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Milestones

  • In Uniform

    PFC Victoria Ragel
    Marine Corps Pfc. Victoria L. Ragel, daughter of Holly B. Norris of Vandalia, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C., designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
    Ragel and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics.

  • Engagement

    Katy Heckert of St. Elmo and Andrew Noble of Franklin, Ohio, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Dean Black of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.

  • Anniversary

    Leon and Linda Lawler of rural Mulberry Grove will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday.
    Leon and the former Linda Washburn were married at Haley Chapel Church in Bluff City.

  • Family honors Calvert on 80th birthday

    Happy Birthday to Ralph Calvert, a local icon, who spent years catering to the Vandalia, Fillmore and Hillsboro public through culinary skills; his

    creativity measured by the taste buds of regulars, occasional fare seekers and travelers alike.

    80 years ago, Ralph¹s parents might have guessed that he would be so successful and cherished by so many; leaving a lasting legacy of lineage spread across thousands of miles, two continents and five states.

  • Births

    Jas Edward Dean Taylor
    Amanda and Keith Taylor of Sandoval are the parents of a boy born at 7:46 p.m. on April 14, 2012, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.

  • Wedding

    Claralyn Kay Luchtefeld and Jonathan Tyler Denton, both of Vandalia, were united in married in a 4 p.m. ceremony on Nov. 11, 2011, at St. Elmo Christian Church in St. Elmo, with the Rev. Tom Fedrigon officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of LaQuita (Haslett) and Kelly Booher, and the late Frank Luchtefeld and his wife Lisa. She is the granddaughter of Keith and Margaret Haslett of St. Elmo, Shirley Feree of Scottsdale, Ariz., and the late V.R. “Lucky” Luchtefeld.
    She was given in marrage by her stepfather, Kelly Booher.

  • Wedding

    Stephanie Henna of Vandalia and Mitchell Ashbaugh of Effingham were united in marriage in a 2 p.m. ceremony on March 24, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Dr. Roger Grimmett officiating.

  • Births

    Parker Steven Daniels
    Jaclyn and Mitch Daniels of rural Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 1:07 p.m. on April 17, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Engagement

    The Rev. Kevin Wendorf of Onarga and Barbara Torbeck have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.