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Milestones

  • Wedding

    Carol Ann Reuscher of Vandalia and Kyle McCollum of Charleston were united in marriage in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on July 9, 2011, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Peter Kolb officiating.

  • Wedding

    Amanda Burchett and Travis Torbeck, both of Collinsville, were united in marriage in a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2011, at Patriots Park in Greenville, with the Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of the late Doyle Burchett and Patricia Richter of Greenville.
    She was given in marriage by her stepfather, Clinton “Mick” Richter.
    The bride chose her sister, Tamara Austin of Tuscon, Ariz., as her maid of honor.
    The groom is the son of Scott and Karen Torbeck of St. Peter.

  • Births

    Annly Michelle Garrison
    Heather and John Garrison of O’Fallon, Mo., are the parents of a girl born at 8:06 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Barnes Hospital in St. Peters, Mo.


    She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She was named Annly Michelle.
    Grandparents are Stanley and Julie Smith of Burlington, Ky., and Mike and Kay Garrison of O’Fallon, Mo.
    Great-grandparents are Allen and Joyce Smith of Vandalia, and Therman and Dorothy Gipson of Woburn.

  • Birthday

    Lucile Bingaman
    An open house to celebrate Lucile Bingaman’s 100th birthday will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday in the social room at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care in Vandalia.
    Cards may be sent to: P.O. Box 395, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
    The family is requesting no gifts, just cards or attendance at the open house.

  • Anniversary

    Ed and Mona Durbin of rural Brownstown celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Dec. 13.


    Ed is the son of Billy and Lois Durbin of St. Elmo, and Mona is the daughter of Willie and Helen Bergmann of Farina. They are the parents of two children, Zach and Megan Durbin.

  • Anniversary

    Neil and Melinda Jolliff will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4-6 p.m. this Friday at the Patoka Christian Church.

  • Wedding

    Jacqueline Shimmin of Palatine and Charles Forbes of Vandalia were united in marriage in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, 2011, at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Glenview, with the Revs. Manny Rocha and Dan Rush officiating.

  • Births

    Chase Michael Herderhorst
    Trevor and Tiffany Herderhorst of Belleville are the parents of a boy born at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Smith-Bergstrom

    Alan and Cindy Laramee of Vandalia have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Blythe Smith, to Nathaniel Bergstrom, the son of Glen and Penny Bergstrom of Florissant, Mo.

  • Wedding

    Caylee Orr and John Zimmer, both of Kentucky, were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. on May 14, 2011, at Broadway United Methodist Church in Paducah, Ky., with the Rev. Frank McCullum, grandfather of the bride, officiating.