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Milestones

  • Engagement

    Julianne Zimny and Jonathan Morton, both of Chicago, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Carroll Wayne and Ruth Ann Beck of Herrick will celebrate 50 years of marriage on Sunday, June 17.
    A celebration with family, including dinner, will be held in Effingham at Lone Star Steakhouse.

    Carroll Wayne Beck and Ruth Ann Barnes were united in marriage on Sunday June 17, 1962, in the Herrick Christian Church. Dennis Corley officiated the double-ring ceremony.
    The maid of honor was Joyce (Brown) Nance, and Bob Barnes served as best man. The other attendants were Linda Kay (Austin) Bumgardner and Roger Henderson.

  • Birthday

    Evelyn Probst
    Evelyn Probst will be celebrating her 90th birthday with a reception for family and friends from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Ramsey American Legion Home.


    The public is invited. The family requests no gifts.
    Cards may be sent to: Evelyn Probst, RR 1, Box 93, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Birth

    Kara Ann Stone
    Katie Lape and Jeff Stone of rural Brownstown are the parents of a girl born at 7:37 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Miley Worker crowned Miss Illinois Princess

    Miley Worker of Vandalia was recently crowned the Miss Illinois Princess at the International Junior Miss Pageant in Chicago.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dowell of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Sunday.
    Bob Dowell and the former Margie Niehaus were married on June 3, 1962, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.

  • Birth

    Kolton Lee Schaefer
    Jennifer and Ryan Schaefer of rural Beecher City are the parents of a boy born at 8:01 a.m. on March 20, 2012, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.


    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He was named Kolton Lee. He has a brother, Kaden, age 16 months.
    Grandparents are Kenneth and Kathy Bogart of rural Brownstown, and Evan Schaefer, and Matt and Amy Jones of Beecher City.

  • Birthday

    Jennie Alice Harner
    An open house reception for Jennie Alice (Logue) Harner on her 95th birthday will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown.

  • 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.