleinik-Perkins

    Amanda “Mina” Kleinik and Luke Perkins have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Campbell-Hawk

    Beth Campbell and Justin “JJ” Hawk, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Card Shower

    Erna Gehle
    Erna Gehle, formerly of the St. Paul community in southeast Fayette County, will celebrate her 100th birthday on Aug. 29.
    She was born on Aug. 29, 1914, the daughter of Otto and Emma Gehle.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 709 S. Laclede Station Road, Room 311, Webster Groves, Mo. 63119.

  • Hutchison-Kinkead

    Sarah Hutchison and TK Kinkead were married in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony on May 31, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Dan Laack and Denny Hutchison officiating.

  • Births

    Adrian Kenneth Towler
    Chad and Ashley Towler of rural Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 4:38 p.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

  • Birthday

    Betty Snyder
    A card shower has been requested for Betty Snyder of Vandalia, who will celebrate her 90th birthday this Saturday.

    She was born on Aug. 16, 1924, in Fayette County. She married Ivan “Jim” Snyder; he is now deceased.
    She is the mother of Bonnie Hall and Doris Kelly of Pana; Leroy Snyder, Shirley Ray and Lary Snyder of Vandalia; and Carolyn Burrus of Bingham. A son, Kenneth Snyder, is deceased.
    Cards may be sent to: 1607 W. Fillmore St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.