Congratulations to Joe S., a 12th-grade student Washington High School, for winning the Week 11 News Quiz. We held the quiz over an extra week due to area school closings and had entries from 88 students! Thanks to Sugarfire Smoke House in Washington for sponsoring the quiz -- Joe wins a $15…

A heinous crime kicks off another potboiler by Tim Johnston, who captivated fans with “Descent.” In Johnston’s new book, “The Current,” close friends Caroline Price and Audrey Sutter, students at a southern college, are accosted at a gas station not far from their Minnesota destination.

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Every year, Girl Scout members all across America participate and sponsor events to develop leadership skills. To further those leadership roles and engage in a friendly competition, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri held their third annual “Powder Puff Derby” on Jan. 5 at Immanuel Lutheran.

Nannette (Bebermeyer) and Josh Bell, St. Louis, announce the birth of twins, a daughter named Delphine Nannette Bell and a son named Alexander Kenneth Bell. Born Dec. 20, 2018, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Delphine weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and Alexander weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces.

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Jillian Thornton (Parmentier) and Samuel Thornton, Union, announce the birth of a daughter, Elise Margaret Thornton. Born Dec. 11, 2018, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

Randy and Lisa Jokerst, Union, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Jokerst, Washington, to Cody Beck, Washington, son of Julie and Tom Beck.

Mike and Nikki (Hillermann) Obermark, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Zekiel David Obermark. Born Jan. 4, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

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Color. That’s what Tim Judge was looking for when he went to his garage last year to select a painting from his collection for the 2018 MetroScapes contest that features local artwork in bus shelters around the St. Louis metro area.

Mark and Nancy Nagel, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lydia Grace Nagel, Washington, to Casey Rodger Holm, Washington.

With a touching story and illustrations to match, “Baby Love” by Angela DiTerlizzi will strike a chord with parents captivated by the joy a baby brings. This winsome board book is the Baby Buzz Pick for January.

Congrats to the students in Union town for writing some stellar reviews. Talk about making Newsbee’s day! Over the holiday break, here’s hoping lots of young readers will check out my Book Buzz Picks at Washington Public or Scenic Regional Library and send a review to the hive. Page On!

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There were a couple of dissenters at the Washington Public Library’s Wednesday Book Club meeting in December.

Jacob and Amanda Scheer, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Hudson Michael Scheer. Born Dec. 26, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

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A little more than a year ago, if you had asked 22-year-old Taylor Leone about pickleball, she would have said that it was a sport her parents, Sheryl and Jerry Leone, Union, played for fun and fitness, but not one that she would ever be drawn to play, much less think of as competitive.

With the start of a new year, Newsbee wants to improve himself by setting a good example and striving to be the best bee he can be. That’s why he’s buzzing about his January titles, stories that will have him “Pointed in the Right Direction,” reminding him to “bee mindful,” “bee creative,” a…

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When an old filling broke loose in Dr. David Brunworth’s mouth one weekend last August, he didn’t have to worry about getting an emergency appointment Monday morning. He knew a dentist who’d be willing to clear his schedule for him — his son and new dentist, Marty Brunworth, DDS, FAGD.

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The annual Reading Across Missouri Project of the Missouri Press Foundation will offer a STEM-related topic that local young readers will find especially engaging. The 2019 serial story, “Mr. Eads’ Bridge,” written by Duane Porter, combines STEM and history for an engaging time-travel tale a…

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The first divorce case in Franklin County was heard in 1819 — the same year the county was officially established.

Nicholas and Ellie Huesgen, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Aredyn Bodhi Finnegan Huesgen. Born Dec. 17, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, he weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19.7 inches long.

Abigail Golden, Sullivan, announces the birth of a firstborn son, Samuel Lynn Golden. Born Dec. 5, 2018, at 6:51 a.m. at Mercy Hospital Jefferson, he weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long.

Congrats to the students in Union town for writing some stellar reviews. Talk about making Newsbee’s day! Over the holiday break, here’s hoping lots of young readers will check out my Book Buzz Picks at Washington Public Library or Scenic Regional Library and send a review to the hive. Page On!

Sandwiched in between two tours in Vietnam, Jim Buchanan, owner of the NAPA Auto Parts stores in Washington and Union, had a front row seat to history 50 years ago this week.

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Not long after Christmas 2017 had passed, Linda Saunders already was thinking about Christmas 2018 and what kind of gingerbread house she would make for the annual contest sponsored by B&J Printing in Downtown Washington.

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As a fifth-grader at New Haven Elementary School, Henry Vedder isn’t the typical Missourian reader, but he reads it every day. At school, it’s part of his daily English and reading lessons. At home, he reads it for fun and information.

Clarice and Larry Loehr, Villa Ridge, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sandy Loehr, to Patrick Frazier, son of the late Lewis and Kathleen Frazier.

Randall and Angela Gust, New Melle, announce the engagement of their daughter, Julia Marie Gust, New Melle, to Daniel Emmet Kelley, Augusta, son of Deborah and the late Bradley Kelley, Augusta.

Kali the polar bear looked quite cozy sleeping outside in his pen at the Saint Louis Zoo one evening last week. By contrast, families walking past him as they followed the path of the annual U.S. Bank Wild Lights display were bundled up with coats, hats and gloves to stay warm.

Maria Clare Struttmann and Kyle Douglas Riegel, both of Washington, were united in marriage Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Washington. Mass was celebrated by Father Jim Theby and the sacrament of marriage was celebrated by Deacon Patrick Russell.

Tracy and Dorothy Brown of Gerald will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this month.

St. Nick, the saint of children and sailors, pays a visit to little ones this week, spreading his message of light and kindness by gifting them with treats and toys. Before we know it, Santa will follow in the saint’s footsteps, happily heft his pack into his sleigh, call out his trusty rein…

Around the hive, Newsbee always drones on about how grateful he is to get Book Buzz reviews. It means a lot to your literary bee buddy to know that the books he’s suggesting are being read and enjoyed.

A book is an uncomplicated treasure of astounding merit. Unlike some gifts, it doesn’t require batteries or an electrical charge to entertain — just a simple page-turn launches us into literary adventures with a bevy of interesting characters to accompany us. This holiday season, Newsbee hop…

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Organizers of the annual Festival of Trees at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington didn’t need anyone to tell them the event was special and beautiful. They could see that for themselves.

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Back in 1936, the opening of the first vehicle bridge over the Missouri River at Washington was such a monumental event that Mayor Fred Ruether declared a half-day holiday. He issued a proclamation requesting all businesses to close up shop by noon Thursday, May 28, so everyone could attend …

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Jill Terschluse can’t help but smile when she sees the sign her husband made for the storage room door where they keep their Christmas decor: “Warning, contents in this room will make you happy.”

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The 4 to 8 inches of snow that fell across Franklin County last week delighted schoolchildren like it was Christmas morning. The nine reindeer living on a farm in Robertsville felt the same way.

Andrea Lindner and Wyatt Swartz were united in marriage Aug. 3, 2018, at Ascension Little Church, Chesterfield. Father Michael Lampe officiated at the 6:30 p.m. double-ring ceremony.

Flip and Diane Meyer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at their farm with a gathering hosted by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Todd and Olivia Reiker, Union, announce the birth of their firstborn daughter, Maisy Lynn Reiker. Born Nov. 18, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Evan and Alisha (Hanneken) Roettering, Washington, announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Rose Roettering. Born Oct. 28, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 21 inches long.