• Bennett – Crye

    Brittney Nicole Bennett and David Thomas Crye, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Bell – Parks

    Rachel Bell and Colby Lyle Parks, both of Madison, Wis., have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • In Uniform

    Todd W. Cloe
    Navy Seaman Todd W. Cloe, son of Todd W. Cloe of Tower Hill and Deannie D. Fry of Brownstown recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
    During the eight-week program, Cloe completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.
    An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

  • Card Showers

    Marie Arnold
    A card shower has been requested for Marie Arnold of Brownstown, who will celebrate her 98th birthday on Sunday, March 2.
    Cards may be sent to her at: Friendship Manor, 221 E. Cumberland Road, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.

    Monda Harpster Reeder

    A card shower has been requested for Monda Harpster Reeder, who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Sunday.
    Cards may be sent to: Monda Harpster Reeder, 430 Orchard Lane, Arthur, Ill. 61911.

  • Births

    Clara Mae Bolyard
    Will and Amanda Bolyard of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 6:13 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.

    Clara Mae weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 21 inches long.
    Grandparents are Grayland and Connie Bolyard of Vandalia, Hazel Bauman of Johnston City, and Jerry and Lisa Willmore of Hockley, Texas.
    Great-grandparents are Bill Oliver of Vandalia and Faye Willmore of Mt. Vernon.

    Aaron James Harpster

  • Wasmuth-Fenton

    Ashli Wasmuth and Kory Fenton, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Graumenz family are pictured above.

    Seated in front, from left, are Carin Daume and Marjorie Rinkel Graumenz Warner, holding Jase Lowery. In back are Michelle White Daume and Shirley Graumenz White.

  • Kistler-Holliday

    Sue Ann Kistler and Jacob Louis Holliday, both of Vandalia were united in marriage in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the Vandalia American Legion Home, with the Rev. Carl Rhodes officiating.

  • Birthday

    Gordon Reichert
    An open house to celebrate the 80th birthday of Gorden Reichert will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Methodist Church in Farina.
    Refreshments will be served.

  • In Uniform

    Pvt. Cody L. Huddlestun
    Army National Guard Pvt. Cody L. Huddlestun has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
    The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training.
    During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions.