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Milestones

  • Koester – 50 Years

    Howard and Carol Koester of Brownstown will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children  from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, at Liberty Christian Church, Brownstown.

  • Birthday

    Judy Carruthers
    Judy Snider Carruthers of Ramsey will celebrate her 70th birthday on Monday, April 4, 2011.
    Cards may be sent to her at: R.R. 2 Box 244, Ramsey, Ill. 62080.

  • Mother, Daughters are LPNs

    Paula Roach (center), the daughter of Robert and Helen Smith of Hagarstown, and her daughters, Amanda Roach (left) and Danielle Uhlry (right), graduated from Capital Area Career Center as licensed practical nurses.

    Graduation ceremonies were held at Erin's Pavilion in Springfield on Dec. 19. Paula Roach, who received the Florence Nightingale Award, was allowed to pin both of her daughters.

  • Sikma – Mackiewicz

    Jenee Sikma and Nathan Mackiewicz, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • 60-Year Legion Member

    Lyle L. Ballance, left, receives a certificate from John Blythe, commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia that recognizes him for his 60 continuous years of Legion membership.

  • Engagement

    Sarah Elizabeth White and Aaron Dale Schutt have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    John and Donna VanUytven of Oconee will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the Oconee Legion Hall.

  • Anniversary

    Forrest “Punk” and Joyce Kistler of Brownstown celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 18.


    Forrest is the son of the late Clarence and Dorothy Kistler, and the Joyce is the daughter of the late Mike and Mary Pelagio.
    They are the parents of three sons: Mike and his wife Nancy Kistler, and Ron and Larry Kistler, all of Brownstown.
    They have five grandchildren: Wes, Brooke, Lindsay, Andrew and Emille. They have one great-grandson, Maxx.
    They enjoyed a family dinner in honor of their anniversary.

  • Wedding

    Danielle Phillips and Adrian Corley were united in marriage at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Overcup Baptist Church in Bluff City, with the Rev. Doug Wodtka officiating.

  • Engagement

    Brianne Taylor and Jason Garner, both of Phoenix, Ariz., have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.