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Milestones

  • Wedding

    Sara Evans and Travis Portz, both of St. Elmo, were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, June 11, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Brownstown, with the Revs. Olen Evans and Rob Gallion officiating.

  • Engagement

    Karli Waddell and Seth Kruenegel, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Sara White and Zac Guerrettaz, both of Park City, Ky., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Jim and Catherine Bowen of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Friday.
    Jim Bowen and the former Catherine Pettie were married on Sept. 9, 1961, at the Free Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the Rev. Vernon Parsons officiating. Their attendants were Sam Grotts of Pana and Susan Ober Lager of Yukon, Okla.
    They are the parents of three children: Steve, Cathy and Quinn all of Vandalia.
    They have six grandchildren: Stephanie Bowen of Effingham, and Bailey and Cassidy Jones, and Jake, James and Quincy Bowen, all of Vandalia.

  • Five Generations (Foust)

    Five generations of the Foust family are pictured.

  • 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.