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Milestones

  • Anniversary

    Dean and Pat Roberts of Vandalia recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo.

  • Engagement

    Jo Carruthers and Travis Towler, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.


    The future bride is the daughter of Dan and Debbie Carruthers of Ramsey.
    She is a 2006 graduate of Ramsey High School.
    The future groom is the son of Marcia Barringer of Brownstown and Dudley Gathe of Effingham.
    He is a 2003 graduate of Brownstown High School.
    The couple are planning an Aug. 25 wedding at Oak Terrace in rural Pana. A reception will follow at the American Legion Home in Vandalia, with food served at 5:30 p.m.

  • Card Shower

    Merle Caylor
    A card shower has been requested for Merle Caylor, who will celebrate his 91st birthday on Aug. 17.
    Cards may be sent to: RR 2, Box 255, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. Doug Veteto of St. Elmo will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, at the First Church of God SHED in St. Elmo.

  • 'The Blacksmith King'

    The daughter of Vandalia natives Barry and Mindy Barenfanger has released her first novel at the age of 15.

  • Gaskins – Stein

    Holly Gaskins and Jared Stein, both of Texas, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Merle and Georgi Adermann of Vandalia will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this Sunday.


    Merle Adermann and Georgi Stombaugh were married on July 29, 1972, in Vandalia.
    Georgi is a registered nurse at Fayette County Hospital in Vandalia, and Merle works as maintenance director at Brookstone Estates in Vandalia.
    They are the parents of three children: Dana Brown (deceased), Katie Adermann of Taylorville and Matthew Adermann of Taylorville. They have three grandchildren: Darin and Mattie Brown, and Lola Dana-Jean Hackney.

  • Engagement

    Krystn Foor and Lance Buzzard have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Engagement

    Carolyn Taylor of Vandalia and Gordon Thacker of Mulberry Grove have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Anniversary

    Mr. and Mrs. John “Red” Jennings of Louisville, Ky., formerly of the Fayette County area, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on July 30.


    John Jennings of Beecher City and Sharon Ernest of St. Elmo were married on July 30, 1962.
    They have two daughters: Tammy and her husband Kenny, and Lisa and her husband David, both of Louisville, Ky.; and two granddaughters, Sarah and Macie.
    A card shower is being held to celebrate the anniversary. Cards may be sent to: 8515 Eula Road, Louisville, Ky. 40219.