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Milestones

  • Patterson-Pommer

    Amanda Kay Patterson and Shaye Michael Pommer, both of Mulberry Grove, were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Hazlet State Park in Carlyle, with Haron Denton of Vandalia officiating.

  • Births

    Brailee Lynn Lockart
    Sean Lockart and April Tackett of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 4:24 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Richards-Jones

    Marcy Richards of Vandalia and Aaron Jones of Effingham have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Barker-Elmore

    Natasha Nicole Barker and Justin Eugene Elmore were united in marriage on July 9, 2011, at Bethel Baptist Church in rural Vandalia.

    The bride is the daughter of Steve and Michele Barker of Vandalia.
    She chose her sister, Jessica Levanti, as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Ember Barnhart, Kristin Charlesworth and Jamie Elmore.
    The groom chose Jeff Ray, Ty Freeland, Clint Brown and Brandt Summers as his best men. Ushers were Kyle Barker and Egan McClary.
    Libby Watson was the flower girl, and Parker Ray was the ring bearer.

  • Springman – 50 years

    Bill and Betty Springman of Brownstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 18.

  • Births

    Rhyan Jo Goldsboro
    Cody and Kayci Goldsboro are the parents of a girl born at 1:48 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.

  • Engagement

    Lacey L. Lipsey of Mulberry Grove and Robert W. Koontz of Smithboro have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Wedding

    Erin Ainscough of Vandalia and Michael (Mik) Rowe of Valley Mills, Texas, were united in marriage on Saturday Aug. 13, 2011, at the C-Bar Stables in Valley Mills, Texas, with the Revs. Tanner Green and Vance Yarter performing the outdoor ceremony.

  • Anniversary

    Thomas Jerry and Mary Ann Givens of Vandalia will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this Thursday.

  • In Uniform

    Christopher J. LaMacchia
    Navy Seaman Apprentice Christopher J. LaMacchia, son of Carla J. White and John C. LaMacchia, both of Mulberry Grove, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.
    LaMacchia received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle.
    Training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety.