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Milestones

  • Birthdays (Sept. 1)

    Fern Henry
    The family of Fern Henry of Vandalia has requested a card shower in honor of her 80th birthday.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 1304 West Jefferson St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

    Marjorie Younker
    Marjorie Younker of Vandalia will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, at the home of Dave and Pam Younker, 426 E. 5th. St., Ramsey.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 602 N. 4th. St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Births (Sept. 1)

    Audrey Rose McDonald
    Sean and Rosie McDonald of Ramsey are the parents of a girl born at 10:27 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 21 inches long. She was named Audrey Rose.

    Grandparents are Gary and Susan Miller of Ramsey, Mike and Tammy McDonald of Ramsey, and Marcie Best of Vandalia.  

  • Anniversary (Coates)

    The Rev. Herbert and Mary Coates of Greenville will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

    Herbert and the former Mary Britt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Britt of West Lafayette, Ind., were married on September 7, 1951, at the Free Methodist Church in Lafayette, Ind., with the Rev. C.H. Coates, father of the groom, and the Rev. L.M. Gaines, pastor of the Lafayette, Ind., officiating.

    The Rev. Coates was the newly appointed pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Dallas City.

  • Engagement (Stuemke – Doyle)

    Bethany Stuemke of Altamont and Lee Doyle of Ramsey have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

    The future bride is the daughter of Dwight and Lori Stuemke of Altamont. Grandparents are Sam and Judy Stuemke, and Janice and the late Gary Wallace, all of Altamont.

    She is a 2008 graduate of Altamont High School and a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois College, Harrisburg, with an applied science degree in the veterinary tech field. She is currently employed as a certified pet care tech at Heidanes Hidden Timbers in Altamont.

  • Engagement

    Denise Fornoff and Eric Telger, both of Collinsville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Birth

    Landen Jacob Cook
    Tessa Shafer and Jacob Cook of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Greenville Regional Hospital in Greenville.


    He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19 inches long. He was named Landen Jacob.
    Grandparents are Todd and Jana Shafer, Maurice Wilson and Jill Wright, and Kevin and Janet Cook, all of Vandalia.

  • Engagement

    Terri Schwarm and Dustin Blue have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Norman and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Vandalia Days Inn.

  • Card Shower

    Merle Caylor
    Merle Caylor of Ramsey celebrated his 90th birthday this Wednesday.
    Cards may be sent to him at: RR 2, Box 255, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Births

    Grace Elaine Boatman
    Frank and Sarah Boatman of St. Charles, Mo., are the parents of a girl born at 3:37 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.


    She weighed 8 pounds and 5 ounces. She was named Grace Elaine.
    She has three brothers, 18-year-old Dylan, 13-year-old Jakob and 2-year-old Jack.
    Grandparents are Joyce Carman of Vandalia, and Van and Sharon Boatman of Mulberry Grove.