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Today's News

  • Card Shower

    Betty Abendroth
    A card shower has been requested for Betty Abendroth, who will celebrate her 79th birthday on Monday, June 27.
    Cards should be sent to Betty at: RR 2, Box 66, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.
     

  • Reunion

    Grubaugh
    The annual Sam and Clara Grubaugh reunion will be held at noon on Sunday, July 3, at the Rogier Park pavilion in Vandalia.
    All family and friends are invited to attend.
     

  • Rotary honors Stortzum

    Winnie Stortzum of Vandalia was recently recognized by Rotary International District 6490 “with gratitude for leadership in service to Shelterbox USA.

  • Births

    Daniel Christopher Vernon
    Chris and Krisjeana Vernon of St. Peters, Mo., are the parents of a boy born at 7:24 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2011, at BJC St. Peters Hospital in St. Peters, Mo.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20½ inches long. He was named Daniel Christopher.
    Grandparents are Donnie and Connie Roberts  of Ramsey and the late Burel Ballard, and Dave and Liz Vernon of Dupo.
    Great-grandparents are Jean Moreland and Lucy Ballard of Ramsey and Anne Hetzel of Cahokia.

  • Engagement

    Nicole Opfer and Blake Doehring have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Craig and Amy Opfer of rural Shobonier.

  • Anniversary

    Bryan and Kim Perkins will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with a luncheon from 2-4 p.m. at Connie’s on Saturday.


    Bryan Perkins and the former Kim Harrison were married on June 14, 1986.
    He is the son of Connie and the late Harold Perkins. She is the daughter of Phyllis and Larry May and the late Don Harrison.
    They are the parents of four children: Luke, Lacey, Lance and Lexis.
    Friends and family are welcome to attend.

  • Dean's List

    SIUE
    Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has announced the names of students qualifying for the dean’s list for spring semester 2011.
    To qualify, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.5 or better and have 12 hours calculated (B is equivalent to 3.0; A to 4.0).
    The students on the dean’s list include:
    • Brownstown – Kaitlyn Jo Kramer and Hannah Elizabeth Wrigley.
    • Farina – Meghan S. Glaspell.
    • Fillmore – Kiley S. Havera.

  • College Graduates

    ITT Technical Institute
    Derek Woolsey of Vandalia graduated from ITT Technical Institute in Earth City, Mo., on March 31.
    The commencement exercises were held at the Marriott Airport Grand Ballroom in St. Louis.
    Woolsey, the son of Kent and Tammy Woolsey, received a bachelor's degree in information systems security. He is a 2006 graduate of Vandalia Community High School.

    WIU

    More than 1,640 students earned academic degrees after the 2011 spring semester at Western Illinois University.

  • Helping Earthquake victims

    Blythe Smith of Vandalia was one of 11 Missouri Baptist University  students to travel to Haiti to rebuild a family’s house that was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. The students went on the mission trip from May 5 to May 14 to assist the work of Bethel Mission Outreach, a multifaceted mission organization located in Croix Des Bouquets, Haiti. This is the fourth consecutive year MBU has partnered with Bethel Mission. The Haitian family of six whose house the group rebuilt had been living in a tent since the Jan. 12 earthquake.

  • Palecek Honored

    Amy M. Palacek of Brownstown has been awarded the FEI Scholarship by the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville School of Business. The scholarship was presented at the school's recent scholarship and awards program. Palecek (center) is shown with Michael Costigan (left), chair professor of accounting, and Gary Giamartino, dean of the SIUE School of Business.