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Today's News

  • Youth Bass Tournament
  • Aug. 7 Open Bass Tournament winners
  • Simmons named SC basketball coach

    At last week's South Central School District Board meeting, along-time assistant coach and athletic director at South Central High School, Rick Simmons, was named head coach of the high school boys basketball team.
    Simmons being named the new head coach came as very little of a surprise to most in the area. The only shocking thing for most is that Simmons was not named the coach last season following the retirement of Gary Shirley.

  • Joseph Alan Edwards

    Alan and Teresa Edwards of Salem are the parents of a boy born at 2:06 p.m. on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in Centralia.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 22 inches long. He was named Joseph Alan.
    He has one sister, 2-year-old Zoey Cameron.
    Grandparents are Bill and Cheryl Edwards of Patoka, and the late Nila Cameron.
    Great-grandparents are Danny and Barbra Oberlink of Vandalia and Bill and the late Wilma Edwards of Patoka.

  • Card shower for Loretta Seely

    A card shower has been requested for Loretta Seely of Brownstown, who will be celebrating her 85th birthday on Tuesday. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 142 Brownstown, Ill. 62418.

  • Jahraus — Brasel

    Micah Jahraus and Klayton Brasel of Vandalia were united in marriage on May 27, 2010, in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort.
    The bride is the daughter of Larry and Cheryl Jahraus of Vandalia.
    The couple was married in a beautiful wedding gazebo over-looking the Caribbean Sea. The white guests chairs were adorned with purple sashes and tropical flowers hung throughout.
    The bride’s father, Larry Jahraus, walked her down the beach and over the bridge leading to the gazebo.

  • Woolsey reunion

     The 18th Woolsey reunion was held on Saturday, Aug. 7, with 120 family members and guests present.
    There were two deaths, 10 births and five marriages reported.
    Family members present were from Louisiana, California, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and Tennessee.
    Those from in Illinois were from Chebanse, Salem, Litchfield, Mulberry Grove, Fillmore, Effingham, Momence, Urbana, Patoka, Kankakee, Mt. Vernon, Greenville and Vandalia.
    The next reunion will be the first Saturday in August 2012.

  • Caden Anthony Stewart

    John and Michelle Stewart of St. Elmo are the parents of a boy born 10:33 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and was 22 inches long. He was named Caden Anthony.
    Grandparents are Kay Turck of Brownstown, and Kenny and Marsha Smith of Beecher City.
    Great-grandparent is the late Marjory Stewart.

  • Jensyn Payge Masset

    Jim and Gina Masset of Ramsey are the parents of a girl born at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    She weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. She was named Jensyn Payge.
    She has two brothers, 10-year-old Blake and 8-year-old Drew.
    Grandparents are Donald Patton and Patricia Patton, both of Pana, and Anna and the late Louis Masset of Ramsey.

  • Madelyn Nicole Elam

    Andy and Jennifer Elam of Brownstown are the parents of a girl born at 6:09 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches long. She was named Madelyn Nicole.
    Grandparents are David and Melissa Willms, and Jim and Janet Elam, all of Brownstown.
    Great-grandparents are Eloise Willms of Brownstown, and Fred Willms Sr. and Joyce Kwedras, both of Vandalia.