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Milestones

  • Engagement

    Kayla Michelle Kern and Ryan Lee Ochs, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Engagement

    Jennifer Beausang and Wesley Hoffman, both of Collinsville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of John and Jean Beausang of Collinsville.
    She graduated from Collinsville High School in 1999, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a concentration on photojournalism.
    She is currently the manager of the Avalon Exchange store in the Delmar/University City loop in St. Louis.

  • Ehrat named CEO of HCA facility in Texas

    Vandalia native Michael Ehrat has been named chief executive officer of Mainland Medical Center in Texas City, Texas.

  • Anniversary

    Donald “Jake” and Georgianne (Edwards) Tompkins of Smithboro will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 15.

  • Anniversary

    Edward and Doris Helm of Vandalia will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7.


    Ed Helm and the former Doris Isbell were married at her parents’ home in Vandalia on Sept. 7, 1947.
    They are the parents of a daughter, Jan and her husband Pete Manuel of Marshall.
    They also have one grandson, Chris and wife Kim of Covington, Ga., and two great-granddaughters.
    A card shower is requested for the couple. Cards may be sent to: 2504 Whitler Lane, Vandalia, Ill. 62471

  • Rhoades inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame

    Nearly 19,000 adults volunteer annually to assist with local 4-H programs across the state. An elite group of those volunteers were honored Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds by the Illinois 4-H Foundation.

    Four local volunteers were inducted into the Illinois 4-H Foundation’s Hall of Fame, including Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey.

  • Completes Youth Police Program

    Iris Daiber of Vandalia graduated from the American Legion Youth Police Program on June 29. Daiber was sent to the program by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Hayes family are shown. From left to right are Lisa Radliff, Jessica Peyton, Mary Hayes, Brittney Radliff and Abigail Radliff.

  • Births

    Ella Karyne & Kaly Grace Benning
    Matthew and Tina Benning of St. Peter are the parents of twin daughters born on Aug. 1, 2012.
    Ella Karyne weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 inches long, and Kaly Grace weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 17½ inches long.
    They have a brother, Marcus, age 3½.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Al Niemeyer of St. Elmo will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 2, with an open house from 2-4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Elmo.