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Milestones

  • Little Miss USA Winner

    The daughter of a former Vandalia resident and granddaughter of local residents was crowned Little Miss United States on April 13.

  • Compton – Finley

    Kendra Compton and Christopher Finley, both of Ramsey, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • Births

    Case Raymond Diekemper
    Michael and Megan Diekemper of Vandalia are the parents of a boy born at 11:54 a.m. on March 22, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese.
    Case Raymond weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 22 inches long.
    Grandparents are Craig and Donna Roper of Centralia, and Raymond and Marilyn Diekemper of Carlyle.

  • Births

    Charlotte Marie Edwards
    Tim and Jamie Edwards of Hanoi, Vietnam, are the parents of a girl born on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Lanna Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

    Grandparents are Randy and Janis Edwards of Vandalia, Karolyn and Jule Boyer of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Tom and Becky Osnes of Chattanooga, Tenn.
    Great-grandparents are Helen Edwards of Vandalia, Deanna McColloch of Forest City, Iowa, and Marti and Hugh Townsend of Bradenton, Fla.

  • Vermeire – Goen

    Jairris Eileen Vermeire and Joshua Ryan Goen, both of Edwardsville, have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

  • 50-year Member

    John Blythe (left), commander of Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95, presents to Paul Hinrichs a certificate recognizing him as a 50-year member of the American Legion.

  • Miller – Whalen

    Crystal R. Miller and Jacob C. Whalen of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding plans.

  • Three local Girl Scouts receive GS Silver Award

    Girl Scouts were shining stars during Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ (GSSI) All That Glitters Award ceremony on April 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Regency Conference Center in O’Fallon.
    Each year, the banquet recognizes Girl Scouts from across Southern Illinois who achieve significant accomplishments in community service and leadership.

  • Birthday

    Marie Benefiel
    Marie Benefiel of Vandalia will celebrate her 96th birthday on April 24.

    Cards may be sent to her at: 211 N. Kennedy Blvd., Apt. 103, Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Laue-Kramer

    Brittney Leila Laue of Altamont and Brady Joseph Kramer of Farina were united in marriage in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Salem, with the Rev. Robert Zwilling officiating.