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Milestones

  • Barker – 50 years

    Danny and Linda Barker of Brownstown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 5, with the renewal of vows at Kaskaskia Church, with the Rev. Kent “Peewee” Denton officiating the ceremony.
    Danny and the former Linda Jennings were married on Feb. 7, 1961, at the home of Dewey and Phebe Jennings.
    They are the parents of three sons: Doug and his wife Renee Barker, and Dwayne and his wife Tammy Barker, both of Brownstown, and Darrell and his wife Patti Barker of Hutto, Texas.

  • Births

    Delaney Elizabeth Levanti
    Lucas and Jessica Levanti of West Frankfort are the parents of a girl born at 5:17 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Carbondale.

  • Hipsher – 40 Years

    George and Beverly Hipsher of Vandalia will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children and family from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday at Bethel Baptist Church rural Vandalia.

  • Courson – 50 Years

    Richard and Doris Courson of St. Peter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the St. Peter American Legion Home, hosted by their children.
    Richard and the former Doris Rothe were married on Feb.  26, 1961, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Martin L. Travis. Their attendants were Mary Lillian Virden and the late Dean Virden.

  • Cearlock – 35 Years

    David and Debra Cearlock celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.
    David and the former Debra Goodin were married on Feb. 14, 1976, at First Baptist Church in Mulberry Grove.
    He is the son of the late Dewayne and Norma Cearlock of Vandalia. She is the daughter of Howard and Nelda Goodin of Mulberry Grove.
    They are the parents of two daughters: Angela and her husband Christopher Smith of Vandalia, and Staci and her husband Curtis Hampton of Greenville.

  • Birthday Open House

    Betty Rubin
    Betty Rubin of St. Peter will celebrate her 80th birthday with an open house hosted by her children from 1:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the American Legion Home in St. Peter.
    All friends and family are invited to attend. She requests no gifts.
     

  • Births

    Jasper Alexander Perry
    Ally Perry of Vandalia is the parent of a boy born at 10:13 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 21 inches long. He was named Jasper Alexander.
    Grandparents are Jay and Sayona Perry of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are Jane Hall and Betty and Art Perry, all of Vandalia.

    Harrison Ryan Lash

  • Past Master's Apron

    Tim McMillan, left, receives his past master's apron from Winfred "Bud" Morrison for his service as worshipful master of Temperance Lodge No. 16 A.F. & A.M. in Vandalia in 2010.

  • Austin – 50 Years

    Steve and Gloria Austin of St. Elmo will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at the St. Elmo Christian Church.

  • Crawford – 40 Years

    Steve and Donna Crawford of South Carolina, and formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Jan. 30.
    Steve and the former Donna Smith were married on Jan. 30, 1971, at the former Second Baptist Church in Vandalia.
    They lived in Vandalia for 17 years,  moved to Florida and then on to South Carolina in 1991.
    They are the parents of two daughters: Stacey and her husband Brian Hoff, and Kristin and her husband Todd Karraker.
    They have six grandchildren: Shayla, Joshua, Alex, Austin, Seth and Alexis.