• Engagement

    Rachel Ozella and Dustin Graumenz have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Amanda Patterson and Shaye Pommer, both of Mulberry Grove, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Dawn Simpson and Kyle Urban have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Engagement

    Kari Atchison of Patoka and Jared Martin of Altamont have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Birthday

    Floreine Lange
    The family of Floreine Lange has requested a card shower in honor of her 80th birthday on Thursday, Aug. 11.
    A family dinner is being planned.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 512 Walker St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.

  • Wedding

    Rebecca Kinsey and Joel Brinkmann, both of Albion, were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Albion, with the Rev. Kirk Rowe officiating the double-ring ceremony.

  • Wedding

    Brianne Taylor and Jason Garner, both of Glendale, Ariz., were united in marriage on Saturday, June 11, 2011, in a 2 p.m. ceremony at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

    The bride is the daughter of Greg and Krystal Hohlt, and Ed and Kim Taylor, all of Vandalia. She is currently a teacher of the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
    The groom is the son of Alan and Janet Garner of Lone Tree, Colo. He is in the Air Force.
    The couple resides in Glendale, Ariz.

  • Births

    Joseph Maximilian Kirk
    Joe and Lorin Kirk of Vandalia are the parents of boy born at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2011, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He was named Joseph Maximilian.
    Grandparents are Fred and Vanessa Keck, and Mark and Molly Kirk, all of Vandalia.
    Great-grandparents are David and Veronica Keck, Dan and Linda Michel, and Janice and the late Joe Kirk.

  • Wedding

    Crystal Howard and Jude Rodrigues were united in marriage on Sunday, May 1, 2011, at The Enzian Theater in Maitland, Fla., with the Rev. Kevin Knox officiating.

  • Anniversary

    Kenny and Pat Gathe will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Shrine Club on Vandalia Lake.
    Kenny  Gathe and the former Pat Murphy were married on Aug. 12, 1951, in Jackson, Miss.