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Milestones

  • Engagement

    Kelli Brunk and Thomas Channing have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is a 2004 graduate of St. Anthony High School in Effingham and a 2008 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where she earned a bachelor’s degree in medical science.
    She is currently a fourth-year dental student at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton and will graduate in June 2011.

  • Wedding

    Megan Herbord and Kirk Weddle were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, in a 4 p.m. ceremony at Christ Tabernacle in Herrick, with the Rev. Thomas Suey officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of Rick and Sheila Herbord of Ramsey. Grandparents are Jewell Manley and the late Ross Manley, and Harold and Marilyn Behnke and the late Phil Herbord.
    The groom is the son of Aurelia Weddle and the late Todd Weddle. Grandparents are Gene and Sue Weddle, the late Dorothy Weddle,  and Sharon Law and the late Dean Law.

  • Wedding

    Nicole Blankenship and Matthew Elam were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. on July 3, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Greenville, with the Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating the double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Dan and Nelda Blankenship of Mulberry Grove.
    The groom is the son of Ron and Sandy Elam of Smithboro.
    The bride wore an Alfred Angelo, off-the-shoulder, diamond white taffeta gown, with a chapel-length train, and carried a fresh floral bouquet designed by a family friend, Karan Belcher.

  • Birth

    Kaden Lane Schaefer
    Ryan and Jeanifer Schaefer of Beecher City are the parents of a boy born at 6:44 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    He weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He was named Kaden Lane.
    Grandparents are Kenny and Kathy Bogart of Brownstown, and Evan Schaefer, and Matt and Amy Jones, all of Beecher City.

  • Births

    Grace Lynn Cook
    Brian and Tina Cook of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 5:50 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She was named Grace Lynn.
    She has one brother, 3-year-old Aaron.
    Grandparents are Dorothy Jones of Vandalia, Charles Jones of Nokomis and Deb Cook of Mulberry Grove.
    Great-grandparents are Lynn and Dorothy Paine.

    Greta Caroline Suckow

  • Dugan – 50 Years

    David and Ruth Dugan of Mulberry Grove will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building.
    David and the former Patrechia Ruth Hathaway were married on Dec. 24, 1960, at First Baptist Church in Vandalia by the Rev. Archie Brown. Their attendants were Lily Hathaway Reed and Edward G. Dugan.
    He was a dairy farmer for more than 40 years, and later worked as transportation director at Mulberry Grove Community Unit No. 1.

  • Barnes – Peddie

    Rachel Barnes and David Peddie have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Gary and Javonda Barnes of St. Louis. Grandparents are John and Dorothy Barnes of Patoka, and Jennie and the late Joe Harner of Brownstown.
    She received her undergraduate social science degree in 2007 from Hope International University in Fullerton, Calif. She is employed by Hope as an undergraduate admissions counselor, while completing requirements for a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy.

  • Wollin – Moore

    Debbie Wollin and Travis Moore, both of Vandalia, wish to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The bride-to-be is the daughter of Earl and Diane Wollin of Vandalia. She is currently employed as a radiological and MRI technician by Greenville Regional Hospital.
    The groom is the son of Wayne and Lois Moore of Fillmore. He is currently employed as an operator engineer for the Local 520.
    The couple are planning a March 19, 2011, wedding at Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia, with a reception to follow at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.

  • Riedle Sworn in as Illinois Attorney

    Matthew A. Riedle (right) was sworn in as a member of the Illinois Bar on Nov. 4 at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. He was sworn in by Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Fifth District. Riedle is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield and the University of Kansas School of Law. He is the son of Kent and Beth Riedle.

  • Shelton – 50 Years

    Lynn and Lou Shelton of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday.
    They are the parents of four children: Lavena Carrol of Lutz, Fla., Lavail Shelton of Tampa, Fla., Lavon Shelton of Brownstown and Lavern Shelton of Vandalia.
    They have 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
    The couple only knew each other for 27 days before they got married.