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Milestones

  • Jones – 60 Years

    The Rev. Casey and Flora Jones Sr. of Westmont, and formerly of Vandalia, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by their children on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Westmont Centre.

  • Smith-Kinney

    Adrienne Smith of Brownstown and Walter Kinney of Vandalia were united in marriage on Nov. 20, 2010, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia with the Revs. Roger Grimmett of Vandalia and John Robinson of Brownstown officiating the double-ring ceremony.

  • Births-FEb. 24, 2011

    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.

  • Card Showers

    Earl Hovious
    A card shower has been requested for Earl Hovious of Brownstown who will celebrate his 89th birthday on Thursday, March 3.


    Cards may be sent to him at: P.O. Box 57, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Hood – 50 years

    Rodes and Beverly Hood of Vandalia will celebrate their 50th  wedding anniversary on Friday, Feb. 25.
    Rodes and the former Beverly Brown were married on Feb. 25, 1961, at the First Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Mo.
    He is the son of the late C. Rodes and Maurine Hood of Bowling Green, Mo., and she is the daughter of the late William and Fay Brown of Whiteside, Mo.

  • Mayfield – 25 years

    Layne and Brenda Mayfield of Vandalia will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday, Feb. 28.
    Layne and the former Brenda Duckworth were married on Feb. 28, 1986, at United Methodist Church in Mulberry Grove.
    Their attendants were Vicky Huber, sister of the bride, and Kevin Griffin, friend of the groom.
    They are the parents of one son, Marion, who is currently stationed in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Layne and Brenda visited him in December in honor of their anniversary.

  • 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.