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Milestones

  • Anniversary

    Clarence and Mary Alender of Gillespie, formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 60th anniversary this week with family dinners on Sunday and Wednesday.

  • Births

    Logan Matthew Sasse
    Matthew and Sarah Sasse of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 10:12 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Engagement

    Crystal N. Stevenson of Greenville and Matthew E. Blankenship of Mulberry Grove have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Heather Amanda Meseke and John R. Wilson have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Meseke of Shobonier, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Meseke of Shobonier.
    The future groom is the son of John Wilson of Amarillo, Texas, Hazel Willshire of Austin, Texas,  and Mr. and Mrs. Shane Pinnell of Greenville.
    The couple are planning a Sept. 2 wedding at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Engagement

    Kayla VonBehren and Jacob Etcheson have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Tresnee Willms and Eric Adams, both of Brownstown, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Larry England of Vandalia will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary with a family dinner hosted by their children at their daughter’s home.

  • Birthday

    Clarence Freeman
    Clarence Freeman, a former Vandalia resident now living in a rural suburb of San Diego, will be honored this Sunday as he observes his 105th birthday.
    In 1910, when Freeman was 3 years old, his family moved to Vandalia. He worked for Vandalia Lumber Co. for more than 15 years, beginning in about 1930, rising to the position of assistant manager.
    He also served four years as an alderman for the city of Vandalia.

  • Engagement

    Hailey Carson of St. Elmo and Trey Wright of Beecher City have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Alan Harrison of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.