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Milestones

  • 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.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Larry England of Vandalia will celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary with a family dinner hosted by their daughter.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Dorwin Julius of St. Elmo celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Saturday.

    Dorwin Julius and Wanda Haslett were married on June 29, 1948, at the Assembly of God Church in St. Elmo, with the Rev. D.B. Jaggers officiating.
    Parents of the couple are the late Jacob and Hazel (Clayton) Julius and the late Robert and Maude (Hobson) Haslett.
    They have five children: Marion, Bob, Randy, Brian and Darin.

  • Birthday

    Donna Ray Snyder
    An open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at First Baptist Church in Patoka for the 60th birthday of Donna Ray Snyder, whose birthday is Sunday.
    Those unable to attend may send cards to: 4619 Farthering Road, Odin, Ill. 62870.

  • Five Generations
  • VFW Auxiliary installs new officers

    The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 3862 of Vandalia installed its officers for the coming year at its June 10 meeting.
    Past President Loretta Keagle installed the new officers: president, Jana Oldham; treasurer, Margaret Kimberlin; and appointed secretary, Sherrie Garrett.

  • Rine-Roberts

    Danielle Nicole Rine and Ira James Roberts III, both of Coffeen, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Holaday-Graumenz

    Mackenzie Holaday and Mitch Graumenz, both of Ballwin, Mo., and formerly of Vandalia, were united in marriage in a 3:30 p.m. ceremony on May 25, 2013, at Copper Dock Winery, with Matthew Holaday officiating.