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Milestones

  • Births

    Taylor Lynn Rose Koonce
    Joshua Koonce and Misty Cole of Effingham are the parents of a girl born at 10:57 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

  • Engagement

    Jessica Ireland of Shobonier and Christopher Whitehead of St. Peter have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Caylee Orr and John Zimmer have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Anniversary

    Louie and Martha Turner of Ramsey will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their family and friends from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Pana.

  • Five Generations

    Five generations of the Meseke family are shown here. From left to right are: Sandra Kleinik, grandmother; Dorothy Meseke, great-great-grandmother, holding Alyssa Wiseman; Filbert Meseke, great-great-grandfather; Shanna Meseke, mother; and Harvey Meseke, great-great-grandfather.

  • Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 93rd birthday this Sunday.


    Friends may join her for lunch on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Ponderosa Steakhouse.
    Cards may be sent to: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Births-April 21, 2011

    Mason Mark Schaub
    John and Jacy Schaub of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 7:14 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was named Mason Mark.
    He has three brothers, 11-year-old Cole and Nathan and 5-year-old Cade.
    Grandparents are Delmar and Kim Miller, and Paul and Becky Schaub, all of Brownstown.
    Great-grandparents are Doris Kern and Mary Reams.

    Kyler Lane Fulk

  • Engagement

    Chasity Beck and Jedidiah Carter have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Birth-Tobias Pearse Carpenter

    Kieran Brown and Rachel Carpenter of Carbondale are the parents of a boy born at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.


    He weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 23 inches long. He was named Tobias Pearse.
    Grandparents are Todd and Lisa Wagner of Vandalia, Paul and Christine Pearse of London, England, and Robert and Jodene Carpenter of Hoffman.
    Great-grandparents are Dean and Cathy Bernhardt of Vandalia, Cleo and Janet Wagner of Mulberry Grove, and Kathleen Pearse of London, England.

  • Bolyard – Vantine

    Trish Bolyard and Scott Vantine have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.


    The future bride is the daughter of Rick and Marilyn Bolyard of Brownstown.
    The future groom is the son of Donna and the late Norman “Frank” Vantine of Etna, N.Y.
    They met online and dated long distance for three years before he moved to Illinois in 2010.
    The couple are planning a May 14 wedding in Rogier Park in Vandalia.