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Today's Features

  • Karen Morrison and Joshua Plum have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Iris Morrison and the late Cliff Morrison of Vandalia.
    The future groom is the son of Gary and Diane Plum of Vandalia and Barbara Plum of Vero Beach, Fla.
    The couple are planning a Sept. 25 wedding in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

  • Staci Otto of Ramsey and Brent Berkheimer of Trilla were united in marriage at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, on the beach in Mexico Beach, Fla., in a double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Leon and Cathy Otto of Ramsey.
    She is a 2004 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2007 graduate of Lake Land College with an associate's degree in science. She is currently employed by K.C. Summers in Mattoon.
    The groom is the son of Tim and Deb Berkheimer of Trilla.

  • Becky Jezek and Andy Goldsboro, both of Patoka, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Bret and Trish Jezek of Salem. She is a 2005 graduate of South Central High School and a 2010 graduate of Kaskaskia College of Centralia with an associate's degree in respiratory therapy. She is currently employed as a respiratory therapist at Salem Township Hospital and at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mt. Vernon.

  • Sheri George of Centralia and Mark Miles of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Gary and Jeri George of Centralia.
    The future groom is the son of Alice and the late Robert Miles of Vandalia.
    The couple are planning a 3 p.m. outdoor wedding on Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Vandalia Shrine Club, with a reception to follow at 5 p.m. at the same location.

  • Megan Herbord of Ramsey and Kirk Weddle of Pana have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Rick and Sheila Herbord of Ramsey. She is a 2006 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2010 graduate of Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind., with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
    The future groom is the son of Aurelia and the late Todd Weddle of Pana. He is a 2006 graduate of Pana High School. He is currently employed as an emergency medical technician for Clinton Ambulance Service in Clinton.

  • Louis and Ulavon Haslett of Brownstown celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
    They have four children: Charlene and her husband Steve of Moweaqua, Larry and his wife Libby of Columbus, Ga., Gary of Gulf Port, Miss., and Brad and his wife Fan of Collierville, Tenn.
    They have 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
    A wiener roast and hayride will be held the latter part of October at the home of Steve and Charlene Case in Moweaqua for those who can attend.

  • Retirement is usually not an unusual occurrence.
    But this summer at Friendship Manor in St. Elmo, it was a special event, as Versie Baucum had worked 39 consecutive years in the same position – a certified nurse’s aide – in the same location, caring for nursing home residents in an occupation that is very fulfilling and satisfying, but one that can also be both physically and emotionally taxing.
    One tends to become very attached and bonded to their patients, often regarding them as an extended family, even as an uncle or aunt.

  • Lilly Caroline Burrow
    John and Dawn Burrow of Altamont are the parents of a girl born at 4:50 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    She weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 19½ inches long. She was named Lilly Caroline.
    Grandparents are Brian and Sharon Bell-Carruthers, and Dan and Marilyn Burrow, all of Altamont.
    Great-grandparents are J.R. and Nancy Bell of St. Elmo, Dorothy Burrow and the late Norman Burrow of Altamont, and J. Marshall and Carla Mollet of Greenville.

  • Helen Theresa Kupferer
    Helen Theresa Kupferer of Vandalia will celebrate her 106th birthday on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
    She is the daughter of the late Charles and Ann Gibbons Kupferer. She was born in St. Louis on the home site on Sept. 21, 1904. She married Leland Ray on July 10, 1931.
    Helen lives at home with daughter, Carole White. She also has one daughter, Donna and her husband Leland Fessler, who are deceased.
    She enjoys reading and holding her dog, Sam. She will spend her birthday with family and friends.