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Children will enjoy sliding their way through “Who Lives Where?” an interactive read by Stephanie Babin that invites little ones to discover places where animals make their homes.

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I nearly gave up on “Ask Again, Yes,” the story of two policemen, their families and the tribulations they endure. The beginning of Mary Beth Keane’s novel is so sad I set it aside before giving it another go. I’m glad I did, otherwise I would have missed a gripping, hopeful story.


Not everyone who was alive July 20, 1969, when U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon remember exactly where they were watching it or who they were with at the time; rather, they remember how they felt seeing it unfold before their eyes on …

Nick Straatmann and Andrea (Unnerstall) Straatmann announce the birth of a son, Louis Joseph Straatmann, on April 28. Grandparents are Kurt and Michelle Unnerstall of Washington and Terry and Debbie Straatmann of Villa Ridge.

Emily Elizabeth Schmitt, daughter of Steve and Melanie Schmitt, Washington, was married to Kevin L. Shimkus, son of Todd and Deborah Shimkus, Schenectady, N.Y., on April 27, 2019, during an outdoor ceremony at Willow Ridge Manor, Morrison, Colo.

Jocelyn Coyle will be a senior at Union High School this fall, so naturally she’s thinking about the type of career she’ll have one day.

Zach Kosark and Laycie (Graves) Kosark, Union, announce the birth of a son, Camden Ray Kosark. Born June 23, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Mark and Charlet Wellenkamp announce the engagement of their daughter, Krista Wellenkamp, to Joshua Jenkins, son of Vicki Kruep.

Amanda and Joe Sullivan, Union, and Mike and Tanya Havelka, Owensville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaeli Maraya Havelka, Labadie, to Chauncey L. James Poling, Labadie, son of Shaun and Clareece Whitehead, Belle.

A special diamond jubilee for 60 years of holy matrimony was celebrated at 5 p.m. Mass Saturday, June 22, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Neier, with a special blessing by the Rev. Kevin Schmittgens in honor of Jerry and Joan (Feth) Kloeppel, Beaufort.

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Candyce Copp Grisham, Washington, was around 13 when her family went to the Smithsonian museums during a trip to Washington, D.C. As they toured the exhibits, they were surprised to come across a quilt from the early 1800s or even late 1700s that was created by one of their Copp ancestors. T…

An out-of-this-world event will make news this month. Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the lunar surface while Michael Collins orbited the moon. It’s quite a day to remember. Newsbee’s over the moon about the upcoming celebratio…


Some people call the small round house tucked among the plants and trees at Shaw Nature Reserve an elf or hobbit house, but Karen Bryan, education programs coordinator, thinks of it as the Winnie-the-Pooh house.


Ryan Sawicki, 17, Clover Bottom, will be a junior at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School this fall, but he’s already well-versed in the ways of the military. He’s been surrounded by it his entire life.

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Newsbee’s buzzing with happy at the hive. The reviews he’s received have put your literary buddy in a celebratory frame of mind. Congrats to the kids who offered their take on his Picks this month. Each contributor will receive a prize Book Buzz Book from the Washington Optimist Club as an i…

Jeffery and Michal Miller, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Billy Marie Miller, Washington, to Andrew Thomas Narup, Washington, son of Thomas and Marita Narup, Washington.


Wayne Myers, Robertsville, loves to read, and he reads fast — as many as three to five books a week. He has been a regular at the Scenic Regional Library in Pacific for years now, but it wasn’t until he joined a book club there that he decided to make his friendship with the Pacific branch o…

Elmer and Bettie Huggins, Lonedell, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary July 4, 2019. The couple were united in marriage July 4, 1959, in Doss.


It was 7:30 a.m. back on Feb. 11 when Mary-Ann Scroggins got a call from her daughter, Heidi, that someone claiming to be her cousin was trying to get in touch with her.

Angie Deaton and Doug Windsor were united in marriage Friday, April 5, 2019, at the Franklin County Judicial Center in Union. Judge David Hoven officiated at the 4 p.m. ceremony.

Todd and Christine Marquart, Marthasville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Ann Marquart, Marthasville, to Timothy Alan Hellebusch, Treloar, son of Roland and Audrey Hellebusch, Treloar.

Jim and Irene Wall, St. Clair, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 20, 1959. Mr. Wall and the former Miss Love were united in marriage June 20, 1959, in St. Clair.

Pete and Barbara Baser, Union, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 20, 2019, with their children and spouses.

Paige Martin didn’t know much about the work being done in the Department of Social Services when she was a college student at Truman State University more than 30 years ago.

They’re our role models, beloved and boisterous, fun loving and hardworking. This month we celebrate fathers with “Daddy-Sitting” by Eve Coy.


Spring may be almost over, but it will remain kite-flying season across Franklin County through October and beyond.

Expectant parents formulate a long to-do list as they wait excitedly for their child to be born — decorating the nursery, keeping doctor appointments, installing the proper car seat, coming up with a name, and lastly, packing a bag for the hospital.

Paul and Sara (Peirick) Scheer, New Haven, announce the birth of a son, Leo Paul Scheer. Born May 26, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Albert and Naomi Mitchell, Beaufort, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 22, 2019, with a party hosted by their children at Beaufort Lions Club.

Rich and Donna Kuchem, Augusta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Paige Kuchem, to Greg Hellebusch, son of Roland and Audrey Hellebusch, Treloar.


Out of the thousands of projects that Gary Terschluse, P.E., S.E., architect, and Ron Unnerstall, P.E., have completed over the last 30 years for their firm Washington Engineering & Architecture (WEA), the ones that bring the most satisfaction are the ones they see every day.

Newsbee hopes his trusty Buzzers and Buzzettes won’t take a break from summer reading. “Loving Our Libraries” is a mantra he honors, and he trusts young readers will live by that mantra too. Summer provides free time to swing by the library and check out Book Buzz Books and other treasures o…

Betty Rose and the late David Ray Holdinghausen, who passed away May 1, 2019, at BJC Hospital in the ICU, would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this Saturday.

Chris Klenke, Labadie, and Emily Mills, Washington, announce the birth of twin daughters, Huntley Adeline Klenke and Hayden Ophelia Klenke. Born March 26, 2019, at St. Clare Hospital, Fenton, Huntley weighed 4.6 pounds and Hayden weighed 5.2 pounds.

Dennis Whitworth and Marilyn Schulte Whitworth, Washington, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary June 8, 2019, with a gathering of family and friends at the Washington KC Hall.


Before rain moved into the area Wednesday night, 10-year-old Meya Haberberger, Beaufort, was able to get a couple of passes in at the World Wide Technology Racetrack just across the Mississippi River in Madison, Ill., to earn her license as a junior drag racer.


Members of Stories Matter took the helm this month, reviewing books for the summer Novel Ideas feature. This diligent and dedicated group is fairly new, only began meeting in 2016, but they’re already making a positive impact on many.


A group of teenagers gathered at the Washington Fire Department training center Sunday morning, May 26. While many of their friends were out celebrating the end of the school year and start of summer, these teens were strapping on harnesses and climbing out a second-story window to experienc…


When Chris Homyk talks about “the two Sophies,” a big smile breaks out across his face. He describes the two Washington High School seniors, Sophie Koritz and Sophie Hellebusch, as “role model students.”

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It’s tough to feel like you’re the odd man out — grounded like a fish out of water. The star players in this month’s picks face challenges “Finding Their People,” yet forge ahead, meeting difficulties head on. They suit up and show up, persevering, knowing “this too will pass.” Rather than t…

Washington High School senior Paige Babbs, Washington, was the runner-up in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Gateway Chapter’s 2019 High School Student of the Year contest.

“The Guest Book” by Sarah Blake is an engrossing family epic, a big, meaty novel that attracts with beautiful writing, strong characters and a story line that never bogs down. It’s a gorgeous book with a strong sense of place, like “Empire Falls.” There are no cheap shots here — social mores…


Marc Houseman never met a woman he has come to call “Aunt Dorthea.” She had been dead already for 20 years when, as a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge in Washington, Houseman took charge of her cremated remains to be placed in the columbarium at the Wildey Odd Fellows Cemetery.