Congratulations to Andrea Foster, an 8th-grade student at Riverbend Middle School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Andrea was selected in a random drawing from all of this week's entries – and she had the correct answers! See them below. Andrea wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missour…

Molly Butterworth will tell you that her first love is history, but start her talking about cars and you will realize her passion for the automobile runs deep.

John and Barbara Mazzola recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. Mazzola and the former Miss Cappel were married Saturday, Oct. 25, 1969, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Creve Coeur.

Steve and Bernadette Pennington, Beaufort, announce the engagement of their daughter, Megan Ashley Pennington, Dallas, Texas, to Ensign Anthony John Eggert IV, Pensacola, Fla., son of Anthony and Kristen Eggert, Washington.

Bryan and Courtney (Gant) Sieve, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Viviana Brynn Sieve. Born Oct. 10, 2019, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

Kenneth and Rosella (Eckelkamp) Alfermann, Washington, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at The Creek this summer. They were united in marriage Nov. 8, 1969, at St. Francis Borgia Church in Washington. Father Elred Domas officiated the ceremony.


Once Harold Englert, a flight medic with ARCH 6 based out of Sullivan, took the group of students gathered at Mercy Hospital Washington for their monthly Health Care Explorers meeting outside, he didn’t have to do much to hold their attention.

Too often our busy schedules prevent us from feeling grateful. Newsbee has this problem — his have-tos take up space in his head, crowding out any square inches left for gratitude. That’s why your bee buddy welcomes books this month that focus on “Thankful For . . . ,” thankful for the bless…

Bee-ware of the scare on Halloween night when Newsbee’s buzz gets some boo. To celebrate a holiday that kids really relish, your bee buddy has selected books featuring “Street Creeps You Might Meet” when you’re out trick-or-treating, none of them sinister or spooky. These festive picks are l…


One of Marc Houseman’s favorite old photos in the vast collection at the Washington Historical Society is the sepia-toned image shown here on this page.

The children of Larry and Diane (Welge) Pieper are happy to announce their parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. Larry and Diane were married Nov. 1, 1969, at Christ Lutheran Church in Augusta.

Megan (Rohlfing) and Zack Hoerstkamp, New Haven, announce the birth of a daughter, Natalie Mae Hoerstkamp. Born Sept. 12, 2019, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.

Alexandra (Ali) Grace McAtee and Dr. Ryan Patrick Walde were united in marriage June 8, 2019, at the bride’s parents’ home in Labadie.

As an RN, Judy Tobben has more than just empathy for the patients she sees at the Mercy Washington’s Spine Center and Pain Management. She has complete understanding.

Outside Philadelphia at the end of World War II, Cecil Conroy purchases a stately house once owned by a Dutch family who fell on hard times. It’s Cecil’s dream home, and he can’t wait to share it with his wife Elna, a simple woman as out of place in the home’s grandeur as a Melmac plate on a…

Drew and Kayla (Tallman) Risley announce the birth of a daughter, Rhaella Marie Risley. Born Oct. 15, 2019, in St. Louis, she weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces.

David and Kylee (York) Alexander, Union, announce the birth of a son, Austin Robert Alexander. Born Oct. 14, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long.


A disc golf course at Burger Park in Washington is one of the newest community projects funded by the Washington Lions Club. The first nine holes were installed over the summer, and the other nine are expected to be open by next spring, if not sooner.

Birth order can’t be controlled — we’re stuck with it for life. And sometimes middle children can feel lost in the shuffle, as evidenced by the cute cottontail in “Bunny in the Middle,” by Anika A. Denise.

Father Dale Wunderlich doesn’t have a vocation story of how he was called to the priesthood, or at least not one that he feels is particularly interesting. But at the heart of his simple story are his Washington roots, the education he received at St. Francis Borgia and Our Lady of Lourdes g…

Cathy Jobe, St. Clair, and Doug and Kim Jobe, Lonedell, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Krista Jobe, to Bradley Wisdom, son of Sheri and Keith Byington, Bonne Terre, and Kevin and Regina Wisdom, Farmington.


It both surprises and doesn’t surprise Rich Deppe, whose family has been farming here for decades, that Co-Operative Association No. 2 of Washington marked its 100th anniversary earlier this year.

Travis and Lauren Summers, Marthasville, announce the birth of a son, Cole William Summers. Born Sept. 12, 2019, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, he weighed 10 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 23 inches long.

Steve Berry and Jamie Travis, Union, announce the birth of a son, Chance Jayden (Travis) Berry. Born June 17, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

Herb and Bernice Kopp, Washington, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, with family.


When John Stillman returned from Vietnam in late 1968 after serving a year in the Army’s 101st Airborne and 199th Light Infantry Brigade, he wanted a nice quiet place to live, work and raise a family. After a year of fighting a gruesome war, he thought that was all he needed to get over the …

Pulses will pound with Newsbee’s “Thrilling Stories.” You’ll be thanking your bee buddy for the ride of your life as you “Page On.” Meet a power-hungry llama with an inflated ego and appetite to match, a group of boys lost in a flooded cave, and a couple of kids trying to avoid a raging fire…


Kathy Skrivan, president of the Union Kiwanis Club, was working a Halloween event last year, handing out candy to young children, when one little girl who was in second or third grade noticed the Kiwanis logo on her shirt.


Union natives and Americana musicians Duke and Tami (Williams) Sheppard, known as Pint & a Half, are back in town this week to perform a series of concerts across the St. Louis metro area, including one this Saturday night, Sept. 28, at Henderson House Concerts in Union.

Readers have had a long wait for the sequel to Margaret Atwood’s pinnacle of achievement, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a story that’s gotten even more attention since the award-winning Hulu series by the same name.

Eric and Amy Austin, Springfield, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kate Austin, Kansas City, to Alex Gerhart, Kansas City, son of Garry and Terri Gerhart, Washington.

Kyle and Launa Walters, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Elliot RayAnn Walters. Born Sept. 9, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.

Seth and Ashlee (Copeland) Robinette, Oceanside, Calif., announce the birth of a son, Wyatt Joseph Robinette. Born Aug. 30, 2019, at Scripps Memorial Hospital, Encinitas, Calif., he weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Doug and Sarah (Brune) Eckelkamp, New Haven, announce the birth of a son, Luke Douglas Eckelkamp. Born Aug. 27, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

Jacob and Rachel Allender, Washington, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Jocelyn Evelyn, on Aug. 27, 2019, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.


The Blue Canyon Boys will perform a concert this Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. on the grounds of Labadie Station, 128 Front St., in downtown Labadie, across from The Hawthorne Inn restaurant. An opening act will go on stage at 7 p.m. Blue Canyon Boys band leader Jason Hicks is a Labadie n…