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Today's Features

  • Josh and Ashanta Ledbetter of St. Elmo are the parents of a girl born at 3:56 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was named Callie Mae.
    She has two siblings, 4-year-old Chad and 2-year-old Brenner.
    Grandparents are Patricia Wright, and David and Dianne Ledbetter, all of St. Elmo. Great-grandparents are Gary Wright of St. Elmo and Evelyn Hutchison of Vandalia.

  • Timmy and Jessenyn Snelling of Bellmont are the parents of a boy born at 9:58 p.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2010, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Ind.
    He weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and as 20½ inches long. He was named Timmy Ray.
    Grandparents are Chris and Shara Smith of Vandalia, Lynn Lash of Vera, and Tim and Carlina Snelling of Mt. Carmel.
    Great-grandparents are Cecil Warren of Vera, Dean and Virginia Elam of Vandalia, David and Judy Banks of Mt. Carmel, and the late Doris Lash.

  • LaNeil and Billie Worker of Vandalia are the parents of a girl born at 9:49 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.
    She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20½ inches long. She was named Jaesa Jolynn.
    She has one brother, 9-year-old Kaelyb, and two sisters, 11-year-old Jaedyn and 6-year-old Billye.
    Grandparents are Bob and Billye Marquardt of Vandalia, Melvin and Betty Worker of Texas, the late Connie Worker of Vandalia, and Eddie and Sue Dean of Patoka.

  • A card shower has been requested for Carla Woolsey, daughter of Marilyn Spradling Torbeck, who is hospitalized in St. Louis.
    Her address is: Carla Woolsey, c/o Barnes Jewish Hospital, Room 6946, 216 S. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63110-1026.

  • Jack Bail of St. Elmo and Jerry Bail of Shabbona, celebrated their 60th birthday on July 18. They spent a weekend at Bail Cottage near St. Elmo.
    On Saturday evening, a family dinner was served. On Sunday, the dinner included extended family members.
    Attending were brothers, Jim and Linda Bail of Chelsea, Mich., and Scott, Sharon, Jason and Justin Bail, all of Indiana, along with their mother, Erma and Jim Budlove of San Diego, Calif.

  • Richard Williams of Farina will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Farina American Legion Community Center.
    He was born on Aug. 15, 1920, in rural Kinmundy, the son of the late James E. and Cora Vallow Williams. He is a retired farmer. He and his wife Ruth recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

  • Ferne Keppler Dean of Quincy, formerly of Vandalia, will celebrate her 90th birthday on Wednesday, Aug. 18.
    Cards or just a note may be sent to her at: 2834 Bluff Ridge Drive, Quincy, Ill. 62305-1388.

  • Sefton
    The 6th annual Southern Illinois Sefton reunion will be held in the Liberty Christian Church fellowship hall in Brownstown on Saturday, with a noon potluck dinner. Tableware and beverages will be provided.
    Liberty Church is located five miles north of Brownstown.

    Owen-Miller
    The Owen-Miller family reunion will be held on Sunday, at the Good Old Days Banquet Hall in Brownstown, with a potluck meal at noon.
    All family and friends are invited to attend.

  • Kristie Frey and Thomas “TJ” Hebenstreit, both of Ramsey, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Wayne “Wiener” Frey of Highland. She is a 2006 graduate of Highland High School and is currently attending Lake Land College in Mattoon for early childhood education. She is currently employed as a cashier at Rural King in Vandalia.

  • When 99-year-old Helen Tompkins consented to an interview, she said she could not do it on a Tuesday, because that's when she always goes to a nursing home to sing for the residents.
    Within a few minutes of meeting her, this amazing lady’s statement seemed not only a possibility, but a not-surprising probability.
    She easily recalls dates, events, and people of long ago, looking to her daughter-in-law, Georgianne Tompkins, only rarely to offer a comment, to clarify or add information to a statement.