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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Mason Elie Feltner

    John Feltner and Sherry Sidwell of Brownstown are the parents of a boy born at 2:35 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. He was named Mason Elie Feltner.
    He has one sister, 3-year-old Macie Nicole Feltner.
    Grandparents are Greg and Debbie Sidwell, and John and Tricia Struble, all of Brownstown.

  • Evan Miles Zenker

    Jon and Andrea Zenker of West Chicago are the parents of a boy born at 10:50 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, 2010, at Delnor Community Hospital in Geneva, Ill.
    He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. He was named Evan Miles.
    Grandparents are Dannie and Patty Donaldson of Vandalia, and Steve and Arlene Zenker of Hampshire.
    Great-grandparents are Herchel and Barb Ambuehl.

  • Carruthers — Cook

    Cassandra Carruthers and Kal Cook, both of Ramsey, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Steven and Stephanie Carruthers of Bingham. She is a 2003 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2007 graduate of Lake Land College.
    The future groom is the son of Joe and Sandy Cook of Ramsey. He is a 2006 graduate of Ramsey High School and a 2008 graduate of Ranken Tech.
    The couple are planning a 4 p.m. wedding on Saturday, Sept. 4, at First Baptist Church of Ramsey. A reception will follow at the Moose Lodge in Vandalia.

  • Bland — Nichols

    Michalea Bland of Pana and Ryan Nichols of Vandalia have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Rod and Karla Bland of Pana. Grandparents are Clarence and Ida Bland, and Delbert and Carleen Pickett, all of Pana.
    She is a 2009 graduate of Pana Christian Academy and currently attends Lake Land Community College of Mattoon.
    She is currently employed at Candy’s Flowers & Gifts in Pana.